Class A battle to take place

More than county bragging rights will be on the line on Friday night when Moorefield visits East Hardy in a Class A showdown.

Both Hardy County teams are currently in the mix to at least host one home game in upcoming playoffs. The 6-1 Yellow Jackets are sixth in this week’s SSAC ratings and the Cougars (6-0) one spot behind.

While Moorefield has averaged 35 points per game in winning five straight games, East Hardy has relied on a stingy defense, yielding just 80 points in six contests.

The Cougars, a traditional offensive powerhouse, will also put their home win streak on the line. They have won 22 straight in Baker.

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BIG?GAME: Friday’s home finale against Buckhannon-Upshur could play a major factor in Philip Barbour’s playoff chances.

The Colts (5-2) are tied with Nicholas County for 11th in this week’s ratings.

A victory over the Bucs, a Class AAA school, could prove valuable as the season winds down.

Both teams have suffered major injuries this season. The Colts have played without standout quarterback Dillon Newman, who was injured early in the season, while the Bucs lost two starters – running back Seth Cutright and fullback Philip Petrulak – in last week’s 13-12 loss to Hampshire.

Cutright left the game with a knee injury and Petrulak suffered a concussion.

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STILL?LOOKING: Elkins and Tygarts Valley will look to earn their first wins on Friday.

The Tigers will travel to Class AAA, No. 7 Wheeling Park, while the Bulldogs will host Pocahontas County.

Elkins will finish the season with four straight road games.