Mountain Lions third, Bucs 14th

The Inter-Mountain file photos Seth Cangley (55) and the Tucker County defense has yielded just 21 points in three games.

Off to its best start since 2013, Tucker County is tied for third in Class A in the first WVSSAC ratings of the season released on Tuesday.

The Mountain Lions are 3-0 on the campaign, tied with Midland Trail for third. Mount View is first, while Fayetteville is second.

Pendleton County is 12th.

“It’s nice to be (rated) high but it’s still early in the season and we have a lot of football still to be played,” Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. “We tell our players you have to be in the top 16 at season’s end to get a chance (in the playoffs) and that’s where we want to be when the final rankings come out in November.”

Defense has carried Rapp’s squad as the Mountain Lions have yielded just 21 points through the first three games.

Buckhannon-Upshur senior Jacob Loudin attempts to fight off a Philip Barbour defender during last Friday’s contest. The 2-1 Bucs are 14th in the first SSAC ratings of the season.

Tucker County earned a 7-0 win at Northern (Md.) last Friday, overcoming poor weather conditions.

“It was tough for both teams,” Rapp said. “We had a (lightning) delay and it was a just a sloppy game to watch.”

The Mountain Lions scored the game’s lone touchdown on junior Liam Hood’s scoring pass to senior Jeff Snyder in the fourth quarter.

Tucker County returns home at 7 p.m. Friday to face Moorefield.

As of Tuesday night, the game was still scheduled for Friday.

Several games throughout the state have been moved up a day due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.

“We should know for sure (today),” Rapp said.

In the Class AAA rankings, Buckhannon-Upshur is tied for 14th with a 2-1 mark.

The Bucs, who own wins over Princeton and Philip Barbour, are idle this week.

John Marshall is first, while Musselman and Capital are tied for second.

Bluefield is first in double-A and Fairmont Senior, which hosts No. 3 Bridgeport on Thursday night, is second.

Petersburg (2-0) is 10th and Elkins, which suffered its first loss of the season Friday at home against Lewis County, is 18th.

The Tigers (2-1) have a bye on Friday.