Season hitting final stretch

Despite being outgained by 93 yards in total offense, Tucker County continued its march for a Class A playoff berth by holding off winless East Hardy, 21-12, Friday at home.

The 6-1 Mountain Lions, sixth in last week’s SSAC ratings, saw the Cougars pick up 357 yards of total offense, but used a pair of interceptions by Ben Cromer, 174 yards combined rushing from Ben Callaway and Cole Rapp and 108 yards passing from Liam Hood to garner the key win.

Another big challenge awaits Tucker County on Friday when Southern (Md.) visits in the regular season-finale at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium.

The Mountain Lions conclude the regular season with games at Petersburg and Notre Dame.

TOUGH TESTS: Elkins’ grueling stretch of games against double-A ranked teams will continue Friday at No. 6 Bridgeport.

After a 2-0 start, the Tigers have dropped games against Lewis County, North Marion, top-ranked Fairmont Senior and at No. 10 Robert C. Byrd this past Friday.

Elkins has scored just three touchdowns during its four-game skid, just one each in three of those games and being shutout by RCB in the other.

After Friday’s road trip, the Tigers will play two of their final three games at home against Lincoln and Grafton, before visiting old rival Buckhannon-Upshur in the season-finale.

POSTSEASON HOPES: Both Tygarts Valley and Buckhannon-Upshur saw their postseason hopes damaged in losses in Week 7.

The Bulldogs, now 3-3, dropped a 34-7 verdict to Class A, No. 10 Pendleton County on Thursday night in a game called in the third quarter due to the weather, while the Bucs fell to 2-4 on the campaign after falling at Lewis County, 14-6, on Friday.

The Bulldogs will remain home Friday to face 1-6 Wirt County, while B-U will visit University on the same evening.