TV battles top-ranked Doddridge
Colts travel to No. 2 Bridgeport; Tucker hosts South Harrison
MILL CREEK — On the verge of making the playoffs for the first time since 2005, Class A, No. 9 Tygarts Valley battles top-ranked Doddridge County at 7 p.m. today at Bulldog Field.
In a battle of Bulldogs, TV enters the matchup 7-2 and winners of two straight games, including a 21-0 victory over Pocahontas County last Friday night.
A win over Doddridge County (9-0) also puts TV in position to secure at least one home playoff game.
Both teams rely on strong running attacks.
Coach Rodney Bright’s Bulldogs are led by junior running backs Caden Boggs and Daniel White, along with quarterback Josh Bright, also a junior.
Junior Aidan Row, meanwhile, has emerged as a top receiver for TV. He hauled in a touchdown pass in last week’s victory, while Boggs broke free for a 95-yard score and White a 42-yard TD run.
Willie Walden, one of just five seniors on the squad, anchors the offensive front.
Doddridge, seeking its second straight perfect regular season, is led by one of the state’s top running backs in Hunter America, who rushed for 245 yards and a pair scores in last week’s 21-7 win over No. 5 Williamstown.
Coach Bobby Burnside’s squad capitalized on five turnovers against the Yellowjackets.
Defensively, Doddridge has posted five shutouts this season and yielded just 59 points through nine games.
In other games around the area this evening Philip Barbour travels to Class AA, No. 2 Bridgeport and Tucker County entertains Class A, No. 15 South Harrison.
The Colts (0-9) face an Indian squad that has been idle since handling No. 4 Keyser, 28-7, two weeks ago as Carson Winkie had 126 yards rushing and three scores.
Trey Pancake (554), Brian Henderson (540) and Winkie (517) have all rushed for over 500 yards on the season.
Philip Barbour’s top offensive threats include sophomore Jesiah Matlick and seniors Logan Allen and Will Knight.
At R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium, the Mountain Lions look for their initial win of the season and diminish South Harrison’s playoff hopes.
Quarterback Liam Hood and running back Hunter Collar will be playing their final games for Tucker County.