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Bulldogs, ’Cats hope to finally meet

The Inter-Mountain file photo Tygarts Valley’s Daniel White breaks free for a big gain during last year’s game against Pendleton County.

FRANKLIN — Tygarts Valley and Pendleton County were scheduled to play back in October.

But in a season filled with COVID-19 turmoil, that contest was canceled.

Now the squads are slated to meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Franklin in Class A quarterfinal action, pending Randolph County not being orange or red in this evening’s DHHR color-coded map.

The 16th-rated Bulldogs, in the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time in school history, have not played in two weeks as last Sunday’s opening-round game at top-rated Tug Valley was canceled due to Mingo County not being on the good side of the map.

Tygarts Valley (7-2) is a senior-laden squad led by running back Caden Boggs, fullback Daniel White and quarterback Josh Bright.

The Bulldogs are averaging 36.3 points per game, while yielding 17.6 per game on defense.

The eighth-rated Wildcats (6-2) counter with standout senior quarterback Isaiah Gardiner, whose 4-yard score with 1:32 left in regulation was the difference in last Friday’s 14-7 opening-round victory over visiting Moorefield.

Gardiner also had a scoring pass to Cole Day in the contest.

Pendleton County is seeking a return to the state semifinals for the second straight year.

Sunday’s victor faces either No. 4 St. Marys or No. 5 Midland Trail in the semifinals.

That game is also slated for Sunday, pending Fayette County dropping from orange in today’s map.

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