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Elkins, TV still alive in playoffs, for now

With Randolph County moving to orange in COVID-19 map, quarterfinal games in jeopardy

ELKINS — Elkins and Tygarts Valley are headed to the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs — each taking a different course to advance — but remaining in the postseason is now in jeopardy due to the pandemic.

The Tigers (6-3) knocked off top-seed Sissonville, 42-27, to earn their first-ever playoff win on Friday night, while the Bulldogs’ contest at No. 1 Tug Valley on Sunday was not played due Mingo County being orange in Saturday’s DHHR color-coded map.

Unfortunately, Randolph County is now orange and both teams will need the county to be either green, yellow or gold in this coming Saturday’s map to be able to play on Sunday afternoon.

Elkins is tentatively scheduled to visit No. 8 Robert C. Byrd in Class AA action.

The Eagles, who defeated the Tigers in the season opener, advanced via forfeit against Poca due to Putnam County being orange.

Since Randolph County was green in the Nov. 7 map, Tygarts Valley was allowed to move on. Mingo County was red in the Nov. 7 map, meaning the game was moved to a Sunday to give the county an opportunity get on the good side of the protocol, which didn’t occur.

The Bulldogs (7-2) will play at No. 8 Pendleton County on Sunday if eligible. The Wildcats advanced by defeating Moorefield on Friday night.

Statewide, 10 of the 11 games that were scheduled for this past Sunday were cancelled because of the color-coded map.

Teams eliminated from playoff contention due to their respective counties remaining orange or red included Ripley (AAA), John Marshall (AAA), Wheeling Park (AAA), Hurricane (AAA), Parkersburg (AAA), Poca (AA), defending state champion Wheeling Central (A), Buffalo (A), Tug Valley (A) and Williamstown (A).

The lone contest which took place on Sunday was No. 2 Bluefield defeating No. 15 Clay County in Class AA action.

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