Bulldogs will visit Tug Valley in playoff action if COVID map allows
WILLIAMSON — Tygarts Valley is in the state playoffs for consecutive season for the first time in school history. But whether the Bulldogs will be playing Sunday at Tug Valley in an opening-round matchup is questionable.
For the Class A matchup to occur, Mingo County needs to be out of the red or orange when the COVID metrics map is released later today. The county was orange in Friday’s map.
If Mingo remains red or orange today, the 16th-seed Bulldogs will advance via forfeit as long as Randolph County is on the good side of the map.
If both teams are red or orange, a double-forfeit would occur.
On the field, Tygarts Valley (7-2) features a strong running game led by the senior trio of running back Caden Boggs, fullback Daniel White and quarterback Josh Bright.
Fellow seniors Aidan Row and Jace Swecker are other weapons in the passing attack, while senior tackle Dave Lanham (6-foot-2, 296) anchors an experience offensive line.
On defense, head coach Rodney Bright’s squad is led by Lanham, Keegan Bolyard and Ian Maxwell up front.
White, who missed a majority of last week’s setback at Doddridge County with an injury, anchors the linebacking corps, while Swecker, Row, Bright and Boggs lead the charge in the secondary.
Top-seed Tug Valley has played only three games this season due to COVID-19 protocol. The Panthers own wins over Sherman (22-20), Logan (22-12) and James Monroe (38-32).
Tug Valley has not played since Oct. 6 when quarterback Joby Sorrell threw for 444 yards and six touchdowns in the win over James Monroe.
Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bob Brewer Stadium.
The schools have never meet in football.