PARKERSBURG-With Mother Nature expected to continue to pound the Mid Ohio Valley over the next several days, the matchups for the Little Kanawha Conference's Night of Champions appears to have the Crusaders from Parkersburg Catholic-the defending LKC champs-taking on the Eagles from Braxton County, who won the title in 2007.
Parkersburg Catholic's nine-point, 51-42, victory at The Pit last Friday night propelled the Columbia blue and white (14-3, 10-1 North) into a one half game lead over their divisional nemesis with a game remaining at fourth place Tyler Consolidated slated for Tuesday-the final day of before the cut-off.
However, Ravenswood (14-2, 9-1 North) can still earn a tie with the Crusaders if the red and black capture wins over the Silver Knights tonight at The Pit and at St. Marys on Tuesday.
Weather forecasts for the MOV, however, have any where from 2-to-4 inches of snow falling before night time tonight with more expected once the sun goes down. Should that happen and Ravenswood's game with Tyler be canceled the Red Devils would need a win over the Blue Devils (10-5, 6-4 North) and a PC loss at Tyler-or a cancellation of the game-to earn a tie.
Should a tie occur the LKC's Playoff Manual for breaking ties would come into play with No. 6-Power rating using the WVSSAC football system-would decide the North's entrant. The system, which gives 12 points for beating a Class AAA school, 9 for beating a Class AA and 6 for a win over a Class A and one bonus point for each victory that school has accumulated to date, would favor the boys from Jackson County.
Whoever the North's entrant is, it will likely take on a Braxton County squad (12-4, 8-1 South) if the Eagles can defeat second-place Gilmer County-which beat the defending South champs by a 46-42 margin at home on Friday-at home on Tuesday.
A win by the Titans (10-5, 8-1 South) will give the Gilmer Countians the berth for the second year in a row and push Braxton into Saturday's third place game against either Parkersburg Catholic or Ravenswood while a cancellation would send Braxton back to the title game for the fifth time in the last six years.