Seven local prep football teams make playoffs

PARKERSBURG -Representatives of the 48 West Virginia high school football teams that have qualified for the state playoffs will be in Parkersburg today to set up the sites and times of the 24 opening-round games.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission office on W.Va. 47 will be a hubbub of activity as coaches and sports officials from across the Mountain State gather to set up the playoff field.

Although nothing is official until today, indications on Saturday night were that seven Mid-Ohio Valley teams qualified for the playoffs -Ravenswood, Ritchie County and Roane County in Class AA and St. Marys, Williamstown, Wahama and Magnolia in Class A.

Unofficial projections have the following first-round matchups:

In Class AA, No. 15 Roane County (7-3) will travel to No. 2 Bridgeport (9-1). No. 14 Ravenswood (6-4), the Class AA champion of the Little Kanawha Conference, will visit No. 3 Bluefield (8-2). No. 12 Ritchie County (7-3) will travel to No. 5 Summers County (9-1).

In Class A, three local teams have earned home games. No. 2 St. Marys (10-0) will remain at home until the Super Six State Championship games at Wheeling Island Stadium. The Blue Devils opening-round opponent is No. 15 East Hardy (7-3).

No. 4 Williamstown (8-2) will meet a quite familiar foe as No. 13 Wheeling Central (6-4) will visit Yellowjacket Stadium.

Defending Class A state champion Wahama (8-2) squeezed into the No. 8 spot and earned the right to host No. 9 Clay-Battelle (8-1). Wahama may elect to play its home playoff games on the artificial surface at Point Pleasant High School.

Magnolia (6-4) will be the No. 14 seed and will travel to Fayette County to meet No. 3 Valley (10-0).

A complete list of opponents, times, dates and sites will appear in Monday’s edition.