Doddridge County staring at perfection, again
Bulldogs are No.1 in Class A ratings
WEST UNION — Deja vu strikes for the Doddridge County football team at 7 p.m. Friday.
One season ago, the Bulldogs (9-0) were fresh off a win over Williamstown with a 10-0 mark directly staring at their faces. Tygarts Valley stood as the last remaining obstacle for head coach Bobby Burnside’s crew.
The visiting Bulldogs hardly stood in the way the following week.
Doddridge completed perfection after a steamroller 62-0 performance. The victory also helped power the Bulldogs to a state semifinal against Wheeling Central.
Meanwhile, the loss sent TVHS to a 5-5 mark for 2018.
Tygarts’ coach Rodney Bright and his crew figure to put up a better fight at home in Mill Creek.
The host Bulldogs are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround and playoff-bound season. One more win would give them an even better seed for the upcoming Class A playoffs.
Behind running backs Caden Boggs and Daniel White, Tygarts Valley powered its way to an opening 7-2 mark, including a 21-0 win last week over Pocahontas County.
They have Burnside and company’s full attention.
Wrapping the season up with a loss, while not expected to cost them the top-rated spot in the postseason, would not sit well with the Bulldog leader.
“We are playing a pretty good football team and this is a chance for them (Tygarts) to make a big mark and we can’t let our guard down,” said Burnside.
The Bulldog leader probably doesn’t need to worry about a letdown.
His team enters the matchup on a hot streak.
Williamstown quarterback Brayden Modesitt’s 18-yard connection with Mason Deem are the only points Doddridge has yielded in the last five games.
The offense continues to roll up big numbers, too. Including the 20 point-effort against the Yellowjackets, the main attack has averaged 37.8 points per contest.
It is clear the road Bulldogs are driven by last season’s success.
“Our players have that burning desire to go farther and are working harder because they know advancing can be difficult to do,” said Burnside.
Griffin Devericks certainly would like to see another great effort from the defense.
If Tygarts Valley falls behind and has to pass, he could tie Hunter Riffle’s career mark for picks and then break it with another snared opposing pass.
Devericks’ record night would add to the celebration.
Should the Bulldogs extend their regular-season winning streak to 20 games, it also would give the program its first back-to-back undefeated campaigns.
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