Billies rise to No. 8 in latest football ratings

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

September 25, 2013

The Man High School football team was the biggest mover and shaker in this week’s WVSSAC Football Ratings.

The Hillbillies (3-1) rose from 12th to eighth in this week’s ratings after Man beat its third straight Class AA team with last Friday night’s 46-8 win at home over River View.

Chapmanville (3-1) stayed at No. 10 in this week’s 2A ratings, while Logan (3-1) fell to 18th from 11th this week in Class AAA.

Weirton Madonna (3-0) and Williamstown (3-0) are tied for first in this week’s Class A ratings with 8.67 points.

St. Marys (4-0) is third, East Hardy (3-0) fourth and Greenbrier West (4-0) fifth and Clarksburg Notre Dame (3-0) and Valley Fayette (3-0) are tied for sixth.

Man is tied for eighth in the state with Meadow Bridge (4-0) with 7.50 ratings points. Clay-Battelle (3-0) is 10th, Wheeling Central (3-1) 11th, Moorefield (3-1) 12th and Doddridge County (4-0) 13th, while Tucker County (3-1) and Wahama (3-1) are tied for 14th. Bishop Donahue (3-1) and Parkersburg Catholic (3-1) are tied for 16th and Tug Valley (2-2) is 18th.

In the Class AAA ratings this week, Huntington (4-0) is ranked No. 1 with 14.25 points. George Washington (4-0) is second with 13.00 points. Capital (3-0), Point Pleasant (3-0) and Wheeling Park (3-0) are tied for third in the state. Oak Hill (3-0) is sixth, Morgantown (4-0) seventh, Martinsburg (3-1) eighth and Cabell Midland (3-1) and University (3-1) are tied for ninth.

Jefferson (3-1) and South Charleston (3-1) are tied for 11th, while Hurricane (3-1) is 13th and Hedgesville (3-1) and Washington High School (2-1) are tied for 14th. Hampshire (2-1) and Winfield (2-1) are tied for 16th. Logan is 18th with 8.25 points. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 151-70.

In this week’s Class AA ratings, Fairmont (3-0) is No. 1 with 11.00 points. Sissonville (4-0) is second at 10.50. Summers County (4-0) is third with 10.00 points. Frankfort (3-0) and Wayne (3-0) are tied for fourth, while Bridgeport (3-1) is sixth and Lincoln (3-1) seventh, while Ritchie County (3-1) and Wyoming East (3-1) are tied for eighth.

Chapmanville is in a 10th-place tie with Mingo Central (3-1) at 7.25 points. Bluefield (2-1) is 12th, Philip Barbour (3-1) is 13th, Ravenswood (2-1) 14th, River View (2-1) 15th and Robert C. Byrd (2-2) 16th.

The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs, which begin Nov. 15 across the state of West Virginia. The top eight teams will have homefield advantage for opening round post-season games.

If the season ended today, Man would play Meadow Bridge in a first-round playoff game. Chapmanville would travel to Lincoln. Logan would be on the outside looking in.

Man is off this Friday night, while Logan plays at Chapmanville Regional.