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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Pioneers keep grip on top spot in Class AA

Pioneers keep grip on top spot in Class AA

HUNTINGTON -- Eight high school football teams remain unbeaten in West Virginia including the Wayne Pioneers (7-0), the No. 1-rated Class AA team for the third consecutive week.

Williamstown (7-0) is No. 1 in Class A for the third week in a row, and Beckley (7-0) has spent every week atop Class AAA of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission football ratings. The other remaining undefeated teams are No. 2 Greenbrier West (8-0) and No. 3 Buffalo (7-0) in Class A; Jefferson and Morgantown, both 8-0 and tied for No. 2 in AAA; and No. 3 James Monroe (7-0) in Class AA.

Weir (7-1) continues to closely trail Wayne in the AA ratings at No. 2. The Tolsia Rebels (4-3) dropped four spots to No. 13 after losing to Wayne.

In AAA, Cabell Midland (5-3) moved up two spots to No. 13 with a victory against Huntington High (2-5). The Highlanders, who host Beckley on Friday, slipped to 31st and must win out and get a whole lot of help in order to make the playoffs. The top 16 teams in each classification make the playoffs. Spring Valley (0-7) has already been eliminated from the playoffs but plays South Charleston on Friday.

Hamlin (6-1) remains in the Class A playoff hunt at No. 9.

In Ohio, Ironton, Gallipolis, Portsmouth West and Wheelersburg remain in the top eight of their respective regions. The top eight teams in each region advance to the playoffs.

Ironton (7-1) is No. 2 in Division IV, Region 15, still behind No. 1 Bellaire. Portsmouth West (6-2) is seventh in the region, and Rock Hill (7-1) is on the outside looking in at No. 10. South Point (4-4), Portsmouth (1-7), Fairland (1-7) and River Valley (1-7) are all out of contention for a playoff spot.

Chesapeake (5-3) improved its once bleak playoff outlook with a victory against Coal Grove (6-2), the fourth win in a row for the Division V, Region 19 No. 10 Panthers. Coal Grove (6-2) fell to No. 12. Wheelersburg (6-2) is No. 5 in the region.

Symmes Valley (5-3) dropped to No. 9 in Division VI, Region 23.

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