With two weeks left to be played in the 2016 high school football season, four teams from the Cardinal Conference are in line to make it to the Class AA playoffs.
Undefeated Mingo Central (8-0) leads the pack as the Miners are ranked No. 4 in the state this week in the Class AA ratings.
Sissonville (7-1) is ranked No. 5, while new conference member Winfield (6-2) is tied for ninth in the state with Lincoln (6-2). Herbert Hoover (6-2) is 12th.
A fifth team, Chapmanville Regional (5-4), is still in the playoff hunt as well as the Tigers are ranked 18th in the state this week.
The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the state playoffs beginning Nov. 11. The top eight teams will get first-round home games.
Bridgeport (9-0) is ranked No. 1 this week in Class AA. Fairmont Senior (6-1) is second and Point Pleasant (8-0) is third.
James Monroe (7-1) is sixth, Nicholas County (7-1) seventh and Independence (7-1) eighth. Weir (7-2) is 11th, North Marion (5-3) is 13th, Keyser (5-3) 14th, Liberty Harrison (6-3) 15th and Petersburg (5-3) 16th.
If the season ended today, Mingo Central would host North Marion in a first-round playoff game, while Sissonville would host Herbert Hoover in an all-Cardinal Conference matchup. Winfield would travel to either Independence or Nicholas County.
This week in Class AAA, Martinsburg (9-0) is ranked No. 1, Spring Valley (8-1) second, Musselman (7-1) third, University (8-1) fourth and Capital (6-2) fifth.
In Class A, East Hardy (8-0) is first, Tolsia (6-1) second, Fayetteville (9-0) third, St. Marys (8-0) fourth and Cameron (8-0) fifth.
Tug Valley is ranked 15th with a 6-3 mark. The Panthers play at Class AA Man (4-4) on Friday night in TV’s regular season finale.
If the season ended today, Tug Valley would play at Tolsia in a first-round playoff game. The Panthers lost to the Rebels, 36-16, at home earlier in the season.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).