High school football: Mingo, Tug Valley set for state playoffs


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Mingo County went 2 for 2 again this season as both of its high schools will once again be going to the West Virginia state football playoffs.

Undefeated Mingo Central (10-0), led by quarterback Jeremy Dillon, earned the No. 2 seed in the Class AA playoffs and is scheduled to host No. 15 Liberty Harrison (7-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.

The Miners won the Cardinal Conference championship with Friday night’s 48-9 win at home over Winfield.

Tug Valley (7-3) grabbed the No. 13 seed for the Class A playoffs and will hit the road for a short trip up US 52 to take on the rival Tolsia Rebels. Tolsia is 7-2 and has the No. 4 seed.

The Panthers and Rebels met earlier in the season at Tug Valley as the Rebels won 36-16 on Sept. 23 at Naugatuck.

Tolsia is playing its first year back in the Class A ranks. Last year, the Rebels won the Cardinal Conference championship and made it all the way to Wheeling Island Stadium and the Super Six as Tolsia lost to Bridgeport 39-0 in the Double-A state championship game.

Counting Mingo Central, four Cardinal Conference teams made it to the 2A field as it was another good season for the league.

No. 11 Winfield (7-3) hits the road on Friday to play at No. 6 James Monroe (9-1).

Conference teams Sissonville and Herbert Hoover also advanced to the playoffs.

Sissonville (9-1) is the No. 4 seed and is slated to host No. 13 Weir (7-3) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

No. 12-ranked Herbert Hoover (7-3) plays at No. 5 Fairmont Senior (7-2) on Friday night.

Tug Valley is making its third straight trip to the Class A playoffs. Last year, the Panthers won 38-28 at Man in the opening round. Two years ago, TVHS made it all the way to the state semifinals before bowing out.

The winner of the Tug Valley/Tolsia game is set to play the winner of the Cameron/Pendleton County game on Nov. 18-19 in the semifinals.

Both Class A schools from Boone County — Sherman and Van — also made it to the Single-A field.

Both will be hitting the road, No. 14 Van (6-3) at No. 3 Fayetteville (10-0) and No. 11 Sherman (8-2) at No. 6 Wheeling Central (8-1), both on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Mingo Central could have a clear shot all the way to Wheeling and a possible matchup with No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Bridgeport the first weekend in December in the Wheeling Super Six.

The Miners, which have homefield advantage for the duration of the playoffs, would host the winner of the Nicholas County/Keyser game in the quarterfinals on Nov. 18-19.

The state semifinals are set for Nov. 25-26 with the three state championship games scheduled for Dec. 2-3.

Logan County’s three Class AA schools — Logan, Man and Chapmanville — failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The Hillbillies, Tigers and Wildcats all finished with 5-5 records and all three were relatively close in breaking into the top 16.

Chapmanville Regional was 19th, while Man was tied for 20th with Elkins. Logan finished in 22nd place in the final ratings tally by the WVSSAC.

The Tigers lost three games this season by a total of only 10 points. Two of those defeats were to playoff teams Sissonville (22-15) and Herbert Hoover (13-12). Both toss-up games could have went either way.

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Class A Playoff Pairings

Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Tyler Consolidated (6-4) at No. 1 East Hardy (10-0)

No. 15 Buffalo (7-3) at No. 2 St. Marys (10-0)

No. 14 Van (6-3) at No. 3 Fayetteville (10-0)

No. 13 Tug Valley (7-3) at No. 4 Tolsia (7-2)

No. 11 Sherman (8-2) at No. 6 Wheeling Central (8-1)

Saturday, November 12, 1:30 p.m.

No. 9 South Harrison (9-1) at No. 8 Williamstown (8-2)

No. 12 Pendleton County (8-2) at No. 5 Cameron (10-0)

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

No. 10 Summers County (8-2) at No. 7 Gilmer County (10-0)

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Class AA Playoff Pairings

Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Roane County (6-4) at No. 1 Bridgeport (10-0)

No. 15 Liberty (Harrison) (7-3) at No. 2 Mingo Central (10-0)

No. 14 North Marion (6-4) at No. 3 Point Pleasant (10-0)

No. 12 Herbert Hoover (7-3) at No. 5 Fairmont Senior (7-2)

No. 11 Winfield (7-3) at No. 6 James Monroe (9-1)

No. 10 Keyser (7-3) at No. 7 Nicholas County (9-1)

No. 9 Independence (8-2) at No. 8 Lincoln (8-2)

Saturday, November 12, 1:30 p.m.

No. 13 Weir (7-3) at No. 4 Sissonville (9-1)

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Class AAA Playoff Pairings

Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Hedgesville (5-5) at No. 1 Martinsburg (10-0)

No. 15 Buckhannon-Upshur (5-4) at No. 2 Spring Valley (9-1)

No. 13 Spring Mills (6-4) at No. 4 Morgantown (8-2)

No. 12 Hurricane (6-4) at No. 5 University (8-2)

No. 11 Cabell Midland (6-4) at No. 6 Capital (7-3)

No. 10 South Charleston (6-4) at No. 7 Huntington (7-3)

No. 9 Wheeling Park (7-3) at No. 8 George Washington (7-3)

Saturday, November 12, 1:30 p.m.

No. 14 Jefferson (5-5) at No. 3 Musselman (8-2)

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By Paul Adkins

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(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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