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West Virginia football semifinals matchups set

No. 1 Huntington High will take on No. 4 Spring Valley Friday in the Class AAA semifinals. (WCHS/WVAH)

With only four teams left in each class, the semifinal matchups are set for the West Virginia football playoffs.

Class AAA:

Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.:

No. 4 Spring Valley at No. 1 Huntington

Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m.:

No. 6 Capital at No. 2 Martinsburg

In the quarterfinals, Spring Valley (10-2) shut out No. 12 Cabell Midland (6-6) 15-0 to punch its ticket to the semifinals.

The Timberwolves will be taking on the top-ranked Huntington Highlanders (12-0). The Highlanders edged out Hurricane (7-5) 28-27 in the quarterfinals after the Redskins scored late, but missed a potentially game-winning 2-point conversion.

The other AAA semifinal matchup features two of the hottest teams in the state. Capital (9-3) has won four straight games and has been dominant in the postseason. In the first round, the Cougars blew out No. 11 Wheeling Park 63-21 before going on the road and upsetting previously unbeaten No. 3 University 48-24.

Looking to repeat as state champions, Martinsburg (12-0) has been dominant all season. In the semifinals, the Bulldogs continued their dominance, shutting out No. 10 John Marshall (8-4) 54-0. Martinsburg's average margin of victory this season is 49.5. The Bulldogs have been dominant on both sides of the ball, scoring 57.1 points per game, and only allowing 7.4 points per game. Martinsburg has been held under 40 points just once this season and defensively, it has only given up double-digit scoring three times.

Class AA:

Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.:

No. 3 Bridgeport at No. 2 Bluefield

Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m.:

No. 4 Fairmont Senior at No. 1 Mingo Central

In the first AA semifinal, Bridgeport (11-1) will travel to Bluefield to take on the Beavers (12-0). In the quarterfinals, Bridgeport cruised to a 42-13 victory over No. 11 Winfield (8-4).

The Beavers will be looking to remain perfect on the season. Bluefield is scoring 47.4 points a game and has only given up 11.6 points a game. The Beavers average margin of victory this season has been 35.8.

In the second AA semifinal matchup, the Polar Bears (11-1) will travel to Mingo County to take on the defending state champion Miners (12-0).

Both teams have been dominant in the postseason. Fairmont Senior defeated No. 13 Keyser (7-4) 34-12 in the first round and in the quarterfinals, the Polar Bears blew out No. 5 Wayne (10-2) 43-8.

Mingo Central is averaging 57.7 points per game this season and continued its offensive dominance into the postseason. In the first round, the Miners defeated No. 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-5) 76-40. In the quarterfinals, Mingo Central beat No. 8 Liberty Harrison (9-3) 53-22.

Class A:

Friday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.:

No. 5 St. Marys at No. 1 East Hardy

Saturday, November 25 at 1:30 p.m.:

No. 11 Summers County at No. 10 Wheeling Central

Defending Class A champions, St. Marys (10-1) defeated No. 12 Doddridge County 44-14 in the first round of the playoffs. In the quarterfinals, St. Marys shut out Tug Valley 47-0.

Top-ranked East Hardy (12-0) narrowly got past No. 16 Williamstown (5-5) 14-0 in the first round of the playoffs. In the quarterfinals, East Hardy cruised past No. 9 Sherman (9-3) 42-14.

The second Class A semifinal game features a pair of double-digit seeded teams. In the first round of the playoffs, Summers County (7-4) upset No. 8 Webster County (9-2) 28-0. Summers County pulled another upset in the quarterfinals when it beat No. 3 Midland Trail 6-0.

The Bobcats will be taking on Wheeling Central (7-4). The Maroon Knights upset No. 7 Cameron (9-2) 34-20 in the first round of the playoffs before upsetting No. 2 South Harrison (10-2) 39-6 in the quarterfinals.

Watch full highlights of the Friday games on Friday Night Football Extra at 11:10 p.m. on WCHS-TV. See Saturday's highlights on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11.





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