Prep football previews: Morgantown, University, Clay-Battelle in playoff hunt

Buckhannon-Upshur at University, 7:30 p.m.

It’s been a big week for senior Logan Holgorsen.

The UHS quarterback was selected Wednesday for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, and looks to return tonight from a high-ankle sprain to lead the Hawks into their Homecoming. After dropping their fourth loss of the season to Mountain Ridge (Md.) in his absence and endangering their playoff hopes, his return will be welcomed with open arms.

A win against the visiting Buccaneers would bolster the team’s playoff resume, earning an additional 13 points in the rankings. B-U enters on a three-game losing streak after opening the season 2-1.

Morgantown at Parkersburg South, 7 p.m.

It’s crunch time for MHS.

The Mohigans have now dropped two straight following last week’s 31-0 loss at Wheeling Park, and enter this week on the outside looking in — they sit at No. 17 in the Class AAA playoff rankings, one spot away from their need to be.

However, the season isn’t over yet, and a win this week would make a big statement. MHS travels to face top-ten opponent Parkersburg South. The Patriots own a win over fellow top-ten ranked foes John Marshall and Ripley, and a win would earn 16 points in the playoff rankings for the Mohigans.

Cameron at Clay-Battelle, 7 p.m.

There may not be enough room in small rural Blacksville to hold a game this big.

Jokes aside, the Cee-Bees host undefeated Cameron tonight in a match-up that could hold major implications in the playoff hunt and Mason-Dixon Conference championship picture.

A win for C-B would generate 13 points in the playoff rankings, potentially pushing them into the top ten of Class A. The Cee-Bees also need a win to keep their MDC hopes alive.

C-B enters on a two-game winning streak during which they’ve outscored their opponents 50-8 and forced nine turnovers. That defense will need to make another appearance to stop the Dragons, who will take the field averaging 42 points per game.

Preston at  Fairmont Senior, 7 p.m.

Following a season-opening win against winless Hampshire, PHS has dropped five-straight games – their last coming in the form of a 72-0 beat down from Hedgesville during which they tallied (-18) yards of offense.

Of course, the strength of schedule doesn’t help – the Knights opponents’ from those losses all sit at .500 or above, with three solidly in the top 16 of the WVSSAC Playoff Rankings.

The Knights take the field tonight following a bye week that saw the Knights add multiple players to the program, but they’ll need to bring their A-game as they undefeated Fairmont Senior . The Polar Bears enter No. 1 in Class AA and average 45 points per game.

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