ANOTHER EXCITING WEEK TO CLOSE OUT THE REGULAR SEASON ON TAP FOR AREA TEAMS
Baltimore, Maryland - We are entering the final week of the regular season for high school. football in both Maryland and West Virginia, and despite some minor changes due to Superstorm Sandy, most games will be played as scheduled.
For most football Seniors, this evening will provide them the final time they will suit up and compete in a organized team sport in their life.
And even for those lucky players to go onto a college program, this will still be their last high school game. This will no doubt provide for some exciting action all over the area this weekend.
There are still many things that need to be decided when it comes to the playoffs in both states as well.
In Maryland, the 1a West Region is set as far as the four teams that will compete for the region championship, the seeding however is all kinds of a mess.
Currently, Boonsboro holds a slight edge over both Allegany and Fort Hill for the top spot in the region, and home field advantage throughout the regional round of the playoffs.
The Warriors will hookup with county rival Smithsburg this week. The Leopards are down this year, but Brunswick knows that record does not matter when it comes to this rivalry. A win by the Warriors will assure themselves of the top spot and home field.
The second and third seeded teams will play eachother on Saturday afternoon in their annual homecoming game. Both the Campers and the Sentinels don't need anything extra to get up for this game. The winner of the game will assure themselves of the second seed and combined with a Boonsboro loss... the top spot may be in play as well.
The fourth playoff team from this region is the Brunswick Railroaders. They are coming off of an upset win over South Hagerstown, which clinched them the spot. They have a game against 2a rival Catoctin this week.
If everything works out the way it should, Boonsboro will host Brunswick and Fort Hill and Allegany will play next week in the region semifinals.
In West Virginia, there is a little more up for grabs heading into the final week of the season, including playoff spots.
Keyser, Frankfort and Mussleman have all clinched their playoff spots coming into the weekend.
Keyser is tied with Wayne for the top spot in the AA ratings and Frankfort is sitting in the seventh position.
Both teams however have much to play for this weekend. Keyser is looking to hold onto the top spot and home field advantage throughout the AA playoffs.
Frankfort meanwhile is looking to stay int he top 8 and host a playoff game come next week.
Both teams are on the road as Keyser travels to Mountain Ridge and Frankfort visits Hampshire.
The Moorefield Yellow Jackets are currently in tied for the last playoff spot in single A. Their game against Tygrats Valley was canceled this week. Not sure how bad this hurts them when it comes to keeping that spot.
Other area games of note include: Northern/Southern Saturday at Mountain Ridge, Kent County hosting Hancock, Bishop Walsh traveling to Randolph Macon Academy (VA), Shady Spring hosting Musselman and Washington traveling to Jefferson.
Last week was another good week for the guessing man... 11 of 13 correct which brings my season total to 80 of 96. That is an amazing 83% correction rate and minus a huge collapse in week 10... reaching above my season goal of 80 looks to be very possible.
Check out my picks below and as always good luck to all area teams, players and fans.
Boonsboro 28, Smithsburg 14
Brunswick 21, Catoctin 14
Keyser 21, Mountain Ridge 28
Northern 21, Southern 28
Allegany 24, Fort Hill 21
Hancock 7, Kent County 13
Bishop Walsh 27, Randolph Macon Academy 13
Frankfort 35, Hampshire 22
Hedgesville 14, Wheeling Park 35
Musselman 28, Shady Spring 27
Petersburg 20, East Hardy 42
Washington 20, Jefferson 13