High school football: Wayne heads to coalfields, visits Scott
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Class AA showdown of the regular season - to date - comes to the coalfields of Boone County tonight.
Scott (6-0), the top-rated team in the Secondary School Activities Commission Class AA playoff rankings, hosts defending state champion Wayne (5-0) at 7:30 p.m. in Madison.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 1 in the Daily Mail Poll, have won a state-best 14 consecutive games, and come in sporting a state-leading scoring average of 56.6 points per game while being led by senior running back and Kennedy Award candidate Brandon Spurlock.
While barely playing in the second half of any game this season, Spurlock has carried the ball 43 times for 641 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has averaged 14.9 yards per carry.
Scott is led by a triumvirate of ball-carriers that includes the area's leading small-school rusher Robert Bias, who has gained 807 yards on 111 carries. Bias has scored three times this season. Cameron Loftus has 493 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while Tristan Crone has been Scott's short-yardage specialist. Crone has scored nine times while carrying for 349 yards on 54 attempts.
In the teams' last meeting, Scott led Wayne 20-18 after three quarters at Pioneer Field in Wayne.
Spurlock and company outscored the Skyhawks 32-0 in the fourth quarter, however, as part of a nine-game, season-ending win streak that culminated with the team's second state championship in six seasons.
In other area games tonight:
Winfield (2-4) at Class AAA No. 1 Cabell Midland (6-0) - Former Winfield running back David Gaydosz had six touchdowns for Midland last week in the top-ranked Knights' 70-34 win over Beckley. With 868 rushing yards this season, he still trails Midland fullback Lowell Farley for the team lead. Farley has 893 yards and nine touchdowns on 103 carries.
Wirt County (4-1) at Class A No. 4 Buffalo (4-1) - In a matchup of similar teams, the Bison welcome Wirt County to town with the hopes of moving into the top eight of the SSAC Class A rankings. Buffalo quarterback Levi Jordan leads area small-school passers with 898 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's thrown three interceptions.
Riverside (1-4) at Capital (3-2) - The Cougars look to get back on the winning path after opening the season with three consecutive wins. Freshman quarterback Tyrhee Pratt threw his first interception of the season last week in a 23-20 loss at Hurricane, but still has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 766 yards and 10 touchdowns. Riverside senior Trevor Rumberg has thrown for 962 yards and leads the Warriors with 307 rushing yards.
Lincoln County (0-5) at South Charleston (3-3) - See story, page 3B.
Greenbrier East (1-4) at Nitro (2-3) - The Wildcats can move to .500 later in the season than at any time since 2007 with a win. Kicker Alex White leads the state with seven field goals, and has supplied first-year Coach Derek Midkiff with an additional point-scoring weapon to compliment multi-talented Ethan Clark.
St. Albans (0-6) at Princeton (0-6) - The Red Dragons travel to face another team with a first-year coach struggling to get a win. Randy Peek took over the Tigers program after the late-summer retirement of Ted Spadaro. SA's Drew Kirby has run for 562 yards and six touchdowns.
Ripley (3-3) at Hurricane (3-2) - Austin Hensley's quarterback sneak with 9 seconds left last week to beat Capital breathed new life into the Redskins' playoff hopes. They'll look to continue on that path tonight against a Vikings team coming off a win over Class AA Roane County.
Sissonville (2-3) at Herbert Hoover (1-5) - The Huskies got their first win last week with a 19-16 home victory over struggling Poca. Hoover hosts another reeling team that showed early promise tonight when Sissonville comes to Falling Rock. The Indians have lost three straight.
Poca (2-4) at Webster County (3-3) - In a matchup that might be wiped from the Dots' schedule next year to make room for new-to-the-Cardinal Conference Mingo Central. In the meantime, the Highlanders are coming off a 39-0 win over visiting Liberty (Raleigh). Poca has lost three of its last four.
Other games include Braxton County (2-4) at Ravenswood (2-3), Man (2-4) at Chapmanville (3-3), Midland Trail (4-2) at Clay County (1-4), Clay-Battelle (6-0) at Van (1-4) and Pendleton County (3-3) at Valley (5-0).