CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- How quickly the high school football landscape can change is one of the sport's most intriguing qualities.
As a prime example, I offer my own Gridiron Gurus picks from last week, in which I picked just four of 11 high school winners correctly.
Some say that just goes to show how little I know about football. I don't, after all, know how to successfully attack a 3-5-3 defense. I know not to throw the ball to a kid wearing the other team's jersey, but that's about it.
After all, I'm not a coach.
Still, what I am paid to do is to spot trends before they become so obvious that everyone is already talking and/or writing about them. After last week's developments, many of us are still close to Square One in trying to anticipate those squads which are going to still be practicing and playing once the second week of November rolls around, bringing with it the first round of the playoffs.
For instance, Martinsburg's dominance of Morgantown at Pony Lewis Field in the Mohigans' backyard Friday night once and for all cleared away any hesitation in believing the Bulldogs (4-0) are again prime contenders to win the Class AAA state championship. Morgantown (2-1) ran just 18 plays from scrimmage in the first half of a 56-28 decision that by all account wasn't as close as the final score.
With that in mind, here's a quick look at trends that have become apparent in recent days.
Winfield - The Generals' 27-21 overtime win at home over Riverside put them in an unusual position: that of a potential playoff contender.
Although the Warriors are 1-3 and possess the most lenient defense in the Kanawha Valley (giving up an average of 508.3 yards per game) it was just the second time in school history Riverside had lost to a Putnam County team. The only other loss to a team from Putnam County was a 21-0 setback to Hurricane in 2006.