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FRIDAY SHAPES up to be the first big night for marquee match-ups this season.
Top-ranked and two-time defending Class AAA state champion Martinsburg (3-0) makes a trip to Pony Lewis Field to face No. 2 Morgantown (2-0) in the headlining act of a schedule that features five games pitting ranked opponents.
Buffalo's aforementioned game against Greenbrier West is the only such game in Class A, although there are three in Class AA.
Top-ranked and defending state champion Wayne (2-0) visits No. 6 Ravenswood (2-0), No. 9 Scott (3-0) is at No. 7 Sissonville (2-0) and No. 2 Robert C. Byrd (3-0) plays at arch rival Bridgeport (2-1).
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SCOTT MADE its debut in the Daily Mail Class AA poll this week, making the Skyhawks the 16th team to be ranked within the Top 10 in that class this season.
Scott rolled up 545 total yards Friday night in a 40-21 win over visiting Chapmanville (1-2). Skyhawk running backs Robert Bias (161 yards) and Cameron Loftus (131 yards and three touchdowns) each went over the 100-yard rushing mark.
Scott had been a preseason favorite in Class AA but questions arose about the team after junior running back Draven Riffe transferred to nearby Class A Van prior to the season.
Riffe ran for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore at Scott, but has been hampered by an ankle injury this season, and has yet to play for the Bulldogs (1-2).
The Skyhawks' visit to Sissonville this week will be the first playoff-style meeting for the Indians since they fell to Scott 40-27 in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.
Sissonville, which is 2-0 under second-year Coach Eddie Smolder, has not reached the playoffs since, and was 11-29 from 2008-11.