South Charleston wrapped up its regular season against the Big Reds, and is 6-4. However, the team can pick up a maximum of four bonus points this week toward the Secondary School Activities Commission playoff rating.
SC would receive a bonus point if Parkersburg beats George Washington (7-2) in Charleston this week. It would also gain points from Capital (6-3) beating Huntington (8-1) on the road and Lincoln County (0-9) beating Oak Hill (7-2) at home. The Black Eagles are guaranteed a bonus point from the result of the game between Nitro (2-7) and Riverside (1-8) in Quincy, as SC defeated both teams this season.
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THE PRIMARY beneficiary of George Washington's more pass-friendly approach to offense last week was Jordan Clay.
The Patriots threw the football 19 times in their 49-20 win over Columbus St. Francis DeSales on Friday, with senior quarterback Trevor Bell completing 14 of 18 passes for 201 yards.
Clay caught 10 passes for 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Prior to the game, the senior had caught 15 passes for 216 yards and one score all season.
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BYRD COACH Bruce Carey wrapped up his first regular season with the Eagles with the win at Scott. Afterward, he told his players not to be satisfied with a 9-1 record and a playoff spot.
He elaborated after the team meeting.
"I told them they can't be too happy and start celebrating yet," said Carey, who coached at Bridgeport from 1997-2009 and won a Class AA state championship with the Indians in 2000.
"The goal can't be to get into the playoffs. You hear a lot about teams who want to still be playing on Thanksgiving, and - funny enough - it's usually those same teams who are playing on Thanksgiving weekend every year.
"Byrd hasn't had a lot of success in the playoffs, and that's what we're trying to change."
Byrd, which dropped to Class AA this season, has an all-time postseason record of 3-10, and has never advanced past the quarterfinal round.