Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 11, 2013

Prep Football Capsules

BLUEFIELD — James Monroe (1-4) at Westside (2-4): The Renegades had a three-game losing streak early in the season against three teams with a combined mark of 12-4. The Mavericks, who are making their fourth road trip already this season, have been held to 14 or fewer points in three games, including a 36-0 loss last week at Chapmanville. Westside will visit Bluefield next week, followed by games with Mount View and River View.

Montcalm (1-5) at Tri-Cities Christian (3-3): Montcalm, which has lost five straight games to Virginia schools, will next visit Tennessee to face Tri-Cities Christian, located in Blountville. The Generals, who will play five of their final six games on the road, must win its last four to finish at .500 on the season. TCC, led by Evan Blankenship, snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-12 win last week at Hancock County.

 Mount View (1-4) at Meadow Bridge (5-1): Ever the optimist, Mount View head coach Todd McCoy still feels like the Knights can challenge for a playoff berth. A win over Class A 13th ranked Meadow Bridge would certainly help. The Knights have allowed 28, 44 and 48 points in three of their losses this season. The Wildcats, who will face their first Class AA opponent, won five straight before losing to No. 3 Valley-Fayette last week.

PikeView (2-4) at Wyoming East (5-1): The Class AA eighth-ranked Warriors completed the sweep of McDowell County last week, rallying for 14 points in the final five minutes to clip River View, one week after a revenge win over Mount View. PikeView hadn’t played a game decided by more than 11 points this season until a 48-12 loss to Greenbrier West. PikeView’s defense had been among the area’s best until last week.

Independence (2-4) at Summers County (5-1): Close calls finally caught up with the Class AA sixth-ranked Bobcats last week in a 23-16 loss to Covington. A game-tying touchdown in the final seconds was nullified by a penalty, but Summers County had won five straight by 6, 14, 7, 3 and 7 points. The Patriots have sandwiched four straight defeats between a season-opening win over Midland Trail and last week against Sherman.

Bland County (0-5) at Narrows (2-3): The winner receives the first-ever “War on Wolf Creek” plaque, which is fitting for two schools that have developed a healthy rivalry in recent seasons. Narrows lone win last season was over the Bears. Bland County’s only win in 2012 came against the Green Wave. Bland lost its first two games by a combined three points, while the Green Wave has one win by 1 point and loss another by 6.

Auburn (4-1) at Giles (5-0): The top-ranked team in 2A-West meets the Eagles, who have had one of the more surprising turnarounds in the state. The Three Rivers District opener for both teams, four of Giles five wins have come by 14 or fewer points, and three by single digits. Auburn, which entered the season having lost 39 in a row, won four in a row to start the year before last week’s 28-21 loss at Parry McCluer.

Thomas Walker (1-5) at Haysi (5-0): Dillion Bailey ran for 234 yards last week for Hurley in a win at Thomas Walker. How many will Jeffrey Bowen get for Haysi, which gets to await the arrival of the Pioneers, who have no short road trips? Haysi still has one of the area’s best wins against Clintwood. Thomas Walker has allowed 42 or more points in five losses this season. The lone win came against Castlewood 26-6.

Clintwood (4-1) at Honaker (5-0): Honaker defeated John Battle 28-24 in what may have been the game of the night in Southwest Virginia last week, and now face a similar test in the Green Wave, whose lone loss was to unbeaten Haysi. Clintwood has scored 62 and 45 points in its last two games, while defeating Union 23-21 and falling 26-22 to the Tigers.

Twin Valley (2-4) at Hannan (1-4): The Panthers face a long trip to Ashton. The Panthers haven’t won more than one game in several years, and could reach three, having won two games by a combined three points. Hannan earned a rare blowout win over Hundred 56-0, but have allowed 41, 60 and 56 points in three defeats, and fell just short by six points last week against a Ohio school.

—Compiled by Brian Woodson


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