By Cam Huffman
Summers County’s matchup with fellow undefeated Wyoming East last Friday in Hinton drew attention from around the state. Two of the top teams in Class AA going head-to-head caused high school football fans in parts of West Virginia that usually ignore the action in the southern portion of the state to sit up and take notice.
The Bobcats’ 17-14 win, which improved them to 4-0 under first-year head coach Nate Tanner, also had an impact in the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Football Rankings. Summers County is now the area’s highest ranked team, coming in at No. 3 in Class AA, behind only Fairmont Senior and Sissonville.
“To be honest, it’s pretty cool,” said Tanner of the ranking. “I think it’s a good thing, but, personally, I try not to look at that stuff too much. We’re not even halfway through the season. But it’s a good place to be.”
Frankfort and defending champion Wayne are tied for fourth behind the Bobcats.
Wyoming East (3-1) slipped to No. 8 with its first loss of the year, in a tie with Ritchie County. Bluefield (2-1) is No. 12, and River View is inside the top 16 at No. 15.
On the outside looking in at the top 16, which will gain playoff spots at the end of the season, are No. 17 Nicholas County (2-2), No. 20 James Monroe (1-2). Liberty (1-3), Mount View (1-3) and Westside (1-3) are tied at No. 23.
PikeView (1-3) is No. 28 and Independence (1-3) is No. 32.
Greenbrier West (4-0) was No. 1 in Class A last week and had a big win on the road against Buffalo Friday night, avenging its only regular season loss from 2012. But the Cavaliers actually slipped in the rankings, falling to No. 5. Madonna and Williamstown are now tied at No. 1 in Class A, with St. Mary’s at No. 3 and East Hardy No. 4.
Valley (3-0) is just one spot behind Greenbrier West, tied with Notre Dame at No. 6. Meadow Bridge (4-0) is No. 8 after its convincing win over Fayetteville (2-2), which dropped to No. 20. Richwood (1-3) is 26th, while Midland Trail (1-3) is No. 32.
In the state’s largest class, Oak Hill (3-0) is the area’s highest ranked team at No. 6. The Red Devils trail No. 1 Huntington, No. 2 George Washington and Capital, Point Pleasant and Wheeling Park, all tied at No. 3.
If the season ended today, Oak Hill would be the only Class AAA team from the area to make a postseason appearance. Greenbrier East (3-1) is knocking on the door at No. 19, and Princeton (2-2) is at No. 24. Woodrow Wilson (1-2) is 27th and Shady Spring (1-3) is No. 32.
The WVSSAC Football Rankings will be released each Tuesday at 2 p.m.