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September 18, 2013

Cavaliers on top in 1st ratings

It’s a long way to December, but Greenbrier West is sitting right where it wants to be.

The Cavaliers are No. 1 in Class A in the first prep football ratings of the season, released Tuesday by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

The top 16 teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, which begin the weekend of Nov. 15-16.

West (3-0) is known for its run-heavy offense, operated by the likes of senior quarterback Malik Boatwright and senior tailback Corey Cox. But the defense has been impenetrable through three games, allowing only seven points (a 46-7 win over Richwood).

The Cavs shut out Class AA Nicholas County 6-0 in the season opener, then blanked Independence 55-0 last Friday. They have outscored their opponents 107-7 going into Friday’s game at Buffalo, where they will try to avenge their only loss of the 2012 regular season.

The Nos. 1 and 2 teams are guaranteed home games through the first three rounds of the playoffs.

In Class AAA, Oak Hill (2-0) is tied with Capital for the seventh spot. The Red Devils, who defeated Elkins and Musselman before taking last week off, will host Nicholas County on Friday.

Princeton (2-1), which is enjoying a resurgence following a 2-8 record in 2012, is tied with Lewis County for 19th.

Two area Class AA teams that are both undefeated and will clash Friday night now have even more incentive.

Summers County and Wyoming East, both 3-0, are tied for No. 4. They will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hinton. Both were playoff teams a year ago.

River View (2-0) is tied with two-time defending state champion Wayne for seventh. Nicholas (2-1) is 14th.

Bluefield (1-1) is 17th. Liberty and Westside, both 1-2, are among four teams tied for 20th.

Area teams joining Greenbrier West in the Class A ratings are Fayette County rivals Meadow Bridge (3-0) and Valley (2-0), tied at No. 8.

Fayetteville (2-1) is one of five teams knotted up at 18th. The Pirates, who were winless last season but have outscored opponents 113-6 in the last two weeks, will visit Meadow Bridge on Friday.

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