The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 6, 2013

THE FAB FIVE


From Staff Reports

BECKLEY — Class AAA

1) Oak Hill (25) — The Red Devils (5-0) overcame a sluggish start to down Shady Spring in a runaway and stay perfect. The biggest test yet could come Friday at Point Pleasant.

2) Woodrow Wilson (19) — The offense went missing in action for the Flying Eagles (2-3) Friday in a shutout loss at Cabell Midland. Parkersburg will visit Van Meter Stadium on Friday.

3) Greenbrier East (13) — After a 3-1 start, the Spartans (3-3) have dropped back-to-back games, giving up 113 points in the process. They'll welcome Lincoln County for homecoming Friday.

4) Princeton (13) — Following a promising 2-0 start, the Tigers (2-4) have dropped four in a row, including the last two at home. They'll be at St. Albans on Friday in major need of a win.

5) Shady Spring (5) — The Tigers (1-5) are showing signs of improvement, but the schedule hasn't been easy. They'll get a bye this week before welcoming Wyoming East to town next Friday.



Class AA

1) Bluefield (24) — Three straight wins have the Beavers (4-1) playing with plenty of momentum. They're coming off a win over Richlands (Va.) and will travel to River View on Friday.

2) Summers County (20) — The Bobcats (5-1) lost for the first time all year Friday, allowing Covington (Va.) to come from behind and secure a 23-16 win. They'll host Independence on Friday.

3) Nicholas County (16) — Following the same trend as last year, the Grizzlies (4-2) seem to be putting it all together at the right time. They've won four of their last five and will be at Webster County Friday.

4) Wyoming East (10) — The Warriors (5-1) scored 14 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat River View 14-12. This week they'll host PikeView on Friday night.

5) River View (5) — The Raiders (3-2) are three points away from being 4-1 with the only loss on the road against a quality Man team. They'll have a big test this week when they host Bluefield.



Class A

1) Greenbrier West (25) — After the first loss of the season at Summers County two weeks ago, the Cavaliers (5-1) responded with a lopsided win at PikeView. They'll host Pocahontas County on Friday.

2) Valley (20) — A win against Meadow Bridge in a battle of Fayette County undefeateds allowed the Greyhounds (5-0) to stay unbeaten. They'll be at Tug Valley on Friday.

3) Meadow Bridge (15) — The Wildcats (5-1) lost for the first time, falling a touchdown short against Valley. Larry McClintic's team will welcome Mount View to town on Friday with a chance to get back on track.

4) Fayetteville (9) — The Pirates (2-4) dropped their third straight on Friday, falling to Man at home. All three losses have been close, though, and they'll look for better results Friday at home against Moorefield.

5) Midland Trail (6) — Coming off a two-game winning streak before a bye last Friday, the Patriots (2-3) are showing some major improvement. They'll host Clay County on Friday.



About the poll: Our panel of five voters — Cam Huffman (sports editor), Gary Fauber (assistant sports editor), Dan Stillwell (sports writer), J. Daniel Rollins (sports writer) and Rusty Udy (sports clerk) — ranked the top five area teams in each class based on their performances over the first six weeks and their potential the rest of the way. Teams received five points for a first-place vote, four for a second-place vote and on down to one for a fifth-place vote. The vote totals are listed in parentheses.