By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
If you stick around the area this weekend, you might not be able to tell that the West Virginia high school football playoffs are going on.
The traditional Friday night lights will not be burning, and the shoulder pads will not be popping. Only one area team will host a first-round playoff game — and it will be played Saturday afternoon.
Greenbrier West (9-1) finished rated No. 6 in Class A and will host No. 11 Meadow Bridge (7-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the first round. The schools are separated by just 16 miles on Route 20.
West is led by quarterback Malik Boatwright and running back Tyler Parker, but the Cavs have many more contributors. Backs Cory Cox and Chase McClung have made significant runs, and backup quarterback Mikey Goddard allows West the freedom to utilize Boatwright’s speed at tailback.
The Wildcats are talented across the offensive line, providing lots of running room for 2,000-yard workhorse Jake Parker.
The Cavaliers may be the area’s only home team, but southern West Virginia will nonetheless be well represented throughout the state.
Also in Class A, No. 9 Valley (8-2) will visit No. 8 Clay-Battelle (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be played at University High in Morgantown.
In Class AAA, Woodrow Wilson (6-4) qualified for the postseason for the second straight year at No. 15. And, for the second consecutive season, the Flying Eagles will have to travel to Martinsburg (9-1).
The two-time defending state champion Bulldogs are No. 2.
That game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Woodrow was competitive with Martinsburg in last year’s game, but the Bulldogs were able to dominate the second half and won 49-13.
Oak Hill (7-3), meanwhile, eked in at No. 16. The Red Devils, in their first year at the triple-A level, finished with a rating of 9.00, edging out Logan (8.90).
The Devils, led by junior halfback Jalen Jones, will go to No. 1 Cabell Midland (10-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In Class AA, Nicholas County (6-3) wound up ninth and will visit No. 8 Ritchie County at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Grizzlies were unable to play their season finale against Richwood last Friday because of the effects of the severe weather that hit the area early last week.
No. 5 Bluefield (8-2) will host No. 12 Roane County (6-4) and No. 10 Wyoming East (7-3) will play at No. 7 Scott (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
No. 11 Summers County (7-3) will go to No. 6 Frankfort (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for its first playoff trip since 1997, while No. 14 River View (6-4), which beat Westside Saturday night to finish in the top 16, will play at No. 3 Bridgeport (7-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
— E-mail: gfauber@