1. Oak Hill (24) — The No. 5 Red Devils (5-1) lost for the first time Friday, dropping a 49-15 decision at undefeated Point Pleasant. They’ll return home for homecoming against Lewis County.
2. Woodrow Wilson (20) — John H. Lilly’s Flying Eagles (3-3) held on for a crucial home win over Parkersburg Friday. Woodrow will be on the road at Capital this week.
3. Greenbrier East (14) — The Spartans (4-3) were impressive in a 59-13 thrashing of Lincoln County on Friday. The schedule gets tougher with a trip to Logan on the slate Friday.
4. Princeton (12) — A 47-14 pounding of St. Albans allowed the Tigers (3-4) to bring a losing streak to an end. They’re at home on Friday as Riverside makes a visit to Princeton.
5. Shady Spring (5) — After a week off to try to fix some problems and get healthy, the Tigers (1-5) will be back on the field on Friday when Wyoming East pays a visit.
1. Bluefield (25) — The No. 4 Beavers (5-1) won again in impressive fashion, posting 50 in a win over River View. Westside will be in Bluefield on Friday for another big game.
2. Summers County (19) — One week after suffering their first loss of the season, the No. 6 Bobcats (6-1) got back on track, beating Independence 51-0. They’ll host Meadow Bridge on Friday.
T3. Nicholas County (13) — Webster County was no match for the No. 13 Grizzlies (5-2) as they racked up a 40-8 victory. This week, they’ll go on the road to face winless Lincoln County.
T3. Wyoming East (13) — The No. 8 Warriors (6-1) won again on Friday, this time handing PikeView a 34-27 loss. Wyoming East will pay a visit to Shady Spring this week.
5. Westside (3) — With quarterback Justin Cogar back, the Renegades (3-4) picked up a win over James Monroe on Friday. Next up is a difficult assignment on the road at Bluefield.
1. Greenbrier West (25) — The No. 8 Cavaliers (6-1) had little problem in a blowout win over Pocahontas County on Friday. Webster County will pay a visit to Charmco this week for homecoming.
2. Valley (20) — Rated No. 3, the Greyhounds (6-0) still haven’t lost, the latest victim being Tug Valley on Friday. This week, Parkersburg Catholic will come to WVU Tech’s Martin Field for a big game.
3. Meadow Bridge (15) — The No. 13 Wildcats (6-1) were in full control from start to finish in a win over Mount View on Friday. They’ll have their hands full this week when they visit Summers County.
4. Fayetteville (10) — Fayetteville’s difficult schedule continued with a lopsided loss to Moorefield on Friday. The Pirates (2-5) will get a breather this week to try to regroup for a stretch run.
5. Midland Trail (4) — The Patriots (2-4) came up short against Class AA Clay County on Friday. This week, Joe Dean will take his team to Montcalm looking to get back on the winning track.
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 seven 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.
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