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No. 1 Fort Hill (5-0) at No. 2 Mtn. Crest (5-0)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Fort Hill leads, 17-1

LAST MEETING: December 4, 2021 – Mountain Ridge won, 51-31

LAST WEEK: Fort Hill beats. Oakdale, 49-21; Mountain Ridge def. Frankfurt, 36-0

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Fort Hill is No. 1 in the Top 5 in the region and No. 1 in the MPSSAA Class 1A points standings; Mountain Ridge is No. 2 in the Top 5 in the region and No. 2 in the MPSSAA Class 1A points standings

FOR REGISTRATION: The host Miners rank second in points per game (47.6) and third in points allowed (10.0), while the visiting Sentinels are fourth in points per game (35.0) while not allowing just 9.0 points per game, which is good for second in the region. . East Hardy leads in points scored and against average. … Mountain Ridge quarterback Uma Pua’auli is second in passing in the region, with 62 of 192 passes for 739 yards (147.8 yards per game), 13 touchdowns and three picks. The senior QB is also third on the zonal rushing charts at 98.6 yards per game on 53 carries for 493 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. … Pua’auli’s top passing target, Jaden Lee, has 21 catches for 231 yards and four touchdowns, with Will Patterson not too far behind at 12 receptions for 164 yards and three scores. … The three-headed Fort Hill monster in the backfield of Tavin Willis, Mikey Allen and Tanner Wertz rank fourth, sixth and ninth, respectively, in rushing into the zone. Willis is just two yards behind Pua’auli, with 36 carries for 491 yards and eight touchdowns. Allen has 29 carries for 451 yards and five touchdowns, while Wertz has 414 yards and six touchdowns on 58 carries. Allen and Willis average one first down per carry with 15.6 and 13.6 yards per carry, respectively. … Fort Hill leads the all-time series against Mountain Ridge, 17-1. The Sentinels have won 25 of 27 meetings with Beall and have never played Westmar. … The Miners won the last meeting at Frostburg with Fort Hill, 27-20, during the March 2021 portion of the pandemic season. The Sentinels’ last win at Frostburg came in the 2019 season opener, 56-7. …Fort Hill won both matchups with Mountain Ridge last year, winning the regular season encounter, 37-7, at Greenway Avenue Stadium just under two months before winning its sixth Class 1A state title and eighth overall in a 51-31 win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Keyser No. 3 (4-1) to John Marshall (2-3)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Keyser leads, 1-0

LAST MEETING: October 30, 2020 – Keyser won, 53-21

LAST WEEK: Keyser def. North, 28-10; John Marshall was goodbye

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Keyser is No. 3 in the regional top 5 and tied for No. 8 in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff rankings; John Marshall is 23rd in the WVSSAC AAA class playoff standings

FOR REGISTRATION: Keyser and John Marshall took a year off from their series last year after the Golden Tornado won the first meeting against the Class AAA team in dominant fashion. Both teams are looking to get back to the playoffs after missing out last year — Keyser last went in 2020 and John Marshall in 2018. A win for Keyser would go a long way to cementing this spot. John Marshall, currently on the outside staring at No. 23 in Class AAA, is in a must-see scenario against Keyser. … The Golden Tornado shut out a strong Northern side last week to earn their second straight double-digit win, beating Hampshire, 48-22, the previous week. Tristen Root and Kaii Kingman passed for 100 yards, and Anthony Mele rushed for 67 and a TD.

Spring Mills (2-3) at No. 4 Frankfurt (5-1)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Series tied, 1-1

LAST MEETING: October 8, 2021 – Spring Mills won, 21-20

LAST WEEK: Frankfort lost to No. 2 Mountain Ridge, 36-0; Spring Mills lost to Hedgesville, 29-28

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Frankfort is No. 4 in the regional top 5 and No. 7 in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff rankings; Spring Mills is tied for 19th in the WVSSAC AAA class playoff standings

FOR REGISTRATION: Frankfurt and Spring Mills played twice, and in both cases the home team won 21-20. The Falcons’ victory at Short Gap two seasons ago came in overtime, when Frankfort stopped Spring Mills, the top-ranked Class AAA team at the time, on a two-point conversion to seal the win. Last year in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Frankfort scored a late touchdown and opted to go for two and the win, but Spring Mills came through with the stoppage. … Frankfort arrives tonight after their first defeat of the season, a 36-0 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Mountain Ridge. The Falcons were held to 99 yards at Frostburg after scoring at least 28 points in each of their first five games. … Spring Mills was lucky to enter the Short Gap with a winning record at 3-2, but Hedgesville stunned the Cardinals by catching an angled ball for a touchdown in the final seconds and successfully converting the game-winning conversion at two points.

Bath County, Virginia (2-3) at East Hardy (4-1)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Bath County leads, 11-4

LAST MEETING: October 8, 2021 – East Hardy won, 53-12

LAST WEEK: East Hardy beats. Pocahontas County, 52-6; Bath Co. lost to Page Co. (Virginia), 44-25

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: East Hardy is No. 15 in the WVSSAC Class A playoff rankings

FOR REGISTRATION: East Hardy snapped a seven-game losing streak against Bath County with a crushing 53-12 rout in Hot Springs, Va., last year. … Since suffering a shocking 14-13 upset at the hands of Tucker County, East Hardy has rebounded in a big way, destroying Tygarts Valley, 63-0, and Pocahontas County, 52-6. Quarterback Mason Miller leads the area in passing yards per game at 150. He threw for 752 yards, eight touchdowns and two touchdowns, and on the ground he has 445 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 21 total touchdowns are one more than Mountain Ridge’s Uma Pua’auli (13 assists, seven rushing) for the sector lead. … Bath County is led by Wyatt Campbell, who has 12 touchdowns so far this season.

Grafton (0-6) at Hampshire (2-4)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Series tied, 1-1

LAST MEETING: September 22, 2003 – Hampshire won, 47-6

LAST WEEK: Hampshire lost to Greenbrier East, 44-6; Grafton lost to Elkins, 16-0

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Hampshire is No. 24 in the WVSSAC AAA class playoff rankings; Grafton is tied for 36th in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff standings

FOR REGISTRATION: Despite starting 2-4, Hampshire’s game with Grafton is the first of three consecutive games in which the Trojans will be favored. After Grafton (0-6), Hampshire drew with Berkeley Springs (0-6) and Washington (1-5) before ending the year in Hedgesville (4-2). … The Trojans are led by the quarterback-wide receiver duo of Landon Eversole and Zander Robinson. Eversole has completed 59 of 100 passes for 706 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions, and Robinson is the region’s leading receiver with 451 yards and three scores. Grant Hicks paces the Hampshire defense with 33 tackles. … With the exception of a 14-13 loss to Liberty, Grafton has lost every game by at least two touchdowns. The Bearcats were outclassed this season 197-59.

Moorefield (2-3) at Tucker County (5-0)

TO START UP: 7 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Moorefield leads, 14-7

LAST MEETING: September 17, 2021 – Moorefield won, 45-14

LAST WEEK: Moorefield was on a bye; Tucker Co. won. Pendleton Co., 32-7

IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Moorefield is No. 26 in the WVSSAC playoff rankings; Tucker County is tied for 4th in the WVSSAC Class A playoff standings

FOR REGISTRATION: While Moorefield dominated the game against Tucker County last year and won 7 of 9 in the series, Tucker is the heavy favorite in 2022. … Despite records of 0-10, 1-7 and 2 -8 over the past three seasons, Tucker has already eclipsed his winning total from those campaigns combined for five weeks. Standout quarterback Ethan Rosenau is a big reason for that, having completed 68 of 100 passes for 1,106 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions in five weeks. Receiver Maddox Anderson has 491 receiving yards and eight points. … Moorefield started the season 2-1 with wins over Pocahontas County and Southern, but back-to-back losses to Strasbourg and Petersburg set the Yellow Jackets back. Running back Adam Landes rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns in the team’s two wins, however, he’s been limited to 32 yards and no scores in the past two games.

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