North (2-1) at No. 3 Frankfurt 4-0
KICKING OFF: 19 o’clock
ALL TIME SERIES: Frankfurt leads, 16-5
LAST MEETING: September 24, 2021 – Northern won, 28-6
LAST WEEK: Frankfurt def. Berkeley Springs, 45-14; northern def. Mount Union (Pa.), 50-21
IN THE POLLS: Frankfurt is No. 3 in the Area Top 5 and ranks No. 2 in the class AA points classification; Northern receives votes in the Area Top 5 and is #3 in the Class 1A West Point standings
FOR RECORDING: Northern has won 4 of 6 in the series, with his win last year ending a two-game winning streak in Frankfurt against the Huskies. At the time of the win, the Falcons were No. 1 in the Class AA points standings. Northern would go on to defeat back-to-back No. 1 WVSSAC while the Huskies defeated Frankfort’s Mineral County rival Keyser the following week. … Frankfurt still have to be tested in the 4-0 start. The Falcons outscored their opponents 174-17. Frankfurt average 372 yards offense and their defense limits opponents to 143.3 yards per game. The Falcons have a plus-10 turnover margin. Last week, five Frankfort rushers rushed 50 yards away into Berkeley Springs: Luke Robinette, Parker VanMeter, Tyrique Powell, Landen Kinser and Jacob Nething. … After a loss to top-ranked Fort Hill in the opener, Northern is coming off back-to-back hits against Albert Gallatin and Mount Union. The Huskies rushed all over Mount Union for 515 yards and seven touchdowns. Kyle Broadwater and Ethan Sebold both blacked out 180 yards on the ground. Kellen Hinebaugh ran 129 yards to make three ball carriers that exceeded 100 yards.
Holidaysburg, Pa. (0-4), on No. 1 Fort Hill (3-0)KICKING OFF: 19 o’clock
ALL TIME SERIES: Fort Hill leads, 6-3
LAST MEETING: September 24, 2021 – Fort Hill won, 35-33
LAST WEEK: Fort Hill defeated. South, 42-0; Hollidaysburg lost to Butler (Pa.), 40-20
IN THE POLLS: Fort Hill is #1 in Area Top 5 and #1 in Class 1A West Point rankings
FOR RECORDING: Fort Hill is entering a 16-game winning streak tonight dating back to a 27-12 win over Allegany during the spring pandemic season. Before the Sentinels lost to Mountain Ridge a week before defeating the Campers, Fort Hill’s last regular-season loss came on September 26, 2019 at home to Cathedral Prep, 48-14. … After a rough streak, the Sentinels defeated the Sentinels 42-0 in Saturday’s home opener at Fort Hill Southern in Greenway with a 9-7 win at the Class 4A Old Mill. The Sentinels scored three goals in under three minutes in the first quarter, with Tavin Willis opening with a 61-yard run and later catching a 61-yard TD pass from Lance Bender. Anthony Palmisano had a pick-six wedged between first-quarter results. Tanner Wertz had a touchdown in the second quarter before Mikey Allen’s 29-yard touchdown catch from Anthony Burns made it 35-0 at halftime. Jabril Daniels’ first carry of the season came in for a 45-yard third. … In three games, Fort Hill has outscored their opponents 87-14. During their 16-game winning streak, the Sentinels have outplayed teams 620-178 (38.8-11.1). … Last week, Hollidaysburg had just 20 offensive yards in the first half before Butler scored 33 points in the second half to earn a 20-point win in a game that saw the Golden Tigers without Nick Burkey’s start and without Running back the start of Elijah was Ransom, both of whom had been injured a week earlier. Quarterback Tucker Rossman was fired four times and shot down three times. Hollidaysburg finished with 222 yards total attack. … Fort Hill understaffed the trek to Hollidaysburg last season thanks to a COVID outbreak after an opposing player tested positive a week earlier. The Sentinels were without nearly all of their offensive and defensive lines, including 10 players and seven defensive starters. Fort Hill led 35-7 at the break before the Golden Tigers rushed back, but the Sentinels were able to knock down a Hail Mary pass in the final game to walk away with the win.
No. 2 Mountain Ridge (3-0) in Smithsburg (1-2)KICKING OFF: 6 p.m
ALL TIME SERIES: Mountain Ridge leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: September 24, 2021 – Mountain Ridge won 69-6
LAST WEEK: ridge def. Allegany, 41-16; Smithsburg lost to South Hagerstown, 32-20
IN THE POLLS: Mountain Ridge is #2 in Area Top 5 and #2 in Class 1A West Point; Smithsburg is No. 4 in Class 1A West Point standings
FOR RECORDING: Mountain Ridge’s meeting with Smithsburg last year was the teams’ first, and it wasn’t good for the Leopards. This year, the Miners are starting a four-game series for Smithsburg against opponents from the Western Maryland Athletic Conference in five weeks. The Leopards face Allegany next week, Fort Hill in two weeks and Southern the week after. … Mountain Ridge came through its 3-0 start, outscoring the opposition 151-37. Uma Pua’auli completes 67% of his passes, averages 173 yards per game and has 11 touchdowns to two interceptions. Pua’auli is the Miners’ leading rusher with 273 yards and four points. Jaden Lee has 192 yards receiving and four scores, and Will Patterson has 125 yards and two TDs. Since the truncated COVID season, Mountain Ridge has won 17 of 19 games. … Smithsburg’s second quarterback Zac Smith has struggled so far this season, completing just 40% of his passes with five interceptions in three games. Running back Ashton Redman is back and he’s averaging 76 yards a night. Smithsburg’s best player is perhaps his kicker, Cameron Rejonis, who is 5-5 on PATs and 2-3 on field goals with a 36-long. Last year, Rejonis kicked a 38-yard game winner against South Hagerstown at Summer.
Hampshire (2-2) 4th Keyser (2-1)
KICKING OFF: 19 o’clock
ALL TIME SERIES: Keyser leads, 41-17
LAST MEETING: September 24, 2021 – Keyser won, 52-14
LAST WEEK: Keyser lost to Beaver Local (Ohio), 31-10; Hampshire defeated. Park View (Va.), 49-0
IN THE POLLS: Keyser is #4 in Area Top 5 and #14 in Class AA points; Hampshire is 18th in the AAA points standings
Keyser has won 24 of the last 26 meetings since 1996. Before that, Hampshire had won 8 out of 9 meetings between 1987 and 1995. The Trojans’ two most recent victories in the series were in 2001 (32-0) and 2015 (17-14). … Keyser and Beaver Local were 10-all level in the second quarter last Friday with 2:47 to go, but Beaver scored a touchdown in just 57 seconds to race into halftime with a lead. The momentum continued after the break as Beaver outscored the Tornado 14-0 in the second half and handed Keyser his first loss of the season. Tristen Root scored Keyser’s lone touchdown, Edan Parks hit a 22-yard field goal, and Jack Stanislawczyk intercepted a pass. … Hampshire led Park View 35-0 after the first quarter en route to a seven-touchdown win that ended their two-game slip. Zander Robinson and Caleb Vandevander each had two touchdowns in the first quarter.
No. 5 Petersburg (4-0) at Moorefield (2-2)
KICKING OFF: 19 o’clock
ALL TIME SERIES: Moorefield leads, 65-22
LAST MEETING: September 24, 2021 – Moorefield won 41-0
LAST WEEK: Petersburg defeated. Pocahontas Co., 47-18; Moorefield lost to Strasburg (Va.), 40-0
IN THE POLLS: Petersburg is No. 5 in Area Top 5 and No. 7 in Class A points; Moorefield is No. 24 in the Class A points standings
FOR RECORDING: Before the back-to-back defeats of the past two seasons, Petersburg had won their last three encounters with the Yellow Jackets. Before that, Moorefield had won 21 of 22 from 1994 to 2015. … Petersburg got off to the best start in 30 years. The Vikings have not started 4-0 since winning their first five games in 1992. Running back Peyton Day was dominant both on the ground and as a receiver. The day has 477 rushing yards and eight touchdowns along with 202 yards and two scores. Quarterback Bumby Van Meter has completed 23 of 45 passes for 545 yards, eight TDs and two interceptions, and he has 185 more yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Vikings’ offense averages 51 points and 408 yards per game. … After winning back-to-back games, Moorefield was shut down by Strasburg last Friday, limiting the Yellow Jackets to just 106 yards in total offense. No Moorefield back eclipsed 20 yards. Running back Adam Landes came on after rushing for 267 yards and seven TDs over the past two weeks, but Strasburg kept him to just nine yards with three kills.
Pendleton County (1-2) at Southern (0-3)
KICKING OFF: 19 o’clock
ALL TIME SERIES: Pendleton County leads 3-2
LAST MEETING: September 27, 2019 – Pendleton County won 42-7
LAST WEEK: Southern lost to Fort Hill, 42-0; Defeated Pendleton County. Grafton, 34-18
IN THE POLLS: Southern ranks 6th in Class 1A West Point standings; Grafton is ranked 31st in the Class AA points standings
FOR RECORDING: Last year’s Southern and Pendleton County meeting was canceled due to COVID-19. Pendleton County won the first two games of the series in dominating fashion, with victories 46-6 and 40-16 of 2015-16. Southern retaliated over the next two seasons, defeating the Wildcats 54-6, 35-21. Pendleton broke the tie in 2019 with a 42-7 romp.