In other games tonight involving area teams:Huntington (5-1) at Logan (5-1): A matchup of teams vying for home-field honors in the Class AAA playoffs, with the Highlanders currently third and the Wildcats tied for 10th. Logan shaded Huntington last year 28-27.
"Defense has been a big reason for our success,'' said Logan coach Gary Mullins, whose team has already shut out three opponents. "We thought we could be good on defense, but we had no idea it would be as good as it's been at this point. I don't think we had three shutouts in the previous eight years I've been here. It's really hard to lose a game when they score none.''George Washington (5-1) at Riverside (1-5): The Patriots seek their fifth straight win and try to protect their No. 4 status in the AAA playoff ratings. For the Warriors, quarterback Trevor Rumberg (1,208 passing yards) has been a pleasant surprise and is on pace to shatter the school record of 1,613 yards in a season (Josh Clark, 2004). Rumberg's already just the sixth player in the program's 14 seasons to reach four figures.Hurricane (4-2) at Greenbrier East (2-4): Redskins quarterback Austin Hensley hurt the Spartans in last year's 35-21 victory, hitting on 13 of 19 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and running for two more scores. East is allowing a shade under 40 points per game this season.Ripley (3-4) at St. Albans (0-7): The Vikings have been stingy most times on defense, allowing more than 21 points to just two teams. Last year, Ripley blanked the Red Dragons 22-0, holding SA to a net of 150 yards and returning an interception for a touchdown.Sissonville (3-3) at Clay County (2-4): The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak last week at Herbert Hoover to put themselves 17th in the AA ratings, one spot out of a berth. The Panthers have lost just one game this season by more than one possession (eight points).Scott (6-1) at Herbert Hoover (1-6): The Skyhawks ran for well over 300 yards in last year's 30-17 win over the Huskies. Scott needs a win before its bye week in order to protect its status as the No. 4 team in AA, especially with games against Robert C. Byrd (6-1) and Logan (5-1) to end the regular season.Buffalo (5-1) at Calhoun County (2-5): The Bison beat the Titans last year 61-6, and Gilmer's defense has been touched up for 57 or more points three times already this season.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
All games at 7:30 p.m. unless notedCabell Midland (7-0) at Capital (4-2)George Washington (5-1) at Riverside (1-5)Nitro (2-4) at South Charleston (4-3)Hurricane (4-2) at Greenbrier East (2-4)Ripley (3-4) at St. Albans (0-7)Sissonville (3-3) at Clay County (2-4)Scott (6-1) at Herbert Hoover (1-6)Buffalo (5-1) at Calhoun County (2-5)Brooke (1-5) at Parkersburg South (4-3)Huntington (5-1) at Logan (5-1)Lincoln County (0-6) at Nicholas County (3-3)Parkersburg (4-3) at Woodrow Wilson (4-3)Point Pleasant (4-2) at Ravenswood (2-4)Princeton (1-6) at Spring Valley (3-3)Wayne (6-0) at Tolsia (3-4)Roane County (3-3) at Man (2-5)South Gallia, Ohio (0-7) at Wahama (7-0)Van (1-5) at Tug Valley (5-2)
Saturday's gamesSherman (1-5) at Bellaire St. John's, Ohio (3-4), noonValley (6-0) at Parkersburg Catholic (3-4), 1:30 p.m.Wheeling Central (4-3) at Mingo Central (4-2), 1:30 p.m.