Local high school football squads will play games with playoff implications this Friday.
In Class AAA, No. 10 Oak Hill (5-2) seeks to rebound from a loss to Lewis County, but it won’t be an easy task. The Red Devils travel to face Class AA No. 5 Bluefield (6-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Class A games include No. 9 Valley (6-1) hosting No. 23 Richwood (3-4), No. 12 Meadow Bridge (6-2) traveling to Class AA No. 28 Mount View (3-4), co-No. 18 Midland Trail (4-3) entertaining No. 35 Hannan (1-6), and Fayetteville (0-7) visiting No. 4 Buffalo (6-1).
At Midland Trail’s game with Hannan, the Patriot contingent will wear pink for the second straight year in honor of the breast cancer awareness movement.
“We support it 100 percent,” said Midland Trail coach Joe Dean. “The kids look forward to it.”
As to the game itself, Dean said Tuesday he told his players they need to be prepared.
“We don’t know a whole lot about Hannan. We have to get better. You don’t look past your next game. We told the kids today, ‘You better be ready.’ ”
Through seven games, senior Jake Grimmett has rushed 110 times for 779 yards, a 7.1 average, and eight touchdowns. He has also completed 14 of 36 passes for 350 yards and five scores, with Ethan Barker being the Patriots’ top receiver with 10 catches for 346 yards and four scores. Garrett Coleman has rushed 31 times for 127 yards.
Grimmett is averaging 39.4 yards per punt, as well.
Evan O’Dell has 60.5 total tackles to lead the Trail defense, while Grimmett has 57.5 and Ryan Wilson 56.5.
Meadow Bridge’s Jake Parker is Fayette County’s leading rusher going into this weekend’s action. In eight games, the junior has carried the ball 254 times for 1,784 yards, an average per attempt of 7.0 yards. He has scored 21 touchdowns.
Oak Hill’s Jalen Jones has 142 rushes for 1,524 yards (10.7 ypc) and 17 TDs.