GRAFTON—The field is set for Wheeling this weekend as six teams punched their tickets for a trip to the “Super Six,” a name given to the West Virginia high school football championships at Wheeling Island Stadium every December.
In Class AAA, #1 seed Martinsburg (13-0) continued to dismantle every team they’ve faced this season, this time defeating #4 seed Parkersburg South by the score of 77-20. It was the fifth time this season that the Bulldogs have scored 70 or more points, as they now have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 810-101 on the year. They will attempt to win their eighth state championship (and fourth consecutive) as they battle #2 seed Cabell Midland (13-0) on Saturday. Cabell Midland will be playing in their second state championship game and is looking to win the school’s first football championship after a 38-14 defeat to Martinsburg in the 2012 AAA State Championship game. Cabell Midland defeated rival Spring Valley (11-2) by the score of 31-0 Friday in the semifinals to advance to Wheeling.
In Class AA, #1 seed Bluefield (12-1) defeated defending state champion Fairmont Senior (12-1) by the score of 40-24 on Friday. The Beavers are headed back to Wheeling Island for the third straight season and are looking to win their 12th state championship. Bluefield and Fairmont Senior have played each other in the last two AA title games, with the Beavers winning 29-26 in 2017 and Fairmont Senior avenging the loss with a 23-13 win in last year’s title game. Bluefield will face off against another perennial powerhouse, Bridgeport (12-1), who has won nine state championships and is heading back to Wheeling for the first time since they won three straight titles from 2013-2015. Bridgeport knocked off Oak Glen on Saturday by the score of 38-7 to punch their ticket the Island.
In Class A, #1 seed Doddridge County (13-0) continued their magical 2019 run with a solid 27-3 win over #5 seed Williamstown. Doddridge County will be looking to win the school’s first ever state championship in football after bowing out to Wheeling Central in the 2018 semifinals by the score of 47-7. They’ll get the chance to avenge their semifinal loss to the Knights as Wheeling Central (9-4) punched their ticket to the Island with a 27-7 win over #3 seed Pendleton County (11-2). The Knights are looking to win their twelfth state championship overall and their eleventh since 2000. They have won the previous two Class A state championships, with wins over St. Mary’s in 2017 (40-21) and Williamstown (44-15) in 2018.
AAA State Championship - #1 Martinsburg (13-0) vs. #2 Cabell Midland (13-0) - Saturday, 12:00pm
AA State Championship - #1 Bluefield (12-1) vs. #2 Bridgeport (12-1) - Friday, 7:30pm
A State Championship - #1 Doddridge County (13-0) vs. #10 Wheeling Central (9-4) - Saturday, 7:30 p.m.