The 2011 regular season comes to a close this weekend in Mason County, and all three local football teams will do so on the road.
Point Pleasant and Wahama have already secured playoff games at home next week, but those squads can secure home games for quite a while this weekend with respective wins at Chapmanville and Buffalo.
Hannan, which will not be headed to the playoffs, suits it up one last time this year when it travels to Gilmer County.
Here’s a brief look at the Week 11 matchups in Mason County.
WAHAMA at BUFFALO
With its second consecutive outright league title already in hand, the Wahama football team aims to close out the 2011 campaign with its 21st straight regular season victory Friday night when it travels to Buffalo for a pivotal Week 11 matchup in Putnam County.
The visiting White Falcons (9-0) are aiming for their second straight unbeaten regular season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at WHS since 2002 and 2003. Wahama is also looking to improve on its current status in the Class A playoff ratings, where it is currently second to 9-0 Wheeling Central Catholic.
The host Bison (7-2), on the other hand, currently sit ninth in the Class A postseason standings, and a win would certainly vault them into a home playoff game. Buffalo has lost two straight to WHS, including the 2009 regular season finale that started the White Falcons’ current 20-game winning streak.
Buffalo is averaging 34.9 points per game offensively while allowing 14.1 points as a defensive unit. BHS is also 4-0 at home this fall headed into Senior Night this weekend.
Wahama has outscored opponents by 422 points this season and is also outgaining teams by 2,785 total yards of offense this fall. WHS is averaging 54.3 points per game offensively while allowing 7.4 points as a defensive unit.
Wahama has surrendered double digits in points only twice this year and hasn’t lost on the road since suffering a 37-34 setback to Parkersburg Catholic in Week 10 of 2008. That year was also the last time that Buffalo defeated Wahama.
POINT PLEASANT at CHAPMANVILLE
Point Pleasant goes for perfection-plus Friday night when it ends the 2011 regular season by traveling to Chapmanville for a Week 11 Cardinal Conference gridiron matchup in Logan County.
The visiting Big Blacks (9-0, 6-0 Cardinal) have secured at least a share of the 2011 league crown following the outcomes from last week, as the Tigers (7-2, 5-1) were doubled up by Wayne (52-26) in a setback at WHS. Point’s 41-7 won over Herbert Hoover last week in its home finale.
Both Chapmanville and Wayne now have one loss in the league standings, which means the Big Blacks can capture their second outright Cardinal Conference crown (2008) in four years this weekend with a triumph. A setback would lead to a three-way tie atop the division, as Wayne travels to Bluefield for a non-conference game.
Point Pleasant is also playing for more than a league title, as the Big Blacks have a strong possibility of becoming the top overall seed in the Class AA playoffs with a win. PPHS is currently second to unbeaten Shady Spring (10-0) by 11-hundreths of a point with one game left.
Chapmanville is also playing for more than a league title, as the Tigers are currently 12th in the Class AA playoff bracket. A win would allow CHS the possibility of hosting one game, while a loss could lead to 16-team postseason borderline.
Chapmanville, which is 3-1 at home this fall, is averaging 34.2 points per game offensively while allowing 18.3 points as a defense. In Cardinal Conference play, CHS is posting averages of 34.2 points on offense and 19.2 points defensively.
Point, on the other hand, is allowing only 7.8 points defensively while scoring 47.6 points in nine outings this fall. In league play, those averages are 50.0 and 9.5, respectively.
PPHS currently owns a 10-game regular season winning streak and has also won its last seven Cardinal Conference contests. Point has won three straight decisions over the Tigers, including a 35-28 decision last season.
HANNAN at GILMER COUNTY
The Hannan Wildcats will wrap up the 2011 football season on Friday evening as they travel to Glenville, W.Va. to face the Gilmer County Titans.
The Wildcats (2-7) will be looking for their third win of the season, something they have not done since the turn of the millennium. Gilmer County is 1-8 this season.
Hannan is averaging 9.5 points per game this season, while allowing 30.2 points per game.
The Wildcats are 1-4 on the road this season, with their road win coming at Hundred (22-0) in week two. Hannan also defeated Manchester (26-14) at home this season.
Gilmer County’s lone win of the season came at home in week six against Tygarts Valley (20-14).
The Titans have two losses by forfeit this season. The forfeits came in weeks three and nine.
In the seven games played this season, the Titans have allowed 45.7 points per game, and have scored 14.7 points per game.
This will be the final game for Hannan seniors Jacob Taylor, Paula Edmonds, Robert Harper, Kenneth Doss, Christopher Smith, Jason Call, James Brumfield and Mason Dempsey.