BLUEFIELD – There is good news and bad news regarding the Bluefield High School football team’s search for a game eighth game to meet the WVSSAC minimum requirements to make the playoffs.
The good news: The Beavers have found their eighth matchup.
The bad news: They’ve already called it a loss.
This week, the Sports Department at Bluefield High School officially owned the COVID Beaver Deferred Game with Woodrow Wilson as a forfeit.
Assuming this week’s game in Ridgeview, Va., And next week’s regular season finals with Mingo Central at Mitchell Stadium go as planned, Bluefield’s loss to the Flying Eagles will be the eighth critical result of the regular season.
Beavers head coach Fred Simon said his schedule was on until the last minute in hopes that a live match with the class AAA Beckley schedule could be worked out. But there was no time for this option.
“It will give us eight games. We just have to do our best to win the games we have left, ”said Simon.
“If you lose it counts as a game. We knew it. The state made us determine that as early as this week. We can’t wait any longer. We tried to get the game. We can’t get it, so we have to move on, ”he said.
Simon reiterated that the Beavers remain in an inescapable situation if they hope to advance to the Class AA playoffs.
“We have to win to be lucky. That’s the gist, ”said Simon, whose team travels to Dickenson County, Va., This Friday to face well-respected Class 2 opponent Ridgeview.
Bluefield is ranked 17th in this week’s Class AA power ranking with a score of 6.8. This was calculated before the official declaration of the WW package.
This will affect the following numbers for the Beavers, but there are still uncertainties for the other teams just ahead of Bluefield in the odds, all of which could be pushed depending on the outcome of this week’s and next week’s games.
Currently just ahead of the Beavers: Scott (5-3, 7.0 odds, T15), Winfield (5-3, 7.0, T15e), Logan (6-3, 7.11, No. 14), Grafton ( 6-2, 7, 25, n ° 13) and Robert C. Byrd (4-3, 7.57, n ° 12).
In other rankings of interest to the Four Seasons Country teams: Princeton’s loss to Bridgeport on Friday dropped the Tigers (5-1, 11.33) from No.4 to No.7. This Friday, Princeton goes to No.9 Greenbrier Easts (6-2, score 9.88).
In the Class A standings, Mount View (7-1) and Ritchie County (7-1) are tied for fourth with scores of 7.75. James Monroe (5-2), who was beaten by COVID last year, is well installed in the Class A playoff photo, currently tied for 7th with Gilmer County (6-1), all two with 7.25 notes.