James Monroe Mavericks (6-3) at Point Pleasant Big Blacks (7-1)
Last Week: James Monroe lost to Bluefield 48-0, in Lindside; Point Pleasant lost to Spring Valley 58-34, in Point Pleasant.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 1, 2017. Point Pleasant won 20-14 in Lindside.
Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 1 straight.
JMHS offense last week: 140 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.
PPHS offense last week: 187 rushing yards, 135 passing yards.
JMHS offensive leaders last week: RB Monroe Mohler 11 carries, 46 yards.
PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 9-18-0 122 yards, 2TD; RB Cason Payne 15 carries, 91 yards, TD; WR Josh Wamsley 4 receptions, 90 yards, 2TDs.
JMHS defense last week: 322 rushing yards, 26 passing yards.
PPHS defense last week: 469 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. Last season marked Point Pleasant’s first-ever victory over the Mavericks, who were 3-0 in the all-time series, which began in 2004. This is the third consecutive year these teams have met, beginning with JMHS ousting the Big Blacks from the second round of the 2014 postseason.
2. Point Pleasant had 10-game regular season winning streak ended last Friday. In that 10-game span, PPHS outscored its opponents by an average of 39.5 points per contest.
3. The Big Blacks are looking to end the regular season with a victory for the 11th year in a row. The last time PPHS lost its final regular season game was 2007, at Chapmanville by a 27-6 tally. The 2007 season was also the last time Point Pleasant missed out on the postseason.
4. So far this season, Point Pleasant has gained 3,651 total yards and has scored 56 touchdown. Meanwhile, the Big Blacks’ eight foes have a combined 2,259 yards and 24 touchdowns.
5. The Big Blacks enter Week 11 at eighth in the Class AA playoff rankings. PPHS is one of seven teams in Class AA with seven wins. JMHS is on the outside looking in, currently at 18th in the Class AA rankings and will need to win for a fourth straight trip to the postseason.
Buffalo Bison (2-7) at Wahama White Falcons (1-8)
Last Game: Buffalo lost to Lincoln County 32-0, in Hamlin; Wahama lost to Trimble 58-0, in Glouster.
Last meeting between the teams: Nov. 3, 2017. Wahama won 20-19 OT in Buffalo.
Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 1 straight.
BHS offense last week: N/A.
WHS offense last week: (-4) rushing yards, 56 passing yards.
BHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.
WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Abraham Pauley 7-of-24, 56 yards, 4INTs; RB Brady Bumgarner 5 carries, 15 yards; WR Hunter Board 2 receptions, 20 yards.
BHS defense last week: 118 rushing yards, 144 passing yards.
WHS defense last week: 284 rushing yards, 15 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. These teams met for the first time in 1937, and the White Falcons hold a 37-28-1 record in 66 all-time meetings Buffalo and Wahama have played every season since 2003, in which time WHS holds a 10-6 record over the Bison.
2. Buffalo had its two-game winning streak snapped last week, as the Bison suffered their second shut out loss of the season.
3. Since 2000, the White Falcons have ended the regular season with a win 14 times. WHS ended a three-game skid in season finales last season.
4. Last week, the 58 points surrendered by WHS is the most since giving up 60 to Buffalo in the 2016 season finale. The 58-point margin of victory matches Wahama’s largest in the last three seasons, as Waterford defeated the Red and White by a 58-0 tally in Week 2 of 2016.
5. The White Falcons have suffered six shut out losses this season. WHS had only been shut out six times in the previous nine seasons combined.
Hannan Wildcats (0-8) at Tolsia Rebels (4-5)
Last Week: Hannan lost to Parkersburg Catholic 43-0, in Ashton; Tolsia lost to Pikeville 48-8, in Pikeville.
Last meeting between the teams: First Meeting.
Current head-to-head streak: N/A.
Week 10 statistics unavailable.
Five things to note:
1. While this is the first meeting between these teams, Hannan is a combined 6-42-3 against Fort Gay and Crum, which consolidated to form Tolsia in 1988.
2. The Wildcats are trying to avoid their first winless season since 2015. Hannan’s last victory came on Sept. 29, 2017, as HHS defeated Jenkins 41-8 in Ashton.
3. Last week, Hannan suffered its second shut out loss of the season. HHS was shut out five times last season and four times the year before.
4. Hannan last ended the year on an high note in 2016, defeating visiting Beallsville by a 55-0. It was just the third season-ending victory for HHS since 2000.
5. THS began the year 4-2, but went 0-3 in the month of October. Tolsia’s last victory came on Sept. 28 when it defeating visiting South Harrison by a 32-14 count.
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