BUCKHANNON — The “Super Six” are now set after the State Football Playoff Semifinal games were played this past weekend.
In AAA action, Martinsburg pitched their second shutout of the season, beating Bridgeport 21-0. This victory extended their consecutive playoff game win streak to 20. The Bulldogs continue their run of in-state dominance, advancing to the championship game for the fourth time in six years. Martinsburg has looked exceptionally well this postseason, outscoring three playoff opponents 139 to 28.
Martinsburg will play Huntington in the championship game. This season marks the first time since 2013 that Huntington High will be playing for a state title. They reached the title game after beating Cabell Midland in the semifinals, 37-15. This game will be the first meeting between Huntington and Martinsburg since the 2013 state championship, when Martinsburg was crowned champions following a narrow 9-7 victory. The top two seeds’ meeting has the makings of an epic championship game between two of the state’s strongest high school football programs.
The AA state semifinal games saw four schools vying for supremacy, as Independence took on Bluefield, while Fairmont Senior faced Poca. Independence, down 13 points at halftime, outscored Bluefield 27-0 in the second half to win 34 to 20. With this victory, Independence claims their first trip to the Super Six in school history.
Fairmont Senior jumped out to a 21-0 lead on their way to cruising to a 41-7 victory, routing Poca. Fairmont Senior was the very last team into the AA state playoff field, sneaking in as a 16 seed. But the Polar Bears are no stranger to postseason success, as they are seeking their third title in the last four seasons. In their pursuit to add a storybook ending to their postseason underdog story, the Polar Bears will need to finish the job by upsetting Independence, the AA playoff bracket’s 2 seed.
The A state semifinals saw Ritchie County down Wheeling Central 20-16. The victory marked the most important win in school history for Ritchie County, as they advance to the championship round as part of the Super Six for the first time ever. Ritchie County’s feel-good story will look to continue as they will face Williamstown in the A state championship game. Williamstown comes into the game riding a wave of confidence after powering their way past Doddridge County in their semifinal game, 43-0. Both of these two teams enter the game playing their best football of the year, only needing one more win to put a dream season in the record books, so it has the potential to be a very competitive affair.
The Super Six WV State Football Playoff Championship schedule:
Sat. 12 p.m. - No. 2 Martinsburg vs. No. 1 Huntington
Fri. 7 p.m. - No. 16 Fairmont Senior vs. No. 2 Independence
Sat. 7 p.m. - No. 6 Williamstown vs. No. 4 Ritchie County