The 9-2 Wildcats will take another crack at the State Football Playoffs, facing off against the Cameron Dragons, who went undefeated in the regular season. The teams will play at Cameron High School in Marshall County next Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m.
It will be a rough road for the Wildcats, but history makes a case for them.
The last time Pendleton County played at Cameron in the playoffs was the 1999, the first year of PCHS’ existence. They beat the higher-ranked team that year and moved on to the semifinal round, losing to Moorefield – who was in the fourth year of the dynastic run of championship titles.
As previously mentioned, Moorefield is not in the playoffs this year, further cemented by an embarrassing 55-0 loss to 2-8 Magnolia.
However, on the other side of Hardy County, the 10-0 East Hardy enters the playoffs as the top seed. Last year, the Cougars went on to the championship game, but were trounced by Magnolia, who obviously is not in the playoffs this year.
If the Wildcats can hang on until the semifinal round to face the Cougars, it’s important to note that Pendleton County is the only team to have beaten them in the regular season in the past two years. Here’s hoping.
Best of luck, Wildcats.
Fun fact: Since 1996, no team has won the Class A Football Championship whose name hasn’t started with an M or a W. That should change this year. With only mediocre Wheeling Central and Williamstown teams representing that streak this year, it seems likely that statistic will fall.
(If you don’t count schools that no longer exist, Fayetteville (in 1992) is the only non M or W team to win the championship since 1970, when Paden City took the title).