Ten weeks down and just one remaining in the regular season and then its on to the the playoffs, more commenly referred to as the big dance.
There are some teams that have already punched their tickets and are playoff bound, like Elkins with a record of 8-2. But as for the Tigers' final seed and opponent, that will be determined on Sunday.
The other two Class AAA squads in Dr. Elmo's "dandy dozen" - Buckhannon-Upshur and Lewis County - failed to make the grade, however, the Bucs closed the season with a two-game winning streak and is something to build on for next season. As for the Minutemen, they came real close and were left out after their two-point loss to Robert C. Byrd.
Both Class AA teams, Philip Barbour and Petersburg, will also sit this dance out.
Undefeated East Hardy, Moorefield and Pendleton are in and await their seeding as well in Class A. Tucker County must beat Philip Barbour and also have some help to get itsticket.
Did I fail to mention that Dr. Elmo was once again 8-1 last week and took East Hardy to win by 21 and the Cougars won by a count of 35-14, which by my math is indeed 21. All I can say is that 'yes the good doctor is soooo gooood'!
Lets not forget the teams that failed to make it but did their best to hang in there such as the Bulldogs of Tygarts Valley, who rang up a win last week. To all those who didn't make it I say, 'good job men,' you gave it your best shot and that's all you can expect from anyone. Now on to this week's menu:
East Hardy (8-0) at Petersburg (1-8): The Vikings had a lot of tough luck this season and with a closing opponent like the Cougars, it appears the Vikins bad luck will continue and that's why I see it as a 32-point East Hardy win.
Bath County (Va.) at Pendelton County (1-8): I don't know nothing about Bath, except I hate to take one every Saturday night. But the Wildcats know what its like with "Murphy's Law."
That is everything bad that can happen, will happen. Here at the clinic, I don't believe that guy Murphy knows what he's talking about that's why I see this one as a 6-point upset in favor of Pendleton County. Tucker County (5-4) at Philip Barbour (3-6): The Mountain Lions not only need the win, but some outside intervention as well. I don't know about the outside help, but us guys at the clinic see Tucker winning this one by 14 points.
Calhoun County (1-8) at Moorefield (6-3): The Yellow Jackets are buzzing around for another state title and this one should help them get them ready. Give me Moorefield by 20.
Tygarts Valley (1-8) at Webster County (3-6): Tygarts Valley's win streak will end here against a team that defeated No. 3 Lincoln. I see an 11-point win for Webster
Louisville at West Virginia: I would think that the Mountaineers have learned a thing or two after their "ice bowl" win and that's why I'm calling it a 27-point Mountaineer victory.
From ask Dr. Elmo
Q: What good is it to have a shin bone?
A: A shin bone is a great device to help find furniture in the dark.
Q: Why do you have a flashlight in your office?
A: I use the flashlight like everyone else and that is to keep dead batteries in.
Q: How will I tell that I'm getting old.
A: You'll start looking like your photo on your drivers license.
Q: Doctor do you really think that you know all of the answers?
A: Yes, I do know all the answers, but no one ever knows all of the questions.
Q: Doctor can you name something right now that you think is indecent?
A: Indecent things are right up my alley, and right now I think that "unzipped main" is indecent.
Q: What are the oddest signs that you've ever seen? A: One day I saw a sign in a minister's office that read "Time heals all wounds", then I went into a shoe repair shop and I saw a sign that read "Time wounds all heels".
That's it for now faithful patients, so I'll catch you on the rebound next Friday with your playoff selections.