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Tigers, Colts to host homecoming tilts

September 14, 2012
By Edgar Kelley Sports Editor ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins, Philip Barbour, Buckhannon-Upshur, Lewis County and Petersburg will all be at home tonight as Week 4 of the high school football season shifts into high gear.

Elkins and Philip Barbour will look to pick up victories in front of homecoming crowds.

The Tigers (3-0), who defeated rival Buckhannon-Upshur 40-27 last Friday, will entertain winless Preston at Wimer Stadium.

Elkins is tied for third in the first Class AAA West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission football ratings released this week.

The Knights (0-3) are coming off a 19-6 loss to Fairmont Senior last week.

"We can't overlook Preston," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "Last week they had two touchdowns called back against Fairmont Senior. If that wouldn't happened, it would have been a very close game."

The Colts (2-1), meanwhile, will be seeking a third straight win after defeating Braxton County 14-7 last Friday.

Philip Barbour will play host to Liberty (0-3), which is searching for its first win of the season after falling to Webster County 30-13 in its last contest.

The Colts are ranked 11th in the first Class AA poll this week.

Buckhannon-Upshur and its foe this week, North Marion (0-3), will both be seeking their first wins of the season.

The Buccaneers' schedule has been tough at the start of the season. B-U has faced two Top 10 teams in Class AAA - University (No. 8) and Elkins (No. 3) - and Bridgeport, which is ranked No. 9 in Class AA.

Lewis County will look to bounce back from what coach Eddie Vincent called "a heartbreaking" loss to Class AAA, No. 9 Point Pleasant, 14-13, last week.

The Minutemen will travel to East-West Stadium to tangle with East Fairmont (0-2), which fell to Nicholas County 25-7 a week ago.

After suffering a 60-12 defeat at the hands of Keyser in its opener, Petersburg has bounced back with two straight wins over Pendleton County (24-22) and Berkeley Springs (32-21).

The Vikings, who were 19th in this week's Class AA poll, will look to make it three-straight when they entertain Lincoln.

The Cougars, who were pounded by Robert C. Byrd 63-0 last week, enters with an 0-3 mark.

In Class A, two area squads headed in entirely different directions will square off when Pocahontas visits East Hardy for a Potomac Valley Conference tilt.

The Cougars enter the game with a 2-0 record after opening the season with back-to-back victories over two Virginia schools, Craig County and Auburn.

East Hardy was tied for fifth in this week's football ratings.

The Warriors, meanwhile, enter the game with an 0-3 record. Pocahontas County dropped 26-20 decision to Pendleton County (2-1), who will entertain Fishburn Academy (Va,) tonight, a week ago.

Tygarts Valley is idle this week and will travel to East Hardy on Sept 21.

All contests are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.



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