Magnolia Versus Chapmanville Playoff Preview
On Friday night, Nov. 19, Magnolia, the number two seed, will put its undefeated season on the line when it hosts the number 10 seeded Chapmanville Tigers in the WVSSAC state playoff quarterfinals.
The Eagles (11-0) advanced to the quarters by getting their seventh shutout of the season with a 62-0 victory over the 15 seed Tug Valley Panthers last Friday. Meanwhile, the 8-3 Chapmanville got a 30-14 victory on the road at number seven seed Pikeview, also last Friday.
The Tigers’ three losses came to teams that made the playoffs, including a 48-45 loss to the number 14 seed Herbert Hoover Huskies in week two. Then, in week nine, they lost to the number five seed Wayne Pioneers by the score of 16-14. And, in week 10, they lost to the number eight seed Point Pleasant Big Blacks 35-28.
However, of those three teams, only Wayne survived the first round. The Tiger offense, who has put up 474 points on the board in 11 games, is averaging 43.09 points per game this season. The defense has given up 266 total points and is averaging 24.18 points per game.
The Eagles have beaten two West Virginia teams and one Ohio squad that have made their states’ playoffs. The Eagle offense has scored 455 points in 11 games and is averaging 41.36 points per game. The defense has given up just 48 total points which averages out to 4.36 points per a game and Magnolia is outscoring opponents by 37 points per a game.
The West Virginia playoff teams that Magnolia has defeated were Class-AAA Robert C. Byrd 35-7 and Class-AA Williamstown 48-21. Out of Ohio, Magnolia won 42-15 over Monroe Central.
However, just like the Tigers, the Eagles only had one of those playoff teams advance past the first round: Williamstown.
Magnolia senior quarterback Justin “Tank” Fox needs only two more touchdown passes to become the school’s all-time leader in that category which is held by Mark Cisar.
Both offenses have shown that they can put up points on the board. But, the question is can the Tiger defense, which has given up over 200 points this year, stop the high-powered Magnolia offense. That offense has proven in recent weeks that it can hurt teams with both the run and the pass.
The winner of this game will take on the victor of a contest between Greenbrier West (11-0) and the Frankfort Falcons (8-3).
The top half of the Class-AA bracket will feature two rematches from regular season games: one is between top seeded Ravenswood and Roane County. The other is between the defending Class-AA champions Bluefield Beavers and the number five seed Wayne County Pioneers.