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High School Football Notebook: Buffalo Knocks Off Class A No. 1 Midland Trail



(photo: Tom Bragg)

Buffalo claimed a very important win Saturday in the race for a Class A home playoff game.

The Bison, ranked No. 10 in the most recent WVSSAC Class A playoff ratings, went on the road to take on Midland Trail and scored the game’s only points in the second overtime in a 7-0 victory against the top-ranked Patriots.

Buffalo now sits at 5-1 following Saturday’s win and appears poised to make a jump when next week’s ratings are released on Tuesday with the lone loss this season coming against Class AA Putnam County rival Poca.

Bison quarterback Jackson England threw a jump ball to David Whittington for the winning score, but it was the Buffalo defense that held strong in the second half to get the game to the extra periods. Midland Trial drops to 3-1 with Saturday’s loss.


Riverside controlled the clock and scored all of its points in the first half Saturday in a 15-0 win at MSAC and Kanawha County rival St. Albans — the first win of the season for the Warriors.

Jacob Risen ran for 101 yards on 24 carries while teammate Jake Walker chipped in with 43 yards on 13 carries. As a team, Riverside (1-3) attempted 51 runs Saturday for 208 yards against the Red Dragons (2-2)


Wyoming County is West Virginia’s only “red” county on this week’s state department of education COVID metrics map, but Berkeley, Braxton, Boone, Mingo, Monroe, Wayne and Wirt counties are all listed in orange this week — meaning teams from those counties are not allowed to play game this week.

Doddridge, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Morgan, Pendleton and Webster counties are gold this week, which means schools in those counties can reschedule games against schools from other gold counties (including their own).

All told, more than two dozen games scheduled for Week 9 have been wiped out by Saturday’s map update.

Red county games:

  • Mount View at Westside
  • Independence at Wyoming East

Orange county games:

  • Wayne at Logan
  • Calhoun County at Wirt County
  • Spring Valley at Ashland (Kentucky)
  • Phelps (Kentucky) at Tolsia
  • Jefferson at Hedgesville
  • Spring Mills at Musselman
  • Martinsburg at Cabell Midland
  • South Harrison at Braxton County
  • Nicholas County at James Monroe
  • Scott at Winfield
  • Van at Buffalo
  • Meadow Bridge at Sherman
  • Chapmanville at Mingo Central
  • Tug Valley at Man

Gold county games:

  • Nitro at PikeView
  • Hurricane at South Charleston
  • Riverside at Lincoln County
  • Parkersburg at George Washington
  • Herbert Hoover at Poca
  • Williamstown at Doddridge County
  • Ravenswood at St. Marys
  • Ripley at Point Pleasant
  • Moorefield at Pendleton County
  • Hundred at Webster County

As of Saturday evening, the following makeup games have been scheduled:

  • Buckhannon-Upshur vs. Preston (at University High) – Thursday
  • Nitro at Logan – Friday
  • Frontier (Ohio) at St. Marys – Friday
  • South Charleston at Riverside – Friday
  • Meadow Bridge at Nicholas County – Friday
  • Winfield at Point Pleasant – Friday
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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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