Hurricane, Winfield Earn Playoff Berths

Buffalo, Poca Lose Final Season Games 

Hurricane and Winfield are hitting the road for their opening 2017 playoff games.

Buffalo and Poca are staying home after season-ending losses.

Only the Redskins are celebrating a win this weekend.

PutnamCountyNews.com has your Friday Night Lights.

Hurricane Gets Season-Finale Win

Redskins fans were waiting as St. Albans traveled to Hurricane for a must-win game to get into the Class-AAA playoffs.

Weeks after her tragic passing, students continue to show support for Winfield freshman Katie Cobb.

Once the game ended, the Redskins sent the Red Dragons home with their tails between their legs. 

It wasn’t easy.

Hurricane started off strong, leading 24-6 at halftime in what looked to be a laugher as the ‘Skins tough defense caged the Red Dragons.

Payton Lunsford drew first blood on a 10-yard rush. Then Tim McCutchen split the uprights for a 24-yard field goal and a 10-0 Hurricane lead.

Looks for an easy win can be deceiving.

Christian Hill ran for a third-quarter touchdown for a 31-6 Redskins lead.

That woke up the Red Dragons who ripped off 22 unanswered points.

Finally, Hurricane put the game away, 38-28.

The 9th-ranked Redskins, 6-4, travel to Number 8-ranked Hedgesville, (7-3) for the first round of the playoffs.

Winfield Loses And Gets Playoff Berth

The home-town Generals were hoping to hand the visiting Miners their first loss in 24 games and secure a home-field advantage in the Class-AA playoffs.

It didn’t happen.

Mingo County traveled to Winfield hoping to roll over their opponents for home – field advantage.

It wasn’t a rout, but the Miners drove home with a key victory.

Mingo County’s senior quarterback Jeremy Dillon tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another four as part of 460 yards of offense as the Miners managed to pull out a 56-50 win.

Winfield managed to stay in the game, even tying 14-14 before the first half.

Quarterback Andrew Huff, Jackson VanSkoy and Zachary Bratton teamed up for early scores, but the Generals’ defense couldn’t keep Dillon and the Miners out of the end zone.

Despite the loss, Winfield advances to the playoffs and hits the road, to a familiar location: James Monroe – For the third straight playoff opener.

Buffalo Loses In Overtime

Despite Stephen Booth, scoring first, in overtime, on a 17-yard touchdown catch, the Bison end their 2017 on a losing note in what, hopefully, is the final game at aging Bison Field.

Visiting Wahama’s Johnnie Board scored, from one yard, before Christopher Hesson made the point-after to lead the White Falcons to a 20-19 road victory.

Buffalo’s Ethan Burgess started the Bison scoring, in the first quarter, on a 10-yard run to paydirt. However, Christian Thomas scored, twice, for Wahama, staking the White Falcons to a 13-7 margin.

Not to be outdone, the Bison came back, in the third quarter, when Burgess connected with Chance Jones on a 22-yard touchdown pass. 

 

Each team’s defenses shut down all scoring, in the fourth quarter,  sending the game into overtime.

Burgess wrapped up his night with 13 receptions on 23 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 109 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Morlachetta hauled in 49 yards, from the air, and Booth contributed 48.

 

Publisher’s note: Buffalo game pictures courtesy of Conner Photography.