Ridgeview Wolfpack (8-1)
Honaker Tigers (5-4)
When: Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fuller Field at EMats Stadium, Honaker, Va.
Series all time: Ridgeview leads 2-1 (Last meeting Ridgeview defeated Honaker 42-13 on November 3, 2017 in Rose Ridge, Va.)
After Friday night’s contest in Russell County, the Ridgeview Wolfpack and Honaker Tigers will prepare for the second season known as the VHSL playoffs. Before that, however, the two programs will meet in the regular season finale. The Tigers come into the contest with a 5-4 record and currently hold down the seven seed in the Class 1, Region D playoff picture.
Honaker is led by legendary coach Doug Hubbard in his 36th season. Hubbard has no shortage of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that can be utilized at any given time. Quarterback Levi Miller has thrown for over 1,000 yards on the season and is coming off a 209 yards and four touchdowns performance last week in a 62-23 victory over Northwood. Miller’s top target is Chandler Hubbard. Hubbard had eight receptions for 153 yards and three scores in the victory over Northwood. The Tigers also can churn out the yards on the ground with Trevor Dye who had 155 yards and two scores last week.
The Wolfpack are coming off of a 47-14 victory a week ago against Pike County Central, Kentucky. Despite rain, wind and muddy field conditions, the Pack were able to ground and pound their way to the convincing victory. Trenton Adkins led the way for the Pack with 245 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Matthew Sexton had three touchdowns and added 128 yards on the ground. For the first time in three weeks, the Pack return to a familiar field surface in artificial turf. Look for the Pack offense and defense to be firing on all cylinders in Russell County Friday night.
The Tigers could potentially move up a spot in their class playoff seedings with a victory on Friday night. However, they’d still have to travel in round one of the playoffs. At stake for the Wolfpack is the top seed in Class 2, Region D playoffs as well as the home field advantage that comes with it. Coach Hubbard of the Tigers and coach Rick Mullins of the Wolfpack are no stranger to one another having faced off five previous times overall. Two of those meetings came when coach Mullins was at now defunct Clintwood. Hubbard owns a 3-2 advantage in the all time meeting between the two.
I was born a Haysi Tiger but unfortunately succumbed to a broken heart on a cold rainy afternoon in King William, Virginia on December 6, 2014.
However, I was reincarnated as a Wolf, and became a runner of the Ridgeview Wolfpack on August 28, 2015. You now hear me howling most autumn Friday nights high atop Rose Ridge in Dickenson County or anywhere else my Pack of hungry Wolves may be, from Grundy to Falcon Hill or from Ben Hur to Pikeville, Kentucky.
I never wolfed down (pun very intended) a Tiger Taco like Mr. Brady Hess, but I was and still am known to devour a pizza from Pizza Factory on Main Street in Haysi.
I have always wanted to write about sports and now I have the opportunity to thanks to those who have built this wonderful place on the world wide web. Hope y’all enjoy.