Wolfpack, Tigers meet with huge playoff implications at stake

Ridgeview Wolfpack (7-2)


Honaker Tigers (5-4)

When:  Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  The Ridge, Rose Ridge, Va.

Series all time:  Ridgeview leads 3-1 (Last meeting Ridgeview defeated Honaker 58-13 on November 2, 2018 in Honaker, Va.)

The Ridgeview Wolfpack and Honaker Tigers will meet atop Rose Ridge on Friday night with a lot at stake for both squads.  The Wolfpack are looking for the top seed in Region 2D and home field advantage that comes with it.  The Tigers are just looking to get into the playoffs, period.

The task is clear for Ridgeview.  Win against the Tigers and the top seed in the Region is theirs.  The path for Honaker is a little more complicated.  The Tigers can lose the contest and still likely make the playoffs.  However, a loss coupled with a Rural Retreat upset of George Wythe will doom the Tigers into staying at home for the playoffs, even though Honaker won the Black Diamond District championship.  The Twin Springs Titans also have a shot of getting into the Class 1, Region D playoffs as well if the Tigers lose and multiple other scenarios play out.

The question for the Wolfpack before kickoff will be the status of quarterback Nick Phillips.  Phillips was injured against Abingdon two weeks ago and sat out against Pikeville last Friday.  Phillips will be a game time decision on Friday night.  Cannon Hill made his first start behind center against Pikeville and threw his first touchdown pass to Timmy Hess.  Trenton Adkins continues to put up numbers for the Pack, scoring two more touchdowns against Pikeville and amassing 134 yards on the ground.

For the Tigers, Coach Doug Hubbard’s squad will be led by son Chandler at quarterback.  Chandler Hubbard threw for a score and ran for a score with 124 total yards last week in a win over Northwood.  The Tigers feature multiple backs and all are capable of reaching the endzone.  Trevor Dye carried the rock for 119 yards and a score last week, while Levi Glymp tallied 41 yards and a score.  Not to be outdone, Dylan Casey also carried the ball for 71 yards and two scores.

The Wolfpack defense led by Alijah Sproles and Chase Salyers look to contain the multi-back rushing attack of the Tigers.

With Friday night being senior night, it will be the final regular season home game for seniors Derrick Mullins, Timmy Hess, Austin New, Linden Deel, Josh Boyd, Hunter Fletcher, Joey Yates, Alijah Sproles, Chase Salyers, T. W. Robinson and Shawn Evans.



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