Prep football: Jackets in action Saturday

No. 4 Williamstown (9-2) is one of five W.Va. area prep football teams to make it into the quarterfinals as No. 2 St. Marys (11-0), No. 12 Ritchie County, No. 8 Wahama (10-1) and No. 14 Magnolia (7-4) are still alive in the Class A field.

“At this time of the year, the only thing is staying alive to play another week,” St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote said. “It doesn’t matter how pretty, or how ugly, the game is. It only matters if you win or lose.”

All four games in Class A will take place on Saturday, while three of the four games remaining in Class AA will take place on Friday. Class AAA was divided equally between the two days.

Williamstown, a 27-25 winner over No. 13 Wheeling Central, will play host to No. 12 Bishop Donahue-a 21-16 winner over No. 5 Man. The Yellowjackets’ Jake Tracewell threw for four touchdowns, including two which was hauled in by running back Dakota Watson as they improved to 9-2 on the season.

St. Marys, now 21-6, overcame its own miscues in staying unbeaten (11-0) on the year. “Our defense really carried us in that game,” Mote said. “We are going to have to do a much better job of taking care of the football this week if we want to make it into the next round.”

The Blue Devils, which limited No. 15 East Hardy to six points and 193 total yards of offense, will take on a Greenbrier West squad that returns the top rusher in the Mountain State from a year ago, Malik Boatwright.