The 2021-22 West Virginia high school football season ended this past weekend as the last remaining playoff teams, dubbed the “Super Six,” battled it out in the state’s three championship games. History was made, championship streaks continued, and first-time champions were crowned during an eventful weekend for high school football in the Mountain state.
The #2-seeded Martinsburg Bulldogs (13-1) dominated the #1-seed Huntington Highlanders (13-1) this past Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium, winning the class AAA state championship, 62-21. Martinsburg’s versatile all-purpose RB/WR Hudson Clement had a championship game performance for the ages, finishing with 12 receptions for 175 yards and 41 yards on 7 carries on his way to setting a West Virginia Super Six championship game record with eight total touchdowns (four rushing, four receiving). Huntington High also made history with their championship game performance, although in a much less positive light, as the Highlanders threw a championship game record five interceptions, they also lost a fumble to cap off a season-high six turnovers. This uncharacteristically sloppy performance by the Highlanders allowed Martinsburg to easily take home their ninth state title since 2010.
In the class AA state championship game, the underdog #16-seed Fairmont Senior Polar Bears upset the #2-seed Independence Patriots, 21-12. The Polar Bears capped off their Cinderella postseason run by securing their second straight title. This game was a battle from start to finish, the Patriots’ defense kept the high-powered Polar Bear offense out of the endzone until the second quarter. Down the stretch of the fourth quarter, this game was still hotly contested, but Independence lost a fumble in the red zone, ultimately costing them an opportunity to keep the game close in the final minutes.
In the A state championship Saturday night in Wheeling, the Ritchie County Rebels beat the Williamstown Yellowjackets by a score of 42-21. This was largely a back-and-forth affair, with each team trading scores in the first half. At halftime, the Rebels held a slight 22-14 advantage. Coming out of the locker-room for the second half, the Rebels looked like a different team, outscoring the Yellowjackets 20-7 after the halftime break. This game marked both Ritchie County’s first state championship appearance and win, capping off the most successful season in school history in storybook fashion.