Man's Lukas Haney (42) is greeted by teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the Hillbillies season opening win over Logan on Aug. 25 (Photo courtesy of Dave Adkins/Dave's Sports Page).
PARKERSBURG Man High School is off to a 3-0 start to the 2023 season and with wins over a pair of Class AA schools, the Hillbillies find themselves atop the initial set of Class A playoff ratings released Tuesday afternoon by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.
Following the completion of week three games and up to the final week of the regular season, the ratings are released every Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Following the completion of week 11 games, the WVSSAC will release the final set of ratings that determines the 16 teams in each classification that will qualify for the postseason.
It is a spot that not only Man, but also Chapmanville and Logan hope to be in come the second week of November. The Tigers (2-1) are tied for 15th in the Class AA ratings with the Wildcats (1-1) not far behind at No. 18.
Man (3-0) with a rating of 8.67 is slightly ahead of James Monroe (2-0) and St. Marys (2-0) each with identical 8.00 ratings. Midland Trail is fourth and reigning Class A champion Williamstown is fifth.
Montcalm and Petersburg are tied for sixth followed by Wahama eighth, Tyler Consolidated ninth and Greenbrier West and Tucker County tied for 10th.
Valley (Fayette) is 12th, Moorefield 13th, Tug Valley 14th, Meadow Bridge 15th and Cameron 16th. The rest of the top 20 has Madonna, Webster County and Wirt County tied for 17th and Gilmer County holding down the 20th spot.
In Class AA, North Marion is atop the ratings with Frankfort and Philip Barbour tied for second and Fairmont Senior and Roane County are tied for fourth.
Mingo Central, Scott and Weir are tied for sixth, Lincoln is ninth and Liberty (Harrison) rounds out the top 10.
Winfield is 11th, Point Pleasant 12th, Nitro 13th, Lewis County 14th and Chapmanville and East Fairmont tied for 15th.
The rest of the top 20 has Shady Spring 17th, Logan 18th, Herbert Hoover 19th and Bluefield and Keyser tied for 20th.
Morgantown is atop the Class AAA rankings with Parkersburg South second, Wheeling Park third, Parkersburg fourth and reigning Class AAA champion fifth.
Brooke and Princeton are tied for sixth with Cabell Midland eighth and Bridgeport, Musselman and Woodrow Wilson sharing the ninth spot.
Martinsburg checks in at no. 12 followed by Spring Mills, Jefferson, Hedgesville and Hurricane rounding out the top 16.
Oak Hill is 17th, Riverside and University tied for 18th and George Washington 20th.