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Andrew Grimm
IN THE SEMIS — Weir High celebrated a big win last week over Scott and will to celebrate again when they meet North Marion in the semifinals. 

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — The Red Riders are one step away from a trip to Wheeling Island Stadium.

The last, and perhaps toughest hurdle in the way is a Saturday night showdown with No. 1 North Marion on the road in Farmington in the WVSSAC Class AA semifinals.

The season that started as a celebration of 100 years of football at Weir High School and the successes and traditions that have come with a long-tenured program, and those celebrations have certainly continued because of what the current group has done on the field.

Frank Sisinni’s Red Riders, 11-1, have already hosted and won the first playoff game in the 11-year history of the new Jimmy Carey Stadium on the hill and are looking for the school’s first title since the Eric Meek led squad in 2005.

The path to get this close has been a thrilling ride.

Last week, after falling behind 14-0 early some four hours away from home at No. 4 Scott in the quarterfinals, the Red Riders stormed back into the contest and won a thriller as Corey Lyons hauled in an 11-yard TD pass from Malachi Stromile in the final minute of the game for a 35-33 victory.

The Skyhawks had been the No. 1 ranked team for much of the season until a Week 10 loss to Nitro which they avenged in the opening round.

Stromile finished with nearly 300 passing yards while Lyons had a big fourth quarter and Devan Colson had a monster game catching the ball.

A week earlier, Weir got its second win of the season over perennial contender Frankfort in another thriller, 23-21, after a 35-20 win in the regular season.

The Red Riders are on a seven-game win streak.

Their opponent for a spot in the state title game sports an identical 11-1 record and an identical seven-game winning streak as the Huskies of coach Daran Hays meet the Red Riders for the first time in nearly four decades.

They have one common opponent as both teams pulled away Brooke for a victory over the Bruins in regular season meetings.

The Huskies have defeated Lincoln and Herbert Hoover in the first two rounds, their second win over both programs this season.

They sport a high-powered offense that has scored more than 30 points in 11 of 12 games and average 40.5 points per game.

The Red Riders defense that was also tested by Scott’s high scoring offense last week allows an average of 15.5 point per game this season.

The Huskies defense allows an average of 17.8 points while Weir High has scored an average of 34.2.

In addition to the aforementioned victories, the Huskies have wins over East Fairmont, Preston, Elkins, Lewis County, Roane County and Liberty.

North Marion’s lone defeat this season came to No. 2 Fairmont Senior, who is in the other semifinal that was set for Friday against No. 14 Independence.

North Marion is 8-0 on its home field, while the Red Riders are 4-1 on the road.

The kick for Saturday night’s clash is set for 7:30 p.m.

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