It doesn’t get any bigger than playing Morgantown for a team in the North Central Athletic Conference.

For undefeated East Fairmont (3-0), which is trying to break a three decade-long playoff drought, the Mohigans represent something more than just staying unbeaten.

The Bees host Morgantown at 7:30 tonight at East-West Stadium with hopes of ending a losing skid to the Mohigans that dates back to before the current crop of Bee seniors even entered school.

The last Bee victory was in 1992 (14-12). They have yet to score more than 28 points in any contest since then.

But despite the mood beforehand in previous years, this is a game the Bees think they can win, riding the arm of junior quarterback Carter DeVault.

DeVault has thrown for 601 yards so far over East’s first three games. He is 22-of-39 with only two interceptions and 12 touchdowns.

But a quarterback needs someone to throw to, and that’s where 6-2 senior Derek Sevier comes in.

Sevier is the leading pass catcher for the Bees, hauling in nine balls for 225 yards and seven touchdowns. But he isn’t DeVault’s only target — four other players have been on the receiving end of touchdowns.

The Mohigans have been prone to give up a lot of passing yardage so far this season, last week allowing West Fairmont’s Kyle Allard to throw for nearly 300 yards. But the question will be if the young East Fairmont offensive line can give DeVault enough time to find the open man. The O-line has looked solid during the past three games, but its major test will come against a big, physical Mohighan defensive front.

On offense, the Mohigans have had their most success on the ground. Derek Long has been the main weapon (15 carries for 186 yards last week), but quarterback Charlie Russell is always dangerous and has plenty of weapons to throw to.

East is allowing around 160 yards on the ground per game, but has been very effective against the pass, allowing just 75 yards through the air in their last two games.

As an added bonus, the Bees were tied for No. 1 in the first West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission playoff ratings with Capital. Morgantown was rated No. 9.

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After an 0-3 start, North Marion needs a win. And what better time to get it when facing another winless team?

The Huskies travel south to take on the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers, also 0-3, tonight at 7:30.

The young North Marion squad has depended heavily on the run the first two games of the season with tandem running backs Johnny Rogers and Erick Hinerman. But last week against Robert C. Byrd, the Huskies managed only 17 yards on 22 carries.

Defense though is where the Huskies have struggled — allowing 1,269 yards and 121 points through three games.

North’s “D” will get a test tonight with speedy quarterback Luke Hyre under center for B-U along with Andrew Carrier on the outside and returning kicks.

The Huskies fared well against a much-better Buckhannon team last year, but North also lost a lot of talent from the previous season.

One of the bright spots for North is the development of quarterback Josh Harvey. Harvey seems to be comfortable under center, but the offensive line needs to come up big if North hopes to pick up that first win tonight.

Buckhannon, like East Fairmont opponent Morgantown, has a big, strong line that can give teams some problems. Buckhannon played a tough game before bowing to University last week.

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