For 30 years, East Fairmont High School’s football team failed to make the playoffs. Now the Bees seem poised to accomplish the feat in back-to-back years.

East entertains Bridgeport on Friday in a game that will go a long way in boosting the Bees’ playoff rating.

East Fairmont and the Indians have built a strong rivalry, even though Bridgeport holds a sizable lead in the series that dates back to 1969.

Last season the Indians said they were determined to avenge the 21-0 loss they suffered to the Bees in 2005. Maybe East’s players feel the same way after falling short last year, 24-14.

East took a major step forward last week with the win over Morgantown at Pony Lewis Field. A win here against Bridgeport could put the Bees on cruise control until meeting up with rival West Fairmont in the first weekend of November.

The schedule is very favorable for East the rest of the way, not counting the East-West showdown.

The four opponents for the Bees before the East-West game — North Marion, Preston, Buckhannon and Parkersburg South — have a combined 2-14 record coming into Week 5.

A lot can change between now and when the Bees battle these teams on the field, but it does look like East could be in great shape if it can best Bridgeport Friday.

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West Fairmont gets a week off to prepare for North Central Athletic Conference leader and No. 1 rated University.

The Polar Bears sit tied for the No. 17 spot in the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s playoff ratings coming into this week’s games. They could very well be 4-0 and tied with the Hawks in the No. 1 position if not for two late drives.

With a week to prepare for the Hawks, this could be the signature win the Bears are looking for to vault them back into the playoff race.

University hasn’t been overly impressive in any of its four wins, other than the 60-12 shellacking of then winless Buckhannon.

In their other three wins, the Hawks have outscored East Fairmont, North Marion and Elkins, 55-25. While its defense has performed well, UHS hasn’t seen the kind of offense the Polar Bears bring to the field yet.

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North Marion’s quest for snapping what is now a 14-game losing streak doesn’t get any easier this week.

A tough John Marshall squad visits Rachel on Friday. The Huskies are battling injuries and are still struggling to put together four quarters of football.

The Huskies definitely looked to be heading in the right direction after a Week 1 loss to University, but seem to have taken two steps back for every step forward they take.

North’s remaining schedule has them hosting East Fairmont, Tyler Consolidated and Elkins. The Huskies also travel to Morgantown to take on the Mohigans.

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