Coalfields & Co – Week 9 Rankings
Coalfields & Co – Week 9 Rankings
This is absolutely the best time of the year for high school football. Teams are now punching their tickets for the playoffs. Others are having to battle for just a slim chance of making it. Weeks, months, years of work are beginning to accumulate. You can’t wait until sectionals and regionals- the time is now. Countless months of work for three more nights. The pressure cooker is turning up. The lights will shine. Some answered the call in week eight, some did not.
Here’s our recollection of Friday night:
Main Event Blowout Award – goes to the Battle of the Bridge. After bragging about five straight main event last minute nail biters, C&Co. had another blowout. This game was over at halftime and the Midland Trail Patriots flexed their muscles (literally) and smashed the Pirates. We still believe in the Pirates and respect the program and they do have one of the best coaches in Southern WV, but they just could not match up with the Patriots. The showdown between two of the Coalfields’ premier runners . Thomas Ferris showed up having 244 yards rushing and 3 TDs. Jordan Dempsey never got going and the Pirates had little answers on the night. Trail looked like a complete team with solid line play and multiple capable skill players. Watch out.
Battle Tested Game of the Week – goes to the Huntington Highlanders and Hurricane Redskins. Now, a message to the followers was sent by Jadon Hayes who had 323 yards (school record) and 3 TD. Huntington managed this game from the start. Hayes has only solidified his running for the top player in WV against another top tier opponent. Hurricane did not get plopped, but this was just another battle lost. Both Huntington and Hurricane have played intense schedules which will reward them come postseason. It will only be decided when the day comes who the real contenders are.
Not Ready For Primtime Award – Hedgesville gets this. Sometimes the WVSSAC ratings don’t tell the story. The Metro News Power Ratings do a good job as well as the Coalfields and Company Ratings in telling a more accurate evaluation of team strength, but the one that counts is the WVSSAC. In that case, Martinsburg sent a clear message. The Bulldogs let the Eagles know there is room for only one big dog on the Panhandle porch with a beat down. Compiling 456 through two quarters, QB Tyson Bagent scoring six times, and a dangerous group of reserves- the Bulldogs tallied a state season high of 83. Yeah, we gulped too. However, Hedgesville still has a solid season under way and can easily make it back-to-back playoff appearances. Put this in file 13 and get back to work!
Did Not See This Coming – goes to the Sissonville and Winfield game. We knew this was going to be a Hackney vs Huff matchup- Huff came out on top. The Generals rolled in a 46-14 game many thought that Sissonville would get. Many contributed in this win with passing, running, and defensive scores. Some other unexpected games were South Harrison thumping Sherman- we thought it might be closer. Freddy Canary (who had 230 and five scores against Sherman) has not been even remotely slowed and will pit them in a 1 – 2 matchup this coming week against St. Marys. All other ranked Single A’s: East Hardy, Madonna, Cameron, and Doddridge rolled as well.
Famous Route 52 Game of the Week – goes to the Mount View and Tug Valley game. Tug Valley could possibly have punched their ticket for the A playoff with the wealth of points the Knights brought to the house. Mount View was playing for their playoff life and trying to get back to the playoffs (a place once known as home). However, a loss to the Panthers could leave them outside looking in once again. Tug Valley traveled back down Route 52 with a 41-8 victory over the Knights at their own house. Little talked about Jonathan Blankenship who had one heck of a game with 5 TD and 201 yards rushing while Noah Locus had 103 rushing yards and one TD. Tug Valley has several impressive wins and could be a sleeper come postseason.
Bounce Back Game of the Week – goes to Nicholas County and Westside. Both teams were coming off a lackluster performance and had to have a win to keep them in the playoff picture point wise. Nicholas County has had a stingy defense the last two years and few teams have been able to score on the Grizz defense of late. Westside has been under the radar most of the year but is always a very physical bunch to deal with. So this was going to be good old slobberknocker in the making. However, Coach Morris had a different game plan for the bunch from Nicholas County and came out throwing riding the arm of Jared Sagraves as he lit the Renegades defense with 12-20 and 201 yards passing. It went down to the absolute wire with the Grizzlies scoring twice late to make it 28-14. Check out our Hot Seat Report coming out this week to see how this affects playoff positioning!
Close Calls – Wayne and Chapmanville came out to be the game we thought it would be. The return of Adam Vance to compliment the proven star Dylan Smith against the new era of Wayne Pioneer ball. It was a tough contest from the first to the fourth. The game was 14-6 for most, behind two Bartram and Milum TDs in favor of Wayne. Dylan Smith, who had scored the first Chapmanville TD, scored once again late but another two-point conversion failed. Wayne held on for the 14-12 win and puts the Tigers in an uncomfortable spot heading into the final three weeks. Lincoln, Bridgeport, and Webster County all three had games that were a little close for comfort but were victorious.
Changes Everything Award – goes to Riverside and Morgantown. Morgantown has had the schedule from Hades and many thought this would be the game that the Mohigans would get a little break. Not so fast my friends, the Warriors shocked the state with the upset of the weekend. Riverside QB Mark Scitees had a premier game torching the Mohigans for three scores and topping it off with a trick play in overtime to help the Mohigans have a Friday the 13th moment. This changes a lot as Riverside holds on for a playoff win and Morgantown will have its hands full getting to six wins.
Where’s the Defense? – Parkersburg had been stout this year but even the harshest can be ran silly by Cabell Midland. In this top ten matchup, the Knigthts totaled 705 yards of offense in a 63-35 win. Ivan Vaughn (298 and 5) and Isaiah Duncan (287 and 3) both went over 200 for multiple touchdowns and Jovaun Light finished with 95. Parkersburg’s QB Kam Mace answered steadily with 305 himself, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Brenton Strange caught 12 of those passes for 146 and a score. This puts them both at 4-3 and solid chances of a good postseason. However, the D needs some work.
It’s Gonna Come Down to the End – St. Albans, after a questionable start, is sitting at a very interesting 4-4. This is because they took it to South Charleston and controlled the majority of the game. Another team that falls in some interesting scenarios is Shady Spring. Sitting at 3-4 with three winnable games upcoming. In Single A, Richwood has rode Jeremiah Johnston to a 4-3 record and a close win over Greenbrier West. Williamstown, Wheeling Central, and Summers County are sitting at .500 or below, however, have big wins with lots of quality points. It is going to come down to the very end for these teams.
Big Dawgs Gon Eat – Unbeaten University dominated a .500 Buch-Up team 42-3. Amir Richardson stood out at receiver with eight snags for 112 and two scores. Clay Bailey had a heck of a game too. Spring Valley rolled over Ripley with big running from QB Derek Johnson and RB Owen Porter. Ripley is out. Musselman is rolling once again behind big numbers by Jacob Northcraft over Hampshire as they prepare for Martinsburg. James Monroe dominated AAA Princeton and Keyser was the big one who fell to out-of-state Allegany despite big plays from QB Brady ours.
The Unlikely’s Don’t Fault – John Marshall has not buckled quite yet. All-purpose star Dereck Hess was vital to there three score difference win against Brooke to make them 6-2. Risen teams like North Marion and Pikeview ride high powered offenses to defeat two bottomfeeder Double A’s. It was Hunter Mitchelson’s turn to have a fantastic ground game this week. Finally, Braxton County, after starting 1-2, is now sitting 5-2 with control of their fate. In an important battle with Grafton, Heath Cottrill and Tayton Stout continued their chemistry to combine for multiple scores. Liberty (Harrison), the most unexpected undefeated, moved to 7-0 with a 49-0 kill of East Fairmont. Lantz and Westfall compiled 300+ total and mostly every score.
Noteworthy Performances – In a blowout win, Kennedy Award candidate Kerry Martin Jr. of Capital compiled over 275 yards of offense and four touchdowns in less than four quarters. In an out of state blowout, Point Pleasant QB Cason Payne finished with 362 and five touchdowns. Jeremy Dillon of Mingo Central also finished with 300+ yards and five scores. Kobie Carpenter fits in this category too with near 400 total yards and five scores. Madonna’s RB Donovan Kirby continued with an absurd statline of 51 carries 370 yards and six touchdowns. Weir looks to hold on to a shot with the rising of new QB Sebastian Spencer who went for 200+ and three scores. It’s all shaping up.
Week eight is here! We have picked out our top 13 games to watch around the state. Four of our writers (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, and Wide Writer) have picked our winners/losers alongside our followers on Twitter. We will keep score week in and week out to see who are the real football gurus
1st: Third Writer (63)
2nd: Followers (62)
3rd: Writer2 (57)
3rd: Wide Writer (57)
5th: El Writer (54)
Braxton County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)
Grafton (Wide Writer)
Clay County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Lincoln County (No one)
Tug Valley (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer)
Mount View (Wide Writer, Followers)
Nicholas County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)
Westside (Wide Writer)
Martinsburg (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Hedgesville (No one)
Sissonville (Writer2, Third Writer)
Winfield (El Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Doddridge County (El Writer, Writer2, Wide Writer, Followers)
Ravenswood (Third Writer)
Wayne (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Chapmanville (No one)
Sherman (No one)
South Harrison (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Parkersburg (El Writer, Wide Writer)
Cabell Midland (Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)
Cameron (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer)
Huntington (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer)
Fayetteville (El Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Midland Trail (Writer2, Third Writer)
Quarterback: Austin Isaacs (Midland Trail) vs Fayetteville
Runningback: Jordan Dempsey (Fayetteville) vs Midland Trail
Wide Receiver: Nate Tolliver (Buckhannon-Upshur) vs University
Offensive Lineman: Brier Elswick (Cabell Midland) vs Parkersburg
Defensive Lineman: Jalen Hesen (Martinsburg) vs Hedgesville
Linebacker: Cam Barnett (South Harrison) vs Sherman
Defensive Back: Jared Sagraves (Nicholas County) vs Westside
What to Know: After some close losses, both of these teams are on the outside looking in for the playoffs. Braxton County possesses a very high powered passing attack while Grafton relies on a more balanced offense and stout defense. This should be a good game inside the NC region.
What to Know: The Double A playoffs will difficult to get in, this will be make or break for both. Both of Clay’s losses came to AA opponents. Lincoln County has dropped some important games. With the amount of points riding in this game, the winner could be sitting well.
What to Know: Tug Valley has a lone loss and a credible win against #8 Sherman in week one. The rest after that is quite in the air. Mount View started the year great behind the two-way play of Elijah Barner. Two losses to top AA’s and an unusual loss last week to Tolsia have them at an iffy spot. You best bet this game matters.
What to Know: Both Nicholas County and Westside began with great records only for James Monroe to come end the party. The Grizzlies encounter was much closer- that was in part due to the traditional good defense they play. The Renegades don’t have a quality win yet so this game means a lot.
What to Know: Hedgesville was slightly exposed the week prior against Musselman. It is looking apparent that they could be the beneficiary of a light schedule. However, the standard is coming to town. The Bulldogs are coming off their closest game in awhile which truly tested their four quarter ability. They passed and are looking to continue their trail of destruction.
What to Know: Sissonville and QB Will Hackney have only been stopped by Mingo Central… a big loss. Winfield has dropped games to AAA Hurricane and the rising Wayne Pioneers. QB Andrew Huff is a dynamic passer and runner- a trait that has had the Generals boast 50+ points on a multiple occasions. This could turn into a shootout fast.
What to Know: Doddridge and Ravenswood have switched roles throughout the year. Doddridge now sits at #9 and has won five straight. They have had strong QB and RB play while the Red Devils of Ravenswood have suffered two blowout losses- yet they still stand at 4-2. A clash of conferences will take place in a very tight Single A race.
What to Know: Chapmanville struggled early on with the loss of QB Adam Vance. However, Dylan Smith has embraced the star player role being a one-man army on the field. They will need more than one to take down the resurgence of Wayne. This Wayne team has all the characteristics of the past dominates. A reliable QB, strong runner, and an attitude that has only fell to former champs Mingo Central. It can’t be emphasized the importance of every game in AA.
Tale of the Tape: The first in perhaps the most exciting Main Card to date. South Harrison does not possess an incredibly impressive in-state win. They are beginning the toughest stretch of Single A. The Sherman Tide lost the season opener and nothing since. This will be their biggest test of the 2017 regular season. They are tasked with containing the fastest player in the state, Freddy Canary.
Tale of the Tape: Cabell Midland’s .500 record can be misleading due to two out-of-state losses. Their only in-state loss was on a hail mary vs #3 Capital. This team still has a beastly line and loaded backfield. Parkersburg, on the other hand, has four wins and surprised a lot despite low expectations in the preseason. QB Kam Mace dominated Wheeling Park two weeks ago and this Big Red team is definitely on the rise.
Tale of the Tape: Both the Cee-Bees and Dragons have been under the radar in Single A. With the everlasting talk of the top teams, these two one lossers haven’t got much light. A lot of that is due to Clay-Battelle’s pud schedule. Their loss was to a questionable Valley (Wetzel) squad. Cameron has blown out similar schools and only lost to an out-of-state. They do have a great athlete throwing the pigskin, Colby Brown, and he could be the difference maker.
Tale of the Tape: Huntington has made it six weeks in the devastating MSAC and still stand strong. Their offensive/defensive lines are superb which allows RB Jadon Hayes to be a favorite for the Kennedy. Hurricane’s offense has made great strides in matching their defense with solid QB play and two reliable receivers. Capital surprisingly beat them at their own game last week. The Redskins have the ability to win this game- it’s all a matter of who wants it more and executes.
Tale of the Tape: THE. BATTLE. OF. THE. BRIDGE. One of the most anticipated games of the season is finally here. The amount of backstory is almost too much to grasp. Miles apart, two programs traditionally excellent had fallen on hard times. Now, in 2017, the two programs find themselves in a chase for the championship. Fayetteville’s one man show of Jordan Dempsey vs Midland Trail’s deep offense and defense. To add to it, both schools are facing possible consolidation. This could be very well the most epic finale of a very historic rivalry.
The playoffs are getting closer every week. Nerves and pressure can be felt from the stands. C&Co. traveled to feel these emotions in Week Seven. For the first time, the Main Event was a blowout but still spices up the entire division. This has positioned us for perhaps the most intense week of football coming up next week. Enjoy the read of the only statewide review.
Here’s our take on what happened Friday night:
The New #1 Award – A new number one, for the first time in 2017 in any division, has been named. The Bluefield Beavers. After defeating several AAA’s and top-ranked out-of-states, the Beavers dismantled Point Pleasant. In a much anticipated match-up where many thought the Big Blacks would dominate- it wasn’t even close. Mookie Collier continues an amazing season by dicing Point Pleasant up for 172 yards and three touchdowns on EIGHT carries along with big time receiving. That was complimented by 70 yards and three touchdowns by Truck Edwards. The game was never close and Bluefield sent a message 42-13. Justin Brumfield of Point Pleasant did bring his A game though for 192 and both of their touchdowns. Wow.
Bounce Back Boys – Several teams did not start off well and are now really starting to flex their muscles. Curtis James ran for over 100 in an easy win for Doddridge County- their fifth in a row. Pocahontas County dropped a loss to a questionable Richwood team and narrowly beat a bottomfeeder Greenbrier West team- a win is a win. Wheeling Central, after playing a killer schedule, slid past an out-of-state opponent by one which keeps them very much in the mix. Finally, Robert C. Byrd had a solid matchup against a respected Elkins team- coming through late for a 28-24 win.
Humanity Award – Martinsburg. After looking unstoppable in the first half of 2017, Martinsburg faced a fierce Sherando (VA) team. This was a game where the untested Bulldogs had to play from behind. It was a big play game with Martinsburg allowing big strikes after their own scores (one of which was a pick six by defensive end Jalen Hesen) and it stunted momentum with a touchdown late in the second quarter going down 21-14. However, they stuck with DeWayne Grantham, who finished with three scores, including the late tying touchdown. This positioned a Bulldogs stop which led to a well-orchestrated drive to allow Lucas Duffy to hit a 24-yard field with 27 ticks left. They would win 31-28. Now, we know they are human, but we know they can win under pressure as well.
MSAC Drama – The big game of the MSAC this week was Capital and Hurricane with many expecting Hurricane to come out of on top… which they did in the first quarter. However, after that, Kerry Martin Jr. and Quisean Gray ran a steady offense combining for over 300 yards of offense- also an 88-yard blocked field goal touchdown return by Kerrion Martin allowed a dominate, hard-nose win by the Cougars. Interceptions killed St. Albans against a steadily improving GW team behind QB Grant Wells. Parkersburg dealt with a stiff Woodrow Wilson team that had given top teams problems. QB Kam Mace accounted for 350 yards in the 34-8 win. Also, Spring Valley dominated a promising Riverside squad 49-14.
Gimme Some Respect Award – Three teams qualify. With good records, they seem to have faded out of light due to early losses. However, a team like Wayne has crushed its opponents with its only loss to Mingo Central. They beat Herbert Hoover handedly behind the legs of Mike Bartrum and the arm of Jeremiah Milum. Winfield, who lost to Wayne, is also dominating as dual-threat QB Andrew Huff threw four TDs and Zach Bratton ran for three against Poca in a 57-12 crusher. Also, John Marshall possesses a mysterious talent in Dereck Hess who gets more airtime every week. This time they move to 5-2 after defeating Warren Local (OH) 48-6.
Powers Roll – While many scrap for points, some are boasting their will to prove a point. Fairmont Senior arrived in Weirton and didn’t play any games. They quickly shut down the Red Rider offense and ran all over the former top ten team due mostly to Bryson Gilbert who had 123 and five scores. QB Connor Neal also accounted for hundreds of yards and several touchdowns in a 49-20 thrashing. North Marion, with only one loss, was down 34-0 at the half to the very dominant Bridgeport. D’Andre Holloway and Jake Bowen both eclipsed the century mark and Bowen had THREE big time interceptions. Disputed #2 Mingo Central defeated Nitro 52-0 with four early touchdowns from stellar QB Jeremy Dillon.
It’s Gonna Be Close Award – Philip Barbour flexed its muscles on defense scoring three times on takeaways against East Fairmont. They now appear to be picking up steam after a 41-14 win. Braxton County also appears to be surging towards the postseason with a big time win against previously one-loss Nicholas County. Heath Cottrill and Tayton Stout seem to be a very precise combination. We can also mention Lincoln’s explosive offense as being in very much of the mix. Further away, teams such as Chapmanville and Winfield appear to thriving outside the top ten.
#KneeGate – Many criticized our early induction of Morgantown to the top ten, but they had our backs Friday Night. Facing off against a lethal Wheeling Park offense, they limited them to three points. The offense took a while to get going and a game changing play occurred when Ty Konchesky was slung down with the ball though he rolled over the would-be tackler. He got up and ran for a long touchdown. Many have disputed if his knee touched the ground- it is a close call. However, it remained a touchdown and Konchesky finished with 170 and three scores- Wheeling Park never recovered. The game finished 28-3 in a big time W for the Mohigans.
Now That’s What I Call Defense Award – Two teams struggling to gain traction in 2017 went toe-to-toe in Jackson County Friday Night. South Charleston has slowed after a big start- the same can be said for Ripley. In a game featuring multiple drives stall out in the redzone, they found each other sitting 0-0 at halftime. This was oh so familiar to a 7-6 upset years ago by Ripley. Robert Evans and JT Kemp combined for 160+ but could not find the endzone. Finally, during the third, an offense missing several starters due to suspensions, the Black Eagles hit a short pass that went for a 52-yard score on a Barham-Murphy connection. Turnovers ultimately killed Ripley and South Charleston remains in the race.
Should We Worry? – Three teams with previous big wins are now looking questionable in the eyes of the state. University barely escaped St. Albans in overtime and did not handle Hampshire as we expected though Robert Sanders did replace Trevor Barnhart quite well. They’re still 7-0, though, and might be banged up after a tough opening stretch. Mount View dropped a random game to Tolsia and that has hurt their stock. They’re still in it but that was a should-win. And, Oak Hill who began undefeated, lost big time to Princeton who gained over a 400 yards in a blowout win. The Princeton team had been down on their luck in 2017.
Single A Throne – The top five Single A’s in the state won their games in a combined score of 258-44. It’s looking very much like a top heavy race. Jaiden Smith has defended his title as the returning star of Single A- the same can be said for Brett Tharp of the dominant East Hardy program. South Harrison’s Freddy Canary ran for 230 and four touchdowns… in the first quarter and will begin the hardest stretch of any Single A team this year. Madonna’s Donovan Kirby won’t be tested until Wheeling Central here soon- a big turnaround game for them. Finally, Midland Trail’s big win over Liberty (Raleigh) positions them to take on nearby #6 Fayetteville for perhaps the biggest Battle of the Bridge ever. Buckle up folks.
Noteworthy Performances – Lincoln QB Kobie Carpenter helped his team to 559 yards of total offense (351 by him) in a vital win against Grafton. Midland Trail relied on the passing game in a blowout win where Austin Isaacs threw for five touchdown passes. Miles apart from each other, Pikeview’s Hunter Mitchelson totaled 296 and four scores and Devon Sibley of Princeton scored three times for 216 yards. Also in Doddrige’s big win, Tanner Lett threw for four touchdown passes. Mentioned in the winless category, Hundred will continue their nation leading losing streak after having to forfeit due to a lack of players. However, Washington got their first win in a staggering 60-47 shootout against AA Frankfort. What a week!
Coalfields & Co. Rankings – October 8th, 2017
Week seven is here! We have picked out our top 13 games to watch around the state. Four of our writers (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, and Wide Writer) have picked our winners/losers alongside our followers on Twitter. We will keep score week in and week out to see who are the real football gurus
1st: Third Writer (52)
1st: Followers (52)
3rd: Writer2 (48)
3rd: Wide Writer (48)
5th: El Writer (47)
Parkersburg South (Wide Writer, Followers)
Brooke (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer)
Ravenswood (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Wirt County (No one)
Independence (Writer2, Third Writer
Summers County (El Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Robert C. Byrd (Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Elkins (El Writer)
Bridegport (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
North Marion (No one)
St. Albans (Third Writer, Wide Writer)
George Washington (El Writer, Writer2, Followers)
Lincoln (El Writer, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
James Monroe (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Westside (No one)
Fairmont Senior (Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)
Weir (El Writer)
Wheeling Park (Wide Writer)
Morgantown (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)
Musselman (Writer2, Third Write Wide Writer, Followers)
Hedgesville (El Writer)
Capital (El Writer, Third Writer, Wide Writer)
Hurricane (Writer2, Followers)
Point Pleasant (El Writer, Writer2, Wide Writer, Followers)
Bluefield (Third Writer)
Quarterback: Kobie Carpenter (Lincoln) vs Grafton
Runningback: Tre Junkins (Robert C. Byrd) vs Elkins
Wide Receiver: Dakota Williams (Hurricane) vs Capital
Offensive Lineman: Jake Rife (Musselman) vs Hedgesville
Defensive Lineman: Trey Henry (Martinsburg) vs Sherando (VA)
Linebacker: Truck Edwards (Bluefield) vs Point Pleasant
Defensive Back: Sebastian Spencer (Weir) vs Fairmont Senior