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Top AAA’s Dominate
Make it 32 straight for the #1 Bulldogs. Though many had excitement for Spring Mills’ offense behind prolific sophomore QB Keon Padmore-Johnson, they wouldn’t even score a point. Instead it was Grant Harman going 6/7 with two touchdowns alongside and multiple ground scores by Naieem Kearney that had this game over early. Padmore-Johnson finished with 48 total yards while the Bulldog’s RJ Barrett had four sacks and a punt block score. 56-0. In another panhandle showdown, it was the #8 Hedgesville run game that showed out which had four first half touchdowns by four different players. Malakai Brown, of course, had to get two touchdown snags in the second half to ultimately blowout Jefferson 42-6. Also, Morgantown finally got back into the state after two close losses to out-of-state powerhouses. Their trials proved worthy as they dominated Brooke early and often with tough running especially by go-to back Ty Konchesky who had two scores. This was never a question. 63-6. It was #7 John Marshall this week that stumbled out-of-state to Bellaire (OH).
Classic at Mylan
Morgantown hosted one of the best Week Four matchups around the state in #5 Wheeling Park travelling to #10 University. The game went as expected with the Patriots establishing a tough ground game behind Alex Dunlevy and Kenya Robinson. Though they scored on runs often, it was Logan Holgorsen’s performance that stole the show. In a game where he ran for his life every play from blitzing fiends Dylan Wood and Jermain Snodgrass, he had numerous highlight plays breaking tackles and launching bombs. Amir Richardson and Evan Parow were constant targets. With the game in the fourth, it was a one-handed snag and huge run by Parow that gave University a 38-26 lead with minutes left. A quick Park score brought it within a score. Holgorsen converted a third down which seemed to put the game on ice. However, a fumble ensued. With the momentum full swing, Robinson tumbled his way to the endzone quickly taking a 39-38 lead. One last chance for the Hawks but Holgorsen was strip sacked by Snodgrass, and it was taken back into the endzone as the Patriots stormed the field. A hard loss. 45-38.
North Central Blowouts
Well, if there was any doubt about how good Connor Neal and #2 Fairmont Senior is- it is probably gone. Despite both starting backs out, Neal would throw for over 300 yards yet again along with four touchdowns in a thumping of #4 Bridgeport. The Indians’ Bowen was a good workhorse tallying 147 yards and both touchdowns, but it was nowhere enough for the prolific and efficient Polar Bear offense. 45-14. #9 Robert C. Byrd, recovering from their battle with the Polar Bears, has found their stride. Versus AAA Preston, RB Ghovan Davidson had 150 yards and four scores… four minutes into the second quarter. With multiple rushers over 100, the Eagles seemed very comfortable in a big 69-14 win.
Panhandlers Come Through Late
After a controversial Week 3 with no game and questions looming over their playoff eligibility, Petersburg took on AAA Hampshire. Tied 14-14 after one, the Trojans would jump out to a two touchdown lead. However, big plays by Jacob Hartman and Zach Wampler pushed the game back to a tie going into the fourth. There, with little time left, Wampler would break off for a huge score and important win for the now 3-1 Vikings. 35-28. After a classic win over James Monroe, #5 Weir hosted a dangerous Keyser team. Though Tyler Komorowski sat out, Sebastian Spencer filled in at QB greatly and tag-teaming with Donovan Kirby, it was all Red Riders in the first half and into the second early- they were up 40-14. However, there’s a reason the game is four quarters. Caden Biser capped off a mid-third quarter drive which also had a successful two-point conversion. 40-22. A quick Red Rider fumble turned into a 24-yard score by Brady Clay but a missed conversion. 40-28. Then, despite all luck, Weir muffed the kick return which had Keyser drive and let Clay score yet again and make it 40-34 going into the fourth. After defensive stalemates, Ryan Shoemaker made a leaping pick and return which set up another Biser running touchdown and game-leading extra point. 41-40. Though the Red Riders had one last shot, the momentum was too much. Keyser pulled off the incredible 26-point comeback.
Tucker County has quickly shifted up in the ranks and remains undefeated after a close win with now the new holder of the longest losing streak: Moorefield. It took some late stops and two scores through the air by Liam Hood to hold off the Yellow Jackets. A late run by Cole Rapp ultimately allowed them to keep the lead and win 19-17 and move to 4-0. Also a team grabbing the state’s attention is Parkersburg Catholic. Taking on Wirt County, a big second quarter by top eight rusher Ty Sturm had the Crusaders sitting pretty. The Crusader defense also impressed, holding the Tigers to eight points. Sturm would finish with 232 on the ground and several scores. They now move to 4-0 with the 38-8 victory.
Playing for Second
#4 Williamstown laid host to #8 Ravenswood in a potential classic Single A showdown. However, the Yellowjackets controlled this game from the absolute get-go. With four passing touchdowns by Carter Haynes in the air and in the first half, Williamstown took an early commanding lead. The Red Devil offense could never get much and fell into a 41-0 deficit. Despite some late drives, the Yellowjackets walked out impressively with a 55-19 victory. #5 Cameron continued their domination too with six touchdowns between QB and RB Aidan Lucey and Andrew Ritchea, respectively. They would win 40-14 over Frontier (OH) and move to 4-0 on the season.
In a surprising game, Philip Barbour upset Liberty (Harrison) behind over 200 yards and four scores by RB Chase Collier. Oak Glen shocked an undefeated Grafton team with 197 yards on the ground by Gage Patterson and five scores through the air by Nick Chaney. Tyler Consolidated is clicking after some tough early losses with a big game by Mark Rucker and Griffin Phillips as they thumped Calhoun County 47-6. Ritchie County surprised many with a 24-21 win over St. Marys and now sit at 3-1. Frankfort moved to 4-0 behind their trusty backs in a demolition of Berkeley Springs. Finally, THE STREAK IS OVER. After 50 games lost straight and being winless since 2010, the Hundred Hornets travelled hours away to Hannan High School and got the 42-26 win! Incredible and an awesome story for a school they had suffered greatly from depopulation and the 2015 floods. Congratulations!
AAA Player of the Week: Evan Parow (University)
AA Player of the Week: Connor Neal (Fairmont Senior)
A Player of the Week: Carter Haynes (Williamstown)