Southern Review – WEEK TEN

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: ALEX HAWLEY (OVP SPORTS/POINT PLEASANT REGISTER)

 

 

Valley AAA’s Win Big and Close

The Capital Cougars, coming off an offensive showcase against Woodrow Wilson, travelled across town to Belle to square off with the Riverside Warriors. The Cougars scored quickly and often as Kerry Martin Jr. led the charge with five total touchdowns. Martin went 10 for 12 passing and accounted for 212 all-purpose yards. The Cougar defense excelled again, holding Riverside RB Caden Easterling to 78 yards just a week after he went for over 400 on George Washington. The Cougars went on to win 41-0. Capital faces George Washington next week and are set to be a top seed in the “AAA” playoffs. The Huntington Highlanders snapped their two-game losing streak last week with a 27-21 OT win against the Parkersburg Big Reds. After losing to the Capital Cougars, and being upset by Cabell Midland, this win over Parkersburg was critical in getting Huntington back on track. The Highlander defense came up big in Week 10 as Johronimo Mitchell picked off Parkersburg’s Jake Johnson three times in the contest. Diallo Mitchell racked up 128 yards and a score while Tajhan Blackwell scored three touchdowns for Huntington, including the game winner in overtime. The Highlanders face an undefeated Spring Valley in Week 11, a tough draw for both teams preparing to make a playoff run.

 

 

Point Pleasant is Legit

The Timberwolves traveled to Point Pleasant last week to face off with a “AA” powerhouse. The Big Blacks came out strong at home behind QB Cason Payne, driving down 74 yards and launching a touchdown strike to Josh Wamsley to open the scoring. Spring Valley struck back quickly as Graeson Malashevich raced 17 yards for a Timberwolf touchdown. Wamsley returned the following kickoff 98 yards for a Point Pleasant score that contributed to a 28-14 halftime lead. The second half was an entirely different story. The Timberwolves went on to score 44 second half points behind Owen Chafin who ran for 171 and a score and Nate Ellis who accumulated 227 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Both Malashevich and Payne would leave the gritty contest with injuries but look to return by the postseason.  Spring Valley secured the 58-34 win and will face Huntington next week in the final game of the regular season.

 

 

Big Cardinal Play

The Miners routed Chapmanville in Week #10 as Daylin Goad had another huge week. Goad has been showing the state he is among the state’s best quarterbacks in the last few weeks.  He went for 194 yards and scored a monstrous six touchdowns against Chapmanville. The Miners’ ground attack was led once again by Dougie Dillon who mustered 133 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Mingo defense was able to hold strong and the Miners went on to the 44-7 win. Wayne also delivered a whooping last week as they took down Logan 46-8. The Pioneers were anchored by a strong defensive performance in which they forced five turnovers in just the first half. Wayne has a meeting with the undefeated Poca Dots next week, in a game that will have major “AA” playoff implications. Poca nearly lost their unbeaten status last week as Herbert Hoover came to play. The Dots main weapon last week was Owen McClanahan who rushed for 183 yards on 20 carries and scored both of the touchdowns for his team. Herbert Hoover’s only win came in their first game of the year when they steamrolled Scott. Been Kee tried to lead his Huskies over the undefeated Dots with 115 yards on 19 carries, but eventually came up short as Poca gets their ninth win 14-9.

 

 

Looking to Host

The Shady Spring Tigers made short work of the Liberty Raiders last week, solidifying their Raleigh County dominance. The Tigers defeated the Independence Patriots earlier in the season. Drew Clark led the ground attack for the Tigers, coming up with 102 yards on 17 carries. The Shady defense came up big with three turnovers after interceptions from Haven Chapman and Daylin Toms and a fumble recovery from Terymykal Alexander. The Tigers cruised to a 32-6 victory, handing Liberty their 9th consecutive loss. The Bluefield Beavers seem to be back on track and firing on all cylinders after shutting out the James Monroe Mavericks. Bluefield rode to victory behind a huge performance form JJ Davis. Davis carried the ball 15 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns. With the help of the Beavers’ strong and talented linemen, Bluefield controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the contest and cruised to a 48-0 victory, snapping the Mavericks’ six-game win streak. Bluefield will travel to Beckley to battle with “AAA” Woodrow Wilson in their final regular season game.

 

 

Bridge Teams Win and Lose
The Golden Knights have corrected their small mistakes and made a big statement in Week Ten.  Mount View suffered a small hiccup in Week #9 after falling to PikeView but dismantled the Fayetteville Pirates last week. Mount View relied on the work of their two powerful backs Ty Powell and Terry Headen who accounted for 240 yards and two touchdowns and 112 yards and a score, respectively. The Mount View line came up big opening holes and running lanes for these young men all night long. With spectacular defense, Mt. View rolled to a 42-6 win and will host Greenbrier West for Week 11. Midland Trail faced off with Fayette County foe Oak Hill last week in what was a close cross-division contest. Khori Bass led the charge for the Red Devils, carrying the ball 30 times and gaining 162 yards, while Austin Isaacs went for 134 yards on 17 carries for the Patriots. However, the difference maker was the Midland Trail defense who forced five turnovers in the contest, leading to Trail’s eventual 26-20 victory. Wrapping up our Southern single A’s, Sherman played host to River View in their ninth game. The Tide was able to take care of River View with ease behind another performance from their talented defense. With the 40-18 win, the Tide moves to 8-1 and will face Boone County rival Van for their final contest of the regular season.

 

 

 

Notables
The Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles upset the George Washington Patriots last week behind a big performance from Senior Logan Cook- they could potentially make the playoffs with a win over Bluefield in Week 11.  Ripley continued their ascension through the ranks with a 41-6 domination of “AA” Roane County. Greenbrier East captured their fifth win with the 53-14 thumping of the winless Princeton Tigers. Van and Webster County both defeated one-win teams in Valley (Fayette) and Montcalm and to wrap it up, the Summers County Bobcats defeated the Richwood Lumberjacks by 48 points.

 

 

AAA Player of the Week: Johronimo Mitchell (DB) Huntington

AA Player of the Week: JJ Davis (RB) Bluefield

A Player of the Week: Ty Powell (RB) Mount View

Northern Review – WEEK TEN

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: NEAL SMITH (PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL)

 

 

AAA’s Stay Hot

The #1 Bulldogs stretched their winstreak to 38 with a dominating win over Musselman.  This Saturday game was never even a contested.  The undefeated Applemen were quickly scored on by Naieem Kearney and then intercepted by Grant Harman.  Elijah Banks then quickly found Jarod Bowie in the endzone to jump out fast.  After several fumbles by both, Banks ran a score in for Harman to find Teddy Marshall for another long pass to have them up 28-0.  Banks and Harman would throw several more scores while the defense held strong as they won impressively 70-0.  Also up north, Morgantown absolutely answered the call with their second red hot game after a rough stretch.  Their defense was ready for the Hawks high powered O and allowed Cam Rice to be steady on offense.  Up 21-0 at the half, they really began to pour it on.  Ty Konchesky and Tanner Davis scored three long runs in the third to really break University’s back.  They rolled to a 55-10 win and look very good going into the playoffs.  Another team gathering a full head of a steam is Parkersburg South.    The game started hot with Nick Yoho slashing Park’s defense for big gains.  With some solid special teams play and a fake punt, Yoho scored once again before the half to be up 17-0.  Brayden Mooney would push in a score in the third as the defense held steady- they would go onto wind impressively over Wheeling Park 30-0.

 

 

Looking to Host

The winless Brooke Bruins showed up for their rivalry game with Weir and gave them as much as they could handle.  The Red Riders could not find a rhythm in the first half and only went up 7-0 into the third.  A Gage Yost TD had the game closed to 7-6.  However, as protocol, they began leaning on Donovan Kirby, who had 211 yards.  Weir would score two times in the third (one by Kirby and one pass from Sebastian Spencer).  Their defense would hold up and they would walk out with the 20-7 win.  A similar RB star was seen as Robert C. Byrd took on North Marion. They started early with a lot of carries to Ghovan Davidson to get them out to a 7-0 lead.   The Huskies bounced back with a field goal then Desmond Fluarty touchdown which gave them a 9-7 lead at the half.  However, Davidson, who had 264 yards and four scores, would score three of those in the second half on the muddy surface.  Their defense stepped up and the Eagles would sail to victory 28-9.  Also in AA, Keyser used their ground game to take out their out-of-state rival Allegany (MD).  They leaned on Brady Clay and Sam Perry who combined for nearly 300 yards rushing on the night.  However, it was a second quarter Ryan Shoemaker pass to Reggie Redman which gave them a 21-13 lead at the half.  The score remained the same into the fourth until Clay ran for another and then capped off with another Shoemaker to Redman score.  Keyser would win 33-20.

 

 

Single A’s Tested

Wheeling Central had their closest game of the year against Ohio-based Shadyside.  The first quarter began with traded blows from Shadyside and a big TD run by backup QB Jacob Rine.  They went for two to be up 8-7.  The weather got worse and a late Shadyside score then turnover on downs for the Maroon Knights seemed to mark their fate.  However, a goal line stand topped up with an 88-yard Anthony Robbins pick six is what regained their lead and ultimately won them the game 14-13.  In our main event of the week, Doddridge County showed they were legitimate.  In a mud bowl, it was a bend don’t break mentality that kept the score low.  It began quick with a Hunter America score and a Carter Haynes TD pass minutes later.  However, the mud quickly became a factor.  Both teams leaned on their star backs to crank out yard after yard.  America, who finished with 42 carries and 310 yards, was the difference to Donathan Taylor, who had 29 for 122.  The game changer was an early third quarter long TD run by America which was the final score of the entire game.  Both teams overcame missed field goals and goal line stands.  However, it was the Bulldogs who came away with the 14-7 win.

 

 

Notables

John Marshall used their consistent ground game to win 39-0 over Warren Local (OH).  They now sit at 6-3.  Liberty (Harrison) had a slightly surprising win over a hot Lewis County team.  Behind Seth Davis, they won 35-14 to position themselves for a potential playoff spot.  In Petersburg, Jacob Hartman lit up Tucker County with over 300 yards passing and five scores in an impressive 52-20 victory.  They move to 6-2.  Parkersburg Catholic went back to Ty Sturm and Jeb Boice to blowout Hannan 43-0 and still with only one loss on the season.  Cameron finished the regular season undefeated with another Andrew Ritchea performance over Bridgeport (OH).  Finally, Pendleton County moved to 7-2 with a 30-7 win over nearby Moorefield.

 

 

AAA Player of the Week: Grant Harman (QB/DB) Martinsburg

AA Player of the Week: Jacob Hartman (QB) Petersburg

A Player of the Week: Hunter America (RB) Doddridge County

 

Kennedy Watch Update (Week Ten)

Gathering Attention

Kerry Martin Jr. (QB) Capital

Brenton Strange (WR) Parkersburg

Will Hackney (QB) Sissonville

 

#5 Graeson Malashevich

SpringValleyTimberwolvesMalashevich was having a solid game against Point Pleasant but had to leave early due to an injury.  He is still very much in the race and only drops because of the other candidate’s great performances.  His money making season will come after their BYE week once the playoffs begin.

 

 

#4 Hunter America

DoddridgeCountyBulldogsAmerica had one of his best performances to date.  He rushed for over 300 yards against the #3 team in A.  He was handed the rock over 40 times and was the key factor in the Bulldogs coming away with the victory.  Honestly, it is a longshot for a Single A to win it but with some crazy playoff performances and a potential toppling of Wheeling Central and who knows.

 

 

#3 Daylin Goad

MingoCentralMinersGoad went off for the third week in a row with six touchdowns against Chapmanville.  His numbers are unmatched scoring-wise against the entire state and it seems as if the offense is all coming together at the perfect time.  With the realization of how good Point Pleasant and Poca (their only losses) were, the Miners seem to be legit contender for the title.

 

 

#2 Grant Harman

Harman continues to impress.  The leader of the best team in the state and had a stellar game against an undefeated Musselman team that included several offensive scores and big defensive plays including an early interception.  If Harman isn’t in your conversation for the best player in the state- we don’t know what you’re looking at.

 

 

 

#1 Connor Neal

FairmontSeniorPolarBearsNeal had a BYE week this week.  He will continue to be the frontrunner for the Kennedy.  His numbers lead the state, and he is also shockingly efficient at the same time.  Of course, what he does in the playoffs is what will truly be the tell of if he will win it.  For now, though, it is still his to lose.

WV Prep Football Stat Leaders (Week Nine)

Passing Yards

1) 2500 – Connor Neal (Fairmont Senior)

2) 2482 – Daylin Goad (Mingo Central)

3) 2071 – Will Hackney (Sissonville)

4) 1809 – Jake Johnson (Parkersburg)

5) 1780 – Grant Wells (George Washington)

6) 1773 – Keon Padmore-Johnson (Spring Mills)

7) 1764 – Logan Holgorsen (University)

8) 1653 – Ranson Graham (Princeton)

 

 

 

Passing Touchdowns

1) 34 – Daylin Goad (Mingo Central)

2) 33 – Connor Neal (Fairmont Senior)

3) 26 – Logan Holgorsen (University)

4) 25 – Will Hackney (Sissonville)

5) 22 – Kole Puffenberger (Pendleton County)

6) 21 – Jake Johnson (Parkersburg)

6) 21 – Nick Chaney (Oak Glen)

8) 19 – Owie Ash (Hedgesville)

 

 

 


Rushing Yards

1) 1883 – Hunter America (Doddridge)

2) 1546 – Ivan Vaughn (Cabell Midland)

3) 1403 – Jake Bowen (Bridgeport)

4) 1373 – Ty Sturm (Parkersburg Catholic)

5) 1353 – Andrew Ritchea (Cameron)

6) 1297 – Evan Rose (PikeView)

7) 1296 – Ghovan Davidson (Robert C. Byrd)

8) 1285 – Christian Hill (Hurricane)

 

 

 

Rushing Touchdowns

1) 32 – Hunter America (Doddridge)

2) 25 – Andrew Ritchea (Cameron)

3) 22 – Jake Bowen (Bridgeport)

3) 22 – JT Hensley (Sherman)

5) 20 – John Covert (Winfield)

5) 20 – Donovan Kirby (Weir)

5) 20 – Jacob O’Dell

8) 19 – MULTIPLE

 

 


 

Receiving Yards

1) 1109 – Evan Parow (University)

2) 1005 – Drew Hatield (Mingo Central)

3) 899 – Malakai Brown (Hedgesville)

4) 791 – Mayson Miller (Sissonville)

5) 749 – Abe Farrow (Oak Hill)

6) 700 – Devin Hatfield (Mingo Central)

7) 674 – Brenton Strange (Parkersburg)

8) 612 – Tyce Wisnewski (Petersburg)

 

 

 

Receiving Touchdowns

1) 19 – Evan Parow (University)

2) 14 – Drew Hatfield (Mingo Central)

3) 13 – Abe Farrow (Oak Hill)

4) 10 – Jake Pitman (Fairmont Senior)

4) 10 – Mayson Miller (Sissonville)

4) 10 – Timothy Thorne (Pendleton County)

4) 10 – Zach Taylor (Oak Glen)

8) 9 – MULTIPLE

 


 

Sacks 

1) 11.5 – Ben Gribble (University)

2) 10.0 – Dakota Meadows (Poca)

3) 9.5 – Hunter Jones (Midland Trail)

4) 9.0 – Cole Hugart (Sissonville)

5) 8.0 – Sean Martin (Bluefield)

5) 8.0 – Josh Jackson (Oak Hill)

5) 8.0 – Nick Plumley (Man)

8) 7.5 – MULTIPLE

 


 

Tackles 

1) 121 – Zach McClung (Greenbrier West)

2) 118 – Drew Joseph (South Charleston)

2) 118 – Adam Murray (Wheeling CC)

4) 112 – Hunter Williams (Independence)

5) 108 – JT Cooper (Hurricane)

6) 102 – Caleb Richmond (Meadow Bridge)

6) 102 – Cameron Kimble (Hurricane)

8) 97 – Austin Kelley (Doddridge County)

 

 

 

Interceptions

1) 8 – Noah Neely (Cameron)

1) 8 – N’iyjere Smith (Hedgesville)

3) 7 – Bronson Skeens (Poca)

4) 6 – Elijah Posey (Fairmont Senior)

4) 6 – Grant Harman (Martinsburg)

4) 6 – Tanner Walls (Lincoln County)

4) 6 – Kole Sutton (Williamstown)

8) 5 – MULTIPLE

 

 

 

Field Goals

1) 7 – Timothy McCutchen (Hurricane)

1) 7 – Finnegan Hall (Hedgesville)

3) 6 – Kaulin Parris (Bluefield)

4) 5 – Erick Bevil (Shady Spring)

5) 3 -MULTIPLE

 

 

 

Southern Review – WEEK NINE

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: LARRY BUTCHER (THE HERALD DISPATCH) 

 

 

Top AAA’s Butt Heads

Coming off a huge win against Huntington, the Capital Cougars came into Beckley on a roll. The Cougars showed off their aerial attack Friday night as Kerry Martin Jr. threw for a whopping 333 yards on the Flying Eagles. The game started off slow, as Capital held the ball for half of the first quarter, before Martin drew first blood on a 29-yard strike to his younger brother Kerion Martin. It was all downhill from there as Kerry Martin Jr. went on to rack up six total touchdowns while the Cougars outgained the Flying Eagles 604-12 in total yards. Woodrow Wilson suffered their 6th straight loss after dropping the 64-0 decision the Capital.   Cabell Midland faced off with rival Huntington in Week #9 for the annual battle for “THE SHIELD.” Coming off a loss against Capital, the Highlanders were hoping to get back on track, but Ivan Vaughn had other plans. Huntington jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after a muffed punt, the Knights struck back quickly as Jayce Goud punched it in from six yards out to tie it up. After that, Vaughn took over as he relied on his talented offensive line to cruise to 219 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. That was all the scoring for the game, as Cabell Midland was able to hang on to the ball and keep the Highlander offense off the field for the majority of the second half. Behind Vaughn’s big performance and lights-out play from the defense, Cabell Midland upset the Highlanders 21-7 and gain possession of the shield. Until next year.

 

 

Playoff Hopes Live On

The Redskins of Hurricane played host to South Charleston, in a must-win for Hurricane if they hoped to make the playoffs. Long and grinding drives for both teams filled the first half, but after a pick-six from South Charleston, and a McCutchen field goal from Hurricane had the Redskins with a 17-14 halftime advantage. After the half, the Redskins began to look to running-back Christian Hill, who answered the call totaling 195 yards and two touchdowns to help propel his team to a 31-20 victory, keeping the Hurricane playoff hopes alive. With only one game remaining, the only thing standing between the Redskins and a “AAA” playoff berth is the Dragons of St. Albans. George Washington and Riverside’s week nine matchup seemed like nothing short of a video game on the stat sheet. Riverside’s Caden Easterling has been on our radar for a while, and last week, he finally broke out in a huge way. However, George Washington has its own threats. One of these is quarterback Grant Wells who also put on a spectacular display on Friday. In a game that would be back and forth for the duration, and feature immense amounts of excitement, these players shined. Easterling carried the ball 45 times for an unbelievable 410 yards against the Patriots. Wells was 23 of 34 with 357 yards and two touchdowns through the air. It was a tight affair throughout, but in the end, GW’s Michael Hughes came up short on a 32-yard would-be game winning field goal attempt as time expired. However, the Warriors were flagged for roughing the kicker and Hughes didn’t squander his second chance as he nailed a 25-yarder on an untimed down to give the Patriots the 39-36 victory.

 

 

Big AA Numbers
Poca defeated Scott in dominating fashion last week. With the loss of Ethan Payne, the Dots also lose a massive offensive weapon, but Friday night they showed us that they have plenty more. The Dots opened fire on the Skyhawks early as Bronson Skeens returned a Scott punt 50 yards for the opening score of the contest. Owen McClanahan now shoulders the responsibilities of the workhorse running-back for the Dots and he showed that he is reliable against the Skyhawks. The Dots Quarterback Jay Cook accounted for three touchdowns in the game and it seems that the chemistry with his receivers is only improving as the season goes on. The Dots cruised to a 45-6 win and will face Herbert Hoover and Wayne before they can complete their perfect season. The Beavers got back on track in a big way after suffering their first loss of the season in Week 8. Bluefield made short work of the Oak Hill Red Devils holding them to just one touchdown from Abraham Farrow. The Beaver defense played solid in the game, capitalizing on opportunities, but the offense still seems to have a problem holding on to the football. Bluefield’s increasing dominance masks this, but they have been turnover prone all year long. The Beavers turned the ball over four times last Friday en route to the 49-6 victory over the Red Devils. Absolute dominance. That is the only way to describe Mingo Central’s win over Herbert Hoover last week. The Miners were firing on all cylinders and sharing the wealth amongst themselves. Quarterback Daylin Goad racked up an unbelievable 488 yards and 8 touchdowns, going 22 of 30 on the night. Goad’s main targets were Drew Hatfield, Devin Hatfield, and Isaac Moore who accounted for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns, 152 yards and two touchdowns, and 101 yards and two touchdowns, respectively. Running-back Dougie Dillon amassed 101 yards on seven carries on the ground as the Miners cruised to a 50-21 victory.

 

 

Red and Black Roll

Point Pleasant is showing no signs of slowing down ahead of their blockbuster matchup with “AAA” Spring Valley. Last week, the Big Blacks dismantled the Hillbillies of Man behind the effort of Cason Payne. Payne racked up 220 yards and fives touchdowns in what turned out to be a huge week for skill players all over the state. Brady Adkins also contributed 113 yards on 11 carries as Point Pleasant shutout Man 49-0. The Pioneer defense was on display last Friday as Wayne nearly shut out Sissonville. The Pioneers forced three turnovers that they were able to turn into touchdowns. Aaron Adkins ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns while Tanner Owens accounted for two touchdowns, a 2-point conversion, and an interception on the defensive side of the ball.  The Pioneers will meet with Logan next week before their season finale against the Poca Dots.

 

 

Running Rampant

A Fayette County rivalry was all that was promised as the Patriots of Midland Trail clashed with the Fayetteville Pirates. The Battle of the Bridge began with Jordan Dempsey driving the Pirates down the field, and WonYoung Hwang nailing the field goal to put Fayetteville up 3-0. The Patriots struck back quickly as Austin Isaacs tossed a touchdown pass to Morgan Ferris to take the 6-3 lead. The Pirates led 10-6 at the half, but Midland Trail took control in the thirdd and fourth quarters. Behind two touchdowns from Midland Trail’s Cordell Lesher, the Patriots rallied and defeated Fayetteville 26-10 to stay unbeaten. Sherman cruised past a struggling Greenbrier West team last week. They once again leaned on their talented linemen and the athleticism of J.T. Hensley. Hensley carried the ball 22 times for 222 yards and six total touchdowns. The Sherman defense played with purpose last week, holding the Cavaliers scoreless throughout the game. Tommy Harper also contributed 189 yards for the Tide as they cruise to their 7th victory 42-0.

 

 

Notables
Shady Spring rolled to a 40-point victory over a Clay County team that has struggled ever since Independence handed them their first loss in Week Five. The Vikings of Ripley steamrolled a one-win St. Albans 65-24, and Summers County made a statement with an impressive 54-7 blowout of Pocahontas County.  Lincoln County decimated a winless Kentucky team, while Chapmanville edged Logan 28-6. Finally, Van moved to 7-1 with the 33-point victory over the Richwood Lumberjacks.

 

AAA Player of the Week: Caden Easterling (RB) Riverside

AA Player of the Week: Daylin Goad (QB) Mingo Central

A Player of the Week: JT Hensley (QB) Sherman

Northern Review – WEEK NINE

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: NEAL SMITH (PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL)

 

 

Panhandling

#1 Martinsburg broke the all-time consecutive win record in the state of West Virginia at 37.  Jefferson never stood much of a chance thanks to the early heroics of Trey Sine who forced scores from a interception, sack fumble, and blocked field goal.  This allowed the Bulldog offense to be at ease and do their thing- meaning Grant Harman tossing multiple scores while Naieem Kearney ran all over the field.  They were up 49-0 at the half and didn’t ease up as they finished 70-0 and stay untested by in-state teams.  #4 Musselman took advantage of a Washington team without their best player and under 25 players.  It got ugly in a hurry as Tre Beard III tossed five first half touchdowns while Washington managed -39 yards of offense.  The Applemen marched to a 70-6 and stays unbeaten going into their matchup with Martinsburg.  Hedgesville found themselves with a hangover after two losses and actually went down to Hampshire in the first quarter.  However, two Malakai Brown scores and interception touchdown quickly had the game in the Eagles’ favor.  Just like that, Hedgesville was up 35-6 at the half.  The weather disallowed either team to make much ground in the second as the Eagles finished with 42-13 win.

 

 

Getting Hot

#7 Parkersburg South won their fifth straight game against Greenbrier East.  The Patriots had a balanced offensive attack while shutting down the Spartans early and often.  Despite Greenbrier East trying to milk the clock, Brayden Mooney scored on the ground or through the air almost instantly to put them up 20-0 early.  Despite two Colby Piner TD’s, Nick Yoho kept the Patriots ahead and easily took out Greenbrier East in Fairlea 48-14.  After back-to-back ugly performances, Morgantown bounced back with a convincing win over two-loss John Marshall.  The star in this game was Preston Fox who returned after missing several games with a broken collarbone.  The Mohigans jumped out early on John Marshall behind big plays by Fox.  Ty Konchesky and Tanner Davis started with rushing scores and two late TD catches by Fox kept John Marshall behind the entire game as they won 49-13.  #8 Wheeling Park found itself in a dogfight with a winless Princeton.  The first half was a story of Alex Dunlevy versus Ranson Graham who answered each others touchdown passes several times.  Being 14-14 through the second quarter, the Patriots pulled away with a late Dunlevy pass and back-to-back TD runs by Stevie Mitchell and Kenya Robinson.  Despite the Tigers effort, Wheeling Park went onto win 52-20.

 

 

Bigs in Big Ten Take Care of Business

#1 Fairmont Senior gave the business to a formerly one-loss Grafton team.  Kennedy favorite Connor Neal threw two incompletions and had 232 yards with four touchdowns before getting called out.   Grafton’s only score on the first team was a long field goal set up by Caleb Bish.   The Polar Bear defense came up big with takeaways.  They were easily outmatched in their 48-10 defeat.  #4 Bridgeport relied on Jake Bowen on both sides of the ball once again as they took on #9 Keyser.  The Indians took a 7-0 lead early and played by that margin most of the game despite Keyser’s well balanced rushing attack.  Up 14-7, Jake Bowen caught a touchdown pass to put them up two scores.   A third quarter run by Bowen stretched their lead to 21.  Keyser then turned the ball over on the third and goal.  A late fourth quarter rally by Ryan Shoemaker (their specialty) brought them within 9 but a big plays by Bowen on defense ultimately won the game for Bridgeport 28-19.

 

 

AA Showouts

Robert C. Byrd has battled its way back into the top ten with a victory over Liberty (Harrison).  Jeremiah King has risen to be the perfect tag-team partner to all-stater Ghovan Davidson.  The Mountaineers stood close with the Eagles all game long.  King got the scoring started only for Liberty to return the kick for a score.  King struck again, this time from a pass by Xavier Lopez to stretch the lead- once again, tied after a long drive by Seth McKinney.  Davidson led the next drive down the field before King capped it off for his third first half score.  Liberty stayed within eight until the end of the third quarter until it was time for Robert C. Byrd to run away with it in the fourth.  The Eagles would win 49-20 after 21 unmatched points to end it.  #9 Weir found itself in trouble against East Liverpool (OH).  Down 21 at one point, the Red Riders leaned on Sebastian Spencer who scored multiple ways including a punt return touchdown.  He also took the lead back finally with five minutes to go with an 82-yard touchdown run.  Weir moved to 7-2 with the close 29-28 victory.

 

 

 

Top A’s Tested

#1 Wheeling Central faced its biggest test against Portsmouth West.  Despite an early 26-0 lead, Curtis McGhee III left with a shoulder injury.  The Senators rallied in the second half and scored 23 straight points.  The Maroon Knights scored late with a Payton Marlinton catch only for Portsmouth West to respond.  A late Maroon Knight pick set them up to be upset but the Senators ran out of time and lost 32-30.  #3 Williamstown took on undefeated and nearby Parkersburg Catholic.  The Yellowjackets sent the state a message that they run the north west for now.  Carter Haynes and Donathan Taylor combined for six touchdowns while shutting down the Crusaders’ rushing attack.  Forced to pass, they were picked off four times.  Williamstown dominated through and through- up 28-0 at the half and going on to win 41-0.  #2 Doddridge cruised to another victory to stay undefeated.  State leading rusher Hunter America tallied 184 while Tanner Lett nearly equaled that passing and with two touchdowns of his own.  The Bulldogs ran through Valley (Wetzel) 42-0 and will go undefeated into their matchup with Williamstown.  #10 Magnolia has finally gotten into a rhythm and moved one step closer to securing a playoff position.  Against Tyler Consolidated, the game started off with back and forth touchdowns from Patrick Mirandy and  Mark Rucker.  From then on, the Blue Eagles leaned on Gage Adams- who had more than 200 yards rushing.  Thanks to some key turnovers, Magnolia scored 30 straight points from then on out in a 37-13 victory over the Silver Knights.

 

 

Notables

Lewis County escaped from Philip Barbour to move to 6-3 and stay in the playoff race.  Ritchie County moved to 5-3 with a 36-12 win over Wirt County and also stays in the playoff race.  Petersburg took care of business with a 40-13 win against Moorefield.  The Dragons of Cameron continue their undefeated dominance with a 62-6 win over Bealsville (OH).  Finally, University took care of business against Preston by Logan Holgorsen, Evan Parow, and Amir Richardson in a big 50-0 dub.

 

 

AAA Player of the Week: Tre Beard III (QB) Musselman

AA Player of the Week: Jeremiah King (RB) Robert C. Byrd

A Player of the Week: Patrick Mirandy (QB) Magnolia

 

Kennedy Award Watch Update (Week Nine)

Gathering Attention

Kerry Martin Jr. (QB) Capital

Brenton Strange (WR) Parkersburg

Will Hackney (QB) Sissonville

 

 

#5 Daylin Goad

MingoCentralMiners

Goad has somewhat quietly been one of the most prolific stars in the state.  As the Miners keep winning, his numbers keep going up.  With two whole games left, the sophomore has amassed 2849 yards (2482 passing) and 42 touchdowns (34 passing) to only eight interceptions.  With a playoff run, his chances are legitimate.

 

 

#4 Hunter America

DoddridgeCountyBulldogsAmerica had another solid week.  He didn’t get to stay in the entire game and Tanner Lett scored several times before he did but he still neared 200 yards with several scores.  He will have a statement game upcoming next week against Williamstown.

 

 

#3 Grant Harman

Harman showed up against Jefferson.  The man is towards the top of state in interceptions and his QB rating (most likely) is among the very top in the state.  He is arguably the top player on the statistically winningest class in state history.

 

 

#2 Graeson Malashevich

SpringValleyTimberwolvesMalashevich had a BYE week.  He still seems to be one of the most electric players in AAA football.  His true run for the award will definitely come against the top teams in the playoffs as Spring Valley pushes for the state title.

 

 

#1 Connor Neal

FairmontSeniorPolarBears

Neal did this week what Connor Neal has done all season long: throw touchdown passes efficiently.  He threw multiple scores with only two incompletions against one-loss Grafton and rolls towards the playoffs as the best player on the best team in AA.