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.
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