2018 C&C All-State Hogs: SILVER LIST

  • All Classes
  • Based off in-season performance
  • Lineman Only
  • Gold List = Top 12 Players
  • Silver List = Next 24 Players
  • Bronze List = Next 36 Players
  • Players Ordered Alphabetically

SILVER LIST

AJ Brinegar (DL) Martinsburg

Ryan Creech (OL) Parkersburg

Dalton Geter (OL) Hurricane

Layne Daniel (DL) Sherman

Ben Gribble (DL) University

Rhett Heston (DL) Fairmont Senior

Max Howell (OL) Huntington

Hunter Jones (DL) Midland Trail

Caydan Keeler (DL) Ripley

Levi Kessler (OL) Cabell Midland

Jevon Lang (DL) Jefferson

Vinny Mangino (DL) Wheeling Central

Dakota Meadows (DL) Poca

Wyatt Milum (OL) Spring Valley

Stephen Perrine (DL) Huntington

Jerrad Price (DL) Lincoln County

Logan Osburn (OL) Cabell Midland

Dominick Owens (OL) Fairmont Senior

Terrance Pankey (OL) Huntington

Deiyantei Powell (OL) Bluefield

Cody Stanley (OL) Spring Valley

Mason Walker (OL) Bluefield

Jeffery Whittington (OL) Poca

Dylan Wood (DL) Wheeling Park

2018 C&C All-State: SILVER LIST

 

  • All Classes
  • No position limits
  • Based off in-season performance
  • Non-linemen (separate list upcoming)
  • Gold List = Top 15 players
  • Silver List = Next 30 players
  • Bronze List = Next 60 players
  • Players ordered alphabetically

 

 

SILVER LIST

Hunter America (RB) Doddridge County

Mike Bartram (LB) Wayne

Tre Beard III (QB) Musselman

Brocton Blair (LB) Huntington

Jake Bowen (RB) Bridgeport

Malakai Brown (WR) Hedgesville

Owen Chafin (RB) Spring Valley

JT Cooper (LB) Hurricane

JJ Davis (RB) Bluefield

Jordan Dempsey (RB) Fayetteville

Daylin Goad (QB) Mingo Central

Dewayne Grantham (LB) Martinsburg

Will Hackney (QB) Sissonville

Blake Hartman (RB) Musselman

Jacob Hartman (QB) Petersburg

JT Hensley (QB) Sherman

Christian Hill (RB) Hurricane

Luke Jackson (LB) Ravenswood

Jake Johnson (QB) Parkersburg

Drew Joseph (LB) South Charleston

Donovan Kirby (RB) Weir

Teddy Marshall (DB) Martinsburg

Arnold Martin (LB) Bluefield

Kerion Martin (DB) Capital

Amir Richardson (WR) University

Logan Spurlock (LB) Capital

Jermain Snodgrass (LB) Wheeling Park

Evan Parow (WR) University

Ethan Payne (RB) Poca

Ivan Vaughn (RB) Cabell Midland

2018 C&C All-State Hogs: BRONZE LIST

  • All Classes
  • Based off in-season performance
  • Lineman Only
  • Gold List = Top 12 Players
  • Silver List = Next 24 Players
  • Bronze List = Next 36 Players
  • Players Ordered Alphabetically

 

 

BRONZE LIST

Terymykal Alexander (OL) Shady Spring

Johnny Adkins (OL) Wayne

Ryan Carter (OL) Shady Spring

Austin Chapman (DL) Riverside

Andrew Deal (DL) Nicholas County

Noah Dillon (OL) James Monroe

Luke Duplaga (DL) Wheeling Central

Tanner Ferguson (DL) Spring Valley

Nevin Ferguson (DL) Cabell Midland

Tyrese Foster (OL) Capital

Liam Fultineer (OL) Mount View

Colton Groves (DL) Nicholas County

Trevor Harrell (OL) Midland Trail

Justin Hawkins (OL) Sherman

Travis Honaker (OL) Oak Hill

Phillip Hull (OL) Pendleton County

Cole Hughart (DL) Sissonville

Cole James (OL) Doddridge County

Devon Matzdorff (DL) Wayne

Marcellus Marshall (OL) Morgantown

Jaden Marino (DL) Robert C. Byrd

Drake Mullins (DL) Bluefield

Brandon Moran (OL) Martinsburg

Nathan Pettus (OL) Bluefield

Ty Powell (DL) Mount View

Jaden Rollyson (DL) Liberty-Harrison

Brent Setser (OL) Tolsia

Gavin Shamblin (DL) Sissonville

Magnus Sheets (OL) Fairmont Senior

Brayden Simmons (OL) Cabell Midland

BJ Summerline (DL) Huntington

Michael Turner (OL) Hedgesville

Seth Whitt (DL) Chapmanville

Jaden Wolfley (OL) Morgantown

Don Woodworth (OL) Keyser

Colton Wright (DL) Woodrow Wilson

 

 

2018 C&C All-State: BRONZE LIST

  • All Classes
  • No position limits
  • Based off in-season performance
  • Non-linemen (separate list upcoming)
  • Gold List = Top 15 players
  • Silver List = Next 30 players
  • Bronze List = Next 60 players
  • Players ordered alphabetically

 

 

BRONZE LIST

Griffin Adkins (DB) Cabell Midland

Will Adkins (QB) Spring Valley

Elijah Banks (QB) Martinsburg

Elijah Barner (LB) Mount View

Michael Boaitey (WR) Martinsburg

Nico Burgess (RB) Independence

Jesse Cain (LB) Hedgesville

John Covert (LB) Winfield

Joel Cruickshanks (LB) Clay County

Ghovan Davidson (RB) Robert C. Byrd

Alex Dunlevy (QB) Wheeling Park

Caden Easterling (RB) Riverside

Juice Edwards (RB) Bluefield

Abe Farrow (WR) Oak Hill

Chucky Felder (RB) Logan

Desmond Fluarty (RB) North Marion

Preston Fox (WR) Morgantown

Justin Frohnapfel (WR) John Marshall

Quisean Gray (RB) Capital

Deshawn Harper (WR) Capital

Devin Hatfield (WR) Mingo Central

Ike Howard (FB) Spring Valley

Austin Isaacs (QB) Midland Trail

Isaiah Johnson (DB) Bluefield

Naieem Kearny (RB) Martinsburg

Chance Knox (WR) Capital

Nick Marley (RB) Frankfort

Mayson Miller (WR) Sissonville

Patrick Mirandy (QB) Magnolia

Monroe Mohler (DB) James Monroe

Adam Murray (LB) Wheeling Central

Tyler Moler (RB) Parkersburg

Jacob O’Dell (RB) Nicholas County

Keon Padmore-Johnson (QB) Spring Mills

Trey Pancake (LB) Bridgeport

Kionte Peacock (DB) Parkersburg

Corbin Pierson (QB) Jefferson

Dalton Pollock (LB) Frankfort

Elijah Posey (DB) Fairmont Senior

Braden Price (WR) Wheeling Central

Kole Puffenberger (QB) Pendleton County

Marqus Ray (WR) Mount View

Reggie Redman (WR) Keyser

Caleb Richmond (LB) Meadow Bridge

Andrew Ritchea (RB) Cameron

Anthony Robbins (WR) Wheeling Central

Kenya Robinson (RB) Wheeling Park

Evan Rose (RB) PikeView

Mark Rucker (RB) Tyler Consolidated

Jared Sagraves (QB) Nicholas Co

Bronson Skeens (DB) Poca

Ty Sturm (RB) Parkersburg Catholic

Sebastian Spencer (WR) Weir

Donathan Taylor (RB) Williamstown

Chelo Teneval (WR) Martinsburg

Timothy Thorne (WR) Pendleton County

Josh Wamsley (WR) Point Pleasant

Ty Wilcoxon (RB) Huntington

Tyce Wisnewski (WR) Petersburg

Nick Yoho (RB) Parkersburg South

Semifinals Review – ALL CLASS

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: SHOLTEN SINGER (HERALD DISPATCH)

 

AAA

#4 Musselman at #1 Martinsburg

Martinsburg did not necessarily thump Musselman like the first time they played.  The Applemen came out valiantly with a deep return by Blake Hartman but were held off at the goal line.  Naieem Kearney would then pick up the scoring in the first then added in the second by a Grant Harman-Michael Boaitey TD pass.  Harman would also add in another rushing touchdowns right before the break for the 21-0 lead.  The second half began with another Harman rushing score then Martinsburg takeaway resulting in a short field and another touchdown.  Up 35-0 in the third, they would hold on to win 42-14.  Dave Walker becomes the winningest coach in state history and the Bulldogs move onto their third straight title appearance.

 

 

#3 Capital at #2 Spring Valley

Once again, the presumed game of the year was flipped on its head.  Spring Valley came out on fire.  Will Adkins quickly jumped out throwing while Owen Chafin plucked away on the ground.  Suddenly, they were up 28-7.  The Spring Valley defense intercepted Kerry Martin Jr. four times.  The backbreaker came in the third as Malashevich passed for a score while Capital answered, then he returned the ensuing kickoff to the one and ran it in.  The Timberwolves most impressive performance to date as they won 56-14 and head to Wheeling for the third charm.

 

 


AA

#12 Weir at #1 Fairmont Senior

Weir was the lowest seeded team remaining in the playoffs and had fought tirelessly to reach the semi-finals, where they met seemingly unstoppable Fairmont Senior. The Polar Bears and Red Riders had clashed once before in the regular season, where Fairmont Senior captured the 43-14 victory at home. Though Fairmont’s brilliant offensive attack did shine in the contest, it was the Polar Bear defense that did the majority of the damage. The Polar Bears forced six turnovers in the game including four fumbles and two interceptions. The Fairmont defense held Weir to 145 total yards in the game while Polar Bear QB and Kennedy Award candidate Conner Neal racked up 229 passing yards and four touchdowns himself. Camden Longwell was the leading receiver for Neal catching seven passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Fairmont Senior shut out Weir 59-0 and advanced to the “AA” state championship.

 

 

#3 Bridgeport at #2 Bluefield

These two teams clashed Friday at Mitchell Stadium in a rematch of the 2017 semi-finals, a game the Beavers won 37-14. That’s in the past though, this is a new year with two very different football teams. The Beaver’s ground game was anchored by fullback Arnold Martin who was able to muster 113 yards on the ground against a talented Bridgeport front six. Bluefield once again looked to their talented and experienced linemen to dominate the line of scrimmage and open up opportunities for their potent ground game. Bluefield’s defense played a big part in the contest holding Bridgeport’s star running-back Jake Bowen to less than 90 yards on the night. The Beavers held a 14-7 lead at halftime, but with two quick thirrd quarter scores from Chandler Cooper, Bluefield extended their lead to 28-7 entering the fourth quarter.  They would exchange score but Bluefield held out. With the 35-14 victory, the Beavers advance to the state championship where they look to go back-to-back in a rematch with the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears.

 

 


A

#4 Doddridge County at #1 Wheeling Central

The matchup of what some considered the top two teams in the land went sort of as expected.  The Bulldogs could not establish a ground game behind America and Curtis McGhee III helped the Maroon Knights get out to a big lead.  Up 14-0 in the third quarter, Wheeling Central stopped a promising Bulldog drive on fourth down.  McGhee responded with two more touchdowns to open up the flood gates.  He finished with 399 passing, 91 rushing, and six touchdowns.  200+ of those yards and three touchdowns went to Anthony Robbins.  They would cruise onto another state title appearance 47-7.

 

#6 Williamstown at #2 Midland Trail

What many anticipated as a promising matchup turned ugly fast going to the midway.  Williamstown jumped out to a 14-0 lead before a blocked punt halfway through the second really opened things up to a 21-0 lead.  Midland Trail would respond with a gutsy drive to bring it back to 21-8.  However, the flood gates were broken as Donathan Taylor zoomed down the field for a quick score.  Williamstown got the ball back fast and Carter Haynes hit his second touchdown.  Midland Trail fumbled the next kickoff and Haynes got one more score in before the half going in up 42-6.  The Patriots had no answer in the second as Williamstown heads to Wheeling Island for a rematch after their 56-8 win.

2018 C&C Playoff Preview: SEMIFINALS (ALL CLASS)

AAA

#4 Musselman at #1 Martinsburg

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Another rematch but not as epic as the other semi-final rematch. Seldom does a team get a rematch against team that beat them by 70 in the semifinals.  Musselman will be anxious to prove they are a better team then what the Bulldogs saw several weeks ago. Beating the same team twice is not easy and to blow out a top AAA program twice is much harder than that.  Martinsburg, however, has had a pretty tough road with Hurricane and Parkersburg compared to Musselman beating John Marshall and Ripley.

Musselman’s Gameplan: The two-headed monster of Tre Beard III and Blake Hartman will need to produce.  Find a way for one of the two to get a busted play.  Keep the Bulldogs from scoring on deep shots and make them work down the field.  As seen with Parkersburg, they do turn the ball over occasionally like everyone else.  Slow down the game and build confidence that things will turn out different.

Martinsburg’s Gameplan: Do whatever they can as a staff to get the team off to a hot start. The Bulldog players simply know they are a better team but on any given weekend anyone can get be beat. Expect the Martinsburg offense to try and get this game over with early and not allow the men in green to stick around. Defensively, the Bulldogs have the formula to stop Mussleman over the years so expect nothing any different- lock down the stars then swarm.  Continue the playoff home winstreak.

 

 

#3 Capital at #2 Spring Valley

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Rematch of the southern titans. This could be the game of the year in AAA.  These two powerhouses are simply loaded with enough talent to rival most small colleges.  The last several meetings have all went to the Timberwolves but every single one was dog fight.  Both have cruised with impressive wins thus far.  The preconceived ideas of these teams do not tell the full truth.  Spring Valley has speed and Capital’s line is as tough as anyone in the state.  This matchup is a dream come true.
Capital’s Game Plan: Spread the Spring Valley defense out and make them cover all their speedsters and somehow account for the QB in the box. Even though Spring Valley has improved against teams who have challenged them in this manner, however, most teams don’t have Kerry Martin Jr. tucking and running.  Defensively, gain that lead and put your best men on Graeson Malasevich.  Don’t let Will Adkins get a passing attack going.  Build a lead and make them use the run game to keep up.

Spring Valley’s Game Plan: Home grass field, verge of third state title appearance, and the best line in the state.  Find ways to get Malashevich the ball to make big plays will relying on Owen Chafin to keep the Cougars honest.  Defensively, don’t let Capital get that big play.  Make them work down the field and let them shoot themselves in the foot.  Build the lead steadily then push the Cougars into panic mode.


AA

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A rematch will take place at East-West Stadium as the Year of Weir Red Riders take the trip down to Fairmont.  Weir has been the lower seed in both their substantial wins over Poca and Nicholas County.  They will be much healthier this time going to Fairmont.  However, the Polar Bears are playing their best ball right now after a demolition of worthy Point Pleasant.  Two great AA’s peaking at the right moment.

Weir’s Gameplan: The immediate key is not stopping Connor Neal, it is stopping the run game and Neal’s tuck and run as Point Pleasant found out.  The secondary is talented, so covering these receivers won’t be too tall of task as long as they don’t lapse in coverage.  Offensively, Donovan Kirby will have a hard time totting the rock every play against this phenomenal front.  Getting Sebastian Spencer vertical and allowing Tyler Komorowski to make plays at QB will be necessary.

Fairmont Senior’s Gameplan: Offensively, establish the ground game.  No shade towards Nicholas County, but as a unit, the Polar Bears’ line and backs are much better.  Weir must stack up to stop the return of both of their backs.  Allow Neal to nickel and dime them to keep them on their heels.  Defensively, don’t allow Kirby to chunk yard after yard and make them get vertical passing and allow a top rated pass defense to go to work.

 

 

#3 Bridgeport at #2 Bluefield

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For the second year in a row, Bridgeport will meet with Bluefield in the semifinals.  While Bluefield is slightly different with a three-back rotation but the same line from last year, just bigger- Bridgeport remains similar.  Both have cruised to this position and both had surprisingly overly dominant wins over good teams in round two.  Bridgeport would love to avenge their loss from last year.

Bridgeport’s Gameplan: Grinding the ball down the field will have the Beavers feeling off early if large amounts of the clock are taken out.  Jake Bowen did it last year, and he can do it again.  Make sure to score when it’s there.  Defensively, they do not have the breakaway speed like last but will throw multiple backs and occasional bombs with a similar style to Robert C. Byrd.

Bluefield’s Gameplan: No one has straight up ran it down Bridgeport’s throat except Fairmont Senior.  Chandler Cooper will need to make some efficient passes to open it up.  Defensively, the offense runs through Bowen.  They have a talented front and linebacking core.  Play to their ability and make the Indians rely on Devin Vandergrift’s arm.


A

#4 Doddridge County at #1 Wheeling Central

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Here we have it.  A very much looked to match in Single A.  The only two teams to defeat Williamstown.  Doddridge County continues their defensive domination that has not let an opponent score more than once only three or four times.  Wheeling Central avenged their only loss now that Curtis McGhee III is back, and it seems that all their swagger has returned as well.  We will see what the Bulldogs are about.

Doddridge County’s Gameplan: Attacking McGhee is completely necessary.  Blitzing and keeping him from slinging the rock or closing him off from scrambling is key.  Also, the defense will need to come up with some takeaways.  Griffin Devericks will want to push that pick tally to nine.  Offensively, similar to Cameron.  Ride Hunter America until they stack up too much to defend the pass.  The problem is, the Maroon Knights’ secondary is very deep and talented.

Wheeling Central’s Gameplan: With Robbins, McGhee, Marlin, and others in the secondary, they can afford to stack the house to stop America.  If Adam Murray and Vinny Mangino set the tone early up front expect some panic out of Bulldogs, giving way to takeaways.  Offensively, the Maroon Knights have more athletes man for man.  Spread them out and make them tackle men like Price one on one.

 

#6 Williamstown at #2 Midland Trail

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Midland Trail remains a bit of a mystery but continues to prove nonbelievers wrong.  With their main offensive weapon out, it was their special teams and defensive scores that toppled a dangerous Sherman team.  The line and defense is the heart of this program.  Williamstown is coming off an emotional win where they turned over the ball enough times to lose but Donathan Taylor’s running and Boston Carruther’s kicking pushed them over the top.

Williamstown’s Gameplan: Offensively, even with Austin Isaacs playing somewhat injured, the Yellowjackets will have a better offense.  Carter Haynes has been a playmaker aside from occasional turnovers and Taylor is a workhouse.  Carruthers at kicker might be needed immensely again.  Defensively, Midland Trail’s line beats you down throughout the game.  Bend don’t break early and make them have to pass to catch up.

Midland Trail’s Gameplan: The Yellowjackets defense contained a very dangerous Mount View team to 12 points.  However, Midland Trail’s defense is much more stern than the Golden Knights.  They will need to pull some more tricks out to continue drives and get points.  If they score twice, they will probably win.  Defensively, Williamstown is turnover-prone.  Make them pay.  Use that stout defense to win the field position battle.

 

 

Quarterfinals Review – ALL CLASS

FEATURED PHOTO CREDITS: BRAD DAVIS (THE REGISTER HERALD)

AAA 

#9 Parkersburg at #1 Martinsburg

Martinsburg moved onto to its 40th consecutive win, however, not without some struggle.  Dewayne Grantham celebrated his first game back with a long touchdown run early in the first.  After stopping the Big Reds, they seemed in position to bulldoze but a fumble set Parkersurg up for a Shane Miller TD and 7-7 score.  Both defenses stiffened into the second until Grant Harman found Jarod Bowie for a 14-7 lead.  After another stop, Naieem Kearney stepped up to score on 70+ yard screen.  Both the Big Reds and Bulldogs failed to convert deep drives into points to end the half 21-7.  Martinsburg opened up with a scoring drive in the second only for Parkersburg to do the same.  After they pulled with 28-14, Martinsburg rolled behind their offense to a 42-20 win.  They will host a rematch with Musselman next week.

 

 

#7 Huntington at #2 Spring Valley

Spring Valley’s performance this week was nothing short of a statement to the state.  They not only proved they are improving but so is their passing game.  With both of the Highlanders’ starting corners out, Will Adkins took advantage.  They started hot with a long drive capped by a Graeson Malashevich touchdown run.  Back with the ball in the early second, the Timberwolves made another long drive that ended with an Adkins-Malashevich pass touchdown.  With the Highlanders struggling to do anything, only 54 yards with -7 rushing yards, and allowed Adkins to hit Malashevich one more time before the half to make it 21-0.  In the second, Owen Chafin took over on the ground despite some called back touchdowns.  Malashevich capped the drive with a pop pass score.  Adkins then made it 34-0 in the third.  A late safety made the final 36-0.  They now will host a highly touted rematch between Capital next week.

 

 

#11 Hedgesville at #3 Capital

Playing host to Hedgesville, it was Capital’s defense and linemen that got them started early.  After trading stops, it was Logan Spurlock who picked off Hunter Coe to go up 6-0.  After another stop, Kerry Martin Jr. led his squad down the field and capped the drive with a one yard run two-point conversion to his brother, Kerion.  Another stop led to another Cougar drive to the one, a fumble turned over.  Kalai Clark stepped up and tackled Coe for a safety.  Right before and right after the halftime break, Capital scored on the ground from Quisean Gray and Clark to make it 29-0.  Despite a Keenan Smoot run to bring it within 22, Martin drove them back down the field before Clark rushed in another score.  Martin would add two more passing TDs in the fourth as they cruised late for a 48-14 victory.  They travel to Spring Valley to avenge their only loss and try to make a visit to Wheeling.

 

 

#5 Ripley at #4 Musselman

The Vikings made their long trek to Spring Mills’ stadium in the quarterfinals.  Ripley started competitive holding Musselman scoreless in the first- also as did they.  The second quarter was a different story as the Applemen punched a score only for the next Ripley possession to end up in a fumble.   Blake Hartman went in again to go up 14-0.  Another Hartman score, Viking three and out, and a field goal ended the half 24-0.    Musselman started hot to start the third with a long Tre Beard III pass to Ethan Wilson.  Beard would throw another TD moments later.  Ripley continued to turn the ball over until a long Cyrus Casto pass in the fourth quarter for their only score.  Musselman would carry out the 52-7 dominating performance and return to Martinsburg to pull off an unlikely upset.


 

 

AA

#8 Point Pleasant at #1 Fairmont Senior

In what was thought to be the AA game of the year thus far turned into a shell shocking performance.  Despite impressive opening drives by both offenses, Fairmont Senior continued forward with perfect play with Point Pleasant had little successful after their first score.  The Fairmont Senior run game was prolific as the Polar Bear offensive line grinded out.  Connor Neal finished with 296 yards passing but made his biggest plays tucking and running for scores.  They took a commanding 38-6 lead into the half.  Point Pleasant opened up badly in the third with a fumble scoop and score by Fairmont’s Nathan Clifton.  They never looked back and kept grinding to a jaw dropping 66-6 win.  Fairmont Senior will host Weir for the second time this season next week.

 

 

#7 Keyser at #2 Bluefield

The Golden Tornadoes travelled to Bluefield last week for their matchup with the #2 Beavers. Keyser relied heavily on their run strategy and game planning by trying to chew up clock and limit Bluefield’s possessions, but in the end, the athleticism and depth of the Beavers led to Keyser’s demise in Mitchell stadium. Bluefield looked to their potent running game in the contest as JJ Davis accumulated 154 yards on 13 carries and Juice Edwards added 114 yards of his own. The Beavers, behind a phenomenal defensive performance, and slowly surmounting a larger lead quarter by quarter finished with a 35-0 victory and advance to the state semifinals, where they will meet the Bridgeport Indians for the second year in a row.

 

 

#6 Robert C. Byrd at #3 Bridgeport

In a rematch of a week five matchup that had fans from both sides on the edge of their seats; the result was slightly less exciting in the Bridgeport vs. Robert C. Byrd quarterfinal matchup.  This time around the Tribe asserted its dominance. Bridgeport led RCB 28-0 at the half with two of their touchdowns coming from star running back Jake Bowen and several RCB turnovers. However, it may have been the defensive effort of the Indians that was most impressive. Against a team Bridgeport surrendered nearly 400 yards to earlier in the season, they held them to only one score in the playoff contest. Bowen finished the game with 238 rushing yards while Trey Pancake racked up three sacks and a touchdown of his own. Bridgeport finished impressively 42-7 and will now travel to Bluefield for a semi-final game that looks frighteningly familiar.

 

 

#12 Weir at #4 Nicholas County

Both teams came into this game riding massive offensive productions from a duo or trio of athletes.  Nothing was different in this contest, Sagraves and O’Dell both performed well and tried to help their team win. However, the Red Riders performed just a little better. Weir running back Donovan Kirby exploded for 230 yards and four touchdowns in the game. It was a duel all game long as they exchanged touchdowns.  It was not until late third and early fourth until Kirby really began stretching the Weir lead.  Sebastian Spencer and Tyler Komorowski once again rotated between the quarterback and slot positions. Spencer picked up two touchdowns on the ground and caught one touchdown pass from Komorowski. Weir won the shootout 63-43 and advances to the semi-finals and will travel to Fairmont next week to meet with a seemingly unstoppable Polar Bear squad.


 

 

A

#9 Magnolia at #1 Wheeling Central

Sweet, sweet revenge for the defending champs.  Though this quick rematch started with a long Patrick Mirandy touchdown on the opening play.  However, the defense adjusted and limited Magnolia for the rest of the half.  Curtis McGhee III continued with his efficient play having three successful drives in the first half with two passing scores and one rushing for a 20-7 halftime lead.  Though the third started with a Maroon Knight deep drive and stall out, the defense forced another of their six turnovers as Luke Duplaga landed on a fumble for a touchdown and 27-7 lead.  Though Magnolia would score two more times, Duplaga had another touchdown recovery as the defense forced Mirandy to go 8 for 38.  Wheeling Central would cruise in the fourth for a 40-19 win and hosting of Doddridge next week in the semifinals.

 

#7 Sherman at #2 Midland Trail

This matchup at Greenbrier East’s stadium was one of the best of the week.  With two hungry programs, Midland Trail was ready to answer the call with QB Austin Isaacs out.  They started hot with a reverse kickoff return handoff to Morgan Ferris for a score and two-pointer.  JT Hensley and the tied answered on a drive capped by an incredible run that tied it 8-8.  The Tide stiffened on defense and allowed Hensley to march them back down the field in the second to take a 14-8 lead.  They had one more shot in the Patriot redzone but blew it on downs thanks to a fumble and penalties.  In the third, Sherman had another deep chance but Hensley threw a 90-yard pick six to Trevor Maichle.  Tied 14-14, Hensley fumbled at midfield on the next drive setting up a Chris Vines run which broke the spirit of the Tide late.  Midland Trail would get the gutsy win 20-14 and move to the semifinal against Williamstown.

 

 

#6 Williamstown at #3 Mount View

Mount View took part in another playoff classic just this time on the other end.  They started hot with a big pass from Jesse Rose to Marqus Ray for a long score.  Their defense, who forced several turnovers, held strong on a Yellowjacket drive in the second and forced a Boston Caruthers field goal.  Down 6-3, Donathan Taylor raced in for a score right before the half to take a 10-6 advantage.  Into the third, Terry Headen took back the lead with a drive capping run to go ahead 12-10.  Williamstown would answer with yet another field goal.  Though the Knights had a great kick return, Taylor would end the drive with an interception.  Williamstown had big runs to take a 20-12 lead into the fourth.  A series of turnovers accorded as both QBs lost fumbles with the Yellowjackets ending up with the ball.  They would capitalize with yet another field goal and hold onto the 23-12 advantage for the win.  They move onto play Midland Trail next week in the semifinal.

 

#5 Cameron at #4 Doddridge County

A pair of undefeated Single A’s brawled it out for the right to challenge Wheeling Central.  The early difference was on fourth down.  On a deep opening Bulldog drive, it was Tanner Lett who made the big play to score on 4th and long.  Cameron drove and did the same except could not convert the fourth down.   Though Doddridge fumbled in the Cameron’s redzone, the Dragons made another deep drive that stalled out.  Down 7-0 starting the second half, the Dragons began poorly with a sack fumble that resulted in a quick Doddridge score going up 13-0.  The third was full of turnovers, drive stalls, and long punts before Griffin Devericks made a 17-yard pick six to go up 20-0 going into the third.  The fourth was all about Hunter America who grinded the clock out and added a score to his 200+ yard performance as Doddridge won 27-0 and will now travel to Wheeling Central.