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LOGAN, W.Va. — Photo gallery from Huntington St. Joseph’s 4-2 win over Logan.
(Photo gallery courtesy of Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography)
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A closer look at some notable results on the sixth Friday of the high school football regular season:
WHEELING PARK 34, Morgantown 14: Brett Phillips completed 25-of-36 passes for 271 yards and threw three touchdowns to Jameson Maynard to help Wheeling Park earn a much-needed win.
The Patriots improved to 4-2, while handing the Mohigans (3-2) their second straight loss.
WOODROW WILSON 42, Preston 7: The Flying Eagles improved to 5-1 behind a 393-yard rushing effort.
Matthew Moore rushed for 128 yards and two scores to help Beckley produce its best record through six games since it began the 2005 season 8-0.
SPRING VALLEY 17, South Charleston 0: The Timberwolves (5-0) used a strong defensive effort to remain unbeaten.
Braeden Booth rushed for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the end zone for Spring Valley’s other score.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 42, Parkersburg 10: Patriots’ quarterback Abe Fenwick passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns to help GW improve to 4-2 with a Mountain State Athletic Conference win over the Big Reds, who fell to 2-3.
UNIVERSITY 49, Buckhannon-Upshur 7: Melique Lewis rushed for a pair of touchdowns to help the Hawks (4-2) handle the Buccaneers (2-3).
GREENBRIER EAST 44, Hampshire 6: Ian Cline rushed for two touchdowns and Noah Dotson nailed a school-record 44-yard field goal as the Spartans improved to 2-3.
HEDGESVILLE 29, Spring Mills 28: Jaxson Ruest rushed for two touchdowns, passed for another and caught one as the Eagles (4-2) edged the Cardinals.
Spring Mills (2-3) got four touchdown runs from Max Anderson in defeat.
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SCOTT 34, Mingo Central 6: Matt Frye threw five touchdown passes and the Skyhawks were stingy defensively in a win over the Miners that allows them to improve to 6-0.
Scott, which is 6-0 for the first time since 2014, out-gained MCHS 427-115.
ROANE COUNTY 40, Ripley 6: The Raiders rushed for 337 yards and Briar Begley scored on three runs.
Skyler Delk threw and rushed for a touchdown as Roane County moved to 6-0.
LINCOLN 21, Lewis County 20: Levi Moore rushed for three touchdowns and the Cougars (3-2) secured an important Big 10 Conference win over the Minutemen (2-3).
WAYNE 28, Lincoln County 6: The Pioneers held the Panthers to minus-3 yards of total offense in the opening half, helping set the tone in a win that kept LCHS winless and allowed Wayne (3-3) to reach the .500 mark.
WILLIAMSTOWN 49, St. Marys 14: Rickie Allen’s 283 rushing yards and four touchdowns helped the Yellowjackets (5-0) pull away from the Blue Devils, who fell to 3-2 despite a receiving touchdown from Joey Ramsey.
TUCKER COUNTY 32, Pendleton County 7: The Mountain Lions used another strong defensive showing to stay unbeaten. Tucker County (5-0) has allowed 57 points in five games.
GREENBRIER WEST 41, Shady Spring 12: The Cavaliers allowed their first points this season, but recorded another convincing win to improve to 6-0.
Ty Nickell rushed for 178 yards and four TDs to lead Greenbrier West.
CLAY-BATTELLE 44, Webster County 0: Carson Shriver rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns and passed for an additional two scores as the Cee-Bees had their way with the Highlanders and improved to 4-1.
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RACHEL, W.Va. — After a back-and-forth defensive battle throughout the contest, Fairmont Senior rallied late in the fourth quarter to defeat rival North Marion in overtime, 20-19.
The Huskies (5-1) forced four turnovers, but failed on a pair of two-point conversion attempts that could’ve helped produce a victory.
This was the 19th consecutive win Fairmont has posted over its Marion County rival North Marion.
Fairmont Senior improves to (4-2) on the season and is set to take on the Morgantown Mohigans next week on the road. North Marion will have a bye-week next week.
(Highlights by Teran Malone)
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — It was no secret how Class AAA No. 8 Bridgeport wanted Friday’s contest against No. 1 Parkersburg South to be played.
The Indians were out to control the line of scrimmage, limit possessions and wear down the Patriots while keeping their defense off of the grass at Erickson All-Sports Facility as much as possible.
That’s precisely what the Tribe did, and as a result, Bridgeport claimed an impressive 28-20 victory that leaves both teams 5-1 overall.
“I’m so proud of our kids. Our mindset coming into this game was to win the line of scrimmage and we had to have the lower pad level, because they have such tremendous athletes and they’re so well-coached,” Bridgeport coach Tyler Phares said. “We tried to win that game in a phone booth.”
Of the Indians’ 66 offensive snaps excluding a knee on the game’s final play, Bridgeport rushed 65 times and accumulated 355 rushing yards. Phares couldn’t have scripted it any better for his team, which finished with 14 unanswered points after facing its only deficit at 20-14.
After Gage Wright’s 6-yard touchdown run gave the Patriots their first lead, Bridgeport’s Ty Martin blocked the point-after attempt, leaving the Tribe behind by six points 2:16 into the second half.
Bridgeport answered with a 16 play, 73-yard drive that featured a pair of fourth-and-1 conversions and was capped off by Phil Reed’s 4-yard touchdown run. The third of four Taylor Thomas point-after kicks gave BHS a 21-20 lead at the 1:40 mark of the third quarter.
“We fixed the mistakes that we saw from the sideline and we knew they were little things that we could easily correct,” Phares said of his team’s second-half adjustments. “We saw some keys from their defense that we liked and we threw a few key-breakers at them in the second half that we didn’t in the first and we were able to execute.”
On the ensuing possession, PSHS converted on third-and-17 when Robert Shockey found Turner Garreston for a pass that covered exactly that distance. However, on the next play, Shockey’s pass intended for Cyrus Trough was intercepted by Josh Love, allowing the Indians to start at their 43 with 18 seconds remaining in the third.
The Indians then methodically drove 57 yards in 14 plays, converting on fourth-and-1 courtesy of Zach Rohrig’s 1-yard run and gaining an eight-point advantage when Rohrig reached pay dirt from 4 yards with 4:38 remaining.
Trough hauled in a 28-yard pass for one of two PSHS first downs on its next series, before Shockey threw consecutive incomplete passes that resulted in a turnover on downs.
Starting at its 42 with 2:06 to play, Bridgeport needed one first down to seal the verdict and got it on Rohrig’s 1-yard run on fourth-and-1 — Bridgeport’s sixth fourth-down conversion in seven tries.
“Against a team like this, they make it easy to go for it on fourth down, because even if you punt it to them, they have the chance to score,” Phares said. “You get nervous about that, but we’re not afraid to go for it on fourth down. It doesn’t matter where it is on the field and it’s because we trust our kids so much.”
Although the Indians’ lost a fumble on an exchange that the Patriots’ Demetrius Gearheart recovered on the game’s opening series, Bridgeport came up with a critical stand when Wright was stopped at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-1 from the BHS 12.
Reed broke off a 45-yard run on Bridgeport’s ensuing series, which Charlie Brazier finished off with a 25-yard touchdown run on an inside trap play that left the Indians leading 7-0 at the 4:42 mark of the opening quarter.
Shockey’s 44-yard pass to Traugh on the next possession led to a 24-yard touchdown pass by that same duo as the Patriots pulled even 1:49 before the start of the second quarter.
However, the Indians answered with a 17 play, 73-yard drive that featured two fourth-down conversions, including Rohrig’s 3-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal.
“They did a phenomenal job controlling the clock,” Patriots’ coach Nathan Tanner said. “Coming into it, we knew that was going to be their game plan and they just played 3-yard football. They were 3 yards at a time and whenever you get at least 3 yards every single time, you get first downs and keep churning the clock. They did a good job keeping it out of our hands.”
The first of Rohrig’s two touchdowns gave the Tribe a 14-7 lead, and Bridgeport stayed in front after Shockey fumbled at the end of a 53-yard run and Martin recovered.
Rohrig followed with a 53-yard run of his own, which combined with a late hit penalty, allowed the Indians to immediately enter the red zone. However, a fumble on an option resulted in a loss of 13 yards and put BHS in fourth-and-20, which it failed to convert.
The Patriots then appeared to seize momentum when they went 75 yards in 56 seconds, with Shockey and Trough hooking up on a 42-yard TD pass that featured the receiver breaking free from multiple defenders and doing most of his damage after the catch.
“They’re going to get theirs and going to get big plays, but you have to try to reset your mind and forget about the last play,” Phares said. “Try to come up and make form tackles and do the little things. When they’re in space, they’re very dangerous.”
Although Parkersburg South took its first and only lead on the opening series of the second half, the Patriots never scored again and hurt their cause by committing all eight of the game’s penalties.
“That’s been our kryptonite all year,” Tanner said. “If you look at our team stats for the entire season, we’ve dominated in every category except penalties. I’ll take that on the chin. It’s my job to manage these kids better and it’s not just our kids learning, but I’ll learn from this. Maybe I’ve been too easy on them regarding penalties, but we have to get that in check.”
Parkersburg South scored at least 48 points in each of its first five games but was limited to seven possessions. Neither team punted.
“Bridgeport is one of the premier programs in the state,” Tanner said. “We knew it was going to be tough and they just made a few more plays than we did.”
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— By Bill Cornwell
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall hopes to end a two-game losing streak on Saturday when it plays at home for the first time in nearly a month against Gardner-Webb.
The game against an opponent from the Big South Conference of the FCS at Joan C. Edwards Stadium starts at 3:30 pm and will be shown on ESPN+.
Gardner-Webb (1-3) lost to nationally-ranked FCS foe Mercer last Saturday, 45-13. The Bulldogs opened this season with a 56-21 win over Division II Limestone, but they’ve also lost to Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina and Elon.
Marshall (2-2, 0-1) is out to get back on track in its second contest against an FCS team. The Thundering Herd beat Norfolk State to start the season, before winning at Notre Dame.
Since then, however, MU has lost at Bowling Green in overtime, before struggling mightily in offense in last weekend’s 16-7 setback at Troy.
What to watch for in Saturday’s game:
CAN’T BEAT YOURSELF: Marshall head Charles Huff is using a new term to describe plays that have been preventing his team from winning the past two weeks — “Herd Beaters.”
Huff said there was a combined 42 of them in the two losses, plays that include turnovers, penalties, a sack allowed or missed tackle.
The obvious solution to these problems is better execution. Marshall’s offensive line must perform better in order to keep quarterback Henry Colombi upright while opening holes for back Khalan Laborn.
Reducing the penalty numbers after committing seven at Troy is also a goal.
Huff is seeking a clean performance against the Bulldogs in hopes of setting a tone for the rest of the season.
BUMP UP THE NUMBERS: Marshall’s offensive numbers were anemic last week. After out-gaining Bowling Green by 170 yards the prior week, Marshall was out-gained by 247 yards against the Trojans.
Marshall struggled to move the ball against the Trojans, picking up only 174 yards, including a disappointing 78 yards through the air. The Herd’s veteran receivers were frustrated by Troy’s defensive backs and Caleb McMillan led MU pass catchers with 37 yards. Normally reliable wideout Corey Gammage had one catch for 3 yards.
Those aren’t winning numbers and Huff and his coaching staff are seeking balance this week against Gardner-Webb.
It all starts with offensive line play eliminating the number of free pass rushers that have hurt the production of Colombi and fellow quarterback Cam Fancher.
DON’T LOOK AHEAD: Gardner-Webb arrives in Huntington with a losing record and most would assume an easy win is in store for the Herd.
However, Gardner-Webb was quite competitive in a 31-27 loss to Coastal Carolina, and the Bulldogs’ version of the Air Raid offense could be a recipe to continue the big plays that Marshall’s defense has surrendered of late.
Troy had pass plays that went for 63, 60 and 50 yards.
The Bulldogs are also tough defensively with an FCS preseason All-American in junior defensive end Ty French.
Gardner-Webb has been stingy in the red zone, allowing touchdowns only 56 percent of the time.
The underdog mentality will also factor in, with this being an opportunity for Gardner-Webb to gain national attention.
NOTE: Gardner-Webb freshman offensive lineman Evan Ferguson is the son of Marshall Hall of Famer and All-American offensive lineman Aaron Ferguson. Ferguson at Spring Valley High School, where his father is an assistant coach. Evan Ferguson missed his senior year with the Timberwolves after injuring a knee prior to the 2021 season.
Liberty (Harrison) holds off late Braxton County comeback, 31-23.
Mountaineer quarterback Jace Bartley rushes nine times for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
(Video Courtesy of Braxton Live)
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COAL CITY, W.Va. — Judah Price found the end zone five times as Independence collected their sixth dominating win of the season with a 44-16 triumph over Bluefield in a Class AA state semifinal rematch from last November.
With the remnants of Hurricane Ian arriving just before kickoff, both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half. The Patriots led 14-8 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs from Price [18 and 2 yards]. Gerrard Wade had Bluefield’s score in the second quarter on a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“We tried to throw it a little bit but the ball was so wet. They were loading the box and we were really trying to make an attempt in the first half. But in the second half, we just said, ‘It is too wet’ and we just loaded up to run. We put it in Judah and Trey’s hands to see what we could get,” said Independence head coach John Lilly.
Trey Bowers broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run on Independence’s first possession of the third quarter to put the Patriots up 22-8.
“Trey is still learning the quarterback position. We are trying to run him a little bit more the last two weeks. We feel like we need it. We don’t want Judah carrying the ball forty times.”
Price found the end zone twice more in the third quarter. His scoring runs of 20 and 3 yards were sandwiched around Bluefield’s lone offensive score of the game. Caleb Fuller connected with Sincere Fields on a 29-yard touchdown. IHS led 38-16 after three quarters.
“Our secondary is pretty good. We’ve got three first team All-Staters back there. We just kind of challenged them and we accepted the challenge. I think they wanted that challenge. They have been hearing that we didn’t play anybody and all this other stuff.”
Price won a footrace to the pylon for a 13-yard touchdown run in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Less than a minute later, players from both teams were assessed offsetting personal fouls after a play. Bluefield head coach Fred Simon approached the officials and Lilly. The coaches agreed to call the game with 10:09 left to play.
“The kids played hard tonight. I think they took the challenge. They wanted to play good and prove that they are a good team. Coach [Fred] Simon is a class act and Bluefield has been the big dog in southern West Virginia for a long time. And they will be for a long time. It is just good that we got a good game in. Hopefully we can play each other over the next couple years.
“We’re still not as good as we can be. I think we’ve got a lot of room to improve. I know that sounds silly. We have to cut the mistakes and we have to cut the penalties. But I was real proud of them tonight.”
Independence is now 6-0 while the Beavers are 1-5.
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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — A number of law enforcement agents spent much of Friday combing through a home in Buckhannon.
A large number of unmarked law enforcement vehicles along with FBI agents were noticed at the home along Meade Street Friday afternoon. It’s unclear what they were looking for.
Reports indicate the home is that of Buckhannon City Councilman David McCauley who also formerly served as the city’s Mayor.
The initial group of investigators arrived on the scene around 11 a.m. Friday and more continued to arrive throughout the day. There was a marked vehicle of the Pittsburgh Police Department at the home along with cruisers from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.
The FBI is heading up the investigation, but the agency hasn’t commented on what they may have been looking for or the subject of the investigation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency already has a team in West Virginia ahead of the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Ian.
Mary Ann Tierney, Administrator of FEMA Region 3, said they are here and have been involved in storm preparations with the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
“We’ve been preparing all week and talking to emergency management about potential impacts. We’ll be monitoring through the weekend,” she said.
The storm’s track is coming out of the Carolinas, into Virginia, and expected to roll into West Virginia tonight and intensify on Saturday afternoon and evening.
“Today and tomorrow are really going to be the days we need to monitor which we will be doing vigilantly. If there’s any need for a response, we’re there to support the state. Afterward if we need to do damage assessment we can do that in conjunction with the state,” she said.
Tierney encouraged West Virginians to be prepared and stay alert and spend the weekend keeping tabs on neighbors who may be vulnerable to the potential of high water and flash flooding.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Residents of Florida are now starting to learn the full impact of Hurricane Ian which made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. Now that the winds have died down and the storm surge has started to recede in Florida, the full magnitude has left many reeling.
The Red Cross was on the ground even before the storm to provide shelters to ride out the high winds and rain. The agency will continue to provide relief to victims who have incurred devastating losses. The Central Appalachian Chapter of the American Red Cross which makes up areas in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky pre-positioned nine volunteers in the hurricane zone and are poised to send many more as they are needed in the days ahead.
“They will be working in sheltering, feeding, distributing cleaning supplies and working in those communities on recovery efforts,” said Krista Farley with the Central Appalachian Chapter.
The region has four emergency response trucks which are mobile feeding units. Farley said all four are ready to be dispatched to Florida with their two man volunteer crews.
As devastating as Ian’s impact was on Florida, it may not be done. The remnants of the storm crossed back over to the Atlantic and will come ashore again tonight through the Carolinas, Virginia, and eventually are expected to dump heavy rains in parts of West Virginia as well. Farley said if the storms strike here at home, they’re ready.
“We’re already ready to respond and open shelters and to be available whenever the community needs us. If we would potentially have any severe weather here, as always the Red Cross is ready to support those families impacted,” she said.
Those wishing to donate can do so at RedCross.org and make a monetary donation earmarked for the specific disaster or can find a place to donate blood to help in the disaster area.
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