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Photo gallery: Doddridge posts third consecutive shutout, 31-0 over Lincoln Co.

WEST UNION, W.Va. — Photo gallery from Doddridge County’s 31-0 win over Lincoln County at Cline Stansberry Stadium. The Bulldogs have not allowed a single point in their 3-0 start and they have won 31 consecutive regular season games.

(Photos courtesy of Ben Queen Photography)

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Roundup: Eleven teams race out to 3-0 starts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A look around the Mountain State for news and notes during the third week of the high school football season.

Jackson hauls in three first half TDs, Park tops Huntington

Shaheed Jackson had three receiving touchdowns in the second quarter to help stake Wheeling Park to a 28-0 halftime lead en route to the Patriots’ 42-21 win at Huntington.

Wheeling Park (2-1) also got a 1-yard touchdown run from Steven Mitchell for the game’s first score.

After Noah Waynick returned an interception 51 yards to pay dirt to get the Highlanders (0-3) on the board, Huntington closed the deficit to 14 on Gavin Lochow’s 21-yard TD run.

But Torrance Walker returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a score to help the Patriots create separation again.

Spring Mills stays unbeaten

Keon Padmore-Johnson hit on 10-of-15 passes for 162 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for an additional 147 yards and two scores to key Spring Mills to a 52-28 win over Jefferson.

The Cardinals (3-0) built a 24-7 halftime led and surpasssed 50 points for the third time in as many games.

Chase Henson added 63 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Elsewhere in the eastern panhandle

Musselman tailback Blake Hartman became the school’s all-time leading rusher in the Applemen’s 43-7 win over Holidaysburg (Pa). Hartman exceeded 5,200 yards for his career while helping Musselman improve to 2-1.

Frankfort moved to 3-0 with its second shutout win of the season, this one a 41-0 victory over Berkeley Springs. The Falcons previously blanked Hampshire in a 46-0 win to start the season.

Tygarts Valley 3-0 for second consecutive season

The Bulldogs from Tygarts Valley defeated Valley Wetzel 59-16 Friday night in a game played at Paden City High School. Aiden Rowe had a receiving touchdown, 3 interceptions and 103 receiving yards for TVHS. Tygarts Valley has allowed just 22 points in their 3-0 start as they seek back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history.

Byrd stays unbeaten, King keeps rolling

Robert C. Byrd improved to 3-0 with a 41-0 triumph over Preston. Junior running back Jeremiah King toted the ball for 153 yards and he now has 10 touchdowns on the season. Xavier Lopez threw for 386 yards passing in the win. The Flying Eagles will face arch rival Bridgeport (2-0) next week in their annual matchup.

Independence cruises against Shady

Another successful day at the office for Independence junior running back Atticus Goodson in the Patriots’ 56-8 win over Shady Spring. He rushed for 286 yards and scored 6 touchdowns as the Patriots ran their record to 3-0. IHS has outscored their opponents 182-16 this season and they are off to their first 3-0 start in 5 seasons.

Krajeski leads Clay to another victory

Clay County joined the pack of 3-0 teams with a 38-3 win over Class AAA Hedgesville. Senior signal caller Grant Krajeski had 200 yards passing and 3 touchdowns to pace the Panthers. On defense, Clay collected nine sacks in the game. Dating back to the 2018 season finale, Clay has posted an 11-2 record in their last 13 games.

Beavers tune up for Princeton rematch with win at Beckley

Carson Deeb tossed 4 touchdown passes and threw for 198 yards as Bluefield rolled over Beckley 48-2. The Beavers are now 2-0 and will face Princeton in a rare regular season rematch next Friday.

Princeton serves notice with win over South

Speaking of the Tigers, they notched an impressive victory with a 34-14 triumph over Parkersburg South. Grant Cochran tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Jason Honaker had a punt return for a touchdown as PHS evened their record at 1-1. Sam Schuler had 212 yards passing for the Patriots in the losing effort.

Lewis County back on track with win at Ripley

The Minutemen of Lewis County (2-1) scored 15 points off Ripley turnovers in a 29-13 road victory. Marshall Hobbs rushed for 253 yards for LCHS. Ty Stephens had 206 passing yards for the Vikings.

Big Reds back over .500

After a season-opening loss at Spring Valley, the Big Reds of Parkersburg (2-1) have won back-to-back games. PHS defeated Marietta, Oh. 34-20. Bryson Singer rushed for 205 yards for Parkersburg and had two total touchdowns to lead the way.

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St. Marys holds off Ritchie County rally, 34-26

Highlights by Teran Malone

ST. MARYS, W.Va. – A late touchdown and defensive stop by St. Marys squashed a Ritchie County comeback attempt propelling the Blue Devils to their third straight victory to start the season. 

St. Marys (3-0) held on to beat Ritchie County (2-1) 34-26 Friday night at Bill Hanlin Stadium overcoming three turnovers in the game and a late Ritchie County rally. 

“Just can’t say enough about the kids,” said St. Marys Coach Jodi Mote. “They played four quarters. I felt like Ritchie County played well and played hard. It was a hard fought battle. No doubt about that.” 

Down 28-14 in the second half, Ritchie County put together a pair of scoring drives in the second half but could not close the gap because of a pair of failed two-point conversion attempts. A St. Marys interception set up a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Haught to Blaine Bowie with 1:47 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels scored on a 1-yard touchdown dive by Graden McKinney with 7:00 left in the game. 

The Rebels had a chance to tie the game but St. Marys came up with another conversion stop. Tyler Flowers broke up the Rebel pass attempt on the two-point try, preserving the Blue Devils 28-26 lead. 

St. Marys responded on the next drive. Trey Moss scored from three yards out with 3:10 left in the game, marching 56 yards in 9 plays to extend its lead to 34-26.

A missed extra point by St. Marys gave the Rebels a chance but Ritchie County’s hopes of a comeback were snuffed out in the final moments of the game. Facing third down, Haught connected with Blaine Bowie, for what appeared to be a first-down catch. However, St. Marys was able to come up with a strip and the Blue Devils’ Darrien Bortey came up with the takeaway, sealing the win. 

“In a very tight game, every thing counts. You just have to fight and that’s what I’m proud of those guys for doing,” insisted Mote.  

Senior quarterback Brennen Boron led the way for St. Marys with 120 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to go along with 106 yards and a score passing. 

“He stepped up for us tonight. He’s kind of like having a running back at quarterback,” Mote said.

For Ritchie County, quarterback Ethan Haught threw for over 150 yards and three touchdowns. He was also the leading rusher for the Rebels with 31 yards on 8 carries. 

The Blue Devils jumped out early building a 20-6 lead in the first half on a pair of touchdown run by quarterback Brennen Boron and a 6-yard yard touchdown pass from Boron to Cyle West. Ritchie County took advantage of a St. Marys interception with 1:47 to go in the second quarter, reaching the end zone on a 23-yard touchdown toss from Ethan Haught to Blaine Bowie, cutting the St. Marys lead to 20-14 at the half. 

Trey Moss, who was Ritchie County’s leading rusher last season and transferred to St. Marys over the summer, rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. 

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Lincoln wins opener in thrilling fashion over Nicholas County

— Story and highlights by Daniel Woods

SHINNSTON, W.Va. — The clock at Stydahar Field read 1.9 seconds. The Lincoln Cougars trailed Nicholas County 22-20 following a 19-yard field goal by the Grizzlies’ Brayden Short.

The play that ensued will be talked about in Harrison County for years to come.

With his team’s back against the wall, Zach Snyder fielded a short kick near his own 30. A fake lateral forced two defenders to bite, opening the sideline. From there, it was nothing short of a foot race.

Two men stood a chance to bring him down and both failed as the senior raced 70 yards for the walk-off win. It was an emotional night both on and off the field for coach Rob Hawkins’ Cougars.

Opening the season with Senior Night festivities after COVID-19 concerns around the program kept the team off the field for two weeks, Lincoln put on a show for the home fans and came away with one of the most dramatic wins of the young season.

The LHS offense got going with an early spark from Antwan Hilliard, who ripped off a 62-yard ramble into the Nicholas County red zone before Luke Wentz opened the scoring with a 22-yard field goal.

A fumble through the end zone by Nicholas gave the ball back to Lincoln. Senior quarterback David Tate engineered a quick drive, hitting Corey Prunty from 20 yards away to extend the lead to 10-0. The Grizzlies were quick to answer.

Jordan McKinney launched a deep ball into the waiting arms of Garrett Kesterton, who took the ball inside the five before McKinney dove headlong over the goal line and get Nicholas County on the board. A missed extra point kept the deficit at four.

Another Wentz boot made the count 13-6 headed into the half but it would not stay there for very long. On the very first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Lincoln put the ball on the turf and Nicholas capitalized.

It took just two snaps for McKinney too sweep around the left side and score. However, the second botched PAT of the night kept the Cougars ahead, 13-12. LHS looked to answer and took as far as the two yard-line but the Grizzly line held on four straight plays, forcing a turnover on downs.

With McKinney back under center, he led his team 99 yards down the field on a scoring drive capped off by Jacob Williams’ 11-yard touchdown tote. From that point on, it was a battle of wills.

On the first possession of the fourth, Lincoln moved efficiently but it was the big play that reclaimed the lead, with Levi Moore sprinting down the sideline on a 37-yard scoring carry to put the Cougars back ahead. That one-point lead stood until the final seconds.

The Nicholas drive stalled and a punt put the ball back in the hands of Tate, Hilliard and Moore. With LHS looking to kill the clock, the Grizzlies need to make a play. It came just as it seemed the game was about to be put on ice as Moore lost hold of the ball in a pile at the Nicholas 15 with just over a minute to play.

A handful of quick passes moved the ball over the 50 with a minute left. As McKinney’s pass intended for Kesterton seemed to fall harmlessly to the ground, a flag came down amd a horse collar tackle was charged against the defense. 

The ball was spotted at the 34 of Lincoln but three straight incompletions put NCHS in a do-or-die situation. That’s when Jordan McKinney made a play.

Scrambling to out of the pocket to his left, he dodged multiple would-be tacklers fell forward all the way to the five yard-line. 

With 5.1 seconds on the clock, Gene Morris went to his kicker. Brayden Short trotted onto the field for a 22-yard attempt. It was blocked but an encroachment penalty gave him another chance.

This time, the kick was true, flying through the uprights to give Nicholas a 22-20 lead with just 1.9 seconds on the clock.

Enter Zach Snyder.

With four catches for 73 yards to his name, his impact on the offensive side of the ball was already felt. What he did on the game’s final play is the stuff of legends.

As the Lincoln bench sprinted to meet their hero in the end zone, Stydahar Field erupted into elation. On Senior Night, Tate opened his final campaign in brown and gold with an efficient 179 yards and a touchdown, as well as 24 yards on the ground.

The sophomore duo of Moore and Hilliard combined for 242 yards and a touchdown while Prunty hauled in nine balls for 73 yards and a score. In the losing effort, McKinney completed nine passes for 146 yards, in addition to 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

In a season opener delayed by a pandemic, filled with the emotions of Senior Night, the Lincoln Cougars found a way to make this game even more dramatic than any could have expected and the legend of Zach Snyder was born on that turf in Shinnston.

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Oak Glen collects another quality win, 55-46 over John Marshall

— Story by Ethan Collins

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — In an offensive shootout with both teams combining for over a thousand yards, Oak Glen knocked off Class AAA opponent John Marshall 55-46.

Oak Glen (3-0) dominated the game for three quarters and led the game 48-21 going into the fourth. Turnovers and the injury bug really hurt the Golden Bears in the 12 minutes as the Monarchs scored 19 unanswered points after Oak Glen fumbled on four straight possessions. This brought the game to 48-40 with just under seven minutes left to go in the game.

Oak Glen marched down only taking a minute off the clock ended by an 8-yard touchdown run by Gage Patterson giving the Golden Bears a 55-40 lead. A touchdown scored by John Marshall (2-1) in the final minutes only put them within nine after a failed 2-point-conversion with just under two minutes remaining.

Oak Glen’s head coach Ted Arneault talked about the win saying “I thought we did better in the second half with our penalties. But controlling the ball in the fourth quarter is something we definitely need to do.”

Arneault also gave a lot of credit to John Marshall’s fight saying, “They were the first team to take us into the fourth quarter. They were able to make plays in key situations.”

Oak Glen dominated on the ground game combining for 422 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Leading the way on the rushing attack was Hunter Patterson who had 213 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Power back Paxton Shuman had 13 carries for 82 yards and another two touchdowns.

Gage Patterson was the biggest weapon on offense, contributing in rushing and receiving. Patterson got 125 yards and a touchdown rushing, but also caught just 3 passes for 92 yards and another touchdown.

Quarterback Nicholas Chaney made some decent plays in the passing game completing 4-of-7 for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other side in John Marshall passing was the way of moving the ball for the Monarchs. Senior quarterback Derick Derrow got off to a rough first half throwing 3 interceptions. However, in the second half Derrow kicked into a different gear 14-of-23 for 228 yards and five touchdowns, bringing his total on the game to 18-of-34 for 281 yards five touchdowns and three interceptions. Sophomore running back Alex Burton led the way in rushing with 12 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

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West Virginia leaders react to Ruth Bader Ginsburg death

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All U.S. and West Virginia flags at all state-owned facilities throughout the state are being displayed at half-staff after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice issued the proclamation after Justice Ginsburg’s death was announced Friday night.

“Cathy and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Justice said. “Her dedication to public service left a profound impact on our country and she will be greatly missed.”

Members of the West Virginia’s congressional delegation also commented on the death.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin:

Joe Manchin

“My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life to public service. She was a voice for the voiceless and built a career fighting for equal treatment under the law for every American citizen. After 27 years on our nation’s highest court and a lifetime fighting for the principles of democracy, she leaves behind a remarkable legacy. In this time of sorrow, I pray that our country can unite in sending our most heartfelt condolences to her children, grandchildren and all who mourn the loss of this courageous woman.”

Shelley Moore Capito,

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito:

“As a strong and fearless female leader and dedicated public servant, Justice Ginsburg served our country with honor and distinction. Her towering legacy will be remembered for generations to come. Charlie and I offer our deepest condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”

West Virginia Third District Congresswoman Carol Miller:

“I am saddened by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She will be remembered for her perseverance and commitment to the ideals of justice and equality. My deepest prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of Justice Ginsburg tonight.”

U.S. Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va.

Ginsburg was 87.

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Greenbrier West stays perfect with 40-20 win over Pendleton

CHARMCO, W.Va. — A balanced offensive attack and a pair of touchdowns coming off Pendleton County turnovers led Greenbrier West to an impressive 40-20 win Friday night.

The Cavaliers received a three-touchdown effort from senior Cole McClung to hand the Wildcats their second consecutive loss.

“Cole McClung is a great football player,” said Greenbrier West head coach Toby Harris. “He played a great game at linebacker. He just wears you down when he is running the football. He had a good game.”

Tied 6-6 late in the second quarter, the Cavaliers retook the lead with a 3-yard touchdown run from Noah Brown. On Pendleton’s ensuing possession, Kaiden Pack intercepted a pass and returned it to midfield. Three plays later, Pack tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Holliday. All of a sudden, the Cavaliers took a 15-point lead into the locker room at 21-6.

“That was big. We needed that at that time. We were fortunate to get it. That was a big turning point in the ball game.”

Pendleton answered when Isaiah Gardiner connected with Braden McClanahan on their second touchdown reception of the game to make it 21-14. But the Cavaliers scored 19 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

“We had a few little mistakes but we are generally pleased with what they did. They are a good football team. Getting 40 points on them is an accomplishment.”

Greenbrier West improved to 3-0 and they will visit Webster County next Friday.

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Streak stoppers: Spring Valley edges Martinsburg 22-20 for Bulldogs’ first loss since 2015
Spring Valley’s Brody Brumfield (1) looks for running room against Martinsburg. Brumfield rushed for a touchdown and sealed the Timberwolves’ 22-20 win with a pass breakup. Photo by Greg Carey/


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Spring Valley defensive back Brody Brumfield stepped in front of a pass from Martinsburg quarterback Peyton Curry on fourth-and-7, causing it to fall incomplete and sealing the Timberwolves’ 22-20 victory over the Bulldogs.

The defensive stand with inside of 1 minute remaining set off a frenzied celebration on the Timberwolves’ sideline at Cobourn Field and David M. Walker Stadium, as Spring Valley dealt Martinsburg its first loss since 2015 and stopped the Bulldogs’ 57-game win streak in the process.

“We showed so much guts,” SVHS coach Brad Dingess said. “We play in a tough conference (the MSAC), but this is a big dragon up here. It’s a monster and when I told our kids we were coming up here last Saturday, they were excited. 

“They had that look in their eye. We had a great week of practice.”

Although Spring Valley (2-0) never trailed in the thrilling win, it didn’t come easily. Leading 22-13 after a Cole Diamond 7-yard touchdown run with 4:54 remaining, the Timberwolves saw their lead cut to two points after Kevon Warren’s 4-yard TD run with 2:14 left.

Martinsburg (1-1) then recovered the ensuing onside kick, giving the Bulldogs the ball at the SV 49-yard line. Faced with a fourth-and-2 with 56 seconds remaining, a false start pushed MHS back 5 yards. Curry’s pass was then broken up by Brumfield, sealing the verdict.

“It was a really good high school football game,” said first-year Martinsburg coach Britt Sherman. “Coach Dingess and his staff do a great job and all the credit goes to them . They played really well and they were better than us tonight.

“They did a great job controlling the clock and controlling the flow of the game. Our guys fought hard, but we didn’t make enough plays.”

The Timberwolves held a 7-6 halftime lead, but the Bulldogs moved deep into SV territory to start the second half. However, Curry fumbled at the end of a 19-yard run and Diamond came up with the recovery along the sideline, giving the Timberwolves the ball back 2:11 into the second half.

SVHS then put together a 17 play, 92-yard drive that used up all of the remaining time in the third quarter, before Diamond reached the end zone from 1 yard on the first play of the fourth. 

Leading 13-6, Dingess elected to go for a two-point conversion and Diamond crossed the goal line on it to make the Bulldogs’ deficit nine.

“They’re always big and physical,” Sherman said. “I don’t know if it was any different tonight than what it’s been the last couple years, but they’re big and physical and they do a good job running the ball. We had trouble stopping them at times.”

However, just 20 seconds after falling behind by two possessions, the Bulldogs got a 10-yard TD run from Naieem Kearney, set up by Warren’s 54-yard scamper.

But the Timberwolves answered with what proved to be the winning drive, marching 57 yards and converting two fourth downs — includng Jack Roy’s 34-yard pass to Jace Caldwell on fourth-and-5 one play prior to Diamond’s TD run.

“We were getting a hat on a hat and the only way to stop that play was for them to bring the free safety in, so we kind of kept baiting him,” Dingess said. “We lined up, saw what we had, froze and called timeout to make sure that we had everything right. We just executed and we were patient the whole night.”

SVHS lost a fumble just outside the red zone on its opening series, but managed to take a 7-0 lead when Brumfield scored on a 9-yard run 45 seconds into the second quarter.

Kearney answered with a 26-yard TD run 9:02 before halftime, but the point-after try was blocked, keeping the Timberwolves in front.

Martinsburg defeated Spring Valley in three consecutive Class AAA state title games from 2016-2018.

“It’s been weighing on us. To make three straight state championships and go up against probably the greatest run in the history of the state was frustrating, because we had some good teams,” Dingess said. “But our kids never lost focus. They could have folded up and not believed in what we were doing, but they didn’t.” 

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Unemployment rate falls below 9%

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped a percentage point between WorkForce West Virginia’s July and August reports.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.9% last month, in which the number of unemployed residents decreased by 8,200 people to 68,300.

The state’s non-seasonally adjusted decreased to 8.7%, a one percentage point drop from July.

Total unemployment is up 29,100 people from August 2019.

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Walmart giving pay raises to hourly workers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart Inc. will raise wages for around 165,000 hourly employees at all of its American stores.

The company on Thursday announced new salaried and hourly leadership roles, as well as raises for current employees.

The new wages will range between $18 and $21 an hour and as much as $30 an hour at Walmart Supercenter locations.

“Through this new, tiered structure for team leads, we’re creating room for pay and career growth while investing in areas like pickup and delivery as customers increasingly turn to those options,” Walmart said in a press release. “Those parts of the business will only continue to grow.”

Frontline hourly associates in the deli and bakery areas will see pay rates of at least $15 an hour. Several auto care center roles will also have an increase of $1 or more an hour.

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