High School Football Roundup
Doddridge County 48,
Valley Wetzel 22
WEST UNION -Winning for the seventh time this season, Doddridge County virtually clinched its first playoff berth since 2003 here Friday night, blasting visiting Valley Wetzel, 48-22.
The Bulldogs put away the historic win early, scoring five times in the first half, including four TDs in the second period. Wyatt Ford scored four first-half touchdowns and finished the game with 213 yards on 23 carries. Jarrod Sandy had the game’s longest TD, a 58-yard run, and accounted for 117 yards on 10 carries. Brandon Stewart had a 19-yard score and 49 yards on seven totes, while Ryan Hass had a 2-yard TD run.
It was a strange game in that neither team punted and there was just one pass completion, a 15-yarder by Doddridge.
The Bulldogs (7-2) are idle until Nov. 8 when St. Marys visits West Union.
St. Marys 42, South Harrison 0
ST. MARYS -Noah Spitzer scored three touchdowns and David Gray had a pair of six-pointers as No. 1 St. Marys ran its record to 8-0 with a 42-0 Little Kanawha Conference win over visiting South Harrison Friday night at Imlay Field.
The Blue Devils of coach Jodi Mote, who already have clinched a state playoff berth, scored 28 first-half points with Spitzer hauling in an 11-yard TD pass from Michael Stout for the game’s first six-pointer and also scoring on a 4-yard run just before intermission. In between those scores, Corey Stewart scored on a 35-yard run and Gray tallied from 44 yards out. St. Marys got second-half TDs from Spitzer on a 10-yard run and Gray, who hauled in a 28-yard pass from Stout.
St. Marys rushed for 249 yards while the Blue Devils defense limited South Harrison (2-6) to just 56 total yards.
The Blue Devils will face a stiff challenge next Friday when they visit Class AA Ravenswood.
Wirt County 39,
Calhoun County 13
MOUNT ZION -Calhoun County kept it close until the final quarter here Friday night before visiting Wirt County pulled away for a 39-13 Little Kanawha Conference win.
The Red Devils (0-9) actually led 13-12 early in the third quarter before Wirt County (3-6) scored the final four touchdowns of the game.
Wirt had taken a 12-0 lead on TDs by Wes Valentine and Justin Joy before Calhoun came back on a 12-yard scoring strike from Logan Moore to Ethyn Miller and a 12-yard TD run by Cole Ritchie.
But any thoughts of the Red Devils pulling off an upset were dashed as Wirt got a 24-yard TD pass from Damian Rhodes to Joy, a 10-yard TD run by Valentine and late TD runs from Dustin Garner and Daniel McCue.
Both teams are back in action next week as Calhoun County entertains Clay County and Wirt County travels to Roane County.
Tyler Consolidated 20,
Ritchie County 14
ELLENBORO – Jacob Highley ran for 164 yards and two scores as Tyler Consolidated pulled off a huge upset of Ritchie County here Friday night.
Though he did not score the winning touchdown, Highley kept them in the game tied until a minute left in the fourth when Tyler quarterback Jordan Baker connected on a 40-yard heave to Swen Scheidemantel to take the lead and pull out the win. Tyler managed to win the game despite committing three turnovers in the game but also got some help from Ritchie County who put the ball on the ground three times and lost it twice.
Tyler will look to keep the winning streak going when it plays Valley-Wetzel next Friday, while the Rebels will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Williamstown to face the Yellowjackets.
Portsmouth 26, Warren 12
VINCENT – One week after knocking off the favorites to win the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title, the Warren Warriors saw the only team without a chance to gain at least a share of the crown ruin their chances at a title.
On the strength of quarterback Sky Oliver’s 278 yards and four touchdowns the Portsmouth Trojans capitalized on big plays to take a 26-12 victory over the Warriors in Vincent Friday night.
“We just didn’t play well (Friday) night,” said Warren football coach Andy Schob. “Hung around, and then they had some big plays on us.”
Big plays was the name of the game for the Trojan offense, which had six plays of over 30 yards in the passing game, including touchdowns of 41, 69 and 32 yards along with a 10-yard score.
Those touchdown plays accounted for 40 percent of the Portsmouth offensive output for the game, as the Trojans had 372 yards of offense with 152 coming on those four scores.
Webster County 16,
Braxton County 14
UPPERGLADE -Webster County scored 16 second-quarter points here Friday night and made them hold up in a 16-14 Little Kanawha Conference win over visiting Braxton County.
Webster County (2-7) got a 53-yard TD pass from Jacob Thayer to Logan Taylor and a 2-yard Thayer run. Thayer also completed passes on both two-point conversions, one to Taylor and the other to Evan Wayne.
Braxton County (1-8) rallied in the second half, with Thomas Pritt hitting a 45-yard TD pass to Tyler Conrad and Chase Oney scoring from 1 yard out.
Braxton County is off until Nov. 8, when it will entertain Sissonville in its regular season finale.
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Doddridge County 15, Eastern 6
REEDSVILLE – Wyatt Ford ran for 75 yards on the night and one score for the Doddridge Bulldogs who improved to 6-2 on the year with a 15-6 win over Eastern.
It was a clean game by both teams as neither turned the ball over at all and the two teams combined for just five penalties for 45 yards. Doddridge found a new set of downs 16 times on Friday night while Eastern had eight first downs. Leading the way for the home team was Zack Scaldon who ran 11 times for 75 yards and the only score of the game for Eastern.
Doddridge County looks to add another win to its season total next Friday night when they entertain Valley (Wetzel).
Caldwell 20, Fort Frye 19
BEVERLY – Down by a point with just over a minute on the clock.
Play for the tie or go for the win?
It’s one of the toughest decisions facing any football coach, and no matter how it turns out one of those two coaches in the game will be left wondering what might’ve been if the decision had gone the other way.
The Caldwell Redskins’ defense stood strong, stopping Fort Frye running back Colten Shuster 1 yard short of the end zone on an option from quarterback Chandler Lang to preserve a 20-19 victory over the Cadets in Beverly, effectively spoiling homecoming.
“Two years in a row, a game decided by a yard on a two point conversion,” said Caldwell football coach Josh Perkins. “We made big plays when we needed it.”
Roane County 56,
Calhoun County 12
SPENCER-Roane County kept its playoff (Class AA) hopes alive and in the process kept Calhoun County winless on the season with a 56-12 victory Friday night.
Luke Scott rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries while Tyler May added 100 yards on only five carries to help the Raiders improve to 5-2 on the season. Calhoun County, now 0-8, received 52 yards rushing from Cole Ritchie.
Fairmont Senior 52,
Braxton County 6
FAIRMONT -Braxton County traveled out of the Little Kanawha Conference for the fourth time and the result was a 52-6 thrashing at the hands of No. 1 (Class AA) Fairmont Senior.
Cody Hilton rushed for 29 yards and Thomas Pritt added 25, but it was not enough at the Eagles dropped to 1-7 on the season. Chase Oney tallied the visitors only score of the night when he bulled his way over the goal line from 1 yard out with 35 seconds left in the first half.
Southern 33, Waterford 0
RACINE-Waterford’s offensive woes continued as host Southern defeated the Wildcats by a 33-0 score Friday night.
Isaac Huffman rushed for 42 yards and Jaret McCutcheon added 33 as Waterford rushed for 91 yards on 29 carries. Southern, which improved to 7-1, rushed for 276 yards on 32 carries with Tyler Barton leading the way with 189 yards on 17 carries.
Gilmer 64, Hannan 8
GLENVILLE -Austin Cunningham passed for six touchdowns and rushed for another here Friday night in route to a rout of Hannan, 64-8.
Cunningham added 311 yards through the air and completed 85 percent of his passes (11-13) on the night. Austin Ratliff hauled in two catches that each found paydirt and racked up 132 receiving yards. The Titan defense also impressed on the night holding Hannan to minus-25 rushing yards and 45 total yards on the evening.
Gilmer County gets a much deserved off week next week and will be back in action against Parkersburg Catholic in a night game showdown Nov. 2.
Tyler Consolidated 39,
South Harrison 12
KIDWELL -Jordan Baker rushed for a pair of touchdowns, threw for another and returned a punt 80 yards for a score as Tyler Consolidated rolled to a 39-12 Little Kanawha Conference win over South Harrison.
Jacob Highley added a pair of scores for the Silver Knights (3-4), who will attempt to reach the .500 mark next Friday night at Ritchie County. Highley opened the scoring with a 6-yard run exactly six minutes into the game and added a 4-yard score to close out the first half.
Tyler (3-4) travels to Ritchie County next Friday.
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Oak Glen 25
NEW CUMBERLAND – Jake Tracewell tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more here Friday night as fifth-ranked, Class A, Williamstown rolled to a 55-25 victory against host Oak Glen.
The Yellowjackets, now 5-1 with a road trip set for next Friday at Wirt County, led 41-7 at halftime.
Tracewell rushed for 131 yards and hit 10 of 19 passes for 133 stripes. Dakota Watson had TD caches of 12 and 28 yards and also had a 3-yard TD run.
Trace Hart led WHS with 78 yards rushing on 17 attempts. He scored a pair of six-pointers – a 2-yard and a 22-yard run.
David Hasting’s also grabbed a 12-yard touchdown reception from Tracewell.
St. Marys 53,
Calhoun County 12
MT. ZION -Top-ranked St. Marys burst out to a 47-6 halftime lead over winless Calhoun County here Friday then called off the dogs and settled for a 53-12 win over the Red Devils.
David Gray scored four touchdowns, on rushes of 36, 40 and 4 yards, as well as a 55-yard interception return as the Blue Devils ran their record to 6-0. Jeremy Pratt, Colby Brode, Corey Stewart and Noah Spitzer also scored for the Blue Devils, with Brode hauling in a 49-yard TD pass from Michael Stout. Calhoun (0-6) got a pair of rushing TDs from Logan Moore.
St. Marys will entertain Magnolia next Friday while Calhoun will travel to Spencer where Roane County will celebrate Homecoming.
Roane County 38,
Braxton County 26
SPENCER -Roane County scored 16 points in each of the first two quarters and cruised to a 38-26 win over visiting Tolsia here Friday night.
The Raiders (4-2) got three rushing TDs from quarterback Cody May, who also threw a 47-yard TD pass to Joe Copley. Both May, with 114 yards on 25 carries, and Luke Scott, with 132 yards on the same number of attempts, topped the 100-yard mark as Roane County kept alive its chances of reaching the Class AA playoffs.
Roane will celebrate Homecoming next Friday night when Calhoun County visits for a Little Kanawha Conference game.
Doddridge County 46, Gilmer County 22
GLENVILLE – Doddridge County scored 39 first-half points here Friday night to record its fourth victory, a 46-22 Little Kanawha Conference win over Gilmer County.
Wyatt Ford scored on touchdown runs of 88, 45, 2 and 45 yards as he rushed for 330 yards on 29 carries as the Bulldogs ran their record to 5-2. Jarrod Sandy also topped the 100-yard mark for the Bulldogs, rushing for 115 yards on just six attempts.
Gilmer County (4-3) got a 92-yard kickoff return from Tristan Sparks and a 26-yard Austin Cunningham to Austin Ratliff TD pass.
Doddridge County travels to Eastern Friday while Gilmer County visits Hannan that same night.
Magnolia 39, Weir 6
NEW MARTINSVILLE -After surrendering a first-quarter touchdown, Magnolia pitched a shutout and defeated Weir 39-6 on Friday night.
The stage is now set for the 4-3 Blue Eagles as they travel to unbeaten St. Marys next week.
Against Weir, Jacob Brill hooked up with Eric Smith for three touchdowns. Smith finished the game with seven receptions for 113 yards, while Brill rushed for 105 yards on seven carries. Also topping the 100-yard mark was teammate Drew keller (18-175).
Fort Frye 35,
Buckeye Trail 27
BEVERLY -Fort Frye had to hold off Buckeye Trail’s fourth-quarter challenge and managed to survive for a 35-27 victory on Friday night.
Morgan Dougherty scored on runs of 2 and 22 yards to put Buckeye Trail front 14-7 before Fort Frye responded with 21 unanswered points. During that span, quarterback Chandler Lang threw for one touchdown and rushed for another.
Trailing 28-14, Buckeye Trail’s Bobby Sells caught one touchdown pass and rushed for another before time ran out on the Warriors.
Lang finished with 145 yards on 20 carries. In addition to throwing for 162 yards, Dougherty gained 163 yards on 21 rushes.
Waterford 44, Green 6
FRANKLIN FURNACE -Waterford made it look easy with its 44-6 road victory against Franklin Furnace Green on Friday night.
A total of five different players scored a touchdown as the Wildcats improved to 2-5.
Austin Lang, who finished with 200 yards on 17 carries, started the ball rolling with a 2-yard touchdown run and added a 2-yard touchdown score midway in the third quarter.
Franklin Furnace Green dropped to 2-5.
Braxton County 16
SUTTON -The visiting Red Devils made things miserable for host Braxton County here Friday night scoring all 39 points in the first-half in route to a 53-16 victory.
Perhaps an even more impressive stat on the night then the points was that Ravenswood did not punt the ball the entire night, while Braxton punted four times and averaged a pedestrian 23 yards.
Speaking of highlight stats Devon Crews rushed for 193 yards on just 12 carries with 3 trips to the endzone while teammate Heath Burgess completed 90% of his passes for 98 yards and zero turnovers on the evening. Burgess and Crews also connected for a 7-yard score with 1:39 left to play in the first half.
Leading the way for Braxton County was signal caller Thomas Pritt who also had an impressive night hitting 12 of 15 passes for 82 yards. The Eagles will look to get back on the winning track next week when they take on the Polar Bears of Fairmont Senior.
East Liverpool 35,
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -The East Liverpool Potter seniors rang the victory bell loud and long following their 35-7 triumph the Warren Warriors last night at East Liverpool’s Patterson Field.
East Liverpool’s Zach English paced the Potters’ ground attack with 188 yards on 25 carries and posted three touchdowns. As a team, the Potters churned out 236 yards rushing on 40 carries. They rushed for five touchdowns.
English picked up the Potters’ first touchdown when he took a pitchout from quarterback Kade Reynolds and sped 59 yards around the left side of the Warriors’ defense. The PAT failed, leaving the home team with a 6-0 lead at the 11:11 juncture of the second period.
The Potters (2-5) briskly marched down the field on their next possession, which included a 29-yard gallop by English. Reynolds teamed up with wide receiver D.J. Austin on passes of 14 and 15 yards, the second one putting the ball on the Warrior one-yard line. Two plays later, Reynolds bolted in on a quarterback sneak.
Taking over with just 2:36 remaining in the first half, the Warriors (2-5) needed just six plays to travel 65 yards for a score. The scoring tally came as Andrew Henthorn broke free in the back of the end zone to pull in a 25-yard scoring toss with just 54 seconds left in the half. Alex Miller’s conversion kick pulled the visitors to within seven, 14-7, as the two teams reached intermission.
During the first half, English rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries.
The Potters will play at Oak Glen Friday while Warren is at Gallia.
Federal Hocking 12
MASON -Defending Class A champion Wahama improved its record to 6-1 with a 53-12 win over visting Federal Hocking here Friday night.
Leading the way White Falcons was Kane Roush who ran for 153 yards and found the endzone four times on the night. Joining him in the multiple score club for the night was Colton Neal who scored on a 17-yard interception return and an 8-yard run. The Lancers (3-4), who found the endzone only twice on the night where led by Peyton Seel and Walker Church both of which sniffed out paydirt.
Wahama will be back in action Friday night and be looking for another win, when they travel to South Gallia who lost to Belpre, 21-8 Friday night.
Caldwell 36, Frontier 13
CALDWELL -Caldwell captured a 36-13 victory over the visiting Frontier Cougars here Friday night.
Bricker Lori led the way for the Redskins rushing 158 yards and Tanner Clark ran for 120 yards. Both Lori and Clark each scored two times on the night. Leading the way for Frontier was Rodney Barnes who ran for 55 yards and Mitch Reynolds who completed 13 of 24 passes for 123 yards while tossing two picks.