High School Football Roundup
St. Marys 21,
Doddridge County 0
WEST UNION -Visiting St. Marys (10-0) capped off an undefeated regular season despite putting the ball on the ground and losing it four times against Doddridge County, 21-0.
The win gives St. Marys home field advantage throughout the Class A playoffs. Leading the way for the visitors was David Gray, who carried the ball six times for 91 yards and a score. Joining Gray in putting points on the board were Noah Spitzer, on a 65-yard kickoff return and Corey Stewart on an 18-yard run.
St. Marys now awaits its seeding and opponent for the first round of the playoffs, while Doddridge County ends its season with a 7-3 mark.
Oak Glen 13
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Drew Keller became Magnolia’s all-time leading rusher here Friday night, rushing for 151 yards as the Blue Eagles blasted visiting Oak Glen, 54-13, clinching a Class A playoff berth with the win.
Keller, a senior playing in his final regular season game, finished with 2,665 career yards, topping the 2,514 accumulated by his older brother, Jayson Keller.
Drew Keller set the record just two minutes and 51 seconds into the game when he scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 12-yard run. That was the first of four scores for Keller, who also tallied TDs on runs of 10, 20 and 12 yards for Magnolia (7-3).
Eric Smith, Andrew Smith, Chase Street and Yale Wetzel also rushed for scores for the Blue Eagles, who kept the ball on the ground, running 51 times for 391 yards. Magnolia threw just three passes, completing one for a single yard. The Blue Eagles will learn their playoff berth on Sunday but may be paired against undefeated St. Marys.
Oak Glen finished 0-10.
Wirt County 20,
South Harrison 0
LOST CREEK -Wes Valentine rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns here Friday night as the Tigers ended their season with a 20-0 Little Kanawha Conference win over South Harrison.
Wirt (4-6) took a 6-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter when Valentine broke loose for a 48-yard TD run. The Tigers added single scores in the third quarter on a pair of 20-yard TD runs, by Valentine in the third quarter and Trent Hardbarger in the fourth.
Wirt dominated the contest, rushing for 297 yards while limited South Harrison (2-8) to just 18 rushing yards on 20 attempts and 58 total yards.
Paden City 24, Valley 20
PADEN CITY -Zach Heasley tossed two touchdown pass and threw for 165 yards and the Paden City Wildcats ended the year with a win over Valley, 24-20.
Paden City took a 6-0 lead into the lockerroom only to see Valley storm back to tie the game at 12 all in the third quarter. Valley would take the lead not two minutes into the fourth quarter on a Trey Streets run. The visitors would hold onto the lead a little under five minutes before Paden City knotted the game at 20-all.
Paden City would seal the victory with 1:35 left on a Cane Pyles 29-yard run.
Brandon Cross joined Heasley and Pyles in the contribution of points with two touchdown receptions, a 3-yard score in the first and 52-yard haul-in in the third.
Paden City ends it season at (5-5) while Valley caps its 10 games at (3-7).
Ohio Playoff Game
Lucasville Valley 52,
Fort Frye 13
LUCASVILLE, Ohio -Fort Frye ran into a buzzsaw here Friday night in an opening-round Division VI state playoff game, dropping a 52-13 decision to undefeated and top-seeded Lucasville Valley in a Region 21 contest.
The Cadets trailed 52-0 after three quarters before Chandler Lang scored from 3 yards out and Terren Huck tallied on a 1-yard run as Fort Frye ended its season with an 8-3 mark. Lang led the Cadets with 70 rushing yards on 15 carries and completed 15 of 27 passes for 163 yards. Colten Shuster was his favorite target, as they connected eight times for 68 yards.
Lucasville Valley (11-0) rushed for 329 yards on 34 attempts including a 130-yard, two touchdown performance by Nate Arnett. Bruce Jordan accounted for 74 rushing yards and a pair of TDs for the winners, who advance to the regional semifinals next week.
High School Football Roundup
Roane County 19, Wirt County 7
SPENCER – Roane County scored all three touchdowns off Wirt County turnovers here Friday on senior night at County Stadium as the Raiders improved to 7-2 following a 19-7 victory.
The Raiders, who entered the fray ranked 13th in Class AA, completed their first 5-0 record at home and the senior class became the winningest group in the 20-year history of Roane County High School.
Wes Valentine capped a 91-yard scoring drive on Wirt County’s first possession with a 19-yard touchdown run. Trent Hardbarger’s extra point gave the visitors a 7-0 cushion with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Raider Tyler May forced a fumble and Steven McGinnis pounced on it as the hosts had the ball at the Tiger 5. Two plays later, Cody May scored from the 2 and Caije Nichols’ extra point 45 ticks into the second quarter tied the contest.
Wirt County, which dropped to 3-6 and plays at South Harrison next week, fumbled on the ensuing drive and Luke Scott scooped it up and took it to the house from 40 yards. That gave Roane County, which invades Williamstown next Friday, a 13-7 cushion at the 10:28 mark.
The Tigers got a 49-yard reception from Austin McVey via a Damian Rhodes aerial to set up a first-and-goal in the third quarter, but Rhodes’ pitch to Jake Linville resulted in a fumble that Caleb Boggs recovered.
Roane County proceeded to drive 86 yards and May’s 1-yard plunge capped the scoring at 7:59 of the fourth.
McGinnis and Tyler King each had an interception for the victors.
Luke Scott led all rushers with 24 carries and 79 yards. Scott, one of the Raiders’ seniors, also had three receptions for 63 yards as this 12th grade class now has 30 wins.
Clay County 40,
Calhoun County 19
MT. ZION – Jordan Lucas rushed for a game-high 147 yards and joined teammate Tyler Stewart, who had an 81-yard TD scamper, with a score apiece here Friday night to help visiting Clay County to a 40-19 victory against Calhoun County.
The 0-10 Red Devils only trailed 14-7 after Mason Sheldon’s 26-yard touchdown reception from Logan Moore and Seth Moore added the extra point with eight minutes left in the first half.
However, the Panthers (3-6) led 21-7 at intermission and the hosts never got closer than 21-13 when Logan Moore scored from the 4 at 6:58 of the third.
Casey Ritchie, who had a team-high 57 yards rushing, scored on a 14-yard TD run to cap the scoring.
Clay County, which will have senior night next Friday when Tug Valley rolls into town, received a 52-yard interception return for a score from Stephen Cole.
Wahama 66, Miller 8
MASON – Kane Roush scored five touchdowns on the evening and racked up 123 yards on two receptions to lead the defending Class A state champions past 2-8 Miller here Friday in a 66-8 blowout.
Colton Neal added two scores for the White Falcons, who improved to 8-1 with their lone loss of the year coming to undefeated Trimble. Leading the way for Miller was do-it-all player Garrett Swift, who finished with 59 yards rushing and had all 19 yards passing.
The White Falcons, having already secured a spot in Class A playoffs, will look to improve their seeding next Friday at Buffalo.
George Washington 34, Ripley 14
CHARLESTON-Jake Martin’s 2-yard run with 3:49 remaining in the first quarter allowed Ripley to forge a 7-7 tie with No. 4 George Washington.
That would be as close as the Vikings (1-8) would get as the host Patriots ran off the next 27 points en route to a 34-14 victory Friday night. A 2-yard run by Colten Rollyson gave the hosts the lead for good and George Washington would add three more scores before Ripley’s Kade Harrison ended the drought when he hauled in a 65-yard pass from Trevor Tucker with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
Ripley returns to action next Friday night when it plays host to Jackson County rival Ravenswood in the annual Battle for the Hatchet game.
Caldwell 36, Shenandoah 0
CALDWELL-Bricker Lori rushed for 160 yards on 16 carries and Tanner Clark added 120 yards on 20 totes of the pigskin to lead Caldwell to a 36-0 thumping of visiting Shenandoah Friday night.
Clark opened the scoring with a 5-yard run as the Redskins improved to 8-2 on the season.
Paden City 26, South Harrison 25
LOST CREEK – South Harrison scored 25 points in the second quarter, but Deven Price caught the game-winning 49-yard touchdown pass from Zach Heasley in the fourth quarter here Friday night as visiting Paden City escaped with a 26-25 victory.
Heasley, who booted the decisive extra point, threw for 199 yards and also had a pair of TD passes covering 55 and 36 yards to Brandon Cross. Cross also had a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and finished with a team-high 67 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
Cross led all wideouts with game-highs of seven catches for 141 yards as the 4-5 Wildcats will play host to Valley (Wetzel) next Friday for senior night.
Austin Barker led all rushers with 18 attempts and 107 stripes for the now 2-7 Hawks, who welcome Wirt County to town for senior night next week. Barker scored on TD runs of 25 and 28 yards and also hauled in one of two Ian Riggleman TD passes that covered 5 yards. Cory Messenger had the other TD reception of 262 yards.
Tyler Consolidated 33,
Valley (Wetzel) 14
PINE GROVE – Jacob Highley hit paydirt four times and rumbled for 116 yards on 17 carries to help lead visiting Tyler Consolidated to a 33-14 victory against Valley (Wetzel).
Highley scored on TD runs of 10, 11, 19 and 24 yards. The Silver Knights, now 5-4 with a Thursday game versus Bishop Donahue at John Marshall, also got a 6-yard TD pass from Jordan Baker to Swen Scheidmantel.
Chase West had a 35-yard pick-6 and Tret Streets had a 26-yard TD run for the Lumberjacks (3-6).