Moorefield back on track with postseason
MOOREFIELD, W.Va. – If any song best describes Moorefield’s football season to date, you would have to turn back the clock to the mid-80s and check out Steve Winwood’s rendition of “Back in the High Life Again.”
For the first time in 10 years, the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets (10-1) played a home game in the postseason and took care of business by defeating Meadow Bridge, 22-16. Their reward is a another home game with 14th-ranked Magnolia (7-4) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“I’ve been trying to bring back the tradition like it used to be,” said sixth-year Moorefield coach Josh See. “Last week’s win was very satisfying not only for the team, but for the community as well. It’s been a long time since they got to experience that and it showed.
“The place was electric and the crowd was phenomenal.”
See is seeking to resurrect a program which appeared in eight straight state championship games from 1996-2003. Six times, the Yellow Jackets walked off with the title.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets can cause headaches since the offense runs 27 different formations.
“We are no-huddle, but we are not Oregon fast,” See said. “Running that many formations was just instilled in us from our championship days. It’s difficult to prepare for 27 different formations in one week.
“They do this in middle school, so when they come to us we’re just adding to what they already know. It’s worked for us when we went to Wheeling Island eight straight years, and when I got the job I stuck with it.”
‘Limiting’ Meadow Bridge running back Jake Parker to 137 yards rushing felt like a huge accomplishment for Moorefield’s defense. The Yellow Jackets scored the final 14 points of the game and shut out the Wildcats in the second half.
“The third quarter was all Moorefield,” See said. “We came out and our offense drove down the field to tie the game at 16. The next drive, they bobbled a pitch and (Lawrence) Schoonover jumped on it. We were able to score quick after that.
“That changed the entire emotion and the electricity of the place. We played a little stall ball with them and they couldn’t really move the sticks. We were just lucky enough to roll out of there with a win.”
Schoonover is Moorefield’s mainstay at tailback. Dakota Vetter starts at quarterback and lets his offensive line control the game up front.
“Our entire offensive line – they look like five trash cans,” See said. “They are not very tall, but they are real wide. They are all strong and move real well.
“They’ve been opening up holes for Schoonover all year long and done a great job of it.”
Defensively, Moorefield relies on Brandon Riggleman, who has registered more than 100 tackles from his tackle position. Schoonover plays middle linebacker and lets opposing players he is present. Shane Myers is a slot receiver on offense who doubles as a cornerback that has picked off nine passes.
“We know Magnolia has another great running back and a good passer,” See said. “Obviously, they have a lot of tradition around Magnolia as well. I’m kind of excited to see them on film and see if we can come up with a gameplan for them.”