High school football playoff roundup
Martinsburg 61, Morgantown 0
MARTINSBURG — Dewayne Grantham ran for three touchdowns, Travis Bagent threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg rolled to a 61-0 victory over Morgantown.
The Bulldogs posted their fourth playoff shutout in five postseason contests over two seasons.
Martinsburg held Morgantown without a first down and limited the Mohigans to negative yardage for the game.
The tone was set at the beginning as Morgantown lost a fumble onits first play, and Martinsburg scored a touchdown on its first play, Bagent hooking up with Jarod Bowie on a 21-yard pass play.
Capital 63, Wheeling Park 21
CHARLESTON — Kerry Martin Jr. threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more Friday night to lift No. 6 Capital to a 63-21 victory over No. 11 Wheeling Park in a Class AAA playoff opening-round game at University of Charleston Stadium.
Martin completed 13 of 21 passes for 139 yards, finding Chance Knox, K.J. Figures and Anthony Pittman with scoring strikes. Martin also rushed 10 times for 170 yards, breaking off TD runs of 45 and 52 yards, both in the second quarter as Capital (8-4) took the lead at halftime 28-7.
For the Patriots (6-5), quarterback Cross Wilkinson hit on 20 of 31 passes for 260 yards and one TD and Donnie Evans had two short scoring runs. T.J. Reed caught five passes for 81 yards and Jack Stakem had six receptions for 67 yards for Park.
University 37, Spring Mills 7
MORGANTOWN — The UHS defense held the Cardinals to 30 yards of total offense in the second half, outscoring SMHS, 27-0, in the second half as the No. 3 Hawks won, 37-7, on Friday night. UHS (11-0) quarterback Clay Bailey found Amir Richardson wide open on their first play from scrimmage for a 52-yard touchdown. Bailey finished with 171 yards passing and also led the team in rushing, with 48 yards. Spring Mills’ (5-6) touchdown was scored by Mason Williams on a pass from QB Trenton Kerns with 25 seconds left in the first half. Kerns had 94 yards through the air. UHS advanced to play No. 6 Capital next week, in Morgantown.
Spring Valley 31, George Washington 0
SPRING VALLEY — No. 4 Spring Valley overcame penalties and a slow start totaling 17 second-quarter points to pull ahead for a win over visiting No. 13 George Washington Friday night.
The Wolves were penalized eight times in the first half stymiling the offense. Both teams remained scoreless after one.
It took a 30-yd Mitchell Hall field goal with 6:26 in the secnd quarter. After stopping the ensuing GW, Spring Valley finally got the offense going.
Quarterback Derek Johnson ripped off a 63-yard run and Owen Chafin rumbled 17 yards to the goal line.
Quarterback Will Adkins entered the game and hit a streaking Karsey Wilder with a 46-yard touchdown strike as time expired. It was all Spring Valley would need.
Malashevich added a 35-yd punt return and Owen Chafin rumbled in from 7 yards out for a score as well in the second half.
Spring Valley held a 31-0 lead with 6:25 in the fourth before the Wolves pulled its starters.
Winfield 29, James Monroe 0
LINDSIDE — The 11th-ranked Winfield Generals generated 457 yards of offense and held No. 6 James Monroe to 78 net yards in a dominant 29-0 road win in Lindside in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
The two teams had met last fall on the same field with James Monroe holding on for a first-round playoff victory.
Zach Britton ran for 163 yards on 22 attempts for Winfield (9-2) and scored the game’s first and last touchdowns. Ben Clark added 102 yards on eight carries.
Senior quarterback Andrew Huff threw to Brian Fisher for one score, ran another across and added a two-point conversion. He was 10 for 16 passing for 94 yards.
Grant Mohler ran 10 times for 31 yards for James Monroe (8-3). The Mavericks were 5 of 12 passing for 57 yards. The Generals intercepted three passes, one each by Cameron Brooks, Kenneth Cooper and Patrick Luikart.
Monroe Mohler had one interception for James Monroe. His older brother Grant forced a fumble and recovered it.
Bluefield 46, Braxton County 14
BLUEFIELD — Mookie Collier rushed for 107 first half yards on only four carries, including a 26-yard touchdown run, also getting a 48-yard scoop and score on defense and the Beavers rolled to a 46-14 win over Braxton County in Class AA playoff action.
Truck Edwards reached the end zone on scoring runs of 11 and 12 yards and his brother Juice Edwards scored on TD runs of 4 and 54 yards.
Quarterback Chandler Cooper also had a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ronnel Blevins.
Running back Seth Arnold led Braxton County (7-4) with 132 yards on 23 carries, including a 1-yard TD run to cap scoring in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Heath Cottrill broke the Eagles’ scoring drought witha 7-yard TD pass to Tayton Stout with two minutes remaining in the thirdd period.
Bluefield (10-1) will advance to play the winner of today’s game between Point Pleasant and Philip Barbour.
Liberty 27, Nicholas County 7
CLARKSBURG — After Nicholas County scored on its opening possession, the Liberty Mountaineers scored 27 unanswered points, defeating the Grizzlies, 27-7, in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
A 25-yard touchdown run by Nick Kiser put the Grizzlies (8-3) up 7-0 early, but Broderick Lantz returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to tie the game.
From there, Lantz and Dalton Westfall helped Liberty (9-2) control the clock while the defense did not allow another score the rest of the way.
Westfall rushed for a game-high 201 yards with touchdown runs of 4 and 68 yards. Lantz pitched in 81 rushing yards while Seth McKinney completed 3-of-3 passes for 49 yards with a touchdown strike to Seth McIntyre.
Nicholas County QB Jared Sagraves completed 6-of-19 passes for 78 yards with two interceptions.
Liberty will player the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 1 Mingo Central and No. 16 Robert C. Byrd.
Fairmont Senior 34, Keyser 12
FAIRMONT — Connor Neal passed for 159 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 25 TD passes with zero interceptions for the year, and Fairmont Senior, the No. 4 seed in Class AA, cruised to a 34-12 victory over Keyser.
Bryson Gilbert, who went over 4,000 rushing yards for his career in the second half, carried 12 times for 143 yards and scored two touchdowns, one on a rush and one on a reception.
The Polar Bears, runners-up in Class AA last year, scored the first 27 points of the game.
Brady Ours had 37 rushing yards to lead the Golden Tornado despite hand and rib injuries.
Summers County 28, Webster County 0
UPPER GLADE — Tucker Lilly ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third as Class A No. 11 Summers County knocked off No. 6 Webster County 28-0 Friday night.
Lilly gained 84 yards, including touchdown runs of 4 and 12 yards. He also completed 6 of 14 passes for 40 yards. Tim Persiani had a 10-yard TD reception.
Summers (7-4) will move to the quarterfinals against the winner of Saturday’s Fayetteville at Midland Trail game.
Both of 9-2 Webster County’s losses came at the hands of the Bobcats.
South Harrison 58, Richwood 19
CLARKSBURG — Freddy Canary set a Class A preliminary round playoff record with 368 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns to lead No. 2 South Harrison past No. 15 Richwood, 58-19, on Friday night at Robert C. Byrd High School.
The Hawks dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, finishing with 521 rushing yards, yet led by just two at 21-19, late in the second quarter.
The Lumberjacks scored all 19 of their points in the second quarter on three touchdown passes from Caleb Jantuah to Michael McGee covering 53, 68 and 39 yards.
South Harrison’s Nate Wright countered the final TD reception by McGee with a 59-yard touchdown run to give the Hawks a bit of breathing room and they added a 15-yard TD catch by Brent Barnette from Wright to take a 35-19 halftime lead.
South Harrison outscored Richwood, 23-0 in the second half, allowing just two first downs.
Canary scored on TD runs of 15, 41, 4, 58 and 22 yards en route to finishing with his 368 yards on 32 carries. The previous record was 325 yards.
The Hawks advance to take on No. 10 Wheeling Central next week in the quarterfinals.
Wheeling Central 34, Cameron 20
CAMERON — Curtis McGhee III rushed 21 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 86 yards and a score to Jalen Creighton as Wheeling Central pulled away from Cameron to set up a date next week with South Harrison.
Bray Price and Dawson wear also rushed for touchdowns for the Maroon Knights.
Andrew Richea rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown for Cameron.