Prep Football Roundup

WIRT COUNTY AT GILMER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Wirt 36, Gilmer 28

Wirt County (1-1) results: lost to Calhoun County, 16-6; d. Paden City, 35-16

Gilmer County (0-2) results: lost to Clay County, 53-14; lost to Richwood, 37-0

Key Wirt County players: RB Trent Richards, QB Dylan Lowe, WR A.J. Garrett

Key Gilmer County players: RB Joey Frame, QB Ean Hamric, OL/DL Anthony Harper

Keys to victory: A year ago in this tilt, Wirt County managed to hang on to win its homecoming game.

In what could be another tight affair, special teams and especially the kicking game could play a huge factor on the turf at Morris Stadium.

Aside from turnovers, the winner of this game most likely will be the program which can open up some holes for their respective running games.

MAGNOLIA AT SHADYSIDE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Shadyside 14, Magnolia 13 (2OT)

Magnolia (1-1) results: d. Sherman, 24-0; lost to Williamstown, 20-8

Shadyside (1-1) results: lost to East Liverpool, 14-7; d. Monroe Central, 55-0

Key Magnolia players: QB Pat Mirandy, RB Jason Beisel, WR Sebastian Stickler

Key Shadyside players: QB Anthony Coggins, RB Connor Banco, WR Kelly Hendershot

Keys to victory: Magnolia lost a heart-breaker in 2017 at Alumni Field and the Tigers will be prepared for this one at Fleming Field as they eye a win streak.

MHS head coach Dave Chapman’s squad has to take care of the football in order to have a shot at victory this evening. Last week during a loss to Williamstown the Blue Eagles had five turnovers and were flagged 10 times.

The Blue Eagles need to make some plays in the passing game with Mirandy, continue to play strong defense and control the clock with Beisel at tailback.

DODDRIDGE COUNTY AT CALHOUN COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Doddridge County 56, Calhoun County 0

Doddridge County results: def. South Harrison, 52-14; def. Tyler Consolidated, 62-43

Calhoun County results: def. Wirt County, 16-6; lost to Notre Dame, 28-8

Key Doddridge County players: RB/DB Hunter America, WR/DB Griffin Devericks, QB/P Tanner Lett

Key Calhoun County players: RB/LB Travis Richards, QB/LB Adam Parsons, RB/LB Dalton McCune

Keys to victory: Shutting down the multi-faceted offense of Doddridge County is the tall assignment Calhoun County’s D is tasked with Friday night. The Bulldogs are averaging 57 points per game so far.

A strong first quarter is a must for the Red Devils. Bobby Burnside’s offense has stuck the ball in the end zone twice in each opening period the first two games. Calhoun doesn’t have the offense to play from behind the whole contest.

Shutting down Hunter America, who has 12 rushing touchdowns and 648 ground yards, wouldn’t hurt either. Calhoun fans should expect a big dose of the junior running back as he stays in bounds and keeps the clock ticking down on Bulldog drives.

This could add pressure to an already young Red Devils’ offense. If the defense manages to slow down the green and gold attack, points must be the end result of each offensive drive.

ST. MARYS AT

ROANE COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s results: Did not meet

St. Marys’ results: lost to Scott, 21-14

Roane County results: lost to Liberty (Harrison), 42-22; lost to Lincoln County, 37-6

Key St. Marys’ players: QB/DB Dylan Patterson, RB/LB Jacob Hoyt, WR/DB Lucas Lipscomb

Key Roane County players: QB/S Danny Bush, OL/DL Christian Love, RB/DB Isaac Ryan

Keys to victory: One thing is known for sure about this matchup: Someone is picking up their first win of the season Friday night.

Roane County comes in with a bad taste in its mouth after a 31-point loss to Lincoln, while St. Marys couldn’t complete a comeback against Scott.

Taking a physical running game right at the visiting and young Blue Devils should be the top priority for Raider coach Paul Burdette. Jodi Mote’s team isn’t as big as its been in the past. Roane County’s Josh Huffman, a 5-11, 217 lbs running back, could have a field day.

FRONTIER AT RITCHIE COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Frontier 22, Ritchie 6

Ritchie County (1-1) results: d. Tyler Consolidated, 24-22; lost to Parkersburg Catholic, 32-28

Frontier (1-1) results: lost to Shenandoah 60-14; d. Beallsville, 61-6

Key Ritchie County players: QB Dakota Wayne; TE/DE Tatem McCloy; TB/S Trey Moss

Key Frontier players: QB/LB Lane Snyder; RB/LB Joel Lewis; WR/DB Kaylb McQueary

Keys to victory: Ritchie County lost a close fight last week against Parkersburg Catholic, which eventually broke away with the victory by utilizing its ground game. This week the Rebels will have to use the notes they took from the Catholic game when going up against Frontier ,which will be coming to Ritchie County’s home turf with two solid running backs. Joel Lewis from Frontier will be coming in on a hot streak having scored three touchdowns against Beallsville with 258 yards.

VAN AT PADEN CITY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

2017 result: Van 66, Paden City 12

Van (1-0) results: Van 23, Meadow Bridge 22

Paden City (0-2) results: lost to Parkersburg Catholic, 47-14; lost to Wirt County, 35-16

Key Paden City players: RB Matt Saxon, TE Jason Anderson, QB Michael Shreves

Keys to victory: While Van squeezed past Meadow Bridge 23-22 in week 1 and was off last week, Paden City has gone 0-2 in absorbing significant setbacks from both Parkersburg Catholic and then Wirt County last week.

The Wildcats only put up two TDs versus Wirt with Matt Saxon returning a Wirt kickoff for a touchdown and gathering in a scoring strike for six points.

Paden City needs to put up more points on the scoreboard to have any shot at winning, not just this Friday, but the rest of the season.

And if last season is any indication of how Friday night might turn out, last year’s result of this matchup was Van 66, Paden City 12.

RIVERSIDE AT RIPLEY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

2017 result: Riverside 33, Ripley 28

Riverside (0-2) results: lost to Woodrow Wilson, 21-6; lost to Huntington, 24-8

Ripley (1-1) results: lost to Parkersburg South, 27-7; d. Buckhannon-Upshur, 27-12

Key Ripley players: RB R.J. Evans, QB Cyrus Casto, RB Dalton Myers, FB Jeremy Harper, WR Evan King, K Davisson Flint

Keys to victory: Ripley squared its mark at 1-1 last week, besting Buckhannon-Upshur on the road, and the Vikings will finally be at home this Friday night versus winless Riverside.

Ripley did a number on the Buck-Ups last week to the tune of 301 total yards, all but 30 on the ground as R.J. Evans led the infantry-stripe attack with 115, while the Viking “D” handled the Buckhannon offense, surrendering just 164 yards total.

This week for Ripley, it’s the 0-2 Warriors, but that’s not a magical win for the Vikings as Riverside has so far come up against teams that are both unbeaten that the Warriors did hang in there with to bow by only 15 and 16 points.

Ripley might have improved since game 1, but look out for Riverside on Friday.

WARREN AT

POINT PLEASANT

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Point Pleasant 54, Warren 7

Warren (0-2) results: lost to Athens, 51-26; lost to Marietta, 55-21

Point Pleasant (2-0) results: d. Mingo Central 42-35; d. South Garrison, 58-7

Key Warren players: WR/DB Brandon Simoniette; QB Kurt Taylor; RB Tyler Schafer

Key Point Pleasant players: QB Carson Payne; WR Josh Wamsley; RB Nick Parsons

Keys to victory: Warren has shown some promise in the passing game the last two weeks with quarterback Kurt Taylor tossing six touchdown passes. But the Warriors will have to get it going before late in the second half if they want to keep up with Point Pleasant, which has put up 42 and 58 points in each of its first two games.

MILLER AT BELPRE

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Miller 21, Belpre 0

Miller (1-1) results: lost to Berne Union, 26-0; d. Wahama, 40-0

Belpre (0-2) results: lost to Fort Frye, 42-14; lost to Trimble, 35-0

Key Miller players: QB Colby Bartley; WR Kylan McClain; RB Devon Crabtree

Key Belpre players: RB Jesse Collins; QB Connor Baker; TE Foster Brand

Keys to victory: Belpre has faced two good defenses so far this season and will it three on Friday when it plays Miller, which has yet to surrender a point this season. The focus for the Golden Eagles will be to get Jesse Collins going on the ground and Connor Baker going through the air. On defense, Belpre will try to contain QB Colby Bartley and RB Devon Crabtree after both produced big games in a 40-0 win over Wahama last week.

SHENANDOAH AT BEAVER LOCAL

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Shenandoah (1-1) results: d. Frontier, 60-14; lost to Bellaire, 38-14

Beaver (1-1) results: d. Wellsville, 35-6; lost to West Branch, 50-7

Key Shenandoah players: Chase Chicwak (LB), Boone Jones (QB)

Key Beaver players: Ethan Lewis (QB), Payne Allen (TE)

Keys to victory: Both schools will be looking for a bounce-back win. Zeps have a couple of All-Ohio honorees in Chicwak and Jones.

CALDWELL AT

TUSCARAWAS

CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Caldwell (1-1) results: lost to Buckeye Trail, 28-13; d. Eastern, 38-6

Tuscarawas (1-1) results: lost to Greensburg Central (Pa.), 41-7; d. Grove City Christian, 14-6

Key Caldwell players: Drew Ivey (RB); Tanner DeVolld (QB), Caden Moore (RB)

Key Tuscarawas players: Alex Price (QB), Nathan Price (WR/DB)

Keys to victory: Ivey is tough to bring down, and the Redskins always seem to play well at the Noble County Fairgrounds. Could be a long bus ride for the Saints back to New Philadelphia.

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