High School Football Week Three Roundup
Wirt County 27, Gilmer County 2
ELIZABETH — Garrett Parsons rushed for three 1-yard touchdowns and, a week after nabbing five interceptions, Nathan Murray returned a pick 73 yards for a TD to help Wirt County beat Gilmer County 27-2 Friday.
Gilmer County got on the board with 4:05 left in the game, tackling Wirt in its own end zone for a safety.
Parsons led the Tigers (2-1) with 57 yards on 15 carries. Parsons also recorded nine tackles. Logan Powell added seven tackles including two for a loss while Dylan Toler also had a pair of TFLs.
The Tigers are back in action next Friday at Parkersburg Catholic. The Titans also are at Catholic for their next game, but not before a bye week next week.
Riverside 28, Ripley 26
BELLE — Griffin Key’s two-point conversion following a Caden Easterling 40-yard scoring run proved the difference here Friday night.
Riverside’s defense forced an incomplete pass on Ripley’s two-point try with 46 seconds left in the game as the Vikings fell to 1-2 on the season.
Kadin Hill’s 2-yard scoring jaunt set up the attempt as the running game played a big part in the game all evening. Both teams combined for 548 rushing yards on 102 attempts.
Easterling scored twice in his 124-yard effort on 21 carries. Dalton Myers tallied 134 yards on 14 attempts in the loss.
Ripley looks to climb back above .500 versus Marietta at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Don Drumm Stadium.
Shadyside 44, Magnolia 8
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Silas McKeever grabbed a 37-yard touchdown pass from Caden Cisar with no time left to avoid a shutout here Friday night as host Magnolia was upended by Shadyside, 44-8.
The Blue Eagles, now 0-2 with a home game next Friday versus River, were led on the ground by Jason Beisel’s 20 attempts for 67 yards. Cisar finished 6 of 21 for 83 yards with McKeever hauling in two passes for 82 stripes.
Doddridge County 65, Calhoun County 0
WEST UNION — Six different Doddridge County players scored touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over Calhoun County, 65-0, Friday night at Cline Stansberry Stadium.
Dylan Knight and Noah Bumgardner both found the end zone three times each as Doddridge County improved to 3-0.
Knight’s scores came on short jaunts not far from the goal line. Bumgardner’s were scoring hookups with Griffin Devericks. The senior wideout caught scoring balls of 59, 9 and 62 yards on the evening.
The Bulldogs’ defense then never let their visitors get going as Calhoun gained only 87 yards total on the evening.
Warren 66, Meigs 28
VINCENT — Kurt Taylor, Josh Welch and the entire Warren offense came to play in a 66-28 victory over Meigs Friday night.
Taylor put up monster passing numbers, going 23 for 32 for 476 yards and seven touchdowns. Both the yards and TD passes were school records for a single game.
Welch was Taylor’s top target, catching four balls for 130 yards and three scores. Brandon Simoniette channeled his playmaking abilities as well, hauling in eight passes for 142 yards and two TDs, while Brett Gandee went off for six catches and 144 yards.
In all, Warren amassed 669 total yards of offense in the game to improve to 2-1.
Brayden Gerber led Warren with 71 yards on 10 carries while John Shoup added 51 yards on six rushes.
Frontier 46, Bridgeport 0
NEW MATAMORAS — The Frontier offense scored early and often while the Cougar defense was tenacious in Friday night’s 46-0 rout of the visiting Bridgeport Bulldogs.
Cougar sophomore quarterback J.D. Schmidt passed for 254 yards and four touchdowns, three of those coming in the opening half to senior Logan Brookover, as Frontier improved to 3-0 on the season.
Brookover hauled in seven passes in the game for 143 yards while senior tailback Joel Lewis tallied 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 10 carries in his first game of the season.
The Frontier defense allowed Bridgeport (0-3) just 70 total yards and three first downs.
Tanner Bills hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Schmidt and Noah Barnhart had a 10-yard touchdown run in the second half to round out the Cougar scoring.
Frontier travels to Cameron next Friday night.
Belpre 42, Miller 7
CORNING — Jeremy Weaver had a big night for the Belpre Golden Eagles, rushing 19 times for 296 yards and four touchdowns as Belpre defeated Miller 42-7 Friday night.
Belpre (1-2) got 4 and 9-yard touchdowns from Weaver to open up a 14-0 lead with 7:15 left in the first half.
Miller (1-2) got on the board thanks to a touchdown pass by Colby Bartley, but Weaver quickly responded with a 60-yard TD run to go back up two scores.
It was all Belpre from there as Connor Baker scored on a 14-yard touchdown run, Weaver ran in from 42 yards out and Jordan Harrington carried for a 1-yard score.
Nick Godfrey chipped in 86 yards on 10 carries while Cody Daugherty added 47 yards on five totes.
The Golden Eagles return home next week against Wahama.
South Harrison 28, Parkersburg Catholic 21
LOST CREEK. — Parkersburg Catholic threw for three touchdowns, but four turnovers didn’t help the cause for the Crusaders here Friday night as host South Harrison came away with a 28-21 victory.
Nick Stricker’s 16-yard TD reception from Xavier Collie made it a 14-7 game at halftime, but Landon McFadden hauled in the Hawks’ lone reception of the game in the third quarter — a 21-yard score from Jared Robinson — for a 20-7 cushion entering the fourth.
Stricker opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 41-yard scoring strike from Jeb Boice, who led the visitors with 20 rushes for 66 yards. However, McFadden found paydirt again, this time on a 9-yard scamper, to give SHHS (1-2) a 28-14 cushion.
The Crusaders, now 1-2 with a home game next Friday night at Parkersburg’s Stadium Field versus Wirt County, dented the scoreboard once more when Jalen Brunny had a 25-yard catch from Boice. Clayton Dexter’s third extra point set the final score.
McFadden finished with game-highs of 25 rushes for 124 yards.
Stricker had three grabs for 109 stripes and Brunny had three receptions for 45 yards.
Clay County at Roane County
SPENCER — Friday night’s game between Clay County and Roane County was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at County Stadium. A Raider player passed out on the field.