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Prep Football Capsules

Photo by Neal Smith Williamstown’s Brayden Modesitt, left, looks to pass during a high school football game last week against Marietta. Williamstown won, 34-28.

DODDRIDGE

COUNTY AT

CALHOUN COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Doddridge County 65, Calhoun County 0

Calhoun County (0-1) results: lost to Valley (Wetzel), 33-26

Doddridge County (1-0) results: defeated Tyler Consolidated, 40-0

Calhoun County key players: QB/RB/DB Ian Persinger, C/DL Levi Allen, QB/RB/LB Levi Richards

Doddridge County key players: RB/LB Dylan Knight, QB/DB Jared Jones, OL/DL Adam Burnside

Keys to victory: Calhoun County needs to be ready for a Doddridge team that wasted no time showing it was out to make a return to Wheeling Island Stadium. The Red Devils must play a near perfect game and hope for some mistakes along the way from the Bulldogs. There’s no other way they can take advantage of being at home.

Bobby Burnside’s Doddridge squad appears less than cooperative when it comes to the Red Devils wants. Bulldog play makers didn’t put the ball on the ground at all against the Silver Knights last Friday. No turnovers against Tyler Consolidated makes sense as the Bulldogs ran the ball with three dependable running backs in Reece Burnside, Simon James, and Dylan Knight. Stopping those backs and limiting their opportunities to cause damage is a top priority for Johnny Persinger’s group.

If they are unable to accomplish said mission, it is likely the Bulldog unleash their full offensive attack in Mt. Zion and walk away with an easy victory.

GRAFTON AT

ST. MARYS

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s result: Did not play

Grafton (1-0) results: d. East Fairmont, 20-0

St. Marys (0-1) results: d. Alexander (Ohio), 42-6

Key Grafton players: N/A

Key St. Marys players: RB/LB Ben Long, TE/DB Jayson Clayton, OL/DE Wyatt Norman

Keys to victory: One week after grabbing a pretty big upset, the Blue Devils again are the perceived underdogs. Jodi Mote’s crew has a chance to pick up some big points if they can find a way to score against a spotless Grafton defense. Given the Blue Devils dearth of skill position players, this shouldn’t be too hard.

Of course, the Bearcats could shake things up if they are able to rattle the young offensive line of the Blue Devils. As for the visitors offense putting points on the board, it is going to be hard sledding against a Jay Powell defense whose confidence likely grew leaps and bounds following last weeks game.

WIRT COUNTY AT GILMER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Wirt 27, Gilmer 2

Wirt (0-1) results: lost to Trinity, 1-0

Gilmer (1-0) results: d. Webster, 53-6

Key Wirt players: RB Garrett Parsons, WR Nathan Murray, FB Logan Powell, QB Dylan Lowe

Key Gilmer players: QB Ean Hamric, RB Kyle Moss, WR Eljiah Facemire, WR Avery Chapman

Keys to victory: Gilmer County rolled in its opener while the Wirt County football team wasn’t allowed to compete and took a forfeit to Trinity, which will be appealed next week to the WVSSAC.

The orange and black will enter the fray a tad upset about not playing the Warriors, but must remain focused as the Titans have the skill players to put points on the board in a hurry.

The Tigers will need to find a running game and keep the ball out of Gilmer County’s possession along with playing solid defense.

Gilmer’s offense, which didn’t score in this tilt a year ago, should be boosted by playing on the turf at Morris Stadium.

RITCHIE COUNTY AT WAHAMA

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

Ritchie (1-0) results: d. Magnolia, 26-0

Wahama (0-1) results: lost to Madonna, 50-20

Key Ritchie players: QB Ethan Haught, RB Gus Morrison, DE Dakota Wayne

Key Wahama players: RB Kase Stewart, RB Andrew Roush, QB Sawyer Vanmeter

Keys to victory: The fifth all-time meeting between the two programs and first since 1989 will take place inside Bachtel Stadium as the host White Falcons are coming off a lopsided defeat where they allowed more than 400 yards passing.

The Rebels, who are 2-2 against Wahama, prefer more of a ground attack and showed they are ready to eye another postseason berth following a shutout win at Magnolia.

Playing in Mason is rarely easy and Wahama isn’t likely to make nine turnovers this week.

With both teams preferring to run the ball, the Rebels need to rely on their defense for a 2-0 start.

MARIETTA AT

ATHENS

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

Marietta (0-2) results: lost to Warren, 28-6; lost to Williamstown, 34-28

Athens (1-1) results: d. Alexander, 20-13; lost to Vinton County, 28-20

Key Marietta players: QB Reece Gerber, WR Tony Munos, RB Zach Bartlett, WR Tyson Shaffer

Key Athens players: QB Joey Moore, WR Brayden Whiting, RB Peyton Gail

Keys to victory: Two teams who will be anything but happy will collide inside Joe Burrow Stadium.

Athens’ loss last week snapped a 12-game winning streak versus Vinton County and the Bulldogs will be out for some redemption.

The Tigers lost a tough one at Williamstown last week and will need to control the trenches while putting some heat on Moore.

If Marietta can take advantage of its skill position players and create room for Bartlett to run the ball, the Tigers could taste their first victory.

VAN AT

PADEN CITY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Paden City 23, Van 18

Van (0-1) results: lost to Liberty (Raleigh), 52-8

Paden City (0-1) results: lost to Federal Hocking, 50-22

Key Van players: RB Brady Green, RB Byron Stewart, QB Kalen Booth

Key Paden City players: QB Zane Yeater, RB Joey Baker, OL Gavin Lewis

Keys to victory: After both teams allowed at least 50 points in their respective opener, getting a few stops and winning the turnover battle will be paramount.

Paden City is currently riding a seven-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, who likely will try and pound the football.

Van, which is still playing without key offensive lineman/linebacker Slade Amos who has a broken arm, attempted just two passes last week.

WARREN AT LOGAN

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Warren (1-1) results: d. Marietta, 28-6; lost to Fort Frye, 27-20

Logan (0-2) results: lost to Jackson, 48-14; lost to Amanda-Clearcreek, 17-12

Warren key players: QB Kurt Taylor; WR/DB Evan Gandee; NG Jake Welch

Key Logan players: RB Traten Poling; QB Ian Frasure; WR Caden McCarty

Keys to victory: Though winless, Logan has played a tough early season schedule.

The Chieftains have lost to two undefeated teams, including hard fought 17-12 affair against Amanda-Clearcreek last week. They’re big up front and have impressive athletes, and will be chomping at the bid for their first win.

Warren lost 27-20 to a tough Fort Frye squad last week. The Cadets did significant damage in the run game, and the Warriors will need to improve in that area this week to beat Logan.

BELPRE AT

TRIMBLE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Trimble 46, Belpre 0

Belpre (1-1) results: lost to Shenandoah, 48-7; d. Southern, 27-6

Trimble (2-0) results: d. Nelsonville-York, 34-28; d. Eastern, 10-7

Key Belpre players: RB Connor Baker; WR Walker Feick; OL/DL Collin Alloway

Key Trimble players: QB Tabor Lackey; WR Todd Fouts; LB Tucker Dixon

Keys to victory: Trimble won its 22nd straight TVC Hocking game on a late field goal by Blake Guffey last week.

The Tomcats are really good again this season, and have an impressive quarterback in Tabor Lackey, who hurt the Eastern Eagles through the air and on the ground last week.

Belpre will have its hands full this week, but if the Golden Eagles’ defense can get stops and limit big plays like Eastern did, they’ll have a shot at the end.

WATERFORD AT SOUTHERN

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Waterford 42, Southern 12

Waterford (1-1) results: lost to Fort Frye, 22-6; d. South Gallia, 61-0

Southern (0-2) results: lost to Frontier, 42-6; lost to Belpre, 27-6

Key Waterford players: RB Holden Dailey; FB/LB Joe Pantelidis; QB Grant McCutcheon

Key Southern players: RB Chase Bailey; Josiah Smith; Josh Stansberry

Keys to victory: Waterford has a very good defense, and going up against a Southern team that has scored six points in each of its first two games, the Wildcats will be licking their chops in this one.

Look for linebacker Joe Pantelidis to be all over the field.

LINCOLN COUNTY AT RIPLEY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Lincoln County (1-0) results: d. Roane County 33-14

Ripley (1-0) result: d. Buckhannon-Upshur, 42-0

Key Lincoln County players: RB Isaiah Smith; QB Gabe Yates; WR William Phillips

Key Ripley players: RB Joey Ramsey; RB Kadin Hall; QB Ty Stephens

Keys to victory: This matchup pits two teams who ran the ball with a lot of success in week one.

Lincoln County’s Isaiah Smith ran for more than 200 yards on just 13 carries in a week one win over Roane County. Ripley saw Kadin Hall rush for more than 100 yards, while Joey Ramsey scored two rushing touchdowns and had 85 yards in a victory against Buckhannon-Upshur.

Look for both teams to try to establish the run game going in this one. Whichever team has more success stopping the run on defense will have the advantage.

CLAY COUNTY AT ROANE COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Didn’t finish

Clay County (1-0) results: d. Philip Barbour, 54-0

Roane County (0-1) results: loss to Lincoln County, 33-14

Key Clay County players: QB Grank Krajeski, WR Caleb Atha, WR Dalton Anderson, RB Andrew Adkins

Key Roane County players: QB Layne Epling, WR Skyler Delk, RB Austin Hawkins

Keys to victory: After dropping the season opener on the road to Lincoln County, Roane County has the opportunity to bounce back when the Clay County Panthers head to Spencer on Friday night.

Raider running back Austin Hawkins had a big game last week, having a team high of 150 rushing yards and a 66-yard rushing TD as well. QB Layne Epling was thrown in the starting spot after Shadraq Greathouse went down with an injury, and had a respectable showing. Going four for 10 with 77 passing yards and a 33-yard TD to wide receiver Skyler Delk.

After throwing 30 total TD’s last season, Panther QB Grant Krajeski started the season tossing three in the 54-0 blowout win versus Philip Barbour in week one. Wide receiver Caleb Atha should be the Panthers main option down the field, as he had two TD’s in the win.

MAGNOLIA AT SHADYSIDE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Shadyside 44, Magnolia 8

Magnolia (0-1) results: loss to Ritchie County, 26-0

Shadyside (0-2) results: loss to Martins Ferry, 22-16; loss to Bellaire, 20-13

Key Magnolia players: QB Silas McKeever, RB Jason Beisel, RB Marcus Barnes,

Key Shadyside players: QB Rhys Francis, WR Mason VanNest, WR Skyler Delk, RB Wyatt Reiman

Keys to victory: For the second straight time, Magnolia will have to play on the road when they face Shadyside on Friday night.

Magnolia will need a better showing from the offense if they want to avoid starting 0-2 for the second year in a row, being held under 100 total yards in the 26-0 loss to Ritchie County.

QB Silas McKeever was the Blue Eagles leading rusher with 45 yards and expected running backs Jason Beisel and Marcus Barnes to receive their fair share of carries from the backfield. The Tigers of Shadyside will also be looking to secure its first win of the 2020 season, dropping the first two games both by six points.

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