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Prep Football Roundup

Photo by Neal Smith Fort Frye’s Brian Adkins (21) looks for running room thanks in part to teammate Eric Isner’s (55) block on a Williamstown opponent during the Cadets’ 49-7 win over the Yellowjackets.

DODDRIDGE COUNTY AT RITCHIE COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Doddridge County 27, Ritchie County 18

Doddridge County (3-0) results: d. Tyler Consolidated, 40-0; d. Calhoun County, 47-0; d. Lincoln County (AAA), 31-0

Ritchie County (2-1) results: d. Magnolia, 26-0; d. Wahama, 35-6; d. Ritchie County, 34-26

Key Doddridge County players: RB/LB Reece Burnside, TE/DL Connor Cunningham, WR/S Hunter Jenkins

Key Ritchie County players: TB/DB Gus Morrison, QB/S Ethan Haught, C/T Connor Shaffer

Keys to victory: Ritchie needs to recharge in a hurry as it hops from one rivarly game in St. Marys to another in Doddridge County. The Rebels finding their defensive identity might not be a bad idea, either. They face a Doddridge County team surely happy where it is after a 31-0 win over Class AAA Lincoln County one week ago.

The fact this game is at home may be a little solace to Rick Haught’s crew. Believe it or not, this is the first game at Chuck Schoenfield Stadium in 2020. Emotions likely will be running high as the Rebels take to the grass field in front of their own fans for the first time in three weeks. If they get caught up in the moment however things could turn sour quickly. Bobby Burnside’s crew enters the game having scored over 40 points against their first two Class A foes this season. They also are slightly similar to St. Marys in that numerous skill position kids can take control of the game. However, the Bulldogs have more speed and more explosiveness at the point of attack than the Blue Devils.

Haught and company must limit the big plays.

Meanwhile, Doddridge County simply needs to keep playing as they have over the first three weeks of the season.

CALHOUN COUNTY

AT ST. MARYS

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: St. Marys 35, Calhoun County 20

St. Marys (3-0) results: d. Alexander (Ohio), 42-6; d. Grafton, 33-6; d. Ritchie County, 34-26

Calhoun County (0-3) results: lost to Valley (Wetzel), 33-26; lost to Doddridge County, 47-0; lost to Tyler Consolidated, 42-6

Key St. Marys players: QB/LB Brennan Boron, FB/LB Cyle West, DE Shawn Boley

Key Calhoun County players: QB/DB Ian Persinger, OL/DL Luke Basnett, TE/DB Danny Kargol

Keys to victory: Calhoun County has to find a way to right the ship after last week’s debacle against Tyler Consolidated. Because St. Marys and head coach Jodi Mote have no problem sending the Red Devils to a fourth straight loss, none at all.

The only problem for the visiting Devils comes in the form of St. Marys’ talent at the skill positions. If they struggled with the Silver Knights one week ago, it is likely they will struggle with the Blue Devils and their large stable of play makers. Maybe Calhoun can catch its host eyeing a big rivalry game with Williamstown next week, but even then they are going to need some help.

WIRT COUNTY AT

TYLER CONSOLIDATED

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Tyler 28, Wirt 14

WCHS (2-0) results: d. Gilmer, 32-0; d. Webster, 76-6

TCHS (2-1) results: lost to Doddridge, 40-0; d. South Harrison, 34-6; d. Calhoun, 42-6

Key WCHS players: RB Garrett Parsons, QB Dylan Lowe, LB Logan Powell

Key TCHS players: QB Trenton Huffman, RB Hunter Throckmorton, RB Case Landis

Keys to victory: After going from 1-1 to 2-0 following a blowout win of Webster and the Trinity game being ruled a no-contest, Wirt County is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2011.

The Tiger defense will play a big part in the game as the orange and black are led by Logan Powell’s 2.5 sacks while Dylan Toler and Kevin Lockhart have 1.5 sacks apiece.

TCHS has the ability to score quickly, but sustained drives and ball security could be the difference.

Wirt’s 76 points last week were both a school record and the programs 501st win according to fourseasonsfootball.com. The Tigers scored 75 points in 2009 versus Gilmer.

TYGARTS VALLEY AT GILMER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet.

TVHS (3-0) results: d. Tucker, 34-6; d. Webster, 59-0; d. Valley, 59-16

GCHS (2-1) results: d. Webster, 53-6; lost to Wirt, 32-0; d. Wahama, 40-24

Key TVHS players: QB Josh Bright, RB Caden Boggs, RB Daniel White

Key GCHS players: QB Ean Hamric, RB Max Hulse, WR Avery Chapman

Keys to victory: Big bonus points are on the line for the Titans come Friday night at Morris Stadium.

Hamric and Chapman hooked up for three touchdown passes last week at Wahama while Hamric and Max Hulse each surpassed 100 yards on the ground.

Chapman finished with five grabs for 141 stripes and the Titans’ most important key could be getting up early like they did against the White Falcons by scoring the first two six-pointers.

Tygarts Valley has a sizable roster advantage and the Titans can’t allow Bright to sit in the pocket and find his receivers.

ROANE COUNTY

AT BRAXTON COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Braxton 44, Roane 14

RCHS (1-2) results: lost to Lincoln County, 33-14; lost to Clay, 16-14; d. Ravenswood, 32-0

BCHS (1-2) results: lost to Lewis, 1-0; lost to Liberty (Raleigh), 26-20; d. East Fairmont, 20-0

Key RCHS players: QB Layne Epling, RB Austin Hawkins, WR Ethan Collins

Key BCHS players: QB Jett Cogar, RB Drew Pritt, RB Justin Paletti

Keys to victory: Roane County, which has inserted Layne Epling at quarterback after losing junior Shadraq Greathouse, eyes a winning streak and a 2-2 record.

Things won’t be easy as the host Eagles finally got their first win last week against East Fairmont.

The Raiders need to keep a balanced attack and can’t afford turnovers on the road.

SUMMERS COUNTY AT RAVENSWOOD

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet.

SCHS (2-1) results: lost to Greenbrier West, 34-6; d. Shady Spring, 26-7; d. Mt. View, 21-0

RHS (0-3) results: lost to Buffalo, 21-6; lost to Williamstown, 61-7; lost to Roane, 32-0

Key SCHS players: RB Markis Crawford, RB/K Logan Fox, RB Landon Richmond

Key RHS players: QB Ben Queen, RB Isaiah Casto, WR Shawn Banks

Keys to victory: Ravenswood’s defense, which has been led by Ethan Lane’s five tackles for loss and two blocked kicks, knows what’s coming.

Summers will look to use a bevy of backs to try and run the ball all evening long at Flinn Field.

The Red Devils need to find some offensive consistency and be opportunistic in order to avoid an 0-4 start.

FRONTIER AT MAGNOLIA

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Frontier 47, Magnolia 13

Frontier (4-0) results: d. Southern, 42-6; d. Beallsville, 66-8; d. Bridgeport, 50-6; d. Cameron, 44-18

Magnolia (0-3) results: lost to Ritchie, 26-0; lost to Shadyside, 50-20; lost to River, 47-14

Key Frontier players: FB/LB Noah Barnhart; OL/DL Gaige Bowersock; QB J.D. Schmidt

Key Magnolia players: RB Jason Beisel; RB Charlie Powell; QB Brendan Mirandy

Keys to victory: Frontier is on a roll through four games and shows no signs of slowing down. Quarterback J.D. Schmidt and the passing game is clicking, while the backfield of Noah Barnhart and Slade Amos dominated in last week’s win against Cameron.

Defensively, Frontier’s allowed six, eight, six and 18 points through four games, so this will be a tall order for the Blue Eagles.

WEIR AT MARIETTA

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not play

Weir (0-3) results: lost to John Marshall, 48-6; lost to Frankfort, 37-26; lost to Linsly, 42-7

Marietta (1-3) results: lost to Warren, 28-6; lost to Williamstown, 34-28; d. Athens, 24-20; lost to Parkersburg, 34-20

Key Weir players: QB Anthony DeMatteis; WR Gage Reitter

Key Marietta players: WR/DB Tony Munos; WR Tyson Shaffer; QB Reece Gerber

Keys to victory: Marietta should be able to put up points against a Weir defense that has yet to allow less than 37 points in a game. The key will be the Tigers’ defense, which is surrendering 29 points per game. If Marietta prevents Weir from hitting big plays, the orange and black should come away with its second win of the season.

WATERFORD AT TRIMBLE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Trimble 37, Waterford 0

Waterford (2-2) results: lost to Fort Frye, 22-6; d. South Gallia, 61-0; d. Southern, 59-6; lost to Eastern, 10-8

Trimble (4-0) results: d. Nelsonville-York, 34-28; d. Eastern, 10-7; d. Belpre, 41-0; d. Southern, 57-0

Key Waterford players: RB Holden Dailey; DB Jake Pantelidis; TE/DE Jude Huffman

Key Trimble players: QB Tabor Lackey; Blake Guffey

Keys to victory: After a tough loss to Eastern last week, Waterford needs a win against Trimble this week to stay in the TVC Hocking race. Trimble, though, has allowed seven points combined in its last three games. The Tomcats boast one of the top defenses in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Waterford will need to generate some offense while minimizing mistakes.

FORT FRYE AT WELLSTON

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Wellston (3-1) results: d. River Valley 41-6, d. Nelsonville-York 24-12, d. Alexander 40-0, lost to Gallia Academy 19-14

Fort Frye (4-0) results: d. Waterford 22-6, d. Warren 27-20, d. 26-0, d. Williamstown 49-7

Wellston key players: QB/SS Jeremiah Frisby

Fort Frye key players: QB/OLB Ian Ellis, C/LB Dylan Hart

Keys to victory: Fort Frye is picking up where it left off in 2019. With Ian Ellis under center and All-Ohio LB Dylan Hart on offense and defense, respectively, the Cadets have enough firepower to create difficult matchups for the Golden Rockets. As a result, Fort is averaging 31 points per game.

That’s where Wellston’s own QB, Jeremiah Frisby needs to step up. FFHS’s defense, led by Hart, is allowing a bit more than eight points per game. Frisby and the offense need a bigger showing than they had in last week’s lost against Gallia Academy.

That’s starts with their signal-caller.

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