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Prep Football Roundup

Photo by Neal Smith Williamstown quarterback Brayden Modesitt prepares to move around a teammate during a play in a win against St. Marys.

WILLIAMSTOWN AT

SUMMERS COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Williamstown (3-1) results: d. Marietta, 34-28; d. Ravenswood, 61-7; lost to Fort Frye, 49-7; d. St. Marys, 20-7

Summers County (3-1) results: lost to Greenbrier West, 34-6; d. Shady Spring, 26-7; d. Mount View, 21-0; d. Ravenswood, 27-7

Key Williamstown players: RB/LB Trevor Oates, OL/DL Leewood Molessa, FB/LB Rickie Allen

Key Summers County players: RB/LB Markis Crawford, WR/DB Keandre Sarver

Keys to victory: One week after picking up an emotionally charged win over rival St. Marys, Williamstown needs to refocus fast for their trip to Hinton. Awaiting Chris Beck and company is an offense unlike any, outside of perhaps Marietta, the Yellowjackets have seen this season.

Chris Vicars group’s passing attack has the potential to cause plenty of problems for Williamstown’s young secondary. Multiple different looks from not only under center, but from the gun, pistol, or anything else means the ‘Jackets likely will never now what is coming … almost all the time. However, what they can expect is a good dose of Markis Crawford and Keandra Sarver. The duo leads the team in yards gained rushing and receiving, respectively.

Another strong showing from both of Williamstown’s trench units along with some timely big plays will go a long way in helping the Yellowjackets return home with its fourth win of the season.

Moorefield

at Ritchie County

Game time: 6 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet.

MHS (2-1) results: d. Pocahontas County, 38-6; lost to East Hardy, 6-0; d. Tucker County, 44-28

RCHS (3-2) results: d. Magnolia, 26-0; d. Wahama, 35-6; lost to St. Marys, 34-26; lost to Doddridge, 9-8; d. Ravenswood, 41-6

Key MHS players: QB Branson See, RB Matthew Jenkins, WR/K Atikilt Tamiru

Key RCHS players: QB Ethan Haught, RB Gus Morrison, WR Graden McKinney

Keys to victory: It will be a showdown of top-20 Class A programs when Moorefield heads into Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium for a rare 6 p.m. Friday kick.

The No. 19 Rebels, who ended a two-game skid last week, won’t have it easy versus the 15th-rated Yellow Jackets. MHS hasn’t played since winning at Tucker on Sept. 18.

This affair could come down to costly turnovers and if it’s close MHS boasts a solid kicker in Tamiru. The Rebels were supposed to play host to South Harrison.

Gilmer County at

Pendleton County

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet.

GCHS (3-2) results: d. Webster, 53-6; lost to Wirt, 32-0; d. Wahama, 40-24; lost to Tygarts Valley, 44-21; d. Frontier, 26-18

PCHS (2-2) results: d. Wyoming East, 28-0; lost to Petersburg, 20-14; lost to Greenbrier West, 40-20; d. Cameron, 34-20

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

Key PCHS players: QB Isaiah Gardiner, WR Braden McClanahan, RB Dalton Dunkle

Keys to victory: Another matchup of top-20 single-A schools, the small-rostered Titans will be out to surpass their win total from a year ago.

Thomas Cogar’s Titans, who enter the fray rated 14th and were going to play at Roane County before it was called off, are coming off a solid win against Frontier. However, Gilmer is also dealing with some illness this week.

Gilmer’s secondary could be challenged considering Gardiner and McClanahan hooked up three time for scores last week. Pendleton enters with a No. 18 rating.

Cameron at

Tyler Consolidated

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

CHS (2-3) results: d. Hundred, 60-6; d. Valley (W), 34-22; lost to Frontier, 44-18; lost to East Fairmont, 31-14; lost to Pendleton County, 34-20

TCHS (2-3) results: lost to Doddridge, 40-0; d. South Harrison, 34-6; d. Calhoun, 42-6; lost to Wirt, 40-18; lost to Buffalo, 38-8

Key CHS players: QB Colson Wichterman, WR Isaac Ball, RB Jourdan Presto

Key TCHS players: QB Trenton Huffman, RB Case Landis, WR Caleb Strode

Keys to victory: A pair of teams needing to get hot in order to have a shot at the Class A playoffs will collide with both seeking victory number three of the campaign.

The Silver Knights must contain dual-threat signal-caller Colson Wichterman, who has rushed for nine scores this year and also has thrown six TD passes to Isaac Ball.

In order for TCHS to even its record, the hosts must find a way to run the football. Last week versus Buffalo, the Silver Knights had just 39 yards rushing on 21 attempts.

MAN

AT CALHOUN COUNTY

Last year’s result: Did not play

Man (1-1) results: lost to Wheeling Central Catholic 19-0, d. Mingo Central 28-24

CCHS (0-4) results: lost to Valley 33-26, lost to Doddridge County 47-0, lost to Tyler Consolidated 42-6, lost to St. Marys 60-8

Man key players: RB Josh Moody, WR/CB Justin Grimmett

CCHS key players: WR/DB Levi Richards, OL/DT Luke Basnett

Keys to victory: Calhoun is still searching for its first win under John Persinger, and to do that, the Red Devils need to establish the run game. That starts with one of the leaders on the o-line, Luke Basnett. The Hillbillies have only played twice in 2020, and RB Josh Moody looked to be in midseason form during MHS’s win over Mingo Central. Both offenses need quick starts in this one, as CCHS looks to finally break through, and Man could build off its win from last week.

BERKELEY SPRINGS AT MAGNOLIA

Last year’s result: Did not play

BSHS (0-4) results: lost to Keyser 61-33, lost to Washington 40-6, lost to Frankfort 41-0, lost to Greenbrier East 56-22

MHS (1-4) results: lost to Ritchie County 26-0, lost to Shadyside (Ohio) 50-20, lost to River (Ohio) 47-14, d. Frontier (Ohio) 40-8, lost to Monroe Central (Ohio) 41-21

BSHS key players: QB/DE Shawn Ott, RB/OLB Paul Crone

MHS key players: QB Silas McKeever, RB Jason Beisel

Keys to victory: Coming at a combined 1-8, something’s got to give. On both sides of the ball, BSHS and Magnolia have struggled, but a boost in all-around offensive production is the biggest factor in this one. The Blue Eagles have a deep stable of running backs, but making QB Silas McKeever comfortable could go a long way. Berkeley Springs has its own QB/RB combination to spotlight, and the senior duo of Shawn Ott and Paul Crone need to show up to help carry the load on Friday.

MARIETTA

AT WILMINGTON

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Marietta (2-4) results: lost to Warren, 28-6; lost to Williamstown, 34-28; d. Athens, 24-20; lost to Parkersburg, 34-20; d. Weir, 36-34; lost to Ripley, 28-26

Wilmington (2-3) results: d. East Clinton, 21-0; d. Goshen, 21-14; lost to New Richmond, 35-14; lost to Western Brown, 40-34; lost to Clinton-Massie, 56-21

Key Marietta players: WR/DB Tony Munos; RB/LB Zach Bartlett; OL/L Carson Urban

Key Wilmington players: RB Kendal France; RB Thad Stuckey; QB Peyton Hibbard

Keys to victory: In a battle of two-win teams, this playoff battle likely will come down to which side can establish its gameplan more effectively.

Wilmington has only scored more than 21 points in a game once this season, and likely will try to slow down the tempo and limit Marietta’s possessions.

Marietta, conversely, has allowed 28 points in five of its six games, with four of those being one-score games. The Tigers are no strangers to shootouts.

Both teams have some good athletes and playmakers, the best likely being Marietta’s Tony Munos (614 receiving yards; 112 rushing yards). If Marietta can get him going, they should have the advantage.

FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN

AT FRONTIER

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Fairfield Christian (2-4) results: d. Green, 39-8; lost to Berne Union, 54-0; lost to Grove City Christian, 19-18; lost to Fisher Catholic, 14-6; lost to Worthington Christian, 31-0; d. Rosecrans, 22-14 (OT)

Frontier (4-2) results: d. Southern, 42-6; d. Beallsville, 66-8; d. Bridgeport, 50-6; d. Cameron, 44-18; lost to Magnolia, 40-8; lost to Gilmer County, 26-16

Key Fairfield Christian players: QB Zi’Year Pardon; WR Samuel Rauch; RB Julius Wilson

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

Keys to victory: Fairfield Christian has struggled offensively this season, scorin six or less points in three games.

Frontier’s last two games have less than stellar, falling to Magnolia and Gilmer County by a combined score of 66-26. Prior to that, the Cougars couldn’t be stopped.

If Frontier can get back on track, getting Noah Barnhart and Slade Amos going on the ground, getting quarterback J.D. Schmidt in rhythm and having the defense limit big plays, Frontier should secure its first ever playoff victory.

MILLER

AT WATERFORD

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Waterford 46, Miller 7

Miller (2-4) results: d. Rosecrans, 40-6; lost to Worthington Christian, 31-0; d. Federal Hocking, 39-0; lost to Berne Union, 41-18; lost to Grove City Christian, 13-6; lost to Fisher Catholic, 17-0

Waterford (3-3) results: lost to Fort Frye, 22-6; d. South Gallia, 61-0; d. Southern, 59-6; lost to Eastern, 10-8; lost to Trimble, 14-0; d. Belpre, 42-7

Key Miller players: QB Blayton Cox; RB Calib Russell; WR Kylan McClain

Key Waterford players: QB Grant McCutcheon; RB Holden Dailey; OL/DL Haden Offenberger

Keys to victory: Waterford’s offense struggled against a pair of really good defenses in Eastern and Trimble. Ouside of that, the Wildcats have moved the ball well this season.

Miller has some talent, but its defense isn’t on the level of Eastern or Trimble, so Waterford should be able to move the ball effectively as well as hit on some big plays.

The Wildcats also have plenty of playoff experience over the past few seasons which should give them an advantage.

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