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Prep Football Roundup

ST. MARYS

AT MAGNOLIA

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last years result: St. Marys 40, Magnolia 6

St. Marys (5-1) results: d. Alexander, 42-6; d. Grafton, 33-6; d. Ritchie County, 34-26; d. Calhoun County, 60-8; lost to Williamstown, 20-7; d. Wirt County, 26-7

Magnolia (1-5) results: lost to Ritchie County, 26-0; lost to Shadyside, 50-20; lost to River, 47-14; d. Frontier, 40-8; lost to Monroe Central, 41-21; lost to Berkeley Springs, 53-22

Key St. Marys players: TE/DL Cyle West, WR/DB Logan Rice, DE/OL Riley Boley

Key Magnolia players: WR/DB Brendan Mirandy, RB Jason Beisel, QB Silas McKeever

Keys to victory: Magnolia’s only win this season came when Frontier didn’t have its two best players.

St. Marys will have its two best players and more when the two teams meet at Bill Stewart Stadium Friday night. Jodi Mote and company are bringing a fully equipped offense and defense to the matchup against the Blue Eagles.

They can hurt Doc Chapman’s team on the ground or through the air. Blue Eagle players and coaches must be ready for the Blue Devils to try and stretch their offensive legs one week after being kept in check against Wirt County. All of Magnolia’s offensive firepower needs to be clicking if it is to pull the upset, too.

TYGARTS VALLEY AT RAVENSWOOD

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last years result: Did not play

Tygarts Valley (5-1) results: d. Tucker County, 34-6; d. Webster County, 59-0; d. Valley (Wetzel), 59-16; d. Gilmer County, 44-21; d. Richwood, 62-13; lost to Elkins, 39-34

Ravenswood (0-5) results: lost to Buffalo, 21-6; lost to Williamstown, 61-7; lost to Roane County, 32-0; lost to Summers County, 27-7; lost to Ritchie County, 41-6

Key Tygarts Valley players: RB/DB Caden Boggs, RB/LB Daniel White

Key Ravenswood players: RB/LB Isaiah Casto, RB/DB Shawn Banks, G/DT Ethan Lane

Keys to victory: Buckle up, Ravenswood.

This could be a bumpy ride.

Tygarts Valley likely isn’t happy with last week’s five-point loss to Elkins ending their attempt at perfection. If the Red Devils aren’t ready for their visitors than things could get ugly and quickly. Head coach Rodney Bright and company want to get back on the winning track.

They hope to do so by giving Ravenswood heavy doses of Caden Boggs and Daniel White. Very few teams have had answers for the duo. If Eric Hupp and company do have a solution, they best use it early and often. Same as the first five games of the season, the Red Devils can’t afford to let their opponents pull away from them in any meaningful manner.

Expect Hupp and company to utilize the hard running of Isaiah Casto and Shawn Banks to melt some clock and limit their visitors possessions.

RITCHIE COUNTY AT WEBSTER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Ritchie County 62, Webster County 34

RCHS (4-2) results: d. Magnolia 26-0, d. Wahama 35-6, lost to St. Marys 34-26, lost to Doddridge County 9-8, d. Ravenswood 41-6, d. Morefield 28-21

WCHS (0-6) results: lost to Gilmer County 53-6, lost to Tygarts Valley 59-0, lost to Wirt County 76-6, lost to Greenbrier West 73-6, lost to Clay County 79-0, lost to Meadow Bridge 68-22

RCHS key players: RB Gus Morrison, WR Graden McKinney

WCHS key players: RB Payton McCourt

Keys to victory: A well-rounded Ritchie County Rebel team travels to Upper Glade with lots of scoring on the mind. Since dropping a defensive contest to Doddridge County, head coach Rick Haught’s team has scored 69 combined points over the last two weeks. Multiple skill players are responsible for this, and it starts with Gus Morrison at tailback. Graden McKinney is also a key threat for QB Ethan Haught’s offensive firepower. Webster County finally scored in double-digits in last week’s loss to Meadow Bridge, but that’s about it. In order to keep up with the Rebels, the winless Highlanders need production from running back Payton McCourt to have an opportunity to put points on the board.

Calhoun County at Gilmer County

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Calhoun 28, Gilmer 14

Calhoun (0-4) results: lost to Valley (Wetzel), 33-26; lost to Doddridge, 47-0; lost to Tyler, 42-6; lost to St. Marys, 60-8

Gilmer (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

Key Calhoun players: QB Ian Persinger, RB Grant Sterns, RB Levi Richards

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

Keys to victory: These two Little Kanawha Conference rivals are just glad to be playing football.

Gilmer County, which is currently rated No. 12 in Class A, last played two weeks ago and earned a victory versus Ohio playoff squad Frontier.

Calhoun County and first-year head man Johnny Persinger last competed in a 60-8 setback on Sept. 25 to St. Marys.

The Red Devils, who doubled up the Titans in this affair last fall, must find a way to slow down Hamric and sustain some scoring drives.

Wirt County at Wahama

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

Wirt (3-2) results: d. Gilmer, 32-0; d. Webster, 76-6; d. Tyler, 40-18; lost to Doddridge, 33-7; lost to St. Marys, 26-7

Wahama (3-3) results: lost to Madonna, 50-20; lost to Ritchie, 35-6; lost to Gilmer, 40-24; d. Hannan, 50-14; d. Hundred, 67-22; d. Montcalm, 66-29

Key Wirt players: RB Garrett Parsons, WR Kolton Parsons, FB Logan Powell

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

Keys to victory: Wahama and head coach James Toth are hoping to make a second-half run into the Class A postseason.

The White Falcons, who are always tough to beat in Mason at Bachtel Stadium, are riding a three-game winning streak while the Tigers of head man Jason Hickman enter having lost two straight.

Wirt County, which is rated 15th, is coming off quality setbacks to Doddridge County and St. Marys.

If the Tiger defense comes to play and the orange and black can get a running attack going it could make things difficult for Wahama.

SPRING MILLS

AT RIPLEY

Game time: 7 p.m.

Last year’s result: Did not play

SMHS (4-2) results: d. Washington 55-42, d. Hampshire 55-7, d. Jefferson 52-28, lost to Frankfort 21-20 (OT), d. Hedgesville 56-0, lost to Martinsburg 82-27

RHS (3-1) results: d. Buckhannon-Upshur 42-0, d. Lincoln County 21-7, lost to Lewis County 29-13, d. Marietta (Ohio) 28-26

SMHS key players: QB Keon Padmore-Johnson, RB Jacob McCarren

RHS key players: RB Kadin Hall, RB Joey Ramsey

Keys to victory: This game was thrown together due to the pandemic, but it’s got everything a fan of scoring likes. For the Vikings, the duo of Kadin Hall and Joey Ramsey each rushed for more than 100 yards and a score. Those points proved to be crucial, as the Vikings came away with a two-point victory. Production out of the RHS backfield is key. As for the Cardinals, they had to play the Martinsburg machine in a loss. However, a kick return for a touchdown from RB Jacob McCarren gave them a spark. Dual-threat QB Keon Padmore-Johnson was kept in check by the Bulldogs, but he could be primed for a bounce back against Ripley.

John Glenn

at Warren

Game time: 7 p.m. Saturday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

John Glenn (4-3) results: lost to Meadowbrook, 20-13; lost to Sheridan, 20-0; d. River View, 37-14; d. Maysville, 26-0; d. Philo, 28-24; lost to Tri-Valley, 41-13; d. Circleville, 41-22

Warren (6-1) results: d. Marietta, 28-6; lost to Fort Frye, 27-20; d. Logan, 28-14; d. Meigs, 41-0; d. Union Local, 35-0; d. Fairfield Union, 59-13; d. Columbus East, 45-0

Key John Glenn players: QB Noah Winland, RB Noah Wellmeier, RB Anthony Perkins, WR Colt Emerson

Key Warren players: QB Kurt Taylor, WR Evan Gandee, RB taylor Bowers, WR/K Joel Chevalier

Keys to victory: Field position, turnovers and special teams could prove to be big factors in this Saturday night Ohio Division IV, Region 15 playoff game as No. 9 John Glenn invades No. 8 Warren.

Warrior head coach Matt Kimes’ troops are coming off the school’s first playoff win, but this tilt could be their toughest of the season.

The Muskies of head man Matt Edwards bolted to a 41-0 lead last week and cruised past Circleville to once again reach the second round of the postseason. They have made the Ohio playoffs four straight years.

Although JGHS must try and figure out a way to slow down the record-breaking duo of Taylor-Gandee, the Warriors will be challenged in the trenches and must slow down Winland, who rushed 14 times for 163 yards and three scores last week.

WATERFORD AT RIVER

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Waterford (4-3) 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, 49-7; d. Miller, 42-7

River (4-2) results: lost to Bellaire, 28-14; d. Catholic Central, 42-14; d. Monroe Central, 28-6; d. Magnolia, 47-14; d. Barnesville, 27-0; lost to Shadyside, 27-25

Key Waterford players: FB/LB Joe Pantelidis; OL/LB Bailey McGraw; RB Holden Dailey

Key River players: RB Carter Dennis; QB Brody Lollathin; WR Brody Longwell

Keys to victory: In seven games this season, Waterford’s defense has allowed more than 14 points in a game just once.

The Wildcats’ D will be put to the test in this Friday’s second round playoff game against River, which is averaging 30.5 points per game.

The Pilots are led by talented running back Carter Dennis. Waterford will have to prevent Dennis from taking over the game.

FRONTIER AT SHADYSIDE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Frontier (5-2) 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, 26-18; d. Fairfield Christian, 54-13

Shadyside (3-3) results: lost to Martins Ferry, 22-16; lost to Bellaire, 20-13; d. Magnolia, 50-20; lost to Wheeling Central, 35-17; d. East Hardy, 21-7; d. River, 27-25

Key Frontier players: RB Slade Amos; QB J.D. Schmidt; FB/LB Noah Barnhart

Key Shadyside players: QB Rhys Francis; RB Mason Vannest; RB Wyatt Reiman

Keys to victory: Frontier will have to come ready to pla against a very solid Shadyside squad.

The Tigers’ 3-3 record is deceiving; they’ve played a tough schedule and will not be an easy out.

The Cougars need to limit turnovers, penalties, and big plays. Look for a heavy dose of Slade Amos and Noah Barhhart on the ground to try to grind the clock and keep the ball out of Shadyside’s playmakers’ hands.

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