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Prep Football Roundup

Photo by Jordan Holland St. Marys’ quarterback Brennan Boron (20) hands off the football to running back Tre Moss in a regular-season game against Williamstown. Boron, Moss, and company travel for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with South Harrison Friday in Lost Creek.

ST. MARYS AT

SOUTH HARRISON

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: St. Marys 25, South Harrison 8

St. Marys (6-1) 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; d. Magnolia, 41-7

South Harrison (2-3) results: lost to Liberty (Harrison), 38-0; lost to Tyler Consolidated, 34-6; lost to Grafton, 21-6; d. Hundred, 47-8; d. Valley (Wetzel), 46-24

Key St. Marys players: QB/LB Brennan Boron, RB/LB Tre Moss, WR/DB Logan Rice

Key South Harrison players: RB/DB Kaden Ryan

Keys to victory: South Harrrison hasn’t played in the last two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic stifling sports in Harrison County.

St. Marys has played both weeks and has picked up dominant victories by a combined score of 67-14.

When the two teams meet on Friday night, the Blue Devils need to be prepared to take advantage of this edge. South Harrison likely can’t just hop into game mode after being off the field for two weeks, and the Hawks haven’t faced the type of competition to prepare them for this contest either.

Wins over Hundred and Valley (Wetzel) hardly are the same as competing with St. Marys. The Blue Devils have too much firepower and know how to use it. Expect Jodi Mote and company to emerge with their seventh win of the season.

RAVENSWOOD AT CLAY COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Ravenswood (0-7) 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; lost to Tygarts Valley, 30-0; lost to Sherman, 19-14

Clay County (5-1) results: d. Philip Barbout, 54-0; d. Roane County, 16-14; d. Hedgesville, 35-3; lost to Liberty (Raleigh), 33-0; d. Webster County, 79-0; d. East Fairmont, 34-14

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

Key Clay County players: WR/DB Caleb Atha, QB Grant Krajeski

Keys to victory: Ravenswood needs to find a way to improve on their breakthrough against Sherman. Though the Tide captured a five-point victory, the Red Devils finally put more than one score on the board in a game this season.

It isn’t going to be easy against Clay County. Not in the slightest. Panther wins over a Class AAA team and a few solid Class AA teams have them riding high and in the thick of the playoff hunt. And in Class AA, it is best to be as high up in the rankings as possible to avoid a trip to Oak Glen, Frankfort or Bluefield in the opening round.

Grant Krajeski will test the Red Devils secondary early and often. His arm, which has helped him throw multiple touchdown passes in multiple games, is the weapon Clay likely will count on to make big things happen. When he sets his sights downfield, the ball is going deep or at least at a medium range pass. If these heaves get the offense rolling, it may be hard for Eric Hupp’s crew to stem the time. The Panthers are averaging 36.3 points per game.

PENDELTON COUNTY AT GILMER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m.

Last year’s result: Did not play

PCHS (3-2) results: d. Wyoming East 28-0, lost to Petersburg 20-14, lost to Greenbrier West 40-20, d. Cameron 34-20, d. Pocahontas County 34-9

GCHS (4-2) results: d. Webster County 53-6, lost to Wirt County 32-0, d. Wahama 40-24, lost to Tygarts Valley 44-21, d. Frontier (Ohio) 26-18, d. Calhoun County 65-0

PCHS key players: QB Isaiah Gardiner, RB Dalton Dunkle

GCHS key players: QB Ean Hamrick, WR Elijah Facemire

Keys to victory: When both teams are on offensively, it’s hard to keep up. That’s why this game is so important on that side of the ball. Pendelton County has outscored its opponents 68-29 over the last two weeks, as the Panthers look to bring their winning streak up to three in a row. When Gilmer grinded out a win against Frontier, that not only put them above .500. It set them up for easy pickings against Calhoun County. Using that momentum with the offense is paramount to a strong performance this week.

SHADY SPRING AT RIPLEY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s result: Did not play

SSHS (2-3) results: d. Nicholas County 29-27, lost to Summers County 26-7, lost to Independence 56-8, d. Pikeview 13-12, lost to Midland Trail 38-13

RHS (4-2) results: d. Buckhannon-Upshur 42-0, d. Lincoln County 21-7, lost to Lewis County 29-13, d. Marietta (Ohio) 28-26, lost to Spring Mills 43-14, d. Scott 28-0

SSHS key players: RB Adam Richmond

RHS key players: RB Kadin Hall, RB Joey Ramsey

Keys to victory: It’s a battle of the running backs in Ripley, as the duo of Hall and Ramsey keep on leading the Viking ranks. Even in the loss to Spring Mills, Ramsey found paydirt once and Hall ran for more than 100 yards. On the other side, Adam Richmond is the kind of all-purpose back needed for an up-and-down Shady Spring team to succeed, whether he’s catching passes in coverage or trucking defenders, he’ll be one to watch for the Tigers.

Tyler Consol.

at Magnolia

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Tyler 61, Magnolia 12

TCHS (2-5) 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; lost to Cameron, 34-26; lost to Williamstown, 41-6

MHS (1-6) results: lost to Ritchie, 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; lost to St. Marys, 41-7

Key TCHS players: RB Case Landis, RB Hunter Throckmorton, OL Jacob America

Key MHS players: RB Jason Beisel, QB Brendan Mirandy, WR Gavin Postlethwait

Keys to victory: Two rivals on losing streaks will collide Friday night at Alumni Field.

Magnolia, which was led by Jason Beisel’s 106-yard rushing effort last week, only trailed St. Marys 14-7 at the half but fell 41-7 to lose its third straight.

The Silver Knights, currently on a four-game skid, rolled in this contest last year.

MHS, which has a 22-5 overall series lead and never has lost consecutive games in a series that started in 1993, needs to put a full four quarters together and limit turnovers.

The best bet for TCHS is to limit any big plays from Beisel and try to take control at the point of attack.

Wahama at

Calhoun County

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

WHS (3-4) 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; lost to Wirt, 47-12

CCHS (0-5) results: lost to Valley (W), 33-26; lost to Doddridge, 47-0; lost to Tyler, 42-6; lost to St. Marys, 60-8; lost to Gilmer, 65-0

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

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

Keys to victory: Calhoun County and first-year head coach Johnny Persinger are running out of chances to register win number one.

After going three weeks without a game, things didn’t go well for the Red Devils in a lopsided loss last week to Gilmer.

Wahama will try to even its record as the White Falcons are the last home opponent for the Red Devils.

Calhoun has to figure out a way to move the football as the Red Devils will try to even the all-time series record at 4-4-1.

The last time these two teams met was when the Bryan Sterns-led Red Devils beat the White Falcons 28-0 in 2005 at Mt. Zion. The lone 6-6 tie came in the first meeting back in 1962 at old Underwood Field in Grantsville.

CAMBRIDGE

AT MARIETTA

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Cambridge 42, Marietta 20

Cambridge (4-4) results: d. Indian Creek, 24-20; lost to New Philadelphia, 41-10; d. Shenandoah, 35-8; lost to Lima Central Catholic, 56-41; d. Bellaire, 31-20; lost to Carrollton, 40-7; d. Linden McKinley, 55-14; lost to Heath, 34-7

Marietta (2-6) 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; lost to Wilmington, 56-14; lost to Portsmouth, 34-28

Key Cambridge players: QB Caden Moore; RB Kaden Kenworthy; RB Logan Mobelini

Key Marietta players: QB Reece Gerber; WR/DB Tony Munos; RB/LB Zach Bartlett

Keys to victory: Last week, mistakes plagued Marieta in a six-point loss to Portsmouth.

That’s been the story of the season for the Tigers. When they can avoid shooting themselves in the foot and limit those big mistakes, they can hang with a lot of teams. Cambridge will be no exception.

The Bobcats play a physical brand of football, and Marietta will have to match that.

CALDWELL AT WATERFORD

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Caldwell (4-3) results: d. Eastern, 34-20; lost to Shenandoah, 14-6; lost to Fort Frye, 26-0; d. Monroe Central, 36-33; d. Berne Union, 18-13; d. Conotton Valley, 34-8; lost to Eastern, 26-14

Waterford (4-4) 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; d. Miller, 49-0; lost to River, 7-6

Key Caldwell players: QB/DB Braxton Dudley; RB/LB Caden Moore; OL/DL T.J. Wehr

Key Waterford players: G/LB Bailey McGraw; TE/DE Jude Huffman; RB/LB Holden Dailey

Keys to victory: In each of its four losses this season, Waterford has been held to eight points or less. In the Wildcats’ four wins, they’ve scored at least 42 points each time.

The key for Waterford is being able to get its offense going early offense, whether it’s hitting on big plays or sustaining long drives.

Look for Caldwell to try to grind the clock, limit Waterford’s offensive possessions and try to turn this game into a low-scoring affair.

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