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Prep Football Roundup

FRONTIER

AT ST. MARYS

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not play

Frontier (5-3) 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; PLAYOFFS: d. Fairfield Christian, 54-13; lost to Shadyside, 48-14

St. Marys (7-1) results: d. Alexander, 42-6; d. Grafton, 33-6; d. Ritchie County, 34-26; d. Calhoun County, 34-26; lost to Williamstown, 20-7; d. Wirt County, 26-7; d. Magnolia, 41-7; d. South Harrison, 54-6

Key Frontier players: RB/LB Slade Amos, RB/LB Noah Barnhart, OL/DE Gaige Bowersock

Key St. Marys players: QB/LB Brennan Boron, OL/DL Aaron Stahl, RB/LB Darrien Bortey

Keys to victory: St. Marys needs a win to keep up in the race for two home playoffs games when the Class A postseason rolls around.

Frontier has a chance to make that victory difficult for the Blue Devils.

Russ Morris’ team being eager to get the taste of a tough playoff loss to Shadyside out of its mouth is a perfect mood for this contest. Whether they can or not depends entirely on the Cougars’ skill position players matching their hosts’ skill position players’ big plays strike for strike. If Jodi Mote and company’s offense runs wild, then this could be a long day for the visiting group.

Once the Blue Devils get going offensively, Mote opening up the playbook really puts his opponent in a tight spot.

On the flip side, Wirt County and Williamstown both showed that the Blue Devils can at times struggle when asked to put together lengthy scoring drives. Frontier definitely wants to attempt to follow in the Tigers’ and Yellowjackets’ footsteps. Should the Cougars defense, led by Noah Barnhart, Slade Amos and Gaige Bowersock, make life hard for the Blue Devils, then there should be a chance at the end for the Morris’ group to steal a victory.

GILMER COUNTY AT RITCHIE COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Ritchie Couty 66, Gilmer County 26

Gilmer County (5-3) results: d. Webster County, 53-6; lost to Wirt County, 32-0; d. Wahama, 40-24; lost to Tygarts Valley, 44-21; d. Frontier, 26-18; d. Calhoun County, 65-0; lost to Pendleton County, 47-20

Ritchie County (6-2) 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. Moorefield, 28-21; d. Webster County, 73-18; d. Roane County, 38-13

Key Gilmer County players: QB/LB Ean Hamric, RB/LB Kyle Moss, OL/DL Alex White

Key Ritchie County players: W/C Graden McKinney, E/E Dakota Wayne, TB/C Gus Morrison

Keys to victory: As the season winds down, mundo playoff points are on the line when teams with five-plus wins get together for a matchup.

The Titans and Rebels battle Friday night is no different.

Ritchie, who is sitting at 13th in the WVSSAC Class A ratings, needs a win to move closer to a home playoff game in the opening round. Gilmer, who sits at 20th, requires a victory to move back into the playoff picture.

Right now, the Rebels feel good about themselves after a dominant victory over Class AA Roane County. Meanwhile, the Titans are regrouping after a hard loss to Pendleton County.

Gus Morrison and the Rebels’ offense probably won’t give the Titans much time to regroup at Chuck Schofield Stadium. The high-powered unit surely plans to keep going with their high-scoring ways. Ean Hamric and company finding a way to keep up with the output is ideal. Only Doddridge County, Moorefield and Magnolia have held the Rebels to under 30 points this season. Even so, only the Bulldogs came out with the victory and that was on a late DJ Devinney field goal.

Thomas Cogar and company must find a way to keep this game close and maybe win it at the end.

DODDRIDGE COUNTY AT HERBERT HOOVER

Game time: 7 p.m.

Last year’s result: Did not play

DCHS (5-0) results: d. Tyler Consolidated 40-0, d. Calhoun County 47-0, d. Lincoln County 31-0, d. Ritchie County 9-8, d. Wirt County 33-7

HHHS (2-2) results: lost to Sissonville 28-21, d. Nitro 49-13, d. Man 42-12, lost to Moorefield 24-22

DCHS key players: RB Reese Burnside, DL Connor Cunningham

HHHS key players: QB Jacob Burns, RB Tyler Greer

Keys to victory: After three weeks off, the No. 1 team in Class A is back in action. Doddridge County travels to a similarly unfortunate Herbert Hoover in an attempt to shake off any rust over the past few weeks. Running back Reese Burnside leads the offensive charge while DC’s stout defensive unit looks to pick up where it left off against Wirt County. Connor Cunningham is one of those key contributors. HHHS’s running game will have its hands full on Friday, so the team’s senior backs need to step up.

Roane County at

Liberty (Harrison)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Roane 35, Liberty 12

Roane County (2-4) results: lost to Lincoln County, 33-14; lost to Clay, 16-14; d. Ravenswood, 32-0; lost to Braxton, 42-0; d. Grafton, 27-13; lost to Ritchie, 38-13

Liberty (4-2) results: d. South Harrison, 38-0; lost to Bridgeport, 63-0; d. Philip Barbour, 53-0; d. Grafton, 48-21; lost to Braxton, 20-14; d. Lincoln, 19-14

Key Roane County players: QB Shadraq Greathouse, RB Clyde Bauer, RB RB Ethan Collins

Key Liberty players: QB Nathan Ryan, RB Sayveon Beafore, FB Chayton Harris

Keys to victory: Roane County has a chance for a .500 season, but Liberty enters the fray rated No. 16 in Class AA.

The Mountaineers are led by tailback Sayveon Beafore, who scored twice during last week’s 19-14 victory versus Lincoln.

Roane County head coach Paul Burdette’s squad welcomed back signal-caller Shadraq Greathouse last week, but fell to Ritchie after having defeated Grafton earlier in the week.

The Raider defense has to find a way to not allow big plays as the ‘Eers will be out for revenge following last year’s loss in Spencer.

MARIETTA AT

COSHOCTON

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: did not meet

Marietta (3-6) 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; d. Cambridge, 35-21

Coshocton (5-3) results: lost to River View, 30-27; d. Morgan, 48-7; d. Crooksville, 49-21; lost to Meadowbrook, 36-28; d. West Muskingum, 36-16; d. New Lexington, 42-34; d. Zane Trace, 39-8; lost to Columbus Academy, 45-21

Marietta key players: WR/DB Tony Munos; QB Reece Gerber; OL/DL Carson Urban

Coshocton key players: RB Korbyn Haley; RB Brayden Johns; QB Kobe Rust

Keys to victory: First to score 40 wins.

This is matchup of two high-powered offenses who have had no trouble putting up points all season.

Tony Munos and Reece Gerber have been difficult to stop for opposing defenses, and if they keep that same connection Friday, Marietta has a shot to win.

However, Coshocton has plenty of weapons as well and the Tigers defense has had a hard time getting off the field in 2020.

This one could come down to who gets the ball last.

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