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High School Football Roundup

Photo by Neal Smith Williamstown linebacker Rickie Allen brings down Tyler Consolidated’s Sean Winfrey during the Yellowjackets’ 42-22 win over the Silver Knights last Friday in Kidwell. Allen and company welcome in Ohio Division VI power Fort Frye this week.

SOUTH HARRISON AT ST. MARYS

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: St. Marys 54, South Harrison 8

South Harrison (2-5) results: lost to Doddridge County, 20-0; d. Liberty (Harrison), 30-7; lost to Tyler Consolidated, 40-0; lost to Grafton, 28-20; lost to Gilmer County, 39-20; d. Valley (Wetzel), 26-6; lost to Ritchie County, 50-20

St. Marys (4-3) results: lost to Roane County, 6-0; d. Ravenswood, 30-14; lost to Ritchie County, 36-7; d. Calhoun County, 48-0; lost to Williamstown, 17-13; d. Wirt County, 22-6; d. Magnolia, 34-7

Key South Harrison players: RB/LB Noah Burnside, RB/DL Parker Bunch, WR/LB Aiden Moreno

Key St. Marys players: RB/DB Josh Roush, R/LB Noah Wince, FB/LB Sharkie Lewis

Keys to victory: With St. Marys sitting at No. 19 in the latest WVSSAC Class A ratings, Jodi Mote and company winning out is the best solution for them getting into the playoffs.

That path starts this week with South Harrison. But, there’s a twist. The Hawks too are fighting for their playoff lives as it appears .500 may make the playoffs. That makes them a desperate and dangerous team for the Blue Devils.

Expect Jodi Mote and company to turn to what has worked for them to this point of the season, and they walk out with a win. Last week, they ran over Magnolia 34-7 with running back Josh Roush running 27 times for 259 yards and four touchdowns, including an 89-yarder in the fourth. Noah Wince added the other touchdown. In other words, all cylinders are clicking for St. Marys on offense.

That spells doom for the Hawks.

MAGNOLIA at

TYLER CONSOL.

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Magnolia 22, Tyler Consolidated 14

Magnolia (1-5) results: d. Ravenswood, 43-27; lost to Wirt County, 27-14; lost to Monroe Central, 43-19; lost to Union Local, 26-23; lost to Frontier, 28-21; lost to St. Marys, 34-7

Tyler Consolidated (4-3) results: lost to Ritchie County, 28-12; lost to Doddridge County, 27-16; d. South Harrison, 40-0; d. Calhoun County, 46-14; d. Wirt County, 38-0; d. Buffalo, 35-0; lost to Williamstown, 42-22

Key Magnolia players: QB/S Brendan Mirandy, RB Marcus Barnes, RB Kaden Johnson

Key Tyler Consolidated players: RB/DB Sean Winfrey, QB/LB Trenton Huffman, WR/DB Jayden Helmick

Keys to victory: Sharing a spot in the Class A ratings with Week 10 opponent St. Marys, Tyler needs this game to set up a winner-take-all scenario with the Blue Devils. Once in, anything can happen and a win likely propels them into the playoffs.

But, they have to get there first. First up, the Blue Eagles. Doc Chapman’s team comes in battle tested and ready for their rivals. Tyler’s defense will be critical in keeping Marcus Barnes, Kadon Johnson and company at bay. Both players along with Patrick Mirandy can explode for big yards without a moments notice.

WIRT COUNTY AT RITCHIE COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet in regular season.

WCHS (4-4) results: d. Calhoun, 54-8; d. Magnolia, 27-14; lost to Gilmer, 39-12; d. Ravenswood, 24-14; lost to Tyler, 38-0; lost to Doddridge, 34-0; lost to St. Marys, 22-6; d. Wahama, 34-30

RCHS (6-1) results: d. Tyler, 38-12; d. Wahama 50-48 (2 OT), d. St. Marys, 36-7; lost to Doddridge, 29-26; d. Ravenswood, 53-28; d. South Harrison, 50-20; d. Webster, 61-0

Key WCHS players: RB Kolton Parsons, RB Chase Lowe, QB Brandon Richards

Key RCHS players: RB Gus Morrison, QB Ethan Haught, RB Brandon Riddle

Keys to victory: The two programs didn’t meet in the regular season, but Rick Haught’s Rebels ended the Tigers’ year last fall when Ritchie County bested the orange and black, 16-7, in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.

Wirt County kept its postseason hopes alive by defeating Wahama last week, but now head coach Jason Hickman’s squad has to figure out a way to upset the No. 8 Rebels.

The Tigers must find a way to keep Gus Morrison in check and also be able to move the ball with some consistency. Prior to last week’s 34-point outburst, the Tigers had scored 32 points the previoius five contests.

TUCKER COUNTY AT GILMER COUNTY

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Did not meet

TCHS (2-5) results: lost to Pocahontas, 34-12; d. Tygarts Valley, 16-14; lost to East Hardy, 46-0; lost to Moorefield 45-14; lost to Berkeley Springs, 31-28; d. Pendleton, 14-0; lost to Southern Garret, 28-6

GCHS (5-1) results: lost to East Hardy, 41-20; d. Webster, 54-14; d. Wirt, 39-12; d. Wahama, 40-20; d. South Harrison, 39-20; d. Calhoun, 46-0

Key TCHS players: QB Ethan Rosenau, RB Jared Reall, WR Maddox Anderson

Key GCHS players: QB Ean Hamric, WR Avery Chapman, RB Colton Hall

Keys to victory: The No. 9 Titans of head coach Cole Cogar will be out to secure their second win of the week after dispatching Calhoun County, 46-0, on Monday.

Returning first team all-state QB Ean Hamric has made teams pay with both his arm and feet. Also, squads have had an issue with trying to slow down wideout Avery Chapman.

As long as Gilmer County takes nothing for granted, the Titans should be able to do what they want offensively and cruise to their sixth win of the campaign.

CALHOUN COUNTY AT WAHAMA

Game time: 11 a.m. Saturday

Last year’s result: Wahama 45, Calhoun 14

CCHS (2-4) results: lost to Wirt, 54-8; d. Valley, 28-6; lost to Tyler, 46-14; lost to St. Marys, 48-0; d. Paden City, 44-13; lost to Gilmer, 46-0

WHS (3-4) results: lost to West Muskingum, 52-12; lost to Ritchie, 50-48 (2 OT), lost to Gilmer, 40-20; d. Tolsia, 37-20; d. Hundred, 60-14; d. Ravenswood, 26-7; lost to Wirt, 34-30

Key CCHS players: RB Grant Sterns, RB Ian Persinger, QB Owen Taylor

Key WHS players: QB Sawyer Vanmeter, RB Kase Stewart, WR Connor Lambert

Keys to victory: Wahama had a chance for a four-game win streak and a plehtora of ratings points last week, but the White Falcons came up short at Wirt County.

Head coach James Toth’s squad now needs to win their last three games to have a chance to reach the postseason.

The Red Devils of head man Johnny Persinger are playing their second game this week, but this contest was moved to 11 a.m. Saturday to help CCHS out with quarantine issues.

Wahama should be in solid shape if it can take care of the ball and the White Falcons will have the advantage of not having played on Monday night.

RAVENSWOOD AT BUFFALO

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s result: Buffalo 21, Ravenswood 6

Ravenswood (0-8) results: lost to Magnolia 43-27, lost to St. Marys 30-14, lost to Williamstown 35-8, lost to Wirt County 24-14, lost to Sherman 26-20, lost to Ritchie County 53-28, lost to Wahama 26-7, lost to Doddridge County 48-7

Buffalo (2-4) results: d. Greenbrier West 21-20, lost to Williamstown 49-6, lost to Roane County 22-3, lost to Man 20-6, lost to Tyler Consolidated 35-0, d. Tolsia 47-6

Key RHS players: WR Shawn Banks, RB Isaiash Casto

Key BHS players: RB Chase Lovejoy, LB Cameron Kearns

Keys to victory: Ravenswood’s offense needs to take a step in the right direction. Given its tough schedule, RHS hasn’t had many opportunities to flex its muscles. The same can be said for Buffalo, as its defense has been gashed by a few common opponents. Now, the Red Devils have a chance for their first win. That starts with getting key skill players involved early and often. An up and down season for Buffalo can see another up with a win over Ravenswood, as it will be up to RB Chase Lovejoy to help carry the load for the home team.

BRIDGEPORT (OH) AT PADEN CITY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s result: Paden City 55, Bridgeport 49

Bridgeport (2-6) results: lost to Frontier 34-20, lost to Monroe Central 42-22, lost to Trinity Christian (WV) 28-14, lost to Madonna (WV) 41-0, d. Federal Hocking 48-0, d. Beallsville 40-0, lost to River 50-14, lost to Shadyside 51-6

Paden City (2-6) results: lost to Frontier 34-0, d. Hancock (Md.) 58-0, lost to Montcalm 20-14, d. Hundred 55-0, lost to Calhoun County 44-13, lost to Trinity Christian 1-0, lost to Beallsville (OH) 40-14

Key BHS players: RB Peyton Pyle, WR Mason Aberts

Key PCHS players: RB Joey Baker, LB Julian Landauer

Keys to victory: A pair of 2-win squad go at it, as Paden City looks to get back on track. That effort starts with workhourse RB Joey Baker. He impressed once again in last week’s loss by running for 200 yards against Beallsville. Bridgeport’s skill players need to keep pace with the bruiser, then it will be up to the defense. In wins over Federal Hocking and Beallsville, BHS shut them out. Considering that Beallsville cruised over Paden City, it will take a big effort for the ‘Cats to topple the ‘Dogs.

RIPLEY AT SHADY SPRING

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s result: Ripley 35, Shady Spring 14

Ripley (1-7) results: lost to Brooke 28-7, d. Buckhannon-Upshur 31-13, lost to Lincoln County 50-21, lost to Marietta (OH) 34-14, lost to Oak Hill 47-26, lost to Roane County 44-7, lost to St. Albans 26-14, lost to Greenbrier East 42-7

Shady Spring (4-3) results: d. Tug Valley 42-0, lost to Nicholas County 38-14, lost to Independence 50-17, d. Summers County 19-12, d. Westside 1-0, d. Wyoming East 6-0, lost to Mingo Central 45-12

Key RHS players: RB Isaiah Casto, RB Joey Ramsey

Key SSHS players: RB Caleb Whittaker, LB Bryson Pinardo

Keys to victory: Shady Spring fights for a potential playoff spot, while Ripley looks to spoil and get its own season back on track in the final weeks. Defensively, both sides have shown flashes, but consistency is the key. If either defense can lock down the other’s offense, this could be a quick contest. Therefore, it is important for Ripley to establish the run and play turnover-free football. That’s easier said than done when SSHS has ball-hawking LB Bryson Pinardo on the other side.

FORT FRYE AT

WILLIAMSTOWN

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Fort Frye 49, Williamstown 7

Fort Frye (7-1) results: d. Reigning Sports Thunder 49-6; d. St. Henry 16-12; d. Waterford 39-14; d. Zanesville 26-13; d. Warren 33-7; d. Trimble 45-13; lost to Lima Central Catholic 30-23; d. Logan 49-14

Williamstown (6-1) results: lost to Waterford 18-12 (2 OTs); d. Warren 34-6; d. Ravenswood 35-8; d. Buffalo 49-6; d. St. Marys 17-13; d. Weir 31-6; d. Tyler Consolidated 42-22

Key Fort Frye players: QB Ian Ellis; RB Maeson Long

Key Williamstown players: QB Maxwell Molessa; RB Rickie Allen

Keys to victory: Williamstown is playing good football but will face by far its toughest challenge of the regular season in Fort Frye this week.

The Cadets, despite not being fully healthy, are a load to handle and have weapons all over the field. They burn teams with big plays, something the Yellowjackets will have to limit.

WATERFORD AT

BELPRE

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result: Waterford 42, Belpre 7

Waterford (6-2) results: d. Crooksville 29-7; d. Williamstown 18-12 (2 OTs); lost to Fort Frye 39-14; lost to Trimble 34-7; d. Eastern 32-6; d. Southern 55-0; d. Shenandoah 14-6; d. Caldwell 27-14

Belpre (2-7) results: lost to Warren 47-12; lost to Meigs 81-36; lost to Alexander 55-14; d. Federal Hocking 45-0; lost to Southern 73-36; d. South Gallia 31-0; lost to River 58-12; lost to Trimble 57-8; lost to Eastern 46-0

Key Waterford players: RB Holden Dailey; QB Grant McCutcheon; WR Jake Pantelidis

Key Belpre players: WR Jordan Martin; WR Julian Martin; QB Willis Starcher

Keys to victory: This matchup pits a dynamic offense against a stingy defense.

While Belpre has lost three straight games and tallied just 20 total points in that span, don’t be fooled — the Golden Eagles are capable of putting up a lot of points. They’ll look to do just that against a Waterford defense that is surrendering just 6.5 points per game over the last four contests, all wins.

On the other side of the ball, Belpre will have to find an answer against Waterford running back Holden Dailey and quarterback Grant McCutcheon. Otherwise, things could get out of hand.

RIVER AT FRONTIER

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year’s result:

River (5-4) results: lost to Bellaire 34-14; d. Marietta 35-14; d. Monroe Central 48-26; lost to Warren 54-24; lost to Barnesville 40-21; lost to Shadyside 14-12; d. Belpre 58-12; d. Bridgeport 50-14; d. Conotton Valley 35-6

Frontier (5-2) results: d. Bridgeport 34-20; d. Paden City 34-0; d. Southern 33-0; lost to Cameron 44-6; d. Valley (Wetzel) 54-12; d. Magnolia 28-21; lost to Monroe Central 48-28

Key River players: QB Kabel Isaly

Key Frontier players: QB J.D. Schmidt; RB Tanner Bills; WR Lucas Cox

Keys to victory: This is a massive matchup in terms of playing seeding in Ohio’s Division VII, Region 27 standings.

Currently, River is seventh and Frontier is eighth accoring to JoeEitel.com. Both teams are in position to host a first-round playoff game, but that could change for the loser of this week’s contest.

River’s Kabel Isaly and Frontier’s J.D. Schmidt make for an interesting head-to-head QB battle. Whichever signal-caller plays better could determine the winner of this one.

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