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  • September 15, 2022

Sep 15, 2022
File Photo Doddridge County’s Riley Curran returns a kickoff during a high school football playoff against Midland Trail in West Union.
DODDRIDGE COUNTY AT CALHOUN COUNTY
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Calhoun County High School in Mt. Zion
Last year’s meeting: Did not meet
Doddridge County (2-0) results: def. South Harrison, 25-6; def. Tyler Consolidated, 20-12
Calhoun County (0-3) results: lost to Wirt County, 53-8; lost to Valley Wetzel, 62-34; lost to St. Marys 49-6
Key Doddridge County players: Seth Richards (RB/DB); Gabe Stewart (TE/DL); Trenton Huffman (QB/LB)
Key Calhoun County players: Ian Persinger (RB/SS), Owen Taylor (QB/CB)
Keys to victory: This week’s opponent marks a stretch of four games where Doddridge County is playing three teams currently winless (Calhoun County, Ritchie County and Gilmer County). The Bulldogs are tied with Madonna at No. 5 in the WVSSAC Class A football rankings. Doddridge and Calhoun renew a series that the Bulldogs have dominated in recent years – winning 10 of the past 11, including five straight in which they have outscored the Red Devils, 248-0. Calhoun’s last win over Doddridge occurred in West Union by the score of 14-8.
GILMER COUNTY AT TYLER CONSOLIDATED
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday in Kidwell
Last year’s meeting: Did not meet.
Gilmer County (1-2) results: lost to East Hardy, 73-12; def. Webster County, 36-18; lost to Wirt County, 60-6
Tyler Consolidated (2-1) results: def. Ritchie County, 41-0; lost to Doddridge County, 20-12; def. Tolsia, 54-0
Key Gilmer County players: Cadence Miller (OL/DL), Colton Hall (RB/LB), Cole Cogar (WR/DB)
Key Tyler Consolidated players: Brady Strode (QB/DB), Jayden Helmick (RB/DB)
Keys to victory: Seven wins appears to be the magic number when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Tyler Consolidated and St. Marys both won six games a year ago but failed to make the cut. The Knights can’t afford to be looking past Gilmer in their first-ever meeting with the Titans. Next week, Tyler plays No. Cameron (3-0). Regardless of Friday’s outcome, Gilmer’s road does not get any easier with No. 16 South Harrison and No. 5 Doddridge County next on the schedule in the next three weeks.
RAVENSWOOD AT WIRT COUNTY
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Wirt County 24, Ravenswood 14
RHS (1-2): d. Magnolia, 48-0; lost to St. Marys, 56-13; lost to Williamstown, 62-0
WCHS (3-0): d. Calhoun County, 53-8; d. Magnolia, 68-0; d. Gilmer County, 60-6
Key RHS players: QB Noah Dawson, RB Jacob Bowling, RB Wyatt Milhoan
Key WCHS players: RB Chase Lowe, LB Kolton Toler, QB Brandon Richards
Keys to victory: Heading into the fourth week of play there are currently 14 Class A programs which are undefeated.
In the first set of WVSSAC ratings this week, Wirt County checked in at No. 13 and will try to start 4-0 for the first time since 2011 if they can knock off Ravenswood on homecoming.
RHS is coming off a tough loss to Williamstown where the offense wasn’t able to get anything going. Now, the Red Devils face a Tiger defense that has three players with double figures in tackles for loss — Kolton Toler (14), Chase Lowe (10) and Grady McFee (10).
Lowe, who has scored 11 touchdowns, also has a pair of 100-yard plus rushing games in the early going.
Tiger boss Jason Hickman’s team has an off week following homecoming before current No. 5 Doddridge County invades. WCHS then goes to No. 19 St. Marys and No. 7 Wahama.
“We are healthy,” noted coach Hickman. “Kids are preparing well amidst all of the homecoming activities that can become distracting, but they seem to be focused so far this week.
“We have had a good start, but we know we have to continue to get better as the season moves along.”
ROANE COUNTY AT LEWIS COUNTY
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Roane County 55, Lewis County 0
RCHS (3-0): d. St. Marys, 30-20; d. Lincoln County, 36-0; d. Clay County, 36-20
LCHS (2-1): lost to Fairmont Senior, 42-6; d. Braxton County, 34-28; d. Elkins, 47-7
Key RCHS players: RB Briar Begler, QB Skyler Delk, RB Shay Harper
Key LCHS players: RB Brayden Carder, QB Bryant Zielinski, WR John Cullen
Keys to victory: It will be a showdown of ranked Class AA foes when No. 4 Roane County heads to Weston to take on No. 13 Lewis County.
The Minutemen spoiled Elkins’ new turf field debut last week and will be out for a better showing than last year’s 55-0 setback.
Roane County head coach Paul Burdette admitted LCHS “is a very solid football team. We have to stay focused and not have a lag from last week’s big rivalry game win against Clay.
“We are running the ball really good right now with Begler, Delk and Harper. We must continue to do so while adding more pass in the mix. Defense has been strong but will be tested by a good run game from Lewis.”
In order for the hosts to avoid a .500 mark after four games, LCHS will need to stack the box, not get beat on the pass and force some Raider turnovers.
MARIETTA AT RIPLEY
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Marietta 34, Ripley 14
Marietta (1-3): lost to River, 52-22; lost to West Muskingum, 33-2; d. Athens, 12-7; lost to Claymont, 14-0
Ripley (1-2): lost to Brooke, 49-6; lost to Buckhannon-Upshur, 13-6; d. Lincoln County, 20-14
Key Marietta players: QB Drew Warden; OL Brayden Meeks; WR/DB Elyjah Lieras-Kelley
Key Ripley players: QB Ty Stephens; RB Hunter Brown; RB Aydin Domico
Keys to victory: Expect points to be at a premium in this matchup.
Neither team has scored more than 20 points in each of their last two games, and neither side has allowed more than 14 points during that stretch.
Look for both teams to lean heavily on the run game in a true grind-em-out battle.
VALLEY (WETZEL) AT FRONTIER
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Frontier 54, Valley 12
Valley (2-1): d. Tygarts Valley, 37-0; d. Calhoun, 62-34; lost to Clay-Battelle, 37-12
Frontier (2-2): lost to Bridgeport, 34-22; d. Miller, 21-20; d. Beallsville, 48-8; lost to Cameron, 42-6
Key Valley players: QB Gavin Derby; RB Triston Bates; WR Patrick Higginbotham
Key Frontier players: QB Lucas Cox; TE Walker Hendershot; TE Brenden Buck
Keys to victory: Frontier will have to be ready to stop the run Friday as Valley (Wetzel) has a lot of talent in its backfield.
Both teams have dynamic dual threat quarterbacks, with Valley being led by Gavin Derby and Frontier relying on Lucas Cox.
Valley also has running back Triston Bates who capable of making big plays with the ball in his hand. Frontier will look to limit those big plays keep the ball away from Valley’s offense by sustaining long, time-consuming drives.
MAGNOLIA AT CAMERON
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Did not play
MHS (0-3) results: lost to Ravenswood, 48-0; lost to Wirt County, 68-0; lost to River, 49-6
CHS (3-0) results: d. West Greene (PA), 41-31; d. Hundred, 43-0; d. Frontier, 42-6
Key MHS players: WR/QB/SS Brayden Vargo, OLB/TE Gage Scott
Key CHS players: QB Colson Wichterman, WR/DB Payton Neely
Keys to victory: Coming off another big win last week, Cameron is eyeballing a 4-0 start. If the Dragons can lean on the skill position players responsible for the strong beginning, a ferocious defense should be able to clean up the rest. As for Magnolia, the Blue Eagles have yet to find their footing in 2022. The offense is in need of a jolt of life, as a productive MHS offense hopes to stick with Cameron’s bevy of options on that same side of the ball.
BELPRE AT CALDWELL
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
Last year’s result: Did not play
BHS (0-3) results: lost to Warren, 62-0; lost to Meigs, 50; lost to Alexander, 53-0
CHS (4-0) results: d. Buckeye Trail, 17-6; d. Steubenville Central Catholic, 48-0; d. Strasburg-Franklin, 66-0; d. Monroe Central, 56-8
Key BHS players: DL Louden Wolfe, QB Willis Starcher
Key CHS players: RB/MLB Marshall Sayre, QB/FS Cale Bender
Keys to victory: Belpre needs its ususal contributors to step up if it has a shot against Caldwell on Friday. That’s a given, but it’s also easier said than done. Caldwell has rolled opponents on its way to a 4-0 start. Key defensive played kept Buckeye Trail neutralized, and offensive fireworks in the next three contests also did the trick. By allowing 14 points in four games, Caldwell is primed for a repeat performance against a Belpre squad in search of its first victory.
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