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WV MetroNews – Mid-Ohio Valley Report: Week 5

WV MetroNews – Mid-Ohio Valley Report: Week 5

William Wotring/The Dominion Publish & WVMetroNews

The Parkersburg protection seems for a robust displaying in week 5 towards Marietta, Ohio.


— By Eric Little

Most of the space’s faculties — huge and small — hit the street for pivotal matchups, whereas Ritchie County stays house to face its hardest check but.


Class AAA

No. 11 Parkersburg South (2-2) at No. 7 John Marshall (Three-1)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Final Week: Parkersburg South evened its document at .500 with a 37-Zero house win towards Princeton. John Marshall suffered its first lack of the yr, a 39-7 drubbing by the hands of Bellaire, Ohio.

Why It’s Necessary: Parkersburg South goes right into a bye week and will get an opportunity to reset its season following this recreation. It’ll permit the Patriots a uncommon probability to regroup and get wholesome for the second half of the common season. John Marshall will attempt to erase the reminiscences away from a haunting loss on Saturday afternoon — one which required the Monarchs to make use of their third-string quarterback due to accidents and one the place Bellaire racked up almost 300 extra yards of offense than John Marshall. 

Who to Look ahead to Parkersburg South: Ballhawks on the South protection, and never simply the defensive backs. Brayden Mooney (a linebacker and the group’s beginning quarterback) turned the primary Patriot to attain on protection this season by returning an interception for a landing. Mooney scored on Princeton’s second offensive play of the night time, making it the second consecutive recreation the place South had created a takeaway on their opponent’s first collection. Dylan Day additionally intercepted Princeton within the fourth quarter. All informed, 5 totally different Patriots (Mooney, Day, Brandon Penn, John Kinnaird and Brett Hearn) have interceptions in South’s first 4 video games of the season.

Parkersburg (1-Three) at Marietta, Ohio (2-2)

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Final Week: Parkersburg gave Capital a robust problem, however ultimately fell brief, 35-22. Ripley picked up a 35-21 win over Marietta, handing the Tigers a second straight loss.

Why It’s Necessary: Desperation isn’t a phrase in Parkersburg’s vocabulary at this level, however the Huge Reds are getting nearer to the time of the yr the place they’ll want to start out piling up wins. The Massive Reds haven’t performed the simplest schedule to start out, which mixed with their accidents assist clarify a 1-Three begin. However PHS head coach Mike Byus can be the primary to confess, and has to anybody who’s requested, that errors from these on the sector (and never the absences of principal gamers) performed the most important position in Parkersburg’s sluggish begin.

Who to Look ahead to Parkersburg: The defensive secondary and move rush. Marietta quarterback Corbin Alkire likes to throw the ball, and the Huge Reds should work via the accidents to seek out gamers capable of rush the quarterback and defend the Tigers’ secure of receivers. Whoever proves efficient in both regard can be a significant factor on Friday night time. Two weeks in the past, Williamstown sacked Alkire six occasions of their 33-22 win over Marietta.

Brooke (Zero-Three) at No. Eight Ripley (Three-1)

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Final Week: Ripley ran its profitable streak to 3 video games with a 35-21 victory over Marietta, Ohio — scoring the final 21 factors of the sport to rally from a fourth quarter deficit. Brooke suffered a 60-point defeat by the hands of Morgantown.

Why It’s Essential: During the last a number of years, it’s very probably no Class AAA workforce was on the brief finish of extra shut video games than the Ripley Vikings. Slightly than get to the top of the season with a stack of single-digit losses, Ripley is keen to rack up wins and make its means towards November. Brooke has struggled to open the season towards three robust groups — Wheeling Park, College and Morgantown.

Who to Look ahead to Ripley: RJ Evans carried the ball 25 occasions for 144 yards and two dashing touchdowns — Ripley’s first rating of the night time and an insurance coverage landing that capped the Vikings’ scoring within the fourth quarter. 


No. 6 Parkersburg Catholic (Four-Zero) at Gilmer County (1-2)

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Final Week: Parkersburg Catholic rolled to a 38-Eight win over Wirt County, because of a 22-point outburst within the second quarter. Gilmer County is available in off a bye week after additionally defeating Wirt County two weeks in the past. 

Why It’s Essential: For a Parkersburg Catholic staff that went winless in 2017, the power to clinch at the very least a .500 report by the top of September is nothing in need of a exceptional turnaround for head coach Lance Binegar’s workforce, whatever the opposition. The Crusaders didn’t lose any seniors from final yr’s group, and somewhat than roll over and watch this system disintegrate, this group has purchased into what their head coach was promoting. Veteran gamers satisfied sufficient of their associates to return out and play to enhance the group’s numbers to the place fielding a workforce was a neater process. Gilmer County’s had two weeks to organize and will instantly reverse their fortunes with a win this weekend.

Who to Look ahead to Parkersburg Catholic: Ty Sturm had yet one more massive day on the workplace for the Crusaders, scoring three dashing touchdowns and carrying the ball 22 occasions for 232 yards towards Wirt County. All however 51 of the Crusaders’ 377 complete yards have been gained on the bottom.

No. Eight Doddridge County (Three-Zero) at No. 11 Ritchie County (Three-1)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Final Week: Doddridge County had the week off after opening the season with three straight wins. Ritchie County defeated St. Marys 24-21 in a Thursday night time contest. It was Ritchie County’s first win over the Blue Devils since 2011 and their first at St. Marys since 2000.

Why It’s Necessary: Doddridge County continues to be making an attempt to show why they belong among the many greatest groups in Class A. Ritchie County faces its hardest check of the yr, and doubtless probably the most gifted particular person participant they’ve needed to attempt to cease in Doddridge County’s Hunter America. This recreation can also be all the time a hotly contested rivalry between these two next-door neighbors related by US Route 50. Anticipate a big and spirited crowd, in the event you go.

Who to Look ahead to Ritchie County: Trey Moss scored the go-ahead landing in Ritchie County’s win final week at St. Marys. Garrett Owens is shortly incomes the fame as a hard-nosed operating again out of Ritchie County’s secure. Whereas the Rebels might not boast a person expertise of the caliber of Doddridge’s America, Ritchie County’s greatest probability could also be their quantity of gifted backs, and the power that comes with it for head coach Rick Haught to continually deliver recent legs into the backfield. 

No. 9 Williamstown (Three-1) at Buffalo (Zero-Four) 

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Final Week: Williamstown handed Ravenswood its first lack of the season — a 55-19 drubbing that was over early. The Yellowjackets led 48-7 on the half on the power of a 34-point second quarter. Buffalo suffered a 50-point loss to Sherman and has scored simply three touchdowns this season.

Why It’s Necessary: This recreation comes at a pleasant place on Williamstown’s schedule. On the finish of 4 straight street video games, and with rival St. Marys forward subsequent Friday, the Yellowjackets have an opportunity to check their depth in the event that they get out to a fast begin this week. Buffalo faces its stiffest check of the yr in a recreation which will set the tone for his or her second half.

Who to Look ahead to Williamstown: Operating again Donathan Taylor put collectively yet one more stellar effort for the Yellowjackets of their dominating win over the Purple Devils final week. Taylor ran for 3 scores as a part of a 158-yard dashing efficiency and caught a landing move. Williamstown additionally acquired two receiving touchdowns from Eric Brown, a weapon that might be integral towards the late season success of Carter Haynes and the Williamstown passing assault.

No. 11 Sherman (Three-1) at No. 15 Ravenswood (2-1)

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Final Week: Sherman gained 56-6 over Buffalo. Ravenswood was on the receiving finish of a 55-19 setback towards Williamstown.

Why It’s Essential: Sherman has gained three straight since opening their season with a loss to Magnolia. Ravenswood is able to present they’re a greater group than the one which suffered a five-touchdown defeat final weekend. 

Who to Look ahead to Ravenswood: Ravenswood’s operating backs: Wayne Stephenson, Luke Jackson, Jacob Anthony and Chase Hood. The Pink Devils want an enormous night time from this bunch — and the road that blocks for them. 

Calhoun County (1-Three) at St. Marys (Zero-Three)

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Final Week: St. Marys fell to Zero-Three after permitting 10 unanswered factors to the Ritchie County Rebels within the fourth quarter of a 24-21 loss final Thursday. Calhoun fell 47-7 to Tyler Consolidated.

Why It’s Essential: St. Marys has an opportunity to face a struggling workforce, and hopes to proper the ship within the course of. Calhoun County might flip its fortunes round simply as shortly with what can be a signature win for the Purple Devils.

Who to Look ahead to St. Marys: Anthony Wince is turning into a strong weapon within the St. Marys secure. Wince and quarterback Brennan Boron attached for a 22-yard landing play final week within the loss to Ritchie County.

Who to Look ahead to Calhoun County: Mason Nicholas ran for the group’s solely rating towards Tyler Consolidated final week. He additionally had 4 catches towards the Silver Knights.

Wirt County (1-Three) at Tyler Consolidated (1-2)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Final Week: Wirt County fell 37-7 to Parkersburg Catholic. Tyler Consolidated shook off the sting of two straight losses with a 47-6 win over Calhoun County.

Why It’s Essential: Wirt County was busted on the chops final week by an undefeated Parkersburg Catholic squad and would in all probability wish to regain a portion of delight. Tyler Consolidated has an opportunity to even their report at .500 and regroup after a shaky begin to the season.

Who to Look ahead to Wirt County: Nathan Murray hauled in 5 catches for 123 yards within the Tigers’ loss to Parkersburg Catholic. 

Who to Look ahead to Tyler Consolidated: Griffin Phillips was 5-for-5 passing final week towards, together with a 78-yard landing cross to Gage Huffman. Phillips additionally ran for a 2-yard rating.

Different Video games: Hundred (1-Three) at Paden Metropolis (Zero-Four); Wahama (1-Three) at Federal Hocking, Ohio (Zero-Three); Roane County (1-2) at Braxton County (Zero-Three)

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