Tigers, Cougars, Wildcats all look for bounceback wins
NEW MARTINSVILLE W.Va. — After suffering a 22-point loss last week on the road at Cambridge, the Marietta Tigers hope to get things heading in the right direction once again when they visit the winless Magnolia Blue Eagles in a non-conference game Friday night.
The Tigers got off to a 3-1 start with wins over Morgan, Warren and Ripley but have struggled the past two weeks in losses to Parkersburg (42-21) and Cambridge (42-20).
MHS was without the services of senior running back Chase Taylor and struggled offensively against the Bobcats in the opening half as all three of their touchdowns came after the intermission.
Senior quarterback Corbin Alkire led the orange and black in rushing with 60 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while Tony Munos made the most of four rushing attempts as he scored the other two Marietta touchdowns.
Alkire completed 11-of-22 pass attempts for 119 yards with Munos leading the way with 7 catches for 53 yards.
The 2019 season has been a dismal one for Magnolia as they have yet to come within 20 points of a victory in lopsided losses to Williamstown, Shadyside, River, Frontier and Monroe Central.
Key players for the Eagles include quarterback Caden Cisar, tight end Silas McKeever and lineman Mikey Hamrick.
The two teams have not played one another since 2016 when the Tigers won a 49-34 shootout.
WAHAMA (2-4) at WATERFORD (4-2)
WATERFORD — The Wildcats will look to claw their way right back into the playoff picture Friday night when they host the Wahama White Falcons in a Tri-Valley Conference, Hocking Division battle in Waterford.
The ‘Cats became the latest victim of a red-hot Trimble Tomcat team last Friday when they were blanked 37-0 and slipped to ninth in the latest Division VII, Region 27 standings, just one spot out of a post season berth.
Waterford’s two losses have come against two of the very best in the state in Fort Frye and Trimble while the green and white own wins over Sciotoville East (40-0), South Gallia (40-8), Eastern (24-19) and Miller (46-7).
The Wildcats were held to just 93 total yards against Trimble, one week after piling up 417 yards against Miller.
Waterford is led by quarterback Zane, running back Holden daily and receiver Nick Fouss.
Wahama owns conference wins over Miller and Federal Hocking but has lost three of their last four games including last week’s 54-18 drubbing by Eastern.
Key players for Wahama include quarterback Abram Pauley and running backs Kase Stewart and Trevor Hunt.
Last year in Mason, the Wildcats blanked the Falcons 44-0.
FRONTIER (5-1) at CALDWELL (2-4)
CALDWELL — On paper one might think that the Frontier Cougars should be heavy favorites Friday night when they travel to Noble County to take on the Caldwell Redskins.
Despite last week’s heart-wrenching loss to Parkersburg Catholic, the Russ Morris-coached Cougars come in to the game ranked number six in the latest Division VII, Region 27 standings while averaging 44.5 point per game.
Frontier has struggled mightily against Caldwell however as they have come out on the short end of the last six meetings against their former Pioneer Valley Conference rivals and have dropped 13 of the last 14 to the Redskins including last years 40-7 loss at home.
The Cougars are led by standout sophomore quarterback J.D Schmidt who fired two more touchdown passes last week including a 62-yarder to Breckin Hoff with just over three minutes to play that temporarily gave Frontier the lead after trailing by 16-points in the third quarter.
Senior Logan Brookover caught the other Schmidt touchdown pass while fellow senior Joel Lewis piled up 136 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Caldwell downed Conotton Valley last week for their second win in the past three weeks.
Junior running back Caden Moore led the way for Caldwell last week with 15 carries for 107 yards and a pair of scores while Andrew Gregg paced the Redskin defense with seven tackles including three that went for losses.
SHENANDOAH (5-1) at MONROE CENTRAL (3-3)
WOODSFIELD — The Zeps find themselves in the number two ranked team in the Division VII, Region 27 standings as they make the trip to Woodsfield to battle a much-improved Seminole squad.
Two seasons ago Monroe Central upset the then undefeated Zeps (6-0) and second year head coach Josh Ischy would certainly love a repeat performance.
Shenandoah rebounded nicely last week with a 41-6 win over Buckeye Local one week after suffering their only loss of the season at the hands of Shadyside.
Senior Kendal Sherman, who has been filling in at quarterback for the injured Ayden Smith, passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Zeps last week while junior Briar Portman rushed the ball 11 times for 80 yards and a pair of scores while also hauling in one of Sherman’s touchdown passes.
Monroe Central also scored a much needed win last week as they snapped a three-game losing streak with a dominant 51-13 win over winless Magnolia.
The ‘Noles got great rushing performances from backs Alex Kilburn (9-180-3TD), Jagger Keylor (9-74-2TD) and quarterback Malachi Rose-Burton (5-118-TD) while Talin Babcock returned an interception 70-yards for another ‘Noles touchdown.
Last year in Sarahsville the Zeps crushed Monroe Central 38-7.
CATHOLIC (4-2) at CALHOUN (1-5)
MT. ZION, W.Va. — The Crusaders will hope to carry the momentum they gained in last week’s thrilling win over Frontier into Friday night’s road game against the Devils??
Catholic quarterback Jeb Boice connected with Ethan Lang on a 60-yard pass with just under three minutes to play to give the Crusaders a 36-33 win.
The touchdown canoncito was the third of the game for Boice and Lang who also teamed for touchdown passes of 17 and 40 yards.
PCC comes into the game the winners of three in a row with wins over Wirt County (28-7), Gilmer (60-14) as well as the previously unbeaten Cougars.
Calhoun County also downed Wirt (8-6) to open the 2019 campaign but have struggled since with five straight losses including last weeks 21-14 loss to Clay-Battelle.
Key players to keep and eye on for Calhoun include quarterback Adam Parsons, backs Travis Richards and Mason Bailey and receiver Levi Richards.
Last season the Crusaders scored a 46-6 win over the Devils.
ST. MARYS (3-2) at WIRT COUNTY (2-4)
ELIZABETH, W.Va. — The Jodi Mote-led Blue Devils will hope to rebound from last weeks 35-0 loss to Williamstown when they visit a Wirt County squad looking to break a three-game losing streak.
St. Marys has had a bit of an up-and-down season as they started 2-0 before losing two of their past three games including a loss to Ritchie County (32-2).
Last week the Devils could get absolutely nothing going against the Yellowjacket defense as they compiled a grand total of 108 total yards.
Key players for SM include quarterback Jason Clayton, and running backs Dylan Patterson and Ben Long.
Wirt County got off to a 2-1 start before falling to Parkersburg Catholic (28-7), Tyler Consolidated (28-14) and Doddridge County (35-0) the last three weeks.
The Tigers are led by quarterback Trent Richards and receiver A.J. Garrett.
Last season the Devils blanked Wirt County 43-0.
MORGAN (0-6) at JOHN GLENN (4-2)
NEW CONCORD — The Raiders will try once again to get off the snide when they travel to the campus of Muskingum University to take on the John Glenn Muskies.
Morgan has come very close the past two weeks to getting that elusive first win of the season as they battled both Crooksville and Maysville only to come out on the short end once again.
Quarterback Gabe Altier had an excellent game against Maysville last week as he completed 22-of-35 pass attempts for 246 yards.
Altier spread the ball around to his receivers including Adam Niceswanger (5-74), Kaden Williams (4-83) and Karsen Mayle (4-39).
John Glenn comes into the game winners of three in a row including last weeks 68-12 win over West Muskingum.
Key players for the Muskies include receiver Reece Perkins and quarterback Evan Williams.
Last season John Glenn routed the Raiders 40-7.