Prep football roundup: Blue Devils edge Wirt County Tigers, 7-6

ELIZABETH, W.Va. – St. Marys picked off Wirt County quarterback Damian Rhodes six times here Friday night at Wilson-Eismon Field and the Blue Devils escaped with a narrow 7-6 victory.

The Blue Devils, now 2-0 with their first home game set for next Friday against Parkersburg Catholic, played the game without injured tailback David Gray. However, Michael Stout hit Colby Brode on a 60-yard bomb early in the second quarter and Garrett Furr’s extra point gave the visitors the lead for good.

Wirt County, which will try to stop its two-game slide next week when 2-0 Gilmer County invades, cut the deficit to 7-6 when Justin Joy hauled in a 3-yard scoring strike from Rhodes, but the snap was bad on the extra point and the Tigers could convert.

Jeremy Pratt rushed for 71 yards on 15 attempts while Blue Devil teammate Noah Spitzer had 59 yards on 21 rushes. Stout finished 5 of 12 for 131 yards with Brode catching four passes for 106 yards.

Cody Ferguson led the orange and black with 70 yards on a dozen attempts.

Newcomerstown 41, Shenandoah 19

SARAHSVILLE – The Newcomerstown Trojans picked up their second Noble County victory in as many weeks as they trounced the Shenandoah Zeps 41-19 at Shenandoah High School Friday night.

Jibril Dansby and Cody Hall each scored three touchdowns as Newcomerstown accumulated 409 total yards in the game including 361 on the ground.

The Trojans pulled out to a 20-0 lead before Shenandoah got a huge 102-yard interception return for a score by senior Tanner Moore to close the lead to 20-7 at intermission.

All three of Hall’s touchdowns came in the opening half while Dansby got all of his scores after halftime including a 41-yard third quarter jaunt that gave the Trojans a 27-7 lead.

Shenandoah got the second straight 100-yard rushing performance by Michael Vanfossen as the sophomore tallied 141 yards on 23 carries and a fourth quarter touchdown.

The Zeps will remain home next week when they host the rival Meadowbrook Colts.

CALDWELL 21, BUCKEYE TRAIL 13

LORE CITY – Caldwell picked up its first victory of the season Friday as the Redskins topped Buckeye Trail 21-13.

Caldwell amassed 252 yards on the ground and 321 total yards compared to just 179 for the Warriors.

Caldwell quarterback Tanner Clark had 171 of those rushing yards on 28 carries, including a pair of scores. Andrew Minosky had the other Redskins TD, a five yard burst in the first quarter.

Buckeye Trail got a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter on a 21-yard run from Morgan Daugherty and a 1-yard run from Travis Pontius, but Caldwell was able to hold Buckeye Trail scoreless in the final quarter to seal the win.

Caldwell improved to 1-0 in the Pioneer Valley Conference with the win and 1-1 overall.

TRI-VALLEY 54, MORGAN 0

McCONNELSVILLE – It was all Tri-Valley Friday night at The Athletic Field as the Scotties rolled the Morgan Raiders 54-0 in Muskingum Valley League action.

Tri-Valley score 20 first quarter points and added 14 more in the second quarter 10 take a 34-0 advantage into halftime.

The Scotties totaled 410 yards of offense on the night, while Morgan managed just 103.

Daniel Scott led the Scotties’ rushing attack with 101 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Brock Fargus was 10-for-19 passing with 196 yards and four touchdowns to just one interceptions.

Jerome Mayle was the leading Raider on offense with 45 yards on 15 carries.

Morgan turned the ball over four times and was flagged four times four 50 yards.

The Raiders remain winless at 0-2 and will look to pick up win No. 1 Friday at New Lexington.

Trimble 12, Wahama 7

MASON, W.Va. – Wahama’s 32-game regular season winning streak came to an end here Friday night as visiting Trimble jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead and held on for a 12-7 Tri Valley Conference win over the top-ranked and defending state champion White Falcons.

Trimble (2-0) took a 6-0 lead with 6:52 left in the first quarter when Connor Stanley hit Jacob Koons with a 4-yard pass. The Tomcats added to the lead on a 12-yard Stanley TD run just 13 seconds before intermission.

Wahama lit up the scoreboard with 6:31 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Hunter Bradley and Billy Joe McDermott’s extra point kick.

The White Falcons had three other scoring opportunities in the second half, getting the ball inside the Trimble 30, but came away scoreless on all three attempts.

Wahama (1-1), which got 92 yards rushing from Kane Roush and 65 from Colton Neal, will travel to Reedsville next Friday night to meet Eastern.

Doddridge County 26,

Tyler Consolidated 12

KIDWELL, W.Va. – Doddridge County ran its record to 2-0 here Friday night, rallying in the second half to knock off Tyler Consolidated, 26-12.

The Silver Knights (0-2) took a 6-0 lead just two minutes and 42 seconds after the opening kickoff when Jacob Highley scored on a 1-yard run. That would turn out to be the only score in the first half.

Doddridge took a 7-6 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter when David Lipscomb scored on a 1-yard yard and Isaac Britton booted the extra point. The Bulldogs scored again a little over a minute later when Jarrod Sandy intercepted a Tyler pass and returned it 58 yards for a score.

Lightning again struck for Doddridge on the final play of the quarter when Lipscomb scooped up a fumble and returned it 65 yards for a TD and a 20-6 lead.

Cole Kocher added a fourth-quarter score for Tyler while Sandy rushed for an 8-yard score for Doddridge.

Both teams are home next week as Doddridge entertains Calhoun County while Tyler will play host to Magnolia.

Gilmer County 18,

South Harrison 0

LOST CREEK, W.Va. -Gilmer County rolled to its second straight win here Friday night, downing South Harrison, 18-0, in a Little Kanawha Conference contest.

The Titans scored twice in the first half -both on long fumble returns. Fist, it was Austin Ratliff returning a lost South Harrison fumbled 80 yards for a score in the first quarter, then, in the second stanza, Ty Harleroad returned a fumble 75 yards for a TD and a 12-0 halftime lead.

Gilmer closed out the scoring in the third quarter when quarterback Austin Cunningham hit Anthony Dean with an 18-yard TD pass.

The Titans played error-free football while taking advantage of South Harrison (0-2) mistakes.

Gilmer travels to Wirt County next Friday night for a Little Kanawha Conference matchup.

Sherman 23, Calhoun County 15

SETH – Calhoun County scored the first and last touchdowns of the game here Friday night but Sherman scored three TDs and a safety in between en route to a 23-15 win over the visiting Red Devils.

Calhoun (0-2) scored in a 59-yard TD pass from Logan Moore to Mason Sheldon with 8:14 left in the first quarter and on a 9-yard Moore to Joseph Richards pass with 4:43 left in the game.

The Red Devils outgained the Tide (1-1) 185 to 183..

Calhoun County travels to Doddridge County next Friday.