Prep football roundup: Tigers lose to Blue Devils 45-16, drop 3rd in a row

GALLIPOLIS – Marietta High fell to 1-3, dropping a 45-16 decision to host Gallia Academy Friday night.

Conner Beavers and Aaron Elliott each scored a fourth quarter touchdown for the Tigers, who have now lost three in a row.

Meadowbrook 19, Morgan 6

McCONNELSVILLE – Trailing 13-6 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, Morgan’s defense could not get Meadowbrook’s offense off the field.

The Colts took eight minutes off the clock en route to scoring a passing touchdown from Dalton Wiggins to Caleb Ferhman to all but seal Morgan’s fate.

Down 13-0 in the third period, Morgan’s Jerome Mayle found the end-zone from a yard out to make it a one-possession game, but Meadowbrook’s offense was able to chew up the clock to secure the victory.

Morgan (0-4) was led offensively by Michael Apperson, who ran for 78 yards on 11 carries and threw for 74 more yards.

Capital 55, PHS 20

PARKERSBURG – It wasn’t the christening Big Red fans were hoping as host Parkersburg dropped a 55-20 decision to Mountain State Athletic Conference rival Capital Friday night at newly refurbished Stadium Field.

Capital, the No. 7 ranked Class AAA team in the first WVSSAC rankings, improved to 3-0 on the season with a contest against Kanawha County rival South Charleston while Parkersburg (1-2) will look to rebound when it plays host to Ohio River rival Marietta at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.

The Big Reds finished with 114 yards on 50 rushes with Weaver leading the way with 30 yards on nine carries. Trembly and starting quarterback Aaron Roberts combined to complete 9-of-18 attempst for 148 yards on the night. Fox was the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Wahama 60, Belpre 8

BELPRE – Kane Roush accounted for five of Wahama’s six first-half touchdowns and totaled 301 all-purpose yards Friday night as the visiting White Falcons bested Belpre 60-8 in a TVC Hocking Division football gane.

Wahama, the defending West Virginia Class A state champion, improved to 3-1 with the lopsided win, while the host Golden Eagles fell to 1-3 after their third straight setback.

It didn’t take but 33 seconds for the White Falcons to make their presence felt Friday.

On the second play from scrimmage, Roush got outside and sped down the sideline 66 yards into the end zone for a 7-0 score at the 11:27 mark.

But that was just a prelude to what was still to come, much to the chagrin of the Golden Eagle fans in attendance.

On the first play of Wahama’s next possession, Roush scored on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Bradley, who rolled out right and fired downfield to Roush, who gathered it in at the Belpre 20 and went in for the touchdown at 8:40 of the first quarter.

Then Roush retuned a punt 80 yards for a TD at the 6:33 mark of the first. He retreated to catch the boot and went up the sideline to inside Belpre terrirory before cutting diagonally across the field, avoiding the last two defenders to go in for the score and a 21-0 bulge. To finish Wahama’s 27-point first period, Colton Neal went 16 yards up the middle to paydirt with 2:02 left.

A fumble recovery by Gavin Stalnaker at the Belpre 20 stopped another Wahama threat at 8:52 of the second atanza.

But the White Falcons tacked on two more TDs before the first half ended with Wahama on top 41-0. Roush scored on a seven-yard sweep at 2:38 and caught a 33-yard throwback TD pass from Bradley at 22.9 seconds.

The third quarter saw a 40-yard TD romp by Neal and a 92-yard interception return for a score by Bradley.

And in the final eight minutes, Timmy Gibbs went six yards for six more points as the lead mounted to 60-0 before Belpre scored with just four minutes remaining on a 39-yard TD scamper by quarterback Tavian Miller, who then added the two-point conversion run.

Parkersburg Catholic 56, Calhoun County 6

MT. ZION – Jake Boice accounted for three touchdowns and Nick Roedersheimer pitched in another two as Parkersburg Catholic handled Calhoun County 56-6 on Friday night.

The Crusaders, who improved to 3-1, had a strong handle on this game by halftime after pulling out to a 35-0 lead.

Boice scored on a 49-yard run and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Sturm. His 36-yard interception for a touchdown capped the scoring at the 8:14 mark of the fourth quarter.

Roedersheimer closed out the first-half scoring by returning a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown and added a 35-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.