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Pender Named MEC Offensive Player of the Week

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Mario Pender (Glenville State), Marquis Hamilton (UVa-Wise) and Carl Gorman (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the sixth week of the season.

Pender, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is the Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers to a 41-35 win over Concord on Saturday. He rushed for 212 yards on 21 attempts, including a 73-yard carry, and had a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Hamilton, a sophomore from Washington, D.C., is the Defensive Player of the Week after helping UVa-Wise post its first shutout in its Division II era with a 17-0 win over Urbana. He had a pair of interceptions to go along with five tackles, including two for a loss in the victory. The Cavs held Urbana to just 39 yards passing and 147 yards of total offense.

Gorman, a freshman from Aldie, Va., is the Special Teams Player of the Week after helping the Yellow Jackets to a 61-42 win over Kentucky State. Gorman had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Thorobreds and had another return for 21 yards. He also had 10 carries for 56 yards and had two receptions for 21 on offense.


Other Top Performances

Offense: Calil Wilkins (WVSU) had three touchdowns and 166 yards rushing against Kentucky State ... Isaiah Bowman (CU) had his first career 100-yard rushing day with 101 against Glenville State ... Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC) added 194 more yards to his total and scored a pair of touchdowns ... Tyson Bagent (SU) was 18-of-31 for 253 yards and four TDs ... Khalik Hamlin (FSU) had 85 yards on 18 carries against Notre Dame ... Luke Casey (WVWC) was 11-of-18 for 160 yards and three scores in the Bobcats first win of the season ... Isaiah Young (UU) had 78 yards on 20 carries for the Blue Knights.

Defense: Cliff Clark (WLU) had 18 tackles, including 15 solo stops, against Shepherd ... Daniel Robinson (GSC) had five tackles and his first career interception against Concord ... Duray Hall (UU) had a season-high 17 tackles (nine solo) vs. UVa-Wise ... Chrys Lane (SU) had eight tackles (all solo), including a TFL in a win over West Liberty ... Michael Porter (FSU) had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons against Notre Dame ... Derrick Butler (WVWC) had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in a win over Charleston ... Alec Henderson (CU) had five tackles and a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Mountain Lions.

Special Teams: Tanner Harding (NDC) had a school record 42-yard field goal in a win over Fairmont State ... Trevor Owens (WISE) booted an MEC record 81-yard punt and averaged 40.4 on the day ... Christian Morris (WLU) averaged 44.3 yards on eight punts, including one of 70 and another of 62 ... Brandon Purk (UU) had a career-high 10 punts and had four go over 50 yards ... Adam Fulton (CU) had four punts at an average of 49 yards per attempt.


2018 MEC Players Of The Week


Offense

September 03: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 10: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 17: Tyson Bagent (SU)

September 24: Tyson Bagent (SU)

October 01: Jaleel McLauglin (NDC)

October 08: Mario Pender (GSC)


Defense

September 03: Guam Lee (NDC)

September 10: Stephen Turner (FSU)

September 17: Kahzin Daniels (UC)/Buster Henderson (WISE)

September 24: Cedric Amadi (UC)/Mikel Toliver (UU)

October 01: Bozton Sanders (UU)

October 08: Marquis Hamilton (WISE)


Special Teams

September 03: Kahliq Muhammad (UU)/Luke Walls (CU)

September 10: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 17: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 24: Owen Rozan (WLU)

October 01: Tanner Harding (NDC)

October 08: Carl Gorman (WVSU)

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
7. Washington
8. Penn State
9. Texas
10. UCF
11. Oklahoma
12. Michigan
13. LSU
14. Florida
15. Wisconsin
16. Miami (FL)
17. Oregon
18. Kentucky
19. Colorado
20. North Carolina State
21. Auburn
22. Texas A&M
23. South Florida
24. Mississippi State
25. Cincinnati


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
7. Washington
8. Penn State
9. UCF
10. Wisconsin
11. Oklahoma
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Texas
15. Miami (FL)
16. Florida
17. Oregon
18. Colorado
19. North Carolina State
20. Kentucky
21. Auburn
22. Texas A&M
23. South Florida
24. Stanford
25. Cincinnati

MEC Football Roundup (October 04, 06, 2018)

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West Virginia Wesleyan 27, Charleston 26

Jujuan Linzy’s 10-yard touchdown reception with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter lifted West Virginia Wesleyan to its first win of the season with a 27-26 victory over Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field.

The Bobcats (1-5, 1-4) trailed 12-6 at the half, but Luke Casey ran for a touchdown and tossed another in the third quarter to put WVWC in front, 20-12. Charleston (4-2, 4-2) answered with a pair of fourth quarter TDs of its own on a D’Andre Brooks TD reception and a Jimmy Wheeler touchdown run to make it 26-20.

WVWC took over with 5:11 to go, Casey engineered the game-winning drive taking the Bobcats 80 yards in seven plays and hitting Linzy with the decisive TD pass. Charleston had a last-gasp effort with :25 seconds left, but a 51-yard field goal attempt missed wide left allowing Wesleyan to run out the clock.

Charleston had the edge in most statistical categories including first downs (32-15), rushing yards (180-63) and passing yards (345-179). However, UC turned it over five times on the day compared to just two for WVWC.

Casey finished the game 11-of-18 for 160 yards with three TDs and one interception. Malcom Cutner had 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

Wheeler had 103 yards rushing and Brett Grisel was 24-of-42 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Tyreik McAllister (116) and Michael Strachan (111) each had over 100 yards receiving. John Cominsky had seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss.


UVa-Wise 17, Urbana 0

UVa-Wise recorded its first shutout in its NCAA Division II history with a 17-0 win on the road at Urbana on Saturday afternoon.

The Cavs (2-4, 2-4) scored the only points in the first half just before the break as Rondre Knowles-Tener scooped up a fumble and took it 55 yards for a touchdown. Neither team managed a score in the third, and the Cavs added a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth to take the win.

UVa-Wise held Urbana to just 10 first downs and 147 yards of total offense in the win. The Cavaliers also had four interceptions to go with the fumble recovery.

Buster Henderson had a team-high 11 tackles and Marquis Hamilton had a pair of picks and two TFLs to lead the Cavs on defense. Quarterback Tanner Bernard was 16-of-25 for 139 yards and one touchdown to lead the team on offense.

Isaiah Young had 78 yards rushing to lead Urbana (4-2, 3-2). Duray Hall had 17 tackles (nine solo) and broke up a pair of passes. 


Shepherd 26, West Liberty 14

Shepherd downed West Liberty, 26-14, on Saturday afternoon at West Family Stadium.

The Rams (4-1, 4-1) led 12-7 at the break and traded scores with West Liberty in the third quarter. Shepherd managed to keep West Liberty (2-5, 2-4) out of the end zone in the fourth quarter picking off the Hilltoppers on two of the team’s final three drives in the game. The Rams added a late score to seal the win.

Tyson Bagent was 18-of-31 for 253 yards with four more touchdown passes and one interception. Wanya Allen hauled in two of those TD passes and had 127 yards receiving. Zyan Sturdivant added 73 yards on the ground for SU.

Chrys Lane had eight tackles to lead Shepherd, including one for a loss. Ponce DeLeon had the pair of key interceptions in the fourth quarter.

Brenton Colabella was 18-of-32 for 195 yards passing for WLU. Charles Westbrook was limited to 48 yards on 15 carries and had one touchdown. Cliff Clark racked up 18 tackleso on the day with one sack. Logan Deri had 11 tackles and had an interception.


Glenville State 41, Concord 35

Glenville State held off a furious fourth quarter rally by Concord and held on for a 41-35 win over the Mountain Lions on Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.

Trailing 41-15 heading into the fourth quarter, Concord’s Isaiah Bowman scored on back-to-back possessions and then Alec Henderson had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown to suddenly make it 41-35. CU then forced another punt and took over with 6:20 left in the game. The Mountain Lions were able to drive the ball down to the Glenville State 29-yard line, but couldn’t convert on 4th-and-1 and gave the Pioneers back the ball to finish the game off.

Glenville State (2-4, 2-3) had 530 yards of toal offense, compared to just 265 for Concord. Mario Pender had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Pioneers. Jaylen McNair was 17-of-26 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Dom Cizauskas had nine tackles to lead GSC on defense. Daniel Robinson, Quintavius Twine and Ellis Lilly each had an interception.

Bowman had 101 yards rushing and a pair of TDs. Kris Copeland added another touchdown and 75 yards. Jonathan Roebuck had nine tackles for Concord on defense.


West Virginia State 61, Kentucky State 42

West Virginia State outlasted Kentucky State, 61-42, on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.

Calil Wilkins had three rushing touchdowns and 166 yards to lead West Virginia State (3-3). The WVSU defense allowed just four completions to Kentucky State (0-6) and 27 yards through the air. The Thoroughbreds did manage 307 yards rushing and scored a pair of special teams touchdowns to stay in the game.

Faustino Saucedo was 8-of-18 for 103 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Jasper Jude completed his only two pass attempts for 39 yards and had one touchdown. A.J. Barnette had four catches for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Carl Garmon had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for a WVSU score as well. Aaron Ball hit a pair of field goals, including one from 44 yards out.

Moises Valcarcel had 12 tackles to lead WVSU on defense. Robert Branch added 11 stops, and Joe Stoneman had 10 tackles.


No. 20 Notre Dame Rallies Past Fairmont State

Jaleel McLaughlin’s 2-yard touchdown with just over a minute to play secured a Notre Dame 24-21 victory over Fairmont State on Thursday night at Duvall-Rosier Field.

Notre Dame (6-0, 6-0) overcame a halftime deficit for the third-straight week to remain unbeaten on the season. Fairmont State dropped to 4-2 on the year (3-2 in the MEC).

After trailing 14-3 at the half, NDC managed to grab the lead at 17-14 early in the fourth quarter after rushing touchdowns from McLaughlin and Vasean Davis. Fairmont State’s Takwan Crews-Naylor responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Lewis to put the Fighting Falcons back in front with 9:03 to go.

Notre Dame drove the ball deep into Fairmont State territory and had to go for it fourth down, but Chris Brimm’s pass was intercepted at the one allowing FSU to take over. NDC was able to get a stop on defense with time winding down to force a Fairmont State punt. The snap was bobbled on the punt which allowed Notre Dame to take over at Fairmont State’s 5-yard line.

FSU kept Notre Dame out of the end zone on its first three tries, but a pass interference penalty on fourth down gave NDC new life. McLaughlin then took the ball in on his 41st carry of the night for the go-ahead score with 1:33 left in the game.

Fairmont State was unable to pick up a first down on its next possession and NDC took over and took a knee to seal the victory.

McLaughlin, the NCAA leader in rushing, added 194 more yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Chris Brimm was limited to just 13-of-30 passing for 142 yards and was intercepted twice. 

Notre Dame ran 86 plays and had 377 yards of total offense with 25 first downs on the night. Fairmont State had 58 plays and 288 yards of total offense.

Khalik Hamlin had 85 yards rushing and one touchdown for FSU. Crews-Naylor ended the night 6-of-21 for 171 yards with the one touchdown. Antonio Harris was one of four Fairmont State players with double-digit tackles with 12. Josh Ballard had 11 stops, including a .5 sack.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 7 Games
Gilmer County (2-4) 7 Braxton County (0-6) 12
#4 Doddridge County (6-0) 57 #3 Nicholas County (7-0) 42
Calhoun County (1-6) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-4) 6
#6 Parkersburg Catholic (7-0)  Saturday 46 Lewis County (4-3) 14
Clay County (5-1) 34 Paden City (1-5) 0
Roane County (2-4) 22 Clay-Battelle (4-2) 36
#11 Fayetteville (5-2) 31 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 18
#16 Notre Dame (3-3) 6 #8 Williamstown (6-1) 51
Valley (Wetzel) (2-4) 42 Conotton Valley, OH 14
Hundred (1-6) 8 #4 Cameron (7-0) 38
Wirt County (1-6) 0 North Marion (3-3) 16
St. Marys (2-4) 43 #5 Bridgeport (6-1) 49
Meadow Bridge (2-4) 8 Elkins (2-4) 0
Webster County (3-4) 34 #10 Robert C. Byrd (5-2) 21
East Fairmont (0-6) 14 Lincoln (2-4) 7
Philip Barbour (2-5) 55 #13 Grafton (4-1) 10
Brooke (0-6) 0 #16 George Washington (3-4) 7
#9 Parkersburg South (4-2) 70 #12 Parkersburg (4-3) 32
       
       
 

MEC Week 6 Football Preview - 2018

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Week six gets underway in the Mountain East Conference as NCAA Division II shines its spotlight on the matchup between No. 20 Notre Dame College and Fairmont State.

The game will be featured on a multitude of platforms with fans being able to watch the game on the NCAA Division II Twitter and Facebook pages, WVMetroNews.com, West Virginia Public Television, as well as the MEC Digital Network and associated OTT apps.

NDC comes into Thursday night’s game with a perfect 5-0 record, while Fairmont State is 4-1 and trying to avoid falling two games back in the conference standings.

Two games will kick at noon on Saturday with Shepherd at West Liberty and Charleston at West Virginia Wesleyan. Glenville State will travel to Athens to take on Concord at 1 p.m., and UVa-Wise visits Urbana at 1 p.m. as well. West Virginia State will play a non-conference contest at home against Kentucky State.

Notebook

• Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame), Bozton Sanders (Urbana) and Tanner Harding (Notre Dame) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the fifth week of the season. (Full release)

• In 29 games this season in the MEC, 13 have been decided by 10 points or less (45 percent). Since the start of the 2017 season, 46.2 percent of MEC games were decided by 10 points or less (43-of-93).

• Seven of the 10 games played on Thursday nights have been decided by 10 points or less. Home teams are 6-4 this year on Thursday night.

• A pair of MEC freshmen lead the NCAA in key categories. Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin leads the country in both rushing yards (1,068), rushing yards per game (213.6) and all-purpose yards (248.0). Shepherd quarterback Tyson Bagent leads the country in passing yards per game (394.5) and total offense (408.3).
• McLaughlin (three times) and Bagent (twice) have earned every MEC Offensive Player of the Week honor through five weeks this season.

• There have been 25 100-yard rushing performances in the MEC in the 2018 season. Teams with at least one 100-yard rusher are 17-4 this season.

• Notre Dame owns the longest winning streak in the league at five. Both Urbana and Shepherd are on three-game winning streaks.


THURSDAY, October 04

#20 Notre Dame (5-0, 5-0) at Fairmont State (4-1, 3-1) | 7:10 p.m. | Fairmont, WV (Duvall-Rosier Field)

Series: Fairmont State leads the all-time series, 3-2 ... the last four games between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less ... NDC scored the first 16 points in the game and held off FSU in a 19-14 win last year.

Notes: NDC leads the MEC in turnover margin at +9 with 14 takeaways this year ... Notre Dame has not allowed a sack in the last two games and has given up just five this year ... NDC leads the league in rushing yards (317) and rushing defense (68) ... Fairmont State has doubled its rushing output (978) through the first five games compared to the first five games from last year (409) ... Stephen Turner’s 10 career interceptions are tied for the most in MEC history ... FSU is 5-3 at home in the last two years.


SATURDAY, October 06

Shepherd (3-1, 3-1) at West Liberty (2-3, 2-3) | Noon | West Liberty, WV (West Family Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won the last four, including a 51-14 win last year ... WLU’s last win in the series came in 2012.

Notes: West Liberty junior CB Josh Ojo leads the nation with six interceptions, five of them coming in the last three games ... the West Liberty defense leads the MEC and is tied for No. 5 nationally with 10 interceptions in its first five games ... QB Brenton Colabella’s 32 completions at Notre Dame last week are the most by a Hilltopper since current WLU quarterbacks coach Zach Amedro did it vs. Concord in 2010 ... Tyson Bagent leads NCAA II in passing yards per game (394.5) and total offense (408.3) ... he had a career-best four TD passes last week ... Ryan Feiss had a career-high 211 yards receiving and three touchdowns last week.


Charleston (4-1, 4-1) at WV Wesleyan (0-5, 0-4) | Noon | Buckhannon, WV (Cebe Ross Field)

Series: UC has won three of the last four ... the last two games have been decided by 10 points total ... UC won 15-7 last year with a third quarter safety and a fourth quarter TD run by Mason Olszewski.

Notes: UC’s Jimmy Wheeler is 21st nationally for rushing yards with 513, with five of the top 30 rushers in the country coming from the MEC ... John Cominsky is ranked 7th nationally for TFLs ... Kahzin Daniels is 10th for sacks ... Kane Roush’s 34 career punt returns are second most in UC history (Tori Wagner, 41) ... WVWC is looking for its first win of the season ... after averaging 35.3 points in the first three games, WVWC has scored just 13 total in the last two ... Kenny Lewis Jr. is averaging a league best 32.5 yards per return ... Lewis had 191 return yards last week with a long of 57.


Glenville State (1-4, 1-3) at Concord (1-4, 1-4) | 1 p.m. | Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: Glenville State has won three of the last four, including a 48-28 win at home last year.

Notes: GSC’s Dominic Cizauskas ranks third in the country in forced fumbles, solo tackles and total tackles ... the Pioneers lone win this season came on the road ... QB Jaylen McNair has thrown a TD pass in six-straight games dating back to last season ... Concord’s Zach Malone needs 10 more tackles for 300 in his career ... he is currently eighth among active players in tackles ... after 432 yards of total offense in week one, Concord has been held to under 300 in each of the last four.


UVa-Wise (1-4, 1-4) at Urbana (4-1, 3-1) | 1 p.m. | Urbana, Ohio (UU Stadium)

Series: UVa-Wise has won three of the last four matchups, including a 51-41 win last year.

Notes:UVa-Wise RB Jamorya Cousin leads the team and ranks third in the MEC in rushing yards per game at 103.6 ... freshman Alonzo Brown caught the first touchdown of his collegiate career last week as he posted four catches for 54 yards ... UU is off to its best start since 2007 ... it’s only the fourth 4-1 start in school history ... Urbana is holding opponents to 89.4 yards per game ... the program is looking for just the fifth four-game winning streak in program history.


Kentucky State (0-5) at WV State (2-3) | 1:30 p.m. | Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Notes: WVSU has scored 30 points or more in all but one game this season ... the Yellow Jackets have gone over 400 yards of total offense three times this season ... Faustino Saucedo is completing 63 percent of his passes and has 1,070 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions after stepping in for injured starter Austin Hensley ... Kentucky State has lost three games by less than a touchdown.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. LSU
6. Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma
8. Auburn
9. West Virginia
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. UCF
13. Kentucky
14. Stanford
15. Michigan
16. Wisconsin
17. Miami (FL)
18. Oregon
19. Texas
20. Michigan State
21. Colorado
22. Florida
23. North Carolina State
24. Virginia Tech
25. Oklahoma State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Notre Dame
8. West Virginia
9. Auburn
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. Wisconsin
13. UCF
14. Stanford
15. Kentucky
16. Michigan
17. Miami (FL)
18. Oregon
19. Michigan State
20. Texas
21. Oklahoma State
22. Colorado
23. Virginia Tech
24. Boise State
25. North Carolina State

MEC Football Roundup (September 27, 29, 2018)

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No. 23 Notre Dame 55, West Liberty 21

West Liberty carried a 14-13 lead into the halftime break but a 69-yard touchdown run by Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin sparked a second-half comeback for the Falcons.  Notre Dame (5-0, 5-0) outscored West Liberty (2-3, 2-3) 42-7 after halftime to preserve its undefeated mark.  The Hilltoppers were held to just 35 yards on the ground over the course of the game.
West Liberty scored first in the contest after Joshua Ojo intercepted a Falcon pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.  Isaiah Robinson collected a 19-yard pass with 12:37 on the clock in the second quarter to push the Hilltoppers ahead 14-0.  McLaughlin put Notre Dame on the board in the next possession, capping a four-play, 62-yard drive with a 36-yard run to the end zone.  Tanner Harding hit a 23-yard and 28-yard field goal before the end of the first half to put the Falcons within striking distance.
McLaughlin opened the second half with a 69-yard touchdown run to shift the momentum in favor of Notre Dame.  The Hilltoppers unanswered with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Robinson but were unable to score in the remainder of the contest.
McLaughlin contributed to 340 of the team’s 675 yards behind 26 carries.  He scored three times for the Falcons highlighted by an 89-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter.
Chris Brimm completed 13-27 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns.  He found Marvelle Ross seven times for 109 yards and connected with Connor Henry and Zaire Mitchell once each for a score.  Guam Lee led the defensive effort for the Falcons with 10 stops (six solo, four assisted), with one tackle for loss (13 yards) and two forced fumbles.
Offensively, Brenton Colabella led the effort for West Liberty with 311 yards on 32-of-48 pass completions.  He threw two touchdown passes in the setback.  Isiah Robinson collected a game-high eight receptions for 121 yards with two touchdowns on the day.
Clifford Clark led all players in the game with 16 tackles (nine solo, seven assisted).


West Virginia State 31, Glenville State 17

After trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, West Virginia State responded with 17 unanswered points before halftime and never looked back on its way to a 31-17 win over Glenville State on Saturday.
Down 24-7 in the third quarter, the Pioneers used Jaylen McNair’s six-yard touchdown pass and Justin Watt’s 25-yard field goal to pull within range, but Calil Wilkins’ one-yard scamper with 1:13 left in the game solidified the 31-17 victory for the Yellow Jackets.
West Virginia State (2-3, 2-3) narrowly outgained Glenville State (1-4, 1-3) 173-151 on the ground.  Wilkins ended the day with 102 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.  Dylan Lucas notched eight carries for 51 yards while Carl Garmon added 18 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Faustino Saucedo completed 19-of-33 pass attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns.  He connected with Tyrell Henderson seven times for 171 yards and two scores.
McNair tallied 125 yards in the air on 16-of-28 passing.  Mario Pender hauled in seven receptions for 75 yards and a score while also notching 25 carries for 97 yards in the setback.
Joe Stoneman led the way for the Yellow Jackets defensively with 13 tackles (nine solo, four assisted), 2.5 for loss (23 yards) along with two sacks.  Robert Branch added 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss (two yards).
Dom Cizauskas racked up a game-high 16 stops (eight solo, eight assisted), one for loss (four yards), a forced fumble and two pass breakups.  Samuel Thomas followed with 11 tackles, one for loss (one yard), and one breakup.


Fairmont State 24, UVa-Wise 6

Fairmont State piled up 516 offensive yards and shutout UVa-Wise for three quarters of play in a 24-6 victory on Saturday afternoon. After a scoreless first quarter, Tyree Randolph’s 15-yard touchdown run capped a four-play, 82-yard drive and gave the Falcons an early lead.
Fairmont State (4-1, 3-1) tacked on a 24-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter, leaving UVa-Wise trailing 10-0. With 12:59 on the clock in the third quarter, Takwan Crews-Naylor’s three-yard shove to Alquawn Vickers pushed the Falcons ahead. Javon Hayes collected a two-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter to give Fairmont State a comfortable 24-0 lead.
Tanner Bernard’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Brown with 9:06 left in the game closed out a 12-play, 81-yard scoring drive for the Cavaliers for the final margin.
Crews-Naylor threw for 271 yards on the day on 17-of-26 passing with two touchdowns.  Vickers hauled in six passes for 45 yards and a score while Hayes notched 42 yards on five receptions along with a touchdown.  Shawn Harris needed just three receptions for 110 yards in the win while Khalik Hamlin ran for 109 yards on 16 carries.
Jerry Iweh led the Falcons’ defensive unit with 10 tackles (four solo, six assisted).  Antonio Harris added nine stops in the win.
Bernard completed 23-of-39 pass attempts for 232 yards and a score for UVa-Wise (1-4, 1-4).  Kaian Duverger notched 58 receiving yards with three catches followed by Brown with four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in the loss.  Jamorya Cousin tallied 37 yards on the ground on 14 carries.  Marcus Tarrer led the defensive effort with eight tackles (five solo, three assisted).


Shepherd 61, Concord 21

Shepherd handed Concord a 61-21 setback on Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.
The Mountain Lions (1-4, 1-4) trailed 27-19 heading into halftime before the Rams (3-1, 3-1) outscored Concord 34-2 in the second half to secure the win. Shepherd piled up 576 offensive yards in the win with the Mountain Lions collecting 286 over the course of the contest.
Tyson Bagent completed 24-36 pass attempts for 364 yards and four touchdowns.  Zyan Sturdivant tallied 19 carries for 86 yards with two scores.  Deonte Glover added 44 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on five carries while Sam James notched 49 yards with one touchdown.
Ryan Feiss hauled in 12 catches for 211 yards.  Bagent found Feiss three times for scores and Wanya Allen once en-route to the win.
Kyle Akin threw for 152 yards on 7-of-18 passing with one touchdown.  Akin also led the Mountain Lions on the ground with nine carries for 47 yards.  Zach Malone recorded 14 stops on the day (eight solo, six assisted) with a pass breakup.  Ke’Shawn Hall added 10 tackles in the setback.
Defensively, Ponce DeLeon notched a team-high six tackles for Shepherd along with a pass breakup.


Saint Francis 59, West Virginia Wesleyan 3

West Virginia Wesleyan trailed 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and was unable to recover in a 59-3 setback against Saint Francis on Saturday evening.  The Bobcats were held to 115 yards of total offense on the day; 52 on the ground and 63 in the air.
The Red Flash recorded 417 yards of offense in the win behind Bear Fenimore’s 226 yards in the air on 18-of-22 passing.  He threw three touchdowns over the course of the contest.  Kam Lewis hauled in eight receptions for 138 yards and a score to lead the receiving corps.  Chris Cropper piled up 92 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Ben Bruni led the effort on defense with seven tackles and two sacks (10 yards) for Saint Francis (2-3).
Luke Casey and Matt Vinson combined to complete 10 passes for 63 yards for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-5).  Mason Brubeck notched 11 carries for 29 yards with Kam Brooks grabbing two receptions for 20 yards. Braxton Brooks paced the defense with nine tackles (eight solo, one assisted).


Urbana 20, Charleston 14

Urbana toppled previously unbeaten Charleston, 20-14, on a soggy Thursday night at UC Stadium.

The Blue Knights improved to 4-1 on the year and 3-1 in the MEC. Charleston dropped to 4-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Urbana held Charleston to 66 yards on 55 carries, but still faced a 305-106 deficit in total offense on the night. The Blue Knights took advantage of three fumbles from Charleston and a pair of bad snaps on punts to come away with the victory.

With the game tied 14-14 with just over five minutes to go, Urbana’s Zairn Davis led the game-winning drive for Urbana having completed just four passes for two yards at that point. He hit J.T. Dozier for 25 yards, and two plays later hit Shemar Hooks on a hook-and-go for a 51-yard touchdown to break the tie. UC, which had blocked two field goal attempts in the game, came up with another on the PAT to make it 20-14 with still three minutes left.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie or win the game in the final minute driving the ball all the way to the Urbana three-yard line, but the Urbana defense came up with the stop. A false start made it first and goal from the eight, but a one-yard rush and three successive incomplete passes sealed the victory for the Blue Knights.

A scoreless first half saw each team a solid scoring opportunity. Urbana took over deep in UC territory after a mishandled snap on a punt, but soon fumbled and turned it back over to the Golden Eagles. Charleston had a chance to get on the board with a field goal attempt, but it was blocked by the Blue Knights to make it 0-0 after 30 minutes.

After a blocked field goal by UC, the Urbana defense forced the Golden Eagles to punt after three plays. A bad snap was recovered by David Hickey in the end zone to give the Blue Knights the first points in the game at 7-0. Another UC miscue set up Urbana’s second touchdown as Bozton Sanders forced a fumble on quarterback Damion May and was recovered by Urbana at the three-yard line. Davis hit Hooks from four yards out on third down to double the lead to 14-0.

Early in the fourth quarter, it was UC that was able to take advantage of an Urbana mistake to get its first points. John Cominsky forced a fumble at the Urbana nine. May took it in from six yards out to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 12:43 to go. Brant Grisel provided the Charleston offense a spark on its next drive hitting on 4-of-6 passes for 67 yards. May came on in the red zone and finished the drive from two yards out to tie it at 14-14 before giving it back to Urbana for the decisive drive.

Davis finished 6-of-17 for 78 yards and a pair of scores. Isaiah Young had 39 yards on the ground. Chris Richardson was in on 15 tackles, including two for a loss with a sack. Duray Hall and Marcus Omosule each had 14 tackles.

May threw for 107 yards and added two rushing touchdowns. Grisel had 132 through the air. Michael Strachan had seven catches for 117 yards. Jimmy Wheeler carried the ball 33 times for 97 yards. Cominsky led the team on defense with 12 tackles.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 6 Games
Gilmer County (2-3) 45 Braxton County (0-5) 14
Hundred (1-5) 8 Liberty Harrison (3-3) 42
Clay-Battelle (3-2) 14 Lewis County (3-3) 17
Calhoun County (1-5) 8 #15 Robert C. Byrd (4-2) 21
#3 Nicholas County (6-0) 39 #5 Doddridge County (5-0) 56
Roane County (2-3) 0 Wirt County (1-5) 0
Ravenswood (2-3) 14 #4 Cameron (6-0) 52
#15 Ritchie County (4-2) 32 Paden City (1-5) 16
South Harrison (1-5) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (1-3)  
#14 Tolsia (4-2) 32 #7 Parkersburg Catholic (5-0)  
Notre Dame (2-2)   St. Marys (1-4) 14
#16 Madonna (3-2)   #8 Williamstown (5-1) 48
Webster County (2-4) 42 Tygarts Valley (2-2)  
Tyler Consolidated (3-2) 49 Richwood (2-3)  
Independence (2-4) 33 Philip Barbour (1-5) 0
#11 Clay County (4-1) 13 #13 Petersburg (4-1) 41
Lincoln (2-3) 41 #6 Bridgeport (AA) (5-1) 29
East Fairmont (0-5) 0 #14 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-3) 28
#6 Wheeling Park (4-1) 51    
Parkersburg (3-3) 57    
 

MEC Week 5 Football Preview - 2018

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Charleston puts its perfect record on the line at home against Urbana on Thursday night in the MEC Game of the Week to get week five started. Kickoff from UC Stadium is set for 7:10 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live on the MetroNews Network or online at WVMetroNews.com. A video stream is available at MountainEast.tv.

Three games get started at noon on Saturday with West Virginia State heading to Glenville State, Concord at Shepherd and West Liberty at No. 23 Notre Dame. Fairmont State will travel to UVa-Wise for a 2 p.m. kick, and West Virginia Wesleyan will wrap up the week with a non-conference matchup on the road at St. Francis.


Notebook

• Tyson Bagent (Shepherd), Cedric Amadi (Charleston), Mikal Toliver (Urbana) and Owen Rozanc (West Liberty) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the fourth week of the season. (Complete release)

• In 23 games this season in the MEC, 12 have been decided by 10 points or less.

• Six of the nine games played on Thursday nights have been decided by 10 points or less. Home teams are 6-3 this year on Thursday night.

• Notre Dame is ranked 23rd in the country in the AFCA poll. This is just the second time NDC has been ranked in the AFCA poll when cracked the poll at No. 25. The Falcons are ranked 25th in the D2Football.com poll—the first time the school has been ranked in that poll.

• There have been five punt returns for a touchdown in the MEC this year, which is the most in NCAA Division II. However, the league does not have a kickoff returned for a touchdown yet this season. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27


Urbana (3-1, 2-1) at Charleston (4-0, 4-0) | 7:10 p.m. | Charleston, WV (UC Stadium)

Series: Urbana leads the all-time series, 4-3, and has won each of the last two matchups against the Golden Eagles. 
Notes: An Urbana win against Charleston would match the program’s best start since 2007 ... the Blue Knights set a school record last week by holding WVWC to -3 yards rushing ... Mikal Toliver leads the country with 10.5 tackles for a loss ... UC’s De’Andre Brooks needs one more reception to move into third in school history ... Kenjae Rose leads UC with 28 tackles ... the Golden Eagles are 21st in the country in rushing (223.0) per game ... Urbana is allowing just 95.3 yards per game on the ground.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29


West Liberty (2-2, 2-2) at #25/23 Notre Dame (4-0, 4-0) | Noon | South Euclid, Ohio (Mueller Field)

Series: Notre Dame is 5-0 against West Liberty ... the Falcons edged WLU, 24-19, in last year’s matchup.

Notes: West Liberty is looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak ... DB Josh Ojo is the first Hilltopper with consecutive multiple interception games since 2008 ... his five picks this season are tied for the most in the country ... last week’s second half comeback by Notre Dame marked just the second time the team has won when trailing at the half since 2013 ... NDC has four plays of 70 yards or more this season ... Jeffrey Thomas leads the nation with 15 passes defended ... the Falcons set a school record with 440 rushing yards last week.


West Virginia State (1-3, 1-3) at Glenville State (1-3, 1-2) | Noon | Glenville, WV (I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: Glenville State has won 12 of the last 18 matchups against West Virginia State, but the Yellow Jackets have won two of the last three, including a 34-28 win last year.

Notes: GSC is mired in a three-game losing streak ...the Pioneers surrendered 256 yards on the ground last week to Alderson Broaddus ... Glenville State has been held to under 100 yards rushing in each of the last three games ... the Pioneers have just one interception this year ... no notes submitted by West Virginia State.


Fairmont State (3-1, 2-1) at UVa-Wise (1-3, 1-3) | 2 p.m. | Wise, VA (Carl Smith Stadium)

Series: Fairmont State is 4-1 against UVa-Wise and has outscored the Cavs 92-9 in the last two matchups.

Notes: FSU’s Khalik Hamlin had a career-high 173 yards last week against Charleston ... four Falcons players have more than 20 tackles ... Fairmont State’s loss last week against UC snapped a seven-game winning streak dating back to last season ... UVa-Wise leads the league in total defense at 280.5 yards per game ... Trevor Owens booted a career-long 48-yard field goal while also tying a league record with a 79-yard punt last week ... the Cavs have not scored a touchdown against Fairmont State since 2015.


Concord (1-3, 1-3) at Shepherd (2-1, 2-1) | Noon | Shepherdstown, WV (Ram Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won four of the last five, including a 49-20 win last year in Athens.

Notes: Brandon Plyler became the first CU player in 14 games to record 100 yards receiving ... Concord and Shepherd are two of the three least penalized teams in the MEC ... Concord has led at the half in two games this season after leading at the break just once in 2017 ... no notes submitted by Shepherd.

West Virginia Wesleyan (0-4) at Saint Francis (1-3) | 4 p.m. | Loretto, PA (Degol Field)

Amos Selected Chair Of NCAA Football Committee

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Mountain East Conference Commissioner Reid Amos was named the chairperson of the NCAA Division II Football Committee at the body’s annual meeting. Amos has served on the Football Committee since 2015 as co-chair of Super Region 1 following service on its Regional Advisory Committee.

“It has been a pleasure serving with outstanding administrators and coaches on the NCAA Division II Football Committee over the last three-plus years as together we have tackled many important issues through an important period of time in the sport,” Amos said. “I am honored to serve as chair as we prepare to support an outstanding championship experience during what promises to be an exciting 2018 playoff season.”

Along with Amos, the 2018 NCAA Division II Football Committee includes: Dick Christy (Director of Athletics, UNC Pembroke), Kent Weiser (Director of Athletics, Emporia State), Gary Pine (Director of Athletics, Azusa Pacific), Daryl Dickey (Director of Men’s Athletics, West Georgia), John Wristen (Head Football Coach, Colorado State University-Pueblo), Mike Babcock (Head Football Coach, McKendree), and Gary Goff (Head Football Coach, Tiffin).

Amos is in his sixth season as commissioner of the Mountain East Conference and previously served as chair of NCAA Division II Men’s Golf in 2012-13 and 2013-14. During his time with the MEC, the conference’s members have participated in 13 NCAA semifinals and seven championship finals. League members have claimed a pair of team national championships with Wheeling Jesuit winning women’s volleyball in 2015 and the University of Charleston taking the men’s soccer title in 2017. Additionally, seven MEC student-athletes have been recipients of the Elite 90 Award, among the highest honors for a NCAA student-athlete. The league has also served as host for multiple NCAA regional and national championships, and Amos has led the expansion of the league’s championship offerings from 16 at its founding in 2013 to 23 by the year 2020.

The NCAA Division II Football Playoffs begin Nov. 17 and the national championship is scheduled for December 15. NCAA Division II Football is broken up into four Super Regions with the top seven teams advancing to the NCAA Playoffs from each of the four Super Regions as part of a 28-team championship field. There are a total of 167 football schools in Division II for 2018.

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