College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Ohio State
9. LSU
10. Washington State
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Utah State
15. Texas
16. Fresno State
17. Boston College
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida
20. Washington
21. Penn State
22. NC State
23. Iowa State
24. Michigan State
25. Cincinnati

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Ohio State
8. West Virginia
9. Washington State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Boston College
15. Mississippi State
16. Utah State
17. Fresno State
18. Washington
19. Texas
20. Penn State
21. Florida
22. NC State
23. Cincinnati
24. Utah
25. Iowa State

NFL Cheerleader Takes a Knee During Anthem

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The NFL anthem protests appeared to take a notable turn Thursday night when a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem. Wire services don’t have the image yet, but you can see it in tweeted photos HERE and HERE. The unidentified woman is believed to be the first NFL cheerleader to do so, reports the SFGate. Colin Kaepernick played for the 49ers when he began the practice to protest racial injustice. Last fall, Elle wondered why cheerleaders hadn’t joined in, and former cheerleaders told the magazine that they’d probably be quickly fired if they did so.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11 (Final Week of Regular Season)

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 11 Games
Meadow Bridge (A) (5-5) 64 Sissonville (AA) (6-4) 34
Gilmer County (A) (3-7) 30 Braxton County (AA) (1-9) 14
Calhoun County (A) (1-9) 30 Tygarts Valley (A) (5-5) 0
Ritchie County (A) (7-3) 50 Doddridge County (A) (10-0) 62
Roane County (AA) (3-7) 0 Wirt County (A) (1-9) 0
Midland Trail (A) (10-0) 25 Clay County (AA) (6-4) 38
Tucker County (A) (6-4) 20 Nicholas County (AA) (10-0) 41
Notre Dame (A) (5-5) 28 Richwood (A) (2-8) 0
Liberty Harrison (AA) (6-4) 31 St. Marys (A) (3-7) 7
South Harrison (A) (1-9) 6 Tyler Consolidated (A) (6-4) 26
Bridgeport (AA) (9-1) 56 Paden City (A) (2-8) 6
Lincoln (AA) (4-6) 12 Valley (Wetzel) (A) (3-7) 46
Philip Barbour (AA) (2-8) 7 Elkins (AA) (4-6) 33
Robert C. Byrd (AA) (8-2) 50 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (5-5) 39
Parkersburg South (AAA) (7-3) 10    
Parkersburg (AAA) (6-4) 28    

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. UCF
10. Washington State
11. Kentucky
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. Utah
17. Houston
18. Utah State
19. Iowa
20. Fresno State
21. Mississippi State
22. Syracuse
23. Virginia
24. Boston College
25. Texas A&M

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
5. Georgia
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. UCF
10. West Virginia
11. Washington State
12. Kentucky
13. Penn State
14. Florida
15. Texas
16. Utah
17. Houston
18. Iowa
19. Washington
20. Utah State
21. Mississippi State
22. Virginia
23. Fresno State
24. Syracuse
25. Boston College

MEC Football Roundup (October 27, 2018)

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Glenville State 28, Urbana 21

Glenville State survived a late rally by Urbana to secure a 28-21 win over the Blue Knights on Saturday at Morris Stadium. The Pioneers built a 14-0 lead by halftime and held a commanding 28-0 advantage late in the third until Urbana stormed back to score 21 unanswered points over the course of the last six minutes of the third quarter.

Trailing 28-0 with 5:30 left in the third, Urbana (4-5, 3-5) needed just one play to get back in the game as Cee Jay Hale threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Craig Burt to put the Blue Knights on the board. Urbana then took advantage of back-to-back Pioneer turnovers to cut the deficit.

Jamari Collins recovered a Glenville State (4-5, 4-4) fumble and returned it 30 yards to cut the deficit in half and Tobias Hailey intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards on the next drive to leave Glenville State clinging to 28-21 advantage.

The Pioneers kept the Blue Knights off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Glenville State piled up 414 yards of offense in the win while holding Urbana to 294 offensive yards including just 95 rushing over the course of the contest. Mario Pender led the Pioneers on the ground with 195 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown. Thomas Boles added 65 yards followed by J’Quan Anderson with 64 yards and a score. Jaylen McNair completed 11-of-22 pass attempts for 124 yards with two touchdowns. He found Javon Butler eight times for 113 yards for both passing scores on the day.

Hale threw for 199 yards with one touchdown in the loss for Urbana. He connected with seven different receivers in the setback. Isaiah Young paced the Blue Knights on the ground with 26 carries for 63 yards.

Defensively, Wil Mayes led the way with 13 tackles (six solo, seven assisted) for the Pioneers. Dom Cizauskas added nine in the win (seven solo, two assisted).

Duray Hall notched 11 stops for Urbana (four solo, seven assisted).

#14 Notre Dame 17, Charleston

#14 Notre Dame clinched the MEC Championship on Saturday with a 17-10 win over Charleston at Mueller Field. With the score knotted 10-10, Jaleel McLaughlin closed out an eight-play, 79-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds on the clock to secure the win for the Falcons.

After a scoreless first half, Charleston (5-4, 5-3) got on the board first behind Kevin Weiman’s 47-yard field goal. With 4:51 left in the third, Notre Dame (9-0, 9-0) took its first lead of the game when Chris Brimm connected with Conner Henry on a 53-yard touchdown pass.

The Golden Eagles answered back with 5:37 left to play when Mason Olszewski found Mike Strachan on a 37-yard touchdown pass, closing out an eight play, 80-yard scoring drive. On the next drive, Tanner Harding answered with a 41-yard field goal to tie the score, setting the stage for McLaughlin’s touchdown run in the waning seconds for the final margin.

Notre Dame totaled 327 offensive yards in the win while holding Charleston to 214 on the day, including just 37 yards on the ground. McLaughlin ran for 185 yards on 36 carries with the game-winning touchdown while Brimm completed 12-of-22 pass attempts for 124 yards and one score. He found Henry three times for 70 yards and Zaire Mitchell four times for 57 yards in the win.

Olszewski was 13-of-26 on the day for 177 yards and one touchdown in the setback. Strachan hauled in eight passes for 141 yards while Jimmy Wheeler ran for 62 yards on 21 carries.

RJ Goodwin led the defensive effort for Notre Dame with 12 tackles (seven solo, five assisted) with a sack while Sha’ha Williams and Davion Johnson each had nine stops on the day with Williams tallying 3.5 sacks (47 yards).

Sam Quinn and Kahzin Daniels both tallied eight tackles for Charleston.

Fairmont State 41, West Virginia State 12

Fairmont State kept West Virginia State off the scoreboard in the first and third quarters and outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-6 in the second half on its way to a 41-12 win at Dickerson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fairmont State (7-2, 6-2) held a 13-6 lead at the halftime break before a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and Takwan Crews-Naylor’s 74-yard touchdown pass to Javon Hayes left the Yellow Jackets trailing 27-6 heading in the final quarter. West Virginia State (4-5, 3-5) scored once in the final stanza but was ultimately unable to overcome the deficit.

The Falcons outgained the Yellow Jackets 463-324 over the course of the contest.

Crews-Naylor threw for 130 yards, finding Hayes twice for 103 yards and Alquawn Vickers twice for 27 yards. Khalik Hamlin led the Falcon ground game with 27 carries for 183 yards. Tyree Randolph added 90 yards on 12 carries with Timothy Smith adding 26 yards on three carries. Both scored touchdowns in the win.

Faustino Saucedo completed 21-of-37 pass attempts for 191 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Carl Garmon ran for 75 yards on 12 carries while Zach Pate hauled in eight passes for 68 yards for the Yellow Jackets. AJ Barrette caught six passes for 36 yards and a score.

Robert Branch and Joe Stoneman both tallied 11 tackles defensively for West Virginia State. Dustin Crouser followed with 10 stops (three solo, seven assisted).

Malachi McMillan notched nine tackles (five solo, four assisted), one tackle for loss (five yards) and a forced fumble while Jerry Iweh added eight stops (two solo, six assisted), a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

Shepherd 58, West Virginia Wesleyan 35

Shepherd scored 19 points off of West Virginia Wesleyan turnovers on its way to a commanding 58-35 win over the Bobcats on Saturday at Ram Stadium. Tyson Bagent threw for 306 yards and set a MEC single-game record with seven touchdown passes in the win while tying the league record for single-game touchdown responsibility.

The Rams held a narrow 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before running away with a 32-7 advantage by the halftime break. The Bobcats were unable to pull back within striking distance in the remainder of the contest.

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Matt Vinson completed 20-of-33 passes for 197 yards and three scores in the setback. He found Jujuan Linzy six times for 39 yards and two scores and Elijah Nelson twice for 35 yards and one touchdown. Derek Drapen hauled in four passes for 61 yards for the Bobcats while Lawrence Brown tallied 20 carries for 101 yards and one score on the afternoon.

Shepherd’s Bagent threw seven touchdowns to four different receivers over the course of the contest. Wanya Allen, Ryan Feiss, and Greg Leonard each hauled in a touchdown pass on the day with DJ Cornish hauling in four catches for 50 yards and three touchdowns. Allen led the receiving corps with 10 receptions for 94 yards followed by Feiss with seven snags and 81 yards. Antwan Squired paced the Rams on the ground with 15 carries for 175 yards and one score.

Ahmad Jones had eight stops (six solo, two assisted) and two forced fumbles defensively for Shepherd (6-2, 6-2). Anthony Hill notched eight stops (four solo, four assisted) with one tackle for loss (10 yards), a fumble recovery, and a sack for West Virginia Wesleyan (1-8, 1-7).

Concord 46, West Liberty 33

Concord forced four West Liberty turnovers and scored a pair of special teams’ touchdowns to hand the Hilltoppers a 46-33 setback on Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.

A Hilltopper turnover led to Concord’s first score of the game and a bad snap during the following led drive contributed to a 15-0 lead for the Mountain Lions in a first quarter that saw both teams combine for 35 points.

Concord held a 25-20 lead at the halftime break. West Liberty (3-6, 3-6) battled back from the early deficit to grab the lead in the opening minute of the second half after a Concord (2-7, 2-6) fumble but the Mountain Lions responded with 21 unanswered points to put the game out of reach and earn its first home win of the season.

West Liberty outgained Concord 510-408 on the day.

Zach Phillips threw for 398 yards with three touchdowns behind 29-of-48 passing and ran for 39 yards on 13 carries with a score for West Liberty. Nate Phillips caught two touchdown passes in the contest and hauled in six catches for 96 yards. Shane Phillips added 84 yards on six catches while D.J. Frisby notched two receptions for 81 yards with one score. Frisby also notched 21 carries for 90 yards and a score.

Kyle Akin completed 11-of-18 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns for Concord. He connected with Isaiah Bowman twice for 88 yards and Tywan Pearce twice for 83 yards. Both caught touchdown passes in the win. Josh Maxwell tallied 87 yards on the ground on 16 carries and a score followed by Kris Copeland’s eight carries for 47 yards and one touchdown.

Zach Malone led the effort defensively for Concord with nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), two forced fumbles, and an interception (nine yards).

Zahir Hicks notched seven stops for West Liberty with one tackle for loss (four yards).

MEC Week 9 Football Preview - 2018

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Week nine in the Mountain East Conference features five games on Saturday, including four kicking off at noon.

No. 14 Notre Dame will try and clinch the MEC title at home against Charleston in a game that features two of the top rushing offenses and defenses. West Liberty will try to snap a nine-game road losing streak, while Concord will be looking to get back in the win column for the first time since the opening week of the season. Urbana heads to Glenville State for a noon kickoff, and West Virginia Wesleyan will travel to Shepherd to take on the Rams. Two of the hotter teams in the league will meet in the final game of the day as Fairmont State (winners of three of the last four) and West Virginia State (winners of four of its last five) at 1 p.m. in Institute.


• Takwan Crews-Naylor (FSU), Cliff Clark (WLU) and Marvelle Ross (NDC) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the eighth week of the season. (Full release)

• MEC teams that scored 30 points were 5-0 last week.

• Jaleel McLaughlin’s 1,427 yards already ranks second in a single season in MEC history. The single-season mark is held by Concord’s Calvinaugh Jones with 1,736 in 2014.

• Teams with a 100-yard rusher went 5-0 last week and are 9-0 in the last two weeks.

• Week eight was the first week that saw no games decided by 10 points or less. The smallest margin of victory was 12 points.

SATURDAY, October 27

WV Wesleyan (1-7, 1-6) at Shepherd (5-2, 5-2) | Noon | Shepherdstown, WV (Ram Field)

Series: The Rams are unbeaten against WVWC since joining the MEC ... the Rams have scored over 40 points in four of those five games, including a 45-14 win last season.

Notes: Antwan Squire had his first career 100-yard rushing game last week ... Shepherd is 0-2 when rushing for less than 100 yards in a game ... the Rams have five interceptions in the last three games ... the Bobcats were shutout in last week’s game vs. Notre Dame ... WVWC has been held to negative yards rushing twice this season ... Shepherd’s Ryan Feiss ranks first in the league with 62 receptions, while WVWC’s Jujuan Linzy is fourth with 40 this year

Charleston (5-3, 5-2) at #14 Notre Dame (8-0, 8-0) | Noon | South Euclid, Ohio (Mueller Field)

Series: UC won the first three meetings, but Notre Dame has won the last two ... the Falcons edged Charleston, 17-12, in last season’s game.

Notes: Two of the top rushing offenses and defenses meet up on Saturday ... Notre Dame leads the MEC in rushing yards (300.0 per game) and rushing defense (76.4) ... Charleston is fourth in the conference with 172.0 rushing yards per game, and is giving up just 86.4 on the ground ... NDC has allowed just one rushing TD in the last four games ... Notre Dame has had more than 300 yards rushing than its opponent five times under head coach Mike Jacobs, including three times this year ... UC’s Jimmy Wheeler had a program-record 35 carries last week vs. UVa-Wise ... last week’s win over the Cavs was the 50th for head coach Pat Kirkland.

Urbana (4-4, 3-4) at Glenville State (3-5, 3-4) | Noon |  Glenville, WV (I.L & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: Urbana picked up a win in 2013, but Glenville State has won each of the last four matchups ... the Pioneers have put up at least 30 points in each of those four games.

Notes: Urbana is -10 in turnovers during its three-game losing streak ... the Blue Knights have just two sacks on the road this year ... a win for UU would equal the most conference wins in a season under Tyler Haines ... GSC has struggled on third down this year converting just 32-of-112 (28.6 percent) ... Dom Cizauskas is averaging 12.1 tackles per game and has forced three fumbles this year.

West Liberty (3-5, 3-5) at Concord (1-7, 1-6) | Noon | Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: Concord has won three of the last five, but West Liberty triumphed last year, 44-14.

Notes: West Liberty is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak that dates back to 2016 ... WLU has had fewer penalties than its opponent in each of the last 11 games ... Cliff Clark leads the country in solo tackles (65) ... Josh Ojo’s six picks this year rank second nationally ... Concord’s Brandon Plyler now has five career games of multiple touchdown catches ... the Mountain Lions had a season-high 459 yards of offense last week vs. UNC Pembroke ... Concord has just three sacks this year.

Fairmont State (6-2, 5-2) at WV State (4-4, 3-4) 1 p.m. Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Series: Fairmont State has won three of the last four meetings since 2014 ... WVSU led 24-7 at halftime last year, but the Falcons rallied for the 34-27 win at home.

Notes: Fairmont State’s Takwan Crews-Naylor is ranked 25th or higher in the country in five different statistical categories ... his 17 touchdown passes are 10th-most in a single season at FSU ... Khalik Hamlin needs 59 yards to be the first Fairmont State player to rush for 1,000 yards since Doug Brazill in 2007 ... WVSU saw its four-game winning streak snapped last week at West Liberty ... WVSU has had at least two rushing TDs in each of the last five games ... the Yellow Jackets have won the turnover battle in just three games this year ... last week’s 17 penalties vs. West Liberty were a season-high.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (3-6) 0 Braxton County (1-8) 35
Ritchie County (6-3) 46 East Fairmont (0-9) 0
Meadow Bridge (3-5) 30 Lewis County (6-4) 14
Calhoun County (1-8) 0 Liberty Harrison (5-4) 35
Williamstown (8-2) 7 Parkersburg Catholic (9-1) 43
Doddridge County (9-0) 14 Hannan (0-8) 0
Roane County (AA) (3-6) 6 Valley (Wetzel) (2-7) 24
Ripley (AAA) (8-1) 41 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 26
Webster County (6-4) 48 Bridgeport, OH 0
Montcalm (1-8) 29 Cameron (10-0) 52
Clay-Battelle (5-4) 0 Beallsville, OH 6
Notre Dame (4-5) 57 Paden City (2-7) 36
East Hardy (2-7) 44 Ravenswood (3-6) 31
South Harrison (1-8) 7 St. Marys (3-6) 13
Robert C. Byrd (7-2) 28 Richwood (2-7) 6
North Marion (4-5) 9 Summers County (6-3) 54
Philip Barbour (2-7) 14 Clay County (5-4) 8
Lincoln (4-5) 34 PikeView (5-5) 38
Parkersburg (5-4) 21 Wheeling Park (6-3) 0
Huntington (7-2) 27 Parkersburg South (7-2) 30
Buckhannon-Upshur (4-5) 21    
Preston (1-8) 3    

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Texas
7. Georgia
8. Oklahoma
9. Florida
10. UCF
11. Ohio State
12. Kentucky
13. West Virginia
14. Washington State
15. Washington
16. Texas A&M
17. Penn State
18. Iowa
19. Oregon
20. Wisconsin
21. South Florida
22. NC State
23. Utah
24. Stanford
25. Appalachian State

Coaches Poll

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

MEC Football Roundup (October 20, 2018)

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#14 Notre Dame 41, West Virginia Wesleyan 0

Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a 41-0 shutout win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field.

Marvelle Ross returned two punts for a touchdown as the 14th-ranked Falcons improved to 8-0 on the year (8-0 MEC). Ross took the opening punt of the game 71 yards for the score, and then added a 74-yard return in the fourth quarter to lead NDC to the win.

Notre Dame held West Virginia Wesleyan (1-7, 1-6) to -5 yards rushing in the game and just 195 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Falcons had 325 yards on the ground and 458 yards of offense. Vasean Davis needed just nine carries to rack up 128 yards and had one touchdown. Jaleel McLaughlin carried the ball 16 times for 90 yards and had a score. Chris Brimm was 18-of-27 for 133 yard with one touchdown and one score. Markus Hood caught a TD pass for NDC.

Curtis Collins had a team-best six tackles on the day, while RJ Goodwin had five stops, including two for a loss with a sack.

WVWC’s Matt Vinson was 23-of-42 for 200 yards. Jujuan Linzy had nine catches for 72 yards. Robby Huddleston had a game-best 11 tackles, including two TFL.

Fairmont State 52, Glenville State 9

Fairmont State scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions as the Falcons rolled to a 52-9 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon in the “Battle for the Bit.“

Takwan Crews-Naylor threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers to lead the Falcons (6-2, 5-2) to the win. Khalik Hamlin added 119 yards on the ground with a touchdown and Tyree Randolph added 53 yards rushing and had two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). Shawn Harris had three catches for 125 yards and one touchdown.

The FSU defense allowed just 10 first downs and 198 yards of total offense on the day. Jerry Iweh had four stops, including one for a loss, to lead FSU.

Jaylen McNair had 103 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. J’Quan Anderson had 91 yards rushing. Samuel Thomas had game-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and Dom Cizauskas was in on 12 stops.

Shepherd 44, Urbana 21

Urbana went ahead early, but Shepherd scored 37 unanswered points on its way to a 44-21 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon at UU Stadium.

With the win, Shepherd improved to 5-2 on the year (5-2 MEC). Urbana slipped to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in MEC play.

CeeJay Hale found Jesse Bray for a 74-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game to put the Blue Knights up early, but Shepherd took control after that. Tyson Bagent had a rushing touchdown and another passing, Antwan Squire added a pair of rushing touchdowns and the Rams added a defensive touchdown during that stretch.

Squire finished the day with three rushing touchdowns and 132 yards on the ground. Bagent was 20-of-30 for 216 yards with a touchdown against two interceptions. Chrys Lane had a team-best eight tackles, including two for a loss with one sack.

Urbana’s Hale completed 6-of-13 passes for 98 yards. Isaiah Young added 61 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Knights. DeArmon Lewis led the defensive effort with nine tackles and had an interception.

Charleston 24, UVa-Wise 10

Charleston trailed 10-0 after the first quarter, but rallied to score the game’s next 24 points to earn the 24-10 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at UC Stadium.

The Cavs (3-5, 3-5) scored a touchdown on its first possession and added a field goal the second time it had the ball to take the 10-0 lead. None of UVa-Wise’s next seven drives lasted more than six plays with five ending in punts and two ending in turnovers.

Meanwhile, UC (5-3, 5-2) scored 17 points in the second quarter to take control of the game. Kevin Weiman hit a 33-yard field goal, and then Jimmy Wheeler scored on a 40-yard scamper and Mason Olszewski hit Michael Strachan from 22 yards out to cap the scoring. Olzewski would add an 81-yard touchdown pass on its first play in the third quarter allowing the UC defense to handle things from there.

Olszewski was 11-of-20 for 194 yards with two scores through the air. Wheeler finished with 148 yards rushing and the one touchdown. Gerron Fryer had two catches for 98 yards.

Kahzin Daniels had 1.5 sacks and seven tackles on the day for the Golden Eagles. Jonte Pooler broke up five passes, while Sam Quinn and Chris Turner each had interceptions.

Tanner Bernard was 20-of-31 for 150 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions. Donavan Montague had 14 total tackles to lead UVa-Wise on defense and Shavonta Timothy had 1.5 sacks for the Cavs.

West Liberty 36, West Virginia State 24

Zach Phillips had 128 yards through the air and another 101 yards on the ground to help lead West Liberty to a 36-24 win over West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon at West Family Stadium. West Liberty scored points on each of its first four possessions and held off the Yellow Jackets in the second half to pick up the win on Homecoming.

The Hilltoppers (3-5, 3-5) rolled up 278 yards on the ground led by Phillips (101), D.J. Frisby (95) and Charles Westbrook (61). The rushing attack allowed WLU to hold the ball for nearly 35 minutes.

Phillips was 11-of-19 through the air with a pair of touchdowns. Nine different players caught passes for the Hilltoppers. Owen Rozanc was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals on the day to add key points for West Liberty.

Cliff Clark had 12 tackles (11 solo), including two for a loss to lead WLU on defense. Logan Deri made seven solo stops.

West Virginia State (4-4, 3-4) outgained West Liberty on the day, 441-412. However, the Yellow Jackets were called for 17 penalties totaling 158 yards. Faustino Salcedo was 21-of-36 for 281 yards with one touchdown. Calil Wilkins had 74 yards on the ground and Tyrell Henderson had six catches for 80 yards. Moises Valcarcel had 13 tackles (12 solo) to lead WVSU on defense, and Joe Stoneman had 12 total tackles and came up with an interception.

UNC Pembroke 48, Concord 34

UNC Pembroke downed Concord, 48-34, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Mountain Lions (1-7, 1-6) outgained the Braves (2-4) by a 459-378 margin and had more first downs (23-17), but gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and were -2 on turnovers in the game.

Isaiah Bowman put Concord up 17-14 midway through the second quarter, but UNCP 28 unanswered points to seize control of the game. The Mountain Lions mounted a late rally to get within 10 with 2:30 left, but the Braves added a score to ice the game.

Adam Fulton was 12-of-16 for 131 with two touchdowns, and Kyle Akin was 9-of-15 for 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Bowman had 77 yards on the ground and 43 yards receiving with one touchdown. Brandon Plyler had six catches for 112 yards and two TDs.

Zach Malone led the team defensively with 12 tackles.

UNCP’s Josh Jones threw for 153 yards and two scores, and Joshua Dale had 83 yards through the air with two more touchdowns. Josh Sheridan rushed 16 times for 79 yards and one TD.

Tyler Hinton had nine tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, to lead the Braves on defense.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 9 Games
Gilmer County (3-5) 25 Braxton County (0-8) 7
Valley (Fayette) (1-8) 48 North Marion (4-4) 37
Ravenswood (A) (2-6) 30 Lewis County (6-3) 10
Roane County (3-5) 50 Philip Barbour (2-6) 0
#15 Ritchie County (5-3) 36 #5 Doddridge County (8-0) 42
Wirt County (1-8) 12 Valley (Wetzel) (2-6) 0
Webster County (5-4) 40 #7 Parkersburg Catholic (8-1) 6
Notre Dame (3-5) 22 #6 Williamstown (8-1) 48
#15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 13 #4 Cameron (9-0) 62
#13 Magnolia (6-3) 37 Beallsville, OH 6
St. Marys (3-5) 29 Richwood (2-6) 20
South Harrison (1-7) 20 #11 Van (7-1) 53
Lincoln (3-5) 0 Clay County (5-3) 8
Elkins (3-5) 36 #14 Shady Spring (6-2) 48
#8 Robert C. Byrd (6-2) 49 #4 Bridgeport (8-1) 28
Liberty Harrison (4-4) 20 #7 Keyser (6-2) 19
#3 Nicholas County (8-0) #7 Parkersburg South (6-2) 48
Independence (3-5)    Postponed until 10.20.18 at 6 PM   #14 Greenbrier East (4-4) 14
Brooke (0-8) 14    
Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 27    

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