MEC Announces Football And Soccer Weekly Honors

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MEC Announces Week 4 Football Honors

Tyson Bagent (Shepherd), Cedric Amadi (Charleston), Mikel 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.

Bagent, a freshman from Martinsburg, W.Va., is the MEC Offensive Player of the Week for a second-straight week after helping the Rams to a 27-7 road win over West Virginia State. He completed 23-of-40 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another 44 yards in the win over the Yellow Jackets. Bagent is the only quarterback in NCAA Division II to average over 400 yards per game (404.7).

Charleston’s Amadi and Urbana’s Toliver share Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading their teams to wins last week. Amadi, a senior from Reisterstown, Md., tied an MEC record with three interceptions in a win over Fairmont State. His three picks all came in UC territory, including a key interception in his own end zone in the fourth quarter to help preserve UC’s lead. Toliver, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, did it all for Urbana in a win over West Virginia Wesleyan. He recorded a career-high eight tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, with a pair of sacks. He also forced a fumble on one of his sacks that led to an 84-yard recovery for a touchdown and was credited with a pass breakup in the victory.

Rozanc, a freshman from Sheffield Lake, Ohio, is the Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting all three field goal attempts in a 23-17 win over UVa-Wise. He also connected on both point-after tries as the Hilltoppers earned their second win of the season.

Minuzzi, Henricksen Earn Men’s Soccer Honors

Wheeling Jesuit’s Martin Minuzzi is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Urbana’s Jakob Henriksen is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Minuzzi, a senior from Cardoba, Argentina, had six points in two matches last week. In a win over No. 13 Notre Dame, Minuzzi provided a goal and an assist to help lead the upset victory over the Falcons. He followed that up with a goal and assist against seventh-ranked Charleston.

Henriksen, a sophomore from Odense, Denmark, helped lead Urbana to a 2-0-0 week. He recorded three saves in a 1-0 win over West Liberty, and then was called on to make a career-high eight saves as the Blue Knights topped West Virginia Wesleyan, 3-1.

Johnson, Hartnell Recognized By MEC

Fairmont State’s Abigail Johnson is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while West Liberty’s Lauren Hartnell is league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Johnson, a junior from Vienna, W.Va., had eight points in two matches as the Falcons went 2-0-0 and remained unbeaten in the MEC North. She had two goals and two assists in a win over Glenville State, and then added a goal in FSU’s 3-0 win over Wheeling Jesuit.

Hartnell, a senior from Nashport, Ohio, recorded a clean sheet as the Hilltoppers took down Urbana, 2-0. She recorded three saves in the victory.

MEC Football Roundup (September 20, 22, 2018)

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

West Liberty 23, UVa-Wise 17

Brenton Colabella put West Liberty ahead to stay with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Shane Phillips midway through the fourth quarter and the WLU defense slammed the door in the waning minutes of a 23-17 win against UVa-Wise Saturday afternoon at West Family Stadium.

The Cavaliers (1-3, 1-3) saw their last chance at victory snatched away with just 1:07 remaining by Hilltopper junior cornerback Josh Ojo’s toe-tapping interception – his second pick of the day – at the West Liberty 24.

It was the sixth turnover of the afternoon for UVa-Wise, which had racked up more than 600 yards of total offense in last week’s 35-20 win at Concord but held to just 219 yards of total offense on Saturday and didn’t score an offensive point over the final three quarters.

Leading 13-10, the Hilltoppers got the ball at the Cavalier 48 with just six seconds remaining and tried to set up a “Hail Mary” to the end zone but junior QB Zach Phillips was flushed from the pocket and lost control of the ball. The visitors’ Buster Henderson scooped it up and sprinted 52 yards to paydirt with no time on the clock, giving UVa-Wise a stunning 17-13 halftime lead.

Colabella replaced Zach Phillips under center for the second half after Phillips, who had been injured in last week’s game at Charleston, found his throwing mechanics being hampered by the lingering aftereffects.

The second half was a defensive struggle but the Hilltoppers were able to close the gap late in the third quarter when Ojo picked off a Cavalier pass near midfield, setting up a 27-yard Rozanc field goal that trimmed the margin to 17-16 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Osman Kargbo – who had put WLU on the board with a 33-yard TD catch from Phillips in the first quarter – came through with a 23-yard punt return to set the stage for what proved to be the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Kargbo’s return put the Hilltoppers on the UVa-Wise 47. A 15-yard penalty on the Cavaliers followed by an 8-yard toss from Colabella to Isaiah Robinson and a pair of D.J. Frisby runs moved the ball inside the 20. On first-and-10 from the 14, Colabella lobbed a perfect fade route to the 6-5 Phillips in the right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score with 8:33 to play.

The Cavaliers got the ball back for the final time with just under 4 minutes to go and drove from their own 35 to the WLU 31 before Ojo’s game-sealing interception with just over a minute to play.

Colabella and Zach Phillips combined to complete 9-of-29 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions. Kargbo was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 71 yards while Charles Westbrook and Frisby combined for 81 rushing yards on 28 carries.

Cavalier QBs Tanner Bernard and Brycen Lee combined to complete 22-of-36 passes for 172 yards with one TD and three interceptions. Kaian Duverger had 5 catches for 75 yards and a score while Jamorya Cousin finished with 63 rushing yards on 20 attempts.

Senior LB Cliff Clark led the WLU defense with 13 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and 2 tackles-for-loss while junior DB Brandon Morrison had 6 solo tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Notre Dame 47, Concord 22

Notre Dame scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to break race past Concord, 47-22, on Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.

Concord (1-3, 1-3) got a late touchdown reception from Brandon Plyler with just 1:21 left in the first half to take a 22-17 lead into the break. The Falcons (4-0, 4-0) rallied for 23 points in the third quarter, though, to end Concord’s bid at an upset. Vasean Davis had a pair of touchdown runs, Jaleel McLaughlin added another and a safety on a bad snap on a punt led to the 23 points in the quarter. Davis added his third rushing touchdown of the day to cap the scoring for NDC.

The Falcons rolled up 440 yards on the ground on the day led by 135 from Nehemiah Brown. McLaughlin had 127 with two touchdowns and Davis finished with 87 yards and three TDs. Dylan Akers was 11-of-16 for 125 yards and one TD. Marvelle Ross hauled in six passes for 89 yards and one touchdown.

RJ Goodwin led NDC with eight tackles and Sha’ha Williams had three sacks.

Kyle Akin was 13-of-25 passing for 136 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Plyler had nine catches for 122 yards and two TDs. Zach Malone had a game-high 11 tackles on the night.

Shepherd 27, West Virginia State 7

Shepherd handed West Virginia State a 27-7 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.

The Rams (2-1, 2-1) out-gained West Virginia State (1-3, 1-3) by a 528-332 margin, which included holding WVSU to just 88 yards rushing. Shepherd also controlled the ball for nearly 35 minutes in the victory.

Tyson Bagent was 23-of-40 for 318 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Zyan Sturdivant carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards. Greg Leonard needed just four catches to record 124 yards receiving and had a touchdown, and Wanya Allen had four catches for 96 yards and a score.

Chrys Lane had a team-high 10 tackles including one for a loss. Ponce DeLeon had nine tackles and an interception.

Faustino Saucedo was 16-of-25 for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Zach Pate finished with 85 yards and one touchdown. Moises Valcarcel had a game-high 17 tackles and Joe Stoneman was in on 16 stops.

Alderson Broaddus 45, Glenville State 17

Alderson Broaddus downed Glenville State, 45-17, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at I.L & Sue Morris Stadium.

Alderson Broaddus (1-3) turned a pair of Glenville State (1-3) turnovers and turned them into 13 points in the victory. The Battlers also had over 500 yards of total offense and held the Pioneers to just over 250.

Joe Czelusniak completed 24-of-32 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Maurice Thomas had seven catches for 133 yards with one touchdown. Jalen Jackson added 92 yards on the ground for ABU.

Jaylen McNair was limited to just 12-of-25 passing for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception. DeQuan Hopkins had 87 yards receiving and Thomas Boles had 75 yards rushing. Mario Pender scored a touchdown to go with 30 yards on the ground.

Dom Cizauskas had a game-high 14 tackles for GSC. Wil Mayes had eight tackles, including a pair for a loss.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Charleston 23, Fairmont State 17

Charleston built an early lead in the first half and held off Fairmont State late in a 23-17 win over the Falcons on Thursday night at Duvall-Rosier Field. The win keeps Charleston unbeaten on the year at 4-0 (4-0 MEC), while Fairmont State was handed its first loss of the season (3-1, 2-1 MEC).

FSU took the opening kickoff inside UC territory but settled for a field goal. Charleston took the lead at the end of the first quarter as Damion May led a seven-play, 71-yard drive down the field and capped it with a 15-yard slant to Tyreik McAllister. The PAT failed, though, so UC settled for the 6-3 lead.

Khalik Hamlin ripped a 47-yard run deep into UC territory on Fairmont State’s next possession, but Jonte Pooler punched the ball out and the Golden Eagles recovered in the end zone. UC traveled 80 yards in nine plays and May punched it in from the one-yard line to go ahead 13-3. May would score again from the one with 2:45 to go to push the lead to 20-3. Fairmont State tried to get a score before halftime, but the drive stalled and Charleston capitalized and added a field goal to take a 23-3 lead into the break.

With the score still 23-3 midway through the third quarter, an eight-yard punt put Fairmont State in business at the Charleston 24. The Falcons were able to capitalize as Hamlin took it in from two yards out. FSU was able to stop Charleston and got the ball back, but Amadi registered his third pick of the day in the end zone to stop the threat.

The Golden Eagles fumbled on their next possession, and Fairmont State added another TD to cut the deficit to 23-17 with still 9:22 left in the game. UC went three-and-out and gave the ball back to FSU, but the Falcons were forced to punt as well. Charleston took over with 5:24 left in the game and managed to pick up three first downs that allowed it to take a knee and not allow Fairmont State one final opportunity.

The teams were evenly matched statistically on the night with Charleston having the slight edge in total yards, 302-291. The Golden Eagles had the distinct advantage with +3 on turnovers.

May finished 12-of-23 passing for 175 yards and one touchdown, and also had 73 yards rushing and a pair of scores. Jimmy Wheeler added 20 carries for 74 yards. Kenjae Rose had a team-high 10 tackles and Kahzin Daniels had a pair of sacks.

Hamlin had 24 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown to lead Fairmont State. Takwan Crews-Naylor was limited to just 12-of-21 passing for 131 yards with one touchdown against three interceptions. Antonio Harris had a game-high 11 tackles for FSU, including one for a loss.

Urbana 42, West Virginia Wesleyan 10

Urbana raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and scored the final 21 points of the game to take a 42-10 decision over West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday night at UU Stadium.

With the win, the Blue Knights improve to 3-1 on the year (2-1 MEC). West Virginia Wesleyan falls to 0-4 (0-4 MEC).

Urbana held West Virginia Wesleyan to -3 yards rushing in the game, but gave up 385 to the Bobcats through the air. The Blue Knights had a more balanced offense piling up 257 yards on the ground and 147 more through the air for 402 yards of total offense. WVWC was plagued by four lost fumbles, including one that was returned 84 yards for a touchdown by Urbana.

Isaiah Young had 19 carries for 86 yards and scored two first half touchdowns to help stake the Blue Knights to the early lead. Bailey Wallen added six carries for a game-high 89 yards and also had a touchdown. Eddie Stockett was 8-of-12 for 128 yards through the air. Jesse Bray had six catches for 68 yards and had one touchdown.

Mikal Toliver had eight tackles to lead UU on defense, including two sacks and two others for a loss. Jamari Collins was the UU player who scooped the WVWC fumble and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown. DeArmon Lewis and Tobias Haley each added eight tackles.

West Virginia Wesleyan quarterback Luke Casey was 32-of-47 for 385 yards with one touchdown but was sacked five times. Jujuan Linzy had 10 catches for 98 yards. Anthony Hill had a team-high eight tackles and Brady Walker recorded six solo stops for the Bobcats.

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 5 Games
#6 Parkersburg Catholic (5-0) 44 Roane County (2-2) 40
Gilmer County (1-3) 7 Braxton County (0-4) 14
Calhoun County (1-4) 24 #8 Doddridge County (4-0) 41
St. Marys (1-3) 42 #11 Ritchie County (3-2) 12
Webster County (2-3) 6 Preston (AAA) (1-4) 0
#1 Mount View (5-0) 53 Lewis County (3-2) 34
Philip Barbour (AA) (1-4) 0 #11 Madonna (3-2) 0
#3 Tucker County (5-0) 10 #6 Cameron (5-0) 48
South Harrison (1-4) 7 #9 Williamstown (4-1) 66
Moorefield (1-4) 46 Buffalo (0-5) 13
Wirt County (1-4) 6 Hundred (1-4) 12
Tyler Consolidated (2-2) 63 Paden City (1-4) 42
#7 Robert C. Byrd (3-2) 35 Pocahontas County (3-2) 43
#10 Bridgeport (4-1) 41 Richwood (2-3) 16
#14 Clay County (4-0) 19 Beallsville, OH 12
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 0 Valley (Wetzel) (1-3) 32
#16 Grafton (3-1) 39 #7 Oak Hill (4-1) 26
Liberty Harrison (2-3) 7 #3 Nicholas County (5-0) 47
Greenbrier East (3-2) 32 Parkersburg (2-3) 41
#10 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 6 Marietta, OH 28
#11 Parkersburg South (3-2) 35    
#7 John Marshall (3-2) 7    

MEC Week 4 Football Preview - 2018

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Week four in the Mountain East Conference gets started on Thursday night with a big matchup featuring a pair of unbeaten teams in Charleston (3-0, 3-0) at Fairmont State (3-0, 2-0). Kickoff from Duvall-Rosier Field is slated for 7:10 p.m. Fans across the region can listen to the game on the WVMetroNews Radio Network or online at A video stream is also provided by Fairmont State at

Urbana also welcomes West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday night.

Saturday’s slate gets started with Shepherd on the road at West Virginia State. Notre Dame puts its perfect record on the line on the road at Concord. UVa-Wise hits the road to take on West Liberty and Glenville State wraps up the week by hosting a non-conference matchup against Alderson Broaddus.


• Tyson Bagent (Shepherd), Kahzin Daniels (Charleston), Buster Henderson (UVa-Wise) and Lyrics Klugh (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the third week of the season. (Complete weekly honors)

• In 17 games this season in the MEC, 10 have been decided by 10 points or less. Two games were decided by three point or less last week.

• Since the start of the 2017 season, 49.3 percent of MEC games were decided by 10 points or less (40-of-81).

• Five of the seven games played on Thursday nights have been decided by 10 points or less. The average margin of victory in those games is just 8.9 points. Home teams are 5-2 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 (601), rushing yards per game (200.3) and all-purpose yards (222.3). Shepherd quarterback Tyson Bagent leads the country in passing yards per game (448.0) and total offense (454.0).

• Charleston leads the MEC with 21 offensive plays of 20+ yards or more (eight rushing, 13 passing). Notre Dame, which has 19 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, has scored a league-best four rushing touchdowns on plays of 20 yards or more.

THURSDAY, September 20

Charleston (3-0, 3-0) at Fairmont State (3-0, 3-0) | 7:05 p.m. | Fairmont, WV (Duvall-Rosier FIeld)

Series: After losing three-straight, Fairmont State has won the last two, including a dramatic 19-16 win last season.
Notes: The league’s top scoring offense (FSU) meets the top scoring defense (UC) on Thursday night ... the last two games have been decided by less than 10 points ... UC is off to its best start since 2015 ... Jonte Pooler is fourth in the country in passes defended ... UC set a school record with 10 sacks last week against West Liberty ... Khalik Hamilton has 100 yards rushing in each of the last two games ... Lyrics Klugh has a punt return for a TD in each of the last two games and is just the third FSU player to have two punt returns for a TD in a season since 1999.

West Virginia Wesleyan (0-3, 0-3) at Urbana (2-1, 1-1) | 7 p.m. | Urbana, Ohio (UU Stadium)

Series: Urbana snapped a two-game losing streak to WVWC last year with a 21-7 win in Buckhannon.

Notes: Urbana is off to its best start since 2012, coming off back-to-back home wins for the first time since 2014 ... UU is undefeated in home night games (3-0) ... Kahliq Muhammad recorded a career-high 168 receiving yards with two touchdowns, he ranks seventh in the nation in yards per catch (30.09) ... WVWC has lost three games by a combined nine points—two losses coming on a last-second FG ... QB Luke Casey leads the MEC with 974 passing yards ... Anthony Hill recorded 12 solo stops last week against Fairmont State.

SATURDAY, September 22

Shepherd (1-1, 1-1) at West Virginia State (1-2, 1-2) | Noon | Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Series: WVSU has not defeated Shepherd since 1980 ... the Rams won a shootout last year, 56-41.

Notes: No note submitted by Shepherd or West Virginia State.

Notre Dame (3-0, 3-0) at Concord (1-2, 1-2) | Noon | Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: NDC has won three-straight against the Mountain Lions ... NDC’s 44 points last year were the most in the series history.

Notes: NDC’s Jaleel McLaughlin has more rushing yards than 130 teams in NCAA Division II ... his 601 rushing yards leads all divisions ... NDC has nine takeways this year ... all three of Guam Lee’s interceptions have come inside the team’s own 20-yard line ... CU’s five fumble recoveries last week against UVa-Wise are the most in a single game in the country this season ... QB Kyle Akin’s 43 completions in the last two games are the most since the 2013 season ... his 56 yards rushing last week were also the most by a QB since that 2013 season.

UVa-Wise (1-2, 1-2) at West Liberty (1-2, 1-2) | 1 p.m. | West Liberty, WV (West Family Stadium)

Series: UVa-Wise leads the all-time series, 5-4, and has won three of the last five meetings, including a 31-19 victory last year.

Notes: UVa-Wise posted a NCAA Division II era-best 625 yards on offense in last week’s 35-20 win over Concord ... Buster Henderson leads the league with eight tackles for loss through the first three weeks of the season ... UVa-Wise defense leads the league in total defense allowing opponents just 282 yards a game ... Owen Rozanc kicked a 31-yard field goal and added a PAT in Thursday’s game at UC—one day after scoring his first career goal as a member of the Hilltopper men’s soccer team ... Cliff Clark has reached double-figure tackles in 13 of his 23 career starts ... Josh Ojo has three interceptions this season—tied for the most in the conference.

Alderson Broaddus (0-3) at Glenville State (1-2) 1 p.m. Glenville, WV (I.L & Sue Morris Field)

Series: GSC leads the series, 2-1 ... the Pioneers earned a wild 47-42 win last season ... neither team has earned a win at home in the series.

Notes: Glenville State has two defensive touchdowns this season ... after being held to just 10 yards receiving in the opener, Javon Butler has gone over 100 yards in each of the last two games ... the Pioneers have just 75 yards on the ground in the last two games ... the Pioneers have six takeaways this season but have turned the ball over five times. 

MEC Announces Football And Soccer Weekly Honors

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MEC Announces Week 3 Football Award Winners

Tyson Bagent (Shepherd), Kahzin Daniels (Charleston), Buster Henderson (UVa-Wise) and Lyrics Klugh (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the third week of the season.

Bagent, a freshman from Martinsburg, WV, is the MEC Offensive Player of the Week after connecting on 32-of-41 passes for 378 yards as Shepherd downed Glenville State, 41-21. He threw for three scores and rushed for another in the win over the Pioneers. Bagent leads the country in passing yards per game (448) and total offense (454) through three weeks of the season.
Charleston’s Daniels and UVa-Wise’s Henderson share Defensive Player of the Week honors for their roles in wins last week. Daniels was in on 10 stops last week as the Golden Eagles held West Liberty to -35 yards rushing and 157 yards of total offense, and had two solo sacks and assisted on another two. Henderson helped stifle Concord’s offense with 4.5 tackles for a loss in the game (four solo), and notched seven total tackles.

Klugh, a senior from Lyman, S.C., is the Special Teams Player of the Week for a second-straight week as the Falcons got past West Virginia Wesleyan, 44-41. Klugh returned a punt for a touchdown for the second time in as many games, taking this one back 68 yards in the third quarter. He finished the game with 164 all-purpose yards.

Charalambous, Dupuis Earn Men’s Soccer Honors

The University of Charleston’s Christo Charalambous is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while West Liberty’s Florian Dupuis is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Charalambous, a sophomore from Nicosia, Cyprus, had a part on all three goals in a 3-0 win over Urbana. He scored the first goal, which would turn out to be the game-winner, and then assisted on the final two goals in the game. He also came off the bench and logged important minutes in the midfield as the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles knocked off Notre Dame, 3-0, on Sunday.

Dupuis, a senior from Chateaubriant, France, posted a pair of shutouts in a historic week for West Liberty that saw the Hilltoppers record their first NCAA and MEC wins. He had one save as WLU defeated Shepherd for the program’s first win, and then stopped eight shots, including one in the 89th minute, to secure the win over West Virginia Wesleyan.

Prater, Vaccari Earn Women’s Soccer Nod

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Natalie Prater is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Fairmont State’s Isabelle Vaccari is league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Tucker, a freshman from Salem, W.Va., provided a brace in WVWC’s only game last week—a 2-0 win over Charleston. She provided the first goal of her collegiate career in the 61st minute to break a scoreless tie, and then added another insurance goal less than a minute later to propel the Bobcats to the conference victory.

Vaccari, a freshman from Dublin, Ohio, had a pair of shutouts in a 1-0-1 week that included a key MEC North win over Notre Dame. She made five stops against NDC to preserve the 1-0 win, and then saved all four shots she faced in a 0-0 draw against West Liberty.

MEC Football Roundup (September 15, 2018)

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Notre Dame 33, West Virginia State 31

Jaleel McLaughlin’s three-yard touchdown run with one minute left lifted Notre Dame to a 33-31 win over West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon at Mueller Field.

Notre Dame (3-0, 3-0) grabbed an early 13-3 lead before West Virginia State (1-2, 1-2) battled back. Faustino Saucedo hit A.J. Barrette for a 79-yard touchdown to cut it to 13-10. The Falcons got a key play on special teams blocking a punt allowing Zaire Mitchell to go eight yards for the touchdown to take a NDC lead 20-10.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, and then Saucedo connected with Tyrell Henderson on a pair of touchdown passeson, one from 76 yards, to put the Yellow Jackets up 31-27 with 5:15 left in the game. The Falcons were able to march down the field on 12 plays covering 75 yards with McLauglhin capping the drive with the TD run. The snap on the point-after was bobbled, leaving the lead at just 33-31.

WVSU had one last chance for the rally and got the ball down to Notre Dame’s 47 yard line. But a sack pushed the Yellow Jackets back, and after a completed pass stayed inbounds, the Yellow Jackets ran out of time.

Chris Brimm was 25-of-42 for 368 yards and three touchdowns to lead NDC. Marvelle Ross hauled in 13 of those passes for 231 yards and two scores. McLaughlin finished the day with 25 carries for 123 yards.

Tre’von Slater and RJ Goodwin each had 12 tackles for the Falcons. Sha’ha Williams, Vincent Ellis and Derri Brumfield each had sacks. Guam Lee had an interception.

Saucedo was 28-of-44 for 395 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Henderson had 173 receiving yards and Barrette added 165. Kyle Alexander was in on nine tackles for WVSU.

Fairmont State 44, West Virginia Wesleyan 41

Colin Harvath’s 46-yard field goal as time expired lifted Fairmont State to a 44-41 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field.

The Falcons improved to 3-0 on the year (3-0 MEC). West Virginia Wesleyan dropped to 0-3 on the season (0-3 MEC), with all three losses coming by three points, including a pair of field goals at the buzzer.

The Bobcats raced out to a 17-0 lead and carried it into the second quarter, but the Falcons responded with a quick flurry of scores that knotted the game at 17-17 with still 7:32 left in the half. WVWC’s Dante Satcher scored from 37 yards out and Harvath hit from 23 yards out to make it 24-20 at the break.

Fairmont State scored on its first two possessions in the second half to surge ahead 34-24, but West Virginia Wesleyan scored the game’s next 10 points on a 35-yard field goal and Kenny Lewis Jr. hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Luke Casey to tie the game.

FSU went ahead 41-34 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Takwan Crews-Naylor with 13:03, and looked to put the game away with just over four minutes to play as Harvath lined up for a short field goal. The Bobcats blocked the attempt, though, and Kobe Vinegar returned it 86 yards for the touchdown to tie the game.

The two teams traded possessions and Fairmont State got the ball back after a punt at the 50 yard line with just 19 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, Crews-Naylor hit Javon Hayes for 21 yards on third down to set up the game-winning field goal.

Crews-Naylor finished 19-of-35 for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Khalik Hamlin had 153 yards on the ground and Hayes had two touchdown receptions and 87 yards.

Jerry Iweh had nine tackles (six solo)  and also picked off one pass for Fairmont State. Donnell Bonds had two tackles for a loss.

Casey was 21-of-28 for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Satcher finished with 60 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Jujuan Linzy had six catches for 51 yards and one score and returned six kickoffs for 109 yards. Anthony Hill led WVWC on defense with a game-high 12 tackles (eight solo).

Shepherd 41, Glenville State 24

Tyson Bagent threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns to lead Shepherd to a 41-24 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd evened its record to 1-1 (1-1 MEC) on the year, while Glenville State slipped to 1-2 (1-2 MEC).

Bagent completed 32-of-41 passes on the day and had 498 yards of total offense in the win. Ryan Feiss had nine catches for 114 yards. Greg Leonard was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes and had 61 yards receiving. Zyan Sturdivant led the team on the ground with 98 yards rushing.

The Rams defense limited Glenville State to just 50 yards rushing. Chrys Lane led the team with six solo tackles.

Jaylen McNair had 269 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception. Javon Butler had 109 receiving yards. Daniel Robinson had a game-high nine tackles (seven solo) in the game.

UVa-Wise 35, Concord 20

UVa-Wise overcame five fumbles with 625 yards of total offense in a 35-20 win over Concord on Saturday afternoon at Carl Smith Stadium.

The Cavs picked up their first win of the season and improved to 1-2 on the year (1-2 MEC). Concord dropped to 1-2 on the seaosn (1-2 MEC).

After a scoreless first quarter, Concord scored first and added the two-point converstion. The Cavs were able to get back into the game just before halftime as Tanner Bernard hit Kaian Duverger from 15 yards out to make it 8-7.

Bernard and Duverger connected again in the third quarter, but Concord grabbed the lead back on a Kyle Akin 54-yard pass to Tywan Pearce.

UVa-Wise’s Jamorya Cousin rumbled for a 70-yard touchdown near the end of the third quarter, and then Bernard and Duverger hooked up for the third time to put the Cavs up 28-14.

The Mountain Lions punched it in from one-yard out to make it a one-possession game with 5:21 left in the game, but the Cavs sealed the game with a 18-yard touchdown run from Von Purvis.

Bernard finished 24-of-30 for 290 yards with three touchdowns. Cousin rushed for 231 yards on just 25 carries, gobbling up 9.2 yards per carry. Duverger had eight catches for 173 yards. Buster Henderson led the Cavs on defense with seven tackles.

Akin was 21-of-34 passing for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed seven times for 56 yards. Pearce had seven catches for 86 yards with one touchdown. Zach Malone notched a game-high 14 tackles.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25
1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Notre Dame
9. Auburn
10. Penn State
10. Washington
12. West Virginia
13. Virginia Tech
14. Mississippi State
15. Oklahoma State
16. UCF
17. TCU
18. Wisconsin
19. Michigan
20. Oregon
21. Miami (FL)
22. Texas A&M
23. Boston College
24. Michigan State
25. BYU

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

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 4

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 4 Games
Tyler Consolidated (1-2) 47 #16 Liberty Harrison (2-2) 21
Calhoun County (1-3) 6 Philip Barbour (1-3) 27
Braxton County (0-3) 12 #14 Ritchie County (3-1) 24
Lewis County (2-2) 21 St. Marys (0-3) 21
South Harrison (1-3) 35 #2 Capital (4-0) 35
#14 Notre Dame (2-2) 14 #16 Parkersburg (1-3) 22
#6 Parkersburg Catholic (4-0) 38 #13 Richwood (2-2) 8
Wirt County (1-3) 8 #3 Midland Trail (4-0) 44
#11 Williamstown (3-1) 55 #6 Cameron (4-0) 40
#8 Ravenswood (2-1) 19 Frontier, OH 14
Greenbrier West (1-3) 20 #3 Bridgeport (3-1) 14
Webster County (2-2) 26 #2 Fairmont Senior (4-0) 45
Lincoln (1-3) 6 Valley (Fayette) (A) (0-4) 6
#3 Nicholas County (4-0) 41 #11 Clay County (3-0) 33
Preston (AAA) (1-3) 14 Princeton (0-3) 0
#15 Robert C. Byrd (3-1) 69 #16 Parkersburg South (2-2) 37

MEC Football Roundup (September 13, 2018)

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Urbana 27, Lake Erie 19

Urbana topped Lake Erie, 27-19, in non-conference action on Thursday night at UU Stadium.

Eddie Stockett connected with Kahliq Muhammad on the first play of the game for a 78-yard touchdown to put Urbana (2-1) out in front. After Erik Ware made it 10-0 with a 34-yard field goal, Lake Erie (0-3) got on the board with a touchdown pass from Javarian Smith to Jason Rogers. Stockett had two more TD passes before the end of the first half to give the Blue Knights the 24-7 lead at the half.

The score remained into the fourth quarter, but the Storm mounted a late rally in the fourth with a 42-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-13. Ware had his second field goal of the day to make it 27-13, and the Storm added a late score to make it a 27-10 final.

Stockett was 18-of-29 for 290 yards and three scores. Muhammad caught seven balls for 168 yards with two touchdowns.

Mikal Toliver recorded three sacks on the night, and Rafael Floyd had team-high seven tackles.

Charleston 24, West Liberty 10

The University of Charleston held West Liberty to -35 yards rushing and just 157 yards of total offense in a 24-10 win over the Hilltoppers on Thursday night at UC Stadium.

Charleston (3-0, 3-0) rushed for 244 yards of its own and had 351 yards of total offense. Jimmy Wheeler led the attack with 125 yards on 30 carries with one touchdown. Mason Olszewski had 46 yards rushing and a pair of scores and also completed one pass for 51 yards.

Kahzin Daniels was in on four sacks (two solo) and finished with a team-high 10 tackles, and Jalen Nelson registered 2.5 sacks on the night.

WLU starter Zach Phillips was 14-of-19 for 107 yards before having to leave the game with an injury. Cliff Clark had a game-high 15 tackles. The Hilltoppers dropped to 1-2 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.

West Liberty’s 3-0 lead late in the first quarter would last until Olszewski scored on a 27-yard touchdown run to put the Golden Eagles back in front. Phillips answered right back with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ridge Durbin to make it 10-7.

It was all UC the rest of the way as Wheeler scored from 13 yards out and Kevin Weiman made it 17-10 with a 20-yard field goal. Olszewski sealed it with a nine-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter for the 24-10 final.

MEC Week 3 Football Preview - 2018

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Week three in the Mountain East Conference gets started on Thursday night at West Liberty travels to take on the University of Charleston in the MEC Game of the Week. Fans can listen to the game across the region on the WVMetroNews Radio Network as well as Also on Thursday night, Urbana steps out of conference to take on Lake Erie at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s matchups include West Virginia State at Notre Dame at noon in a game that features the top two running backs in the league in Jaleel McLaughlin and Calil Wilkins. After a loss in week one and a week off, Shepherd will try to get its first win of the season at home against Glenville State in a noon kickoff. Concord will try to bounce back after its Thursday night loss last week against a UVa-Wise team in search of its first win of the season. Fairmont State will try to move to 3-0 on the year as it travels to West Virginia Wesleyan to face a Bobcats team that has two losses by a total of just six points.


• Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame), Stephen Turner (Fairmont State) and Lyrics Klugh (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the second week of the season. (Complete weekly honors)

• In 11 games this season in the MEC, seven have been decided by 10 points or less. Week one in the league saw every game decided by less than the 10-point margin.

• Four of the five games played on Thursday nights have been decided by 10 points or less. The average margin of victory in those games is just 8.0 points. Home teams are 3-2 this year on Thursday night.

• Notre Dame freshman Jaleel McLaughlin leads the country in rushing yards, rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards. Charleston’s Mason Olszweski’s 30 yards per completion is also the best in the country. NDC’s Jeffrey Thomas is the NCAA leader in passes defended with 6.0 per game. Fairmont State’s Takwan Crews-Naylor is the most accurate passer in the country completing 81.3 percent of his passes through two games.

• There have been 14 100-yard rushing performances in the MEC in the 2018 season. Teams with at least one 100-yard rusher are 8-3 this season.

• Teams are just 1-3 this year when a quarterback throws for over 300 yards in a game.

THURSDAY, September 13

West Liberty (1-1, 1-1) at Charleston (2-0, 2-0) | 7:05 p.m. | Charleston, WV (UC Stadium)

Series: West Liberty has won two-straight in the series, including a 9-6 win last season.     
Notes: Dating back to last season, this will be WLU’s fifth-straight Thursday night game ... West Liberty is just one of three programs with multiple players averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game in Zach Phillips and Charles Westbrook ... Osman Kargbo is seventh nationally with 238 combined kick and punt return yards ... Jalen Nelson became the fifth player in UC history to record over 200 career tackles last week ... UC is 7-for-7 in red zone offense this year ... Jonte Poller is third nationally in passes defended.

Lake Erie (0-2) at Urbana (1-1) | 7 p.m. | Urbana, Ohio (UU Stadium)

Series: Urbana leads the series 2-1, including a 37-10 win last year.

Notes: Urbana is undefeated in non-conference games under Tyler Haines ... the Blue Knights are looking for their first two-game home winning streak since 2014 ... Isaiah Young had his first career 100-yard rushing game last year ... Lake Erie is just 4-30 since 2015.

SATURDAY, September 15

Glenville State (1-1, 1-1) at Shepherd (0-1, 0-1) | Noon | Shepherdstown, WV (Ram Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won five-straight ... the Rams are 12-6 against Glenville State in the last 18 matchups.

Notes: GSC’s Dominic Cizauskas leads the country in solo tackles and second in total tackles ... Javon Butler’s 187 receiving yards last week are a MEC high for 2018 ... Jaylan McNair was the only QB to throw for over 300 yards last week ... Shepherd WR Ryan Feiss has 11 100-yard receiving games in his career ... his 163 receptions are second all-time at SU ... Shepherd’s week one loss was its first in the regular season since the finale in 2014.

WV State (1-1, 1-1) at Notre Dame (2-0, 2-0) | Noon | South Euclid, Ohio (Mueller Field)

Series: Notre Dame leads the series 4-1 ... the Falcons have scored 47 and 48 points in each of the last two games in wins.

Notes: Calil Wilkins and Dylan Lucas both rushed for over 100 yards in a win over UVa-Wise last week—the first time in over 20 years a WVSU duo has gone over 100 yards in the same game ... QB Faustino Saucedo, playing in place of injured starter Austin Hensley, was 14-of-18 for 127 yards with a touchdown ... NDC threw the ball just nine times in last year’s win ... NDC ranks first in rushing offense and defense, but last in passing offense and defense ... Notre Dame ranks first in MEC with seven forced turnover while WVSU ranks second with 6, and both teams have lost just two turnovers.

Concord (1-1, 1-1) at UVa-Wise (0-2, 0-2) | 1 p.m. | Wise, Va. (Carl Smith Stadium)

Series: Concord has won four of the last five, including a 7-0 win last year in which a defensive TD was the only score.

Notes: CU defensive back Chaudlier Shepherd has racked up two interceptions, a punt return touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown in his career versus UVa-Wise ... Zach Malone went over 250 career tackles—the ninth player in CU history to accomplish the feat with 10 tackles versus Charleston last week ... Kyle Akin was the first Concord signal caller to throw three touchdowns in a single game for the first time in the last 14 contests when he tossed three versus Charleston ... UVa-Wise is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2015 ... the Cavs have the top passing defense in the league allowing just 93 yards per game ... Kaian Duverger has a touchdown catch of at least 55 yards in each of the season’s first two games.

Fairmont State (2-0, 1-0) at WV Wesleyan (0-2, 0-2) | 1 p.m. | Buckhannon, WV (Ross Field)

Series: The Falcons have won three-straight against the Bobcats and have scored more than 30 in each of those wins.

Notes:  FSU quarterback Takwan Crews-Naylor is 39-for-48 passing on the year for a NCAA-best completion percentage of .813 ... the Falcons did not allow a sack or tackle for a loss in last week’s win over Urbana ... Lyrics Klugh had a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown last week ... FSU had just 61 total punt return yards in all of 2017 ... WVWC leans on QB Luke Casey who is averaging 307 yards per game through the air ... the Bobcats are averaging 32.5 points per game this year (fourth in MEC) and will face a tough task against FSU who has only allowed 26 points in the first two contest (first in MEC) ... Aman Speed Jr. has forced two fumbles on the year.

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