High School Football Roundup
Marietta 41, Morgan 28
MARIETTA-Marietta High is 1-0 to start the season for the fifth straight year.
Sparked by two touchdowns apiece from Quinton Coffield, Chance Wright and Austin Jones, the Tigers downed visiting Morgan High 41-28 in non-conference football action at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night.
Jones rushed for 123 yards and Coffield had 84 on the ground as Marietta amassed 372 total yards. QB John Henry completed four of eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
The Adam Eichhorn-coached Tigers got on the board right after the opening kickoff when Henry hit Coffield with a 68-yard scoring strike.
Late in the period, Marietta capitalized on Grae Setterstrom’s fumble recovery, and was able to drive to the Morgan three where Wright ran to paydirt. Eric Pierce, a Tiger soccer goalkeeper, kicked the extra point to give the orange and black a 13-0 advantage.
Waterford 20, Miller 12
WATERFORD – Twice the Waterford Wildcats had the ball first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line and found themselves stymied by the Miller Falcon defense.
But when they needed the big plays, the youthful ‘Cats found a way to put the ball in the end zone.
Guided by a pair of rushing touchdowns from Austin Lang and a critical 1-yard scamper by freshman quarterback Isaac Huffman after an interception the Wildcats held off the Falcons for a 20-12 victory in Waterford Friday evening.
“They sucked it up and played well. They made the plays when they had to,” praised Waterford football coach Tom Tucker.
No play was bigger than Huffman’s interception of Miller quarterback Garrett Sinift, which came just one play after the Falcons’ defense thwarted the Wildcats on a fourth down play just four yards from the end zone.
“Everyone just did their job. That’s what it takes to win ball games,” Lang said.
Roane County 28, Clay County 13
CLAY -The May brothers -Tyler and Cody -accounted for three of Roane County’s four touchdowns here Friday night as the Raiders opened their season with a hard-fought 28-13 road win over Clay County.
Tyler May was the first to light up the scoreboard on a 2-yard TD run with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Then, Cody May scored on a 21-yard run with 6:36 left until halftime for a 12-0 Raider lead. Clay cut its deficit to 12-7 with 1:30 remaining until intermission on a 10-yard TD run by Jordan Lucas.
Lucas also scored early in the third quarter to give Clay a 13-12 lead but Roane dominated the remainder of the contest as Like Scott scored from 19 yards out and Cody May hit Tyler King with a 4-yard insurance TD pass with 3:35 to play.
While the Raiders played error-free football, Clay County lost four of its seven fumbles.
Cody May rushed for 90 yards for Roane while Lucas had 85 yards for Clay.
Roane County travels to Ritchie County next Friday night.
Doddridge County 20,
South Harrison 6
WEST UNION -Wyatt Ford rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown as Doddridge County beat back the challenge of error-prone South Harrison here Friday night.
Ford scored the game’s first TD on a 26-yard run and teammate David Lipscomb made it 13-0 on a 16-yard TD in the third quarter. After South Harrison cut the deficit to 13-6, Jarrod Sandy returned an interception 36 yards for the game’s final TD to secure Doddridge’s win.
South Harrison fumbled nine times, losing five, while Doddridge had three turnovers.
The Bulldogs travel to Tyler Consolidated for a 7 p.m. game next Friday.
Wahama 69, Fayetteville 26
MASON -Defending Class A state champion Wahama took up where it left off last season, blasting Fayetteville, 69-26, here Friday night as the White Falcons rushed for 374 yards and threw for 100.
Kane Roush accounted for 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Wahama took a 33-0 halftime lead and substituted freely in the final 24 minutes. Hunter Bradley threw a pair of White Falcons TD passes to Colton Neal.
Wahama will host Trimble next Friday.
Clay-Battelle 41, Paden City 6
PADEN CITY -Paden City scored its only points on a 1-yard TD run by Brandon Cross here Friday night as visiting Clay-Battelle rolled to a 41-6 win over the Wildcats in a Mason-Dixon Conference game.
Tristan Haught threw for 240 yards and five TDs for the Cee-Bees.
Paden City will travel to Van next Friday.
Linsly 14, Magnolia 7
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Magnolia took a 7-0 lead here Friday night but visiting Linsly scored the game’s final two touchdowns to take a 14-7 win over the Blue Eagles.
Magnolia scored on a 42-yard TD pass from Jake Brill to Eric Smits with 2:11 left in the half. But Linsly tied the game before intermission and won it on a 34-yard run by Chimechil Oparanoizie with 8:49 left in the third quarter. Magnolia travels to Williamstown next Friday night.
Gilmer County 31,
Calhoun County 18
MT. ZION -Gilmer County began its season with a positive note here Friday night taking down Calhoun County, 31-18. The Titans were led by Austin Cunningham’s 220 passing yards and 4 TDs on the night.
Calhoun County opened the scoring with a Logan Moore 36 yard pass to Joe Richards to go up 6-0 after a failed kick with 6:31 left in the first quarter.
Gilmer County would score on the next two possession’s to go up 14-7. Mason Sheldon got the Red Devils within one score going into halftime down, 19-12.
Calhoun pulled within one in the third when Moore hit Ethyn Miller from four yards out. That would be the closest Calhoun would get as the Titans scored the next 12 points to pull away.
Leading the way for Calhoun on the night was Cole Ritchie who ran for 76 yards on 19 attempts and Logan Moore who completed 7 of 15 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs.