High School Football Roundup
St. Marys 21,
Doddridge County 0
WEST UNION -Visiting St. Marys (10-0) capped off an undefeated regular season despite putting the ball on the ground and losing it four times against Doddridge County, 21-0.
The win gives St. Marys home field advantage throughout the Class A playoffs. Leading the way for the visitors was David Gray, who carried the ball six times for 91 yards and a score. Joining Gray in putting points on the board were Noah Spitzer, on a 65-yard kickoff return and Corey Stewart on an 18-yard run.
St. Marys now awaits its seeding and opponent for the first round of the playoffs, while Doddridge County ends its season with a 7-3 mark.
Oak Glen 13
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Drew Keller became Magnolia’s all-time leading rusher here Friday night, rushing for 151 yards as the Blue Eagles blasted visiting Oak Glen, 54-13, clinching a Class A playoff berth with the win.
Keller, a senior playing in his final regular season game, finished with 2,665 career yards, topping the 2,514 accumulated by his older brother, Jayson Keller.
Drew Keller set the record just two minutes and 51 seconds into the game when he scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 12-yard run. That was the first of four scores for Keller, who also tallied TDs on runs of 10, 20 and 12 yards for Magnolia (7-3).
Eric Smith, Andrew Smith, Chase Street and Yale Wetzel also rushed for scores for the Blue Eagles, who kept the ball on the ground, running 51 times for 391 yards. Magnolia threw just three passes, completing one for a single yard. The Blue Eagles will learn their playoff berth on Sunday but may be paired against undefeated St. Marys.
Oak Glen finished 0-10.
Wirt County 20,
South Harrison 0
LOST CREEK -Wes Valentine rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns here Friday night as the Tigers ended their season with a 20-0 Little Kanawha Conference win over South Harrison.
Wirt (4-6) took a 6-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter when Valentine broke loose for a 48-yard TD run. The Tigers added single scores in the third quarter on a pair of 20-yard TD runs, by Valentine in the third quarter and Trent Hardbarger in the fourth.
Wirt dominated the contest, rushing for 297 yards while limited South Harrison (2-8) to just 18 rushing yards on 20 attempts and 58 total yards.
Paden City 24, Valley 20
PADEN CITY -Zach Heasley tossed two touchdown pass and threw for 165 yards and the Paden City Wildcats ended the year with a win over Valley, 24-20.
Paden City took a 6-0 lead into the lockerroom only to see Valley storm back to tie the game at 12 all in the third quarter. Valley would take the lead not two minutes into the fourth quarter on a Trey Streets run. The visitors would hold onto the lead a little under five minutes before Paden City knotted the game at 20-all.
Paden City would seal the victory with 1:35 left on a Cane Pyles 29-yard run.
Brandon Cross joined Heasley and Pyles in the contribution of points with two touchdown receptions, a 3-yard score in the first and 52-yard haul-in in the third.
Paden City ends it season at (5-5) while Valley caps its 10 games at (3-7).
Ohio Playoff Game
Lucasville Valley 52,
Fort Frye 13
LUCASVILLE, Ohio -Fort Frye ran into a buzzsaw here Friday night in an opening-round Division VI state playoff game, dropping a 52-13 decision to undefeated and top-seeded Lucasville Valley in a Region 21 contest.
The Cadets trailed 52-0 after three quarters before Chandler Lang scored from 3 yards out and Terren Huck tallied on a 1-yard run as Fort Frye ended its season with an 8-3 mark. Lang led the Cadets with 70 rushing yards on 15 carries and completed 15 of 27 passes for 163 yards. Colten Shuster was his favorite target, as they connected eight times for 68 yards.
Lucasville Valley (11-0) rushed for 329 yards on 34 attempts including a 130-yard, two touchdown performance by Nate Arnett. Bruce Jordan accounted for 74 rushing yards and a pair of TDs for the winners, who advance to the regional semifinals next week.