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Tucker, PB open at home; TV, B-U hit the road

August 24, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Tucker County will open up the season today at home against rival Pocahontas County for a Potomac Valley Conference matchup.

The Mountain Lions defeated the Warriors 24-6 in Dunmore last season.

Tucker County, which just missed out on a Class A state playoff berth with a 5-5 overall mark in 2011, is led by quarterback Derek Nestor.

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Running backs Austin Zirk and Mikhail Lewis, and receivers Tyler Snyder and Nathaniel Goldstein will be key threats for Tucker County's offense.

"Our offensive line has to come ready to play and do their blocking assignments," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "We're going to have to get our offensive game going and mix it up a little bit."

Pocahontas County finished 7-3 last season and is under first-year coach Chris Sutton.

The Warriors are led by All-State running back Kyler Doss, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year.

"We're going to have to stop Doss and not allow him to have a good game," Rapp said. "If he has a good game, we could be in trouble."

Tight end Spencer McCoy is another offensive threat for Pocahontas County.

Tygarts Valley at Pendleton County

Tygarts Valley will look to get off to a strong start when it travels to Pendleton County for a Potomac Valley Conference matchup.

The Bulldogs, who finished 1-9 last year, are led by senior quarterback Brandon Pritt.

Receivers Andrew Torres and Timmy Sparks, along with fullbacks P.J. Lanham and Owen Arbogast will also provide some bite in Tygarts Valley's offense.

"We made some adjustments after our last scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball," Tygarts Valley coach Joseph Arbogast said. "We've had a good last week of practice and I feel we are ready to play."

Pendleton County, which finished 1-8 last year, is led by senior running back Logan Raines and quarterback Daniel Hevener.

"We're going to have to stop Logan from running the ball all over us," Arbogast said. "If we stop him, I think we have a good chance of staying in the contest."

Grafton at

Philip Barbour

Grafton travels to rival Philip Barbour for a Big 10 Conference matchup in Week 1 of the high school football season.

The Colts (4-6 last season) will look to bounce back after a disappointing 18-13 loss to Grafton last season.

"The kids are excited to finally start playing," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. "They are tired of hitting each other, so we'll see what happens."

Philip Barbour is led by junior quarterback Dillon Newman, receiver Al Johnson, and running backs Harley Davis and Brody Carpenter.

"Offensively we're going to have to get our running game going," Bodkins said. "Our offensive line is going to have to step up."

Grafton, which finished last year with a 7-3 mark, is led by quarterback Ivy Bartlett, along with running backs Zak Kimbrew and Alex Aichele.

"They have a very strong running game, with some fast kids," Bodkins said. "We have to force some turnovers and keep our defense off the field."

B-U at Bridgeport

Buckhannon-Upshur faces a tough challenge to open up the season as it travels to Bridgeport for a Big 10 Conference matchup at Wayne Jamison Field.

The Bucs are led by quarterback Patrick Crim, and receivers Aaron Anderson and Austin Snyder.

"We're going to have to take it one play at a time this season," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Bill Struble said. "If we turn the ball over, it will be over very quickly.

"We need to get our offense going and make some plays."

Bridgeport is led by running backs Brett Hathaway, Anthony Bonamico and Cameron Stanley.

"We're going to have to stop Hathaway, he ran for over 1,600 yards last year," Struble said. "There offense is very talented and they have a lot options."

Lewis County at


Lewis County will open up the season today at University for a non-conference matchup.

"We have a tough matchup to start the season," Lewis County coach Eddie Vincent said. "I feel like the kids are ready and I'm proud of how the kids finished up the practices."

The Minutemen, who finished 4-6 last year, are led senior quarterback Braden Montgomery, and running backs Caleb Butcher and Chris Gum.

"We're going to have to run our offense," Vincent said. "We need some kids to step up and have good games."

University finished 5-5 last year and is led by quarterback Jack Armstrong.

Receivers Ryan Groves and Deion Cunningham will be Armstrong's top targets.

Running backs Chance Michael and Tyler Piktel are also key threats offensively for the Hawks.

"Their offense is very talented, they have a lot of skilled players," Vincent said. "They use a lot of different sets and formations, so were going to have to be ready to play."

Keyser at Petersburg

Petersburg opens the season tonight at home against Keyser for a non-conference matchup.

The Vikings, who finished last season 1-9, are led by quarterback Cory Pool, running back Bret Reel and tight end Jesse Earle.

Keyser finished 6-4 last season and is led by quarterback Cody Eversole.

Running backs Deondre Williams and Austin Ravenscroft are other key players for Keyser.

Wirt County at


Moorefield entertains Wirt County on Saturday for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets, who finished 8-4 last year, are led by quarterback Adam Snyder and running back Will Schoonover.

Wirt County is led by receivers Jonathan Cain and John Stephens, along with quarterback Joshua Trembly.

Running back Wesley Valentine is also a threat for Wirt County.



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