Bucs to host No. 6 Red Devils
After dropping its first two games, Buckhannon Upshur has given first-year coach Duane Stoeckel back-to-back victories.
The team will face a tough challenge tonight, however, when undefeated and sixth-ranked Oak Hill comes to town.
Last week, the Bucs defeated North Marion, 40-12.
En route to victory, the defense held the Huskies to 20 yards of total offense in the first half. Senior running back Seth Cutright continued to show big-play ability with a 99-yard reception for a touchdown.
He also rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown,
Led by senior running back Jalen Jones, the Red Devil offense has averaged nearly 50 points per game.
Last week, senior fullback Kadrin Goodman scored four touchdowns, while Jones rushed for 236 yards on 14 carries and added two touchdowns in the victory against Nicholas County. Oak Hill has also defeated Elkins and Musselman.
East Hardy at Tygarts Valley
Tygarts Valley will look to pull the upset when Class A, No. 4 East Hardy visits Bulldog Field.
The Bulldogs (0-3) are coming off a bye week, while the 3-0 Cougars had to rally in the second half to defeat Pocahontas County, 18-7, last Friday.
Tygarts Valley is expected to get a boost with the return of tailback P.J. Lanham, who had been sidelined since the opener against Pendleton County with an injury.
Derrick Villarico had 54 yards rushing in the Bulldogs’ setback to South Harrison two weeks ago.
East Hardy is led by quarterback Cole Collier, who has rushed for 300 yards and passed for an additional 359.
Lincoln County at Lewis County
Lewis County will return to action today at home against winless Lincoln County after having a bye last week.
The Minutemen (2-1) shut out Herbert Hoover, 21-0, on Sept. 13, while Lincoln County is coming off a 42-22 lost to South Point, Ohio.
In the win against Herbert Hoover, the Lewis County offense stayed on the ground. The team racked up all 300 yards of its total offense on 35 carries. Dustin Martin led Lewis County with 87 yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Carson had 84 yards, Malik Conway had 70 yards and Mark Metzgar contributed 56 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Brandon Moneypenny and Ryan Watson both grabbed interceptions.
The Panthers, coached by former WVU linebacker and St. Albans mentor Derek Christian, have also dropped games to Point Pleasant, Scott and Logan.
Moorefield at Webster County
Moorefield (3-1) cruised past rival Tucker County, 33-14, last week at home and the Yellow Jackets will again look for a big performance from defensive standout Brandon Riggleman to keep the Webster County (0-4) offense in check on the road.
Moorefield’s defense was top notch last week, racking up 11 sacks. Riggleman led the team with 18 tackles and five sacks. Offensively, Colton Bramsen rushed for 146 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Wil Schoonover added 119 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Also scoring touchdowns were Dakota Vetter, Matthew Dolan and Shane Myers. Moorefield compiled 388 yards of total offense.
Webster County is still chasing its first win of the season. The Highlanders have lost to Richwood, Ravenswood, Mingo Central and Roane County.
Other games on tap for this evening include Meadow Bridge at Pendleton County, Spring Mills at Petersburg and Richwood at Pocahontas County,
All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.