Week 2 high school preview
Lincoln at Philip Barbour
Philip Barbour opened its season by snapping a five- year losing skid against Grafton last week, beating their long-time rivals 52-14.
The Colt defense will need to continue being aggressive against the Cougars today at George Byrer Field.. Philip Barbour had six takeaways, including two interceptions and four fumble recoveries against Grafton. Senior free safety Al Johnson returned one of the picks for a 69-yard touchdown. He also added a 59-yard touchdown on a kick return after the defense scored a safety.
Offensively, senior quarterback Dillon Newman and running back Dylan Johnson both added two touchdowns in Week 1. However, Newman only threw one pass for three yards, so the Colts’ aerial attack remains untested.
Lincoln beat Braxton County, 24-6, in its opener last Thursday as senior Ty Seibel scored a pair of touchdowns.
Buckhannon-Upshur at University
Duane Stoeckle’s debut as head coach of the Buckhannon-Upshur High School football team didn’t go as planned against Bridgeport. The Bucs will be looking to bounce back from a 47-28 loss in their home opener at University this evening.
B-U quarterback Bryson Fluke led the team with 87 yards rushing and a touchdown during against the Indians. Other key offensive performances came from sophomore Marcus Lofton, who scored on a 52-yard reverse play, and Phil Petrulak and fullback Chase Lewellyn, who both scored goal-line touchdowns.
University opened the season with a 28-7 win at Lewis County as 6-2, 235-pound freshman fullback Isaiah Utt had two short touchdown runs and quarterback Travis Renner threw for 118 yards and rushed for a score.
Petersburg at Pendleton County
Pendleton County hopes to rack up another win this week when it takes on Petersburg in its home opener.
The Wildcats opened the season with 34-6 win against Tygarts Valley, while Petersburg lost a 29-25 decision to Moorefield.
Justice Good had 49 yards rushing and three scores in last week’s win for Pendleton County, while Luke Yokum completed 10 of 17 passes for 182 yards and a score.
n Other games on tap for today include Frankfort at Moorefield and Lewis County at Preston.
East Hardy is idle and Pocahontas County will host Parkersburg Catholic on Saturday.