Ratings Raiser

Class AA, No. 11 Philip Barbour and Buckhannon-Upshur were both involved in games decided by one point last Friday.

The Colts (5-2) ended up on the winning end, defeating Elkins, 29-28. While the Bucs (2-5) dropped its contest, 13-12, against Hampshire. The two teams will tangle tonight in Philippi.

“It’s a big game for us,” Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. “A win over a (Class) AAA school would definitely help us in the rankings. Buckhannon may be down at the moment, but you can guarantee they are going to come here to play. We can’t take anyone lightly.”

Last Friday, junior quarterback Tyler Titchnell pulled some last-minute heroics for the Colts, driving the team 75 yards in the final four minutes for the victory. Titchnell sealed the win when he attempted to hit Elijah Matlick with a pass, but the ball was deflected and Justin Cox collected the ball and raced in from 38 yards out for the winning score.

Running back Dylan Johnson and receiver Al Johnson lead the Colts offense attack.

Meanwhile, Hampshire blocked a late extra-point attempt to hold off the Bucs and spoil Homecoming at Freal “Red” Crites Alumni Stadium.

The Bucs trailed 13-6 before Dillon Gaudet hit Jordan Dean for a 30-yard score late in the fourth quarter. The Trojans then blocked the PAT kick and were able to run out all but seven seconds of the game clock before being forced to punt.

Marcus Lofton rushed for 91 yards on four carries to pace B-U.

Running back Seth Cutright, who left the game with a knee injury, added 73 yards. Gaudet completed 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards.

Starting fullback/linebacker Philip Petrulak also left th game with a concussion.

The status of the injured B-U players is unknown for tonight’s contest.