Tigers’ sectional game moved to Wednesday

ELKINS — The boys varsity Class AA/A Region 2 Section 2 tilt between No. 1 seed Elkins and the winner of the No. 4 seed South Harrison/No. 5 seed Pendleton County game has been moved to Wednesday, due to scheduling conflicts with officials.

Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.

The Tigers finished the regular season with 9 wins, 6 losses and 2 ties. The team has 22 players on the roster, including seniors Camden Martin, Jared Parsons, Ethan Sutton, Brodie Healy and Benjamin Jones. Other key starters include Devan Fletcher, Chris Kiess, Caleb Shipley and Liam Gongola. Goal keepers Greyson Howell and Justin Parsons will split time in the net.

“The guys have really got to buckle down,” EHS coach Michael Sfameni said. “They have to understand that it’s do or die now. Once you lose, that’s it. They can take it as far as they want. They have the skill potential to do that. It’s just applying themselves and playing as a unit for the full 80 minutes. They’ve got to do that.”

Elkins defeated South Harrison in week 2, 8-2. In that game, Fletcher, Jared Parsons and Mike DiBacco scored 2 goals each for the Tigers, while Sutton and Shipley added the other scores. Justin Parsons, Jared Parsons and Shipley recorded 2 assists each and Eli Mullennex and DiBacco tallied 1 assist each.

EHS goal keeper Anthony Jones registered 4 saves, before giving way to Justin Parsons, who notched 3 saves. South Harrison scored both its goals on penalty kicks.

The Tigers blanked Pendleton County on Sept. 21, 14-0, in Franklin. In that game, Shipley set the pace for the Tigers with 4 goals and 2 assists. Justin Parsons finished the game with 3 goals and 3 assists, while Fletcher recorded 2 goals and 2 assists and Jared Parsons netted 2 goals and 3 assists. Levi Dilly, Jaemasun Reams and Anthony Jones added 1 goal each.

“It’s all in what team is going to show up,” Sfameni said. “If the team that can work together and get things done shows up, we’ll be OK. If the team that starts out sluggish and gets behind and wants to be negative shows up, then we’ll be done pretty quick. It’s just depends. The kids know what they need to do for these two games.”

South Harrison and Pendleton County squared off on Monday in a play-in game. The result was unknown at press time.

The winner will advance to the Region 2 Section 2 Championship game on Saturday.