Light night of action in the area

Mountain Lions entertain Moorefield, Colts host Liberty for homecoming

After winning two straight road games, Tucker County returns home this evening to face Moorefield for a Potomac Valley Conference matchup.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium.

The Mountain Lions, third in the first SSAC ratings of the season, are coming off a hard-fought 7-0 win last Friday against Northern (Md.), scoring the game’s lone points on junior Liam Hood’s TD pass to Jeff Snyder.

“It was a tough night for us offensively due to the weather conditions,” Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. “We didn’t run the ball too well and we had a lot of dropped passes.”

Despite Moorefield entering the game 0-3, Rapp expects another tough game this evening.

“It’s always a battle when we play those guys,” he said. “I think we match up pretty well with them along the lines, and I think our offense is more balanced this season because of our passing game.”

Hood’s favorite targets are the senior tandem of Ben Callaway, Snyder and Ben Cromer, while senior fullback Cole Rapp and junior Hunter Collar lead the ground game.

Defensively, Rapp leads the team in tackles from his linebacker spot. Senior Owen Poling and junior Raine McCauley anchor the front.

The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, are now under the direction of first-year coach Matt Altobello, who played at Keyser before moving on to start for Marshall along the offensive line.

Altobello took over a Moorefield program rich in tradition, winning six Class A titles in school history but coming off an 0-10 campaign in 2017.

Sophomore running back Matthew Jenkins hopes to ignite the offense, which was held scoreless in losses to Frankfort and Southern Garrett (Md.).

The Yellow Jackets’ other setback came at home to Pocahontas County, 20-7. The Mountain Lions defeated the Warriors, 18-7, to open the season.

Liberty at Philip Barbour

The Colts (0-3) look to record their first win of the season when Class AA, No. 16 Liberty visits for homecoming at George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park for a 7 p.m. Big 10 Conference encounter.

Philip Barbour, coming off a 40-12 loss at Class AAA, No. 14 Buckhannon-Upshur last week, is led by running back Chase Collier and quarterback/receiver Damien Gonzales, who threw for a pair of scores and 111 yards against the Bucs.

Collier added 95 yards on the ground.

The Mountaineers enter the contest 2-1 with their lone loss coming to Bridgeport, 28-14, in week two.

Seth Davis had three touchdowns, including a 95-yard run and a kickoff return for a score, in last week’s 43-0 win over Lincoln.

Quarterback Seth McKalso threw for a score, while Sayveon Beafore added a pair of TD runs.

The defense, meanwhile, limited the Cougars to just five first downs and under 100 yards of total offense.

Other games slated for this evening include East Hardy at Pocahontas County (6 p.m.) and Pendleton County at Bath County (Va.).

Elkins, Buckhannon-Upshur and Tygarts Valley are all idle, while Petersburg played at Hampshire on Thursday night.

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