By Joey Kittle
PARSONS - A crucial fourth-quarter defensive stand helped Tucker County keep its playoff hopes alive with a 21-18 win over Pendleton County Friday night in front of the homecoming crowd at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field/Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium.
The Mountain Lions, who entered the game rated 16th in Class A, led 21-6 before the Wildcats answered with 12 straight points to get within three points.
Pendleton County then picked up a first down near midfield with 2 minutes remaining in regulation.
But a sack on first down resulted in a 9-yard loss, and was followed by three straight incompletions. The Mountain Lions took possession and were able run out the clock to preserve the victory.
Austin Zirk had two touchdown runs in the first half as Tucker County overcame an early 6-0 deficit to lead 13-6 at the half.
Luke Yokum led the Wildcats with over 100 yards rushing from the QB spot.
The Mountain Lions (5-3) will remain home next Friday to face Petersburg.
Pendleton County (2-6) will travel to Moorefield on the same evening.
Lewis County 49, Elkins 0
WESTON?- Class AAA, No. 15 Lewis County jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in getting past Big 10 Conference foe Elkins on Friday night.
The Minutemen used touchdown runs by Mark Metzgar, Dustin Martin and Malik Conway in the first half to open up a 21-0 lead. After the Tigers were stopped at the Minutemen 1-yard line on fourth down, Skylar Carlton later hit Conway for a 75-yard strike to make it 28-0 at the break.
Lewis County (6-2) will entertain Liberty next Friday.
Elkins (0-8) will venture to Bridgeport on the same evening.
Fairmont Senior 49, B-U 7
FAIRMONT?- Austin Norman threw for 240 yards and four scores to lead Class AAA, No. 8 Fairmont Senior past Buckhannon-Upshur Friday night in Big 10 play.
Norman, who also had a 23-yard touchdown run, hit Neil Scherick on two of the scores from 35 and 29 yards. Scherick later returned an interception for a score as the hosts led 42-0 at halftime.
Brandon Demastes scored the lone touchdown for the Bucs on a 42-yard run in the second half.
B-U (2-7) will finish the season next Friday at home against Preston.