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Colts, Tigers renew rivalry tonight

PHILIPPI — Elkins and Philip Barbour have met on the gridiron every season since 1963, and the 2021 matchup this evening at George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park features a pair of first-year head coaches in place at each school.

The Colts, under Nick Mayle, seek to halt a 22-game losing skid and at the same time defeat the Tigers for the first time since 2013.

While Elkins and head coach Jimmy Hankins were idle last week, Philip Barbour (0-2) dropped a 34-26 decision at Liberty.

Junior running back DeShawn Webster shined in the loss, rushing for 180 yards and three scores and throwing for another.

Senior quarterback Jesiah Matlick also is an offensive weapon.

The Tigers (0-3) counter with sophomore quarterback Todd Vandevender and running backs Javier Rosario and Nick Bowers, who had the touchdown in a 22-8 loss to Lewis County two weeks ago.

In other action this evening, Tygarts Valley hosts Clay-Battelle for homecoming and Tucker County remains on the road for the third straight week with a trip to Berkeley Springs.

All games start at 7 p.m.

In Mill Creek, the Bulldogs (2-2) look to get back into the Class A playoff chase against the 3-1 Cee Bees, who are tied for 14th in this week’s SSAC playoff ratings and playing their first road game of the season.

Tygarts Valley is coming off a 30-14 loss at top-rated East Hardy and led offensively by quarterback Lucas Bright, running back Nate Hulver and receiver Garrett Gibson, who had 73 yards rushing and scored a pair of defensive touchdowns last week.

Clay-Battelle looks to the quarterback/slot back tandem of juniors Carson Shriver and Drew Boczek.

Shriver has completed 10 of 14 passes for 232 yards and three TDs this season while rushing for an additional 412 yards and nine scores.

Boczek is 10 of 16 through the air for 235 yards and two touchdowns and has 11 receptions for 211 yards and two scores.

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