STATEWIDE — A handful of games were played throughout the state on Thursday night to officially kickoff the high school football season. You can see the complete MetroNews Scoreboard here.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 34, SOUTH CHARLESTON 27
This one looked over at the half as George Washington had built a 34-14 lead heading into the break, putting up over 350 rushing yards in the first half. Four turnovers, however, in the second half allowed the Black Eagles back in the game – South Charleston returned two of those miscues for touchdowns.
In all, GW’s Draven Riffe finished the game with over 260 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. For South Charleston defensively, Kevin Forrest returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown, while Marquel Hampton took an interception 92 yards for another score.
It was game one for the Patriots without Ryan Switzer – and they ultimately did just fine on the ground, tallying 525 yards rushing on the night. Jacob Jackson added two touchdowns and over 130 yards for GW, while fullback Mason Blake tallied another 115 yards on the ground for the Patriots.
South Charleston quarterback Kentre Grier finished the game with just over 200 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns (one rushing). A complete photo gallery from that game is here.
CLASS AAA #4 CABELL MIDLAND 70, RIVERSIDE 0
While it was GW replacing Ryan Switzer (among others), Cabell Midland came into 2013 having to replace David Gaydosz at running back. After putting up 70 points and more than 600 rushing yards on Thursday, the Knights certainly didn’t appear to be hurting.
It was senior Kasey Thomas who led the way overall for Cabell Midland’s running back committee – he finished with 164 yards in all. Five other Cabell Midland running backs totaled 50 yards or more on the night as well.
“They’re all good backs,” said Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons. “All of those kids are capable, and that’s a good feeling. But it starts up front. If those guys aren’t blocking and doing their job, the backs aren’t going to be successful. It’s a team thing on offense and defense – everyone has to do their job.”
Defensively, the Knights limited Riverside to just 41 offensive yards. A complete photo gallery from that game is here.
CLASS A #2 WHEELING CENTRAL 7, HARRISON CENTRAL (OH) 6
Down 7-0, Harrison Central scored late in the 4th quarter and decided to go for two and the win, but came up short on the try. Parker Henry returned at quarterback for Wheeling Central, putting together 55 rushing yards on the night. Running back C.J. Burch scored the Maroon Knight’s lone touchdown – he finished with 72 yards in the win.
OTHER THURSDAY SCORES
Madonna 63, Beallsvile (OH) 8
Bishop Donahue 48, Cameron 12
Indian Creek (OH) 52, Weir 13
Lincoln 24, Braxton County 6