By Fred Persinger II
Beckley (3-3) at #5 Capital (5-1)
The Beckley Flying Eagles went into their matchup with the Parkersburg Big Reds treating the game like a playoff matchup. Beckley was sitting at 2-3 – and with tough road games in the next three weeks ,Beckley needed to win the game to help jump start them for the rest of the season.
Things started off well for the Flying Eagles as Beckley jumped out to a 14-0 lead and went on to win 27-26. Beckley was outgained in the game 359-287, but got the win behind the running game of Chase Hancock, who rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries.
This week, Beckley starts that tough stretch of three straight road games with a very tough matchup against the 5-1 Capital Cougars. Capital is coming off a great comeback win over Cabell Midland. Capital lost its first game of the season two weeks ago against No. 1 Huntington, but did bounce back to get that big win over the Knights. In the game, Capital was able to run the ball on the ground as the Cougars racked up 340 yards, led by Kashaun Haley who rushed for 235 yards on 18 carries and freshman Silas Nazario, who rushed for 87 yards and scored two times for the Cougars.
This will be the 21stmeeting between these two teams as they started playing back in 1989. Capital has a 14-6 advantage and has won four of the last five meetings, including a 35-14 win last season.
This will be the fourth time in a row that Beckley has had to play Capital at Laidley Field, as the Cougars have not made the trip to Beckley since 2007. Beckley and Capital will battle Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the Big Dawg 99.5 WJLS and WJLS.com.
#12 Lewis County (5-1) at #8 Oak Hill (5-1)
The Oak Hill Red Devils will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they face another ranked opponent in Lewis County. Last week, Oak Hill went on the road and lost to a very good Point Pleasant team, 49-15. In that game, Point Pleasant was able to contain Oak Hill running back Jalen Jones, who is nursing a ankle injury, to 63 yards on 23 carries. The leading rusher for the Red Devils was Jarrell Green who rushed for 83 yards in the game. The Red Devils’ defense had problems stopping the running back tandem of Chase Walton and Cody Mitchell who rushed for 170 yards and 143 yards respectfully.
The final half of the season is a lot tougher for the Red Devils than the first half, as Oak Hill still has games Bluefield, Beckley, and Greenbrier East. All three teams are still in the playoff chase. It will be homecoming for Oak Hill this week. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Greenbrier East (4-3) at Logan (4-2)
Greenbrier East is coming off a 59-13 homecoming win over Lincoln County last week. Isaiah Kinder led the way for the Spartans through the air as he was able to throw for 317 yards in the win. Kinder and the Spartans put the game away in the first half as Kinder was 18 for 25 passing for 278 yards. Greenbrier East also received great production on the ground as Dalton Cline led the way rushing for 159 yards on 18 carries.
This week’s matchup is a must win for both teams as they currently sit outside the playoff picture. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Some of the other games this week:
Riverside (1-6) at Princeton (3-4)
Westside (3-4) at #3 (AA) Bluefield (5-1)
#6 (AA) Wyoming East (6-1) at Shady Spring (1-5)
#12 (A) Meadow Bridge (6-1) at #6 (AA)Summers County (6-1)
#11 (AA) Nicholas County(5-2) at Lincoln County (0-6)
Mount View (1-5) at James Monroe (1-5)
Independence (2-5) at Liberty (Raleigh) (2-4) – Game will be on AM 560 WJLS and WJLS.com
Pikeview (2-5) at River View (3-3)
#14 (A) Parkersburg Catholic (6-1) at #3 (A)Valley Fayette (6-0)
Webster County (1-6) at #8 (A) Greenbrier West (6-1)
Midland Trail (2-5) at Montcalm (1-6)