STATEWIDE — No. 1 Huntington (9-0) survived an upset bid on Friday night, coming from behind to beat South Charleston (7-3), 21-17. The No. 10 Black Eagles, behind 200 first half passing yards from quarterback Kentre Grier, led at the break, 17-7.

But the momentum flipped in the second half behind a stingy Huntington defense.

“Our kids got after it up front – we really wanted to put pressure on Grier and not give him a lot of time to throw it,” said Huntington head coach Billy Seals. “He hit us early with a couple of big passing plays, so we needed to pressure him to get him out of his comfort zone and our defense did a great job.”

Overall, the Black Eagles actually out-gained Huntington offensively, 344 to 289. The Highlanders were led by Nick Tubbs on the ground as he finished with 64 yards on 11 carries.

“A lot of credit to our kids to come back and play well in the second half against a team that, to be honest, I would not want to play again,” Seals said.

Meanwhile, in Morgantown, No. 7 University (9-1) defeated rival No. 9 Morgantown (8-2), 14-3. It was the Hawks’ first win over the Mohigans since 2007. Isaiah Utt scored University’s first touchdown, a two-yard run in the first half.

A 72-yard pass from quarterback Travis Renner to senior Andrew Frisco set up an eventual seven-yard touchdown run by Renner in the second half.

“I can’t speak enough about how well our offensive line played tonight,” Renner said. “It means everything to win this game. We grow up coming to MoHawk Bowls, dreaming of beating Morgantown in games like this – to do it in real life is just so much more.”

On the other side, it’s a Morgantown team that has had disappointing showings now in back-to-back games after Chazzy Thomas tweaked his ankle against Musselman two weeks ago.

“A lot of our offensive struggles today were a credit to U-High,” said head coach John Bowers. “But, we don’t sustain our blocks anymore. We used to bury people – but that’s probably just as much U-High getting off those blocks rather than us finishing them. Give U-High credit, they played well.”

Three-time defending state champion and No. 2 Martinsburg (9-1), meanwhile, continued its long instate winning streak by beating Musselman, 48-12.  No. 4 Capital (8-1) was impressive again, taking down No. 16 Hurricane (5-4), 39-8. Capital’s Kashuan Haley finished 110 yards yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, while quarterback Tyhree Pratt added a pair of touchdown passes as well in the win.

No. 4 George Washington (8-1) handled Ripley, 34-14, and No. 6 Wheeling Park (8-1) crushed Parkersburg South, 62-0. No. 11 Oak Hill (7-2) solidified its playoff chances with a 34-6 win over Woodrow Wilson. The Red Devils finished with 423 yards of rushing on 51 carries – Jalen Jones led the way with 240 yards on 21 carries.

“Our season is going great – it’s definitely not over yet,” Jones said. “We definitely had to get this win. This team has a lot of heart for a small Class AAA school. We just go out and play every week with a lot of heart.”

Out of the eastern panhandle, solid wins for Washington (6-3) and Jefferson (5-4) as both of those squads try to snag playoff berths. Washington took down Hampshire, 55-14, while Jefferson edged Hedgesville, 30-22.

No. 15 Lewis County (7-2) picked up a needed win over Liberty (Harrison), 69-0.

In Class AA, top ranked Bluefield and No. 2 Wayne both picked up wins to setup a showdown next week. The Beavers (8-1) handled James Monroe 60-14, while Wayne (9-0) won its 32nd straight with a 64-36 win over Chapmanville.

The Pioneers had over 630 yards of offense in the win. Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson finished with 280 passing yards and five touchdowns. Cody Stiltner contributed 100 yards receiving, 122 yards rushing and four total touchdowns in the win for the two-time defending champion Pioneers.

No. 11 Keyser (6-3) sent a strong message Friday as well, handling rival No. 5 Frankfort (7-2) 42-3. Danny Fife led the way for the Golden Tornado on the ground, totaling 129 yards on 15 carries. Keyser, offensively, out-gained Frankfort 488-156 in total yards.

Class AA No. 12 Ritchie County (6-3) knocked off Class A No. 4 Williamstown (7-2), 38-31. No. 2 St. Marys picked up a solid win, beating Class AA No. 15 Ravenswood, 12-0. No. 5 Moorefield needed a late comeback to avoid an upset, taking down Pendleton County 33-30.

Also, No. 9 Clay Battelle (8-0) edged No. 10 Notre Dame (6-3), 36-34.

“This was a big win,” said Cee Bees head coach Ryan Wilson. “Two teams were at it hard and both teams played great. We’re happy to be 8-0 and we’ll get back to work on Monday.”

Clay Battelle next week will have a showdown against No. 1 Madonna (9-0), which took down Toronto, Ohio 41-20 this week.

You can see all the scores on the MetroNews High School Football Scoreboard.

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  • Say What?

    Hey maller, way to represent your grammatical expertise!

  • CaptainQ

    Hey Garrett, any idea who won the Tygart Valley - Hundred game yesterday? Was the game even played? Did Hundred have enough players to actually play the game? MetroNews scoreboard is still showing 'no' score on that game.

  • maller

    Who cares about chazzy he is one who's going win the Kennedy award ..... over rated Jake Parker has had more yards the last past two years and td and plays defense to second leading tackler on the team that should be ur Kennedy winner hands down

  • Brent

    Nicole, the discussion about UHS & Morgantown is merely just a matter of this being one of the biggest matchups in the state this week! We would be interested in what you have to say about your favorite team too. I have to agree with Matt. With Chazzy at 100%, it might have been a different outcome, but that is why they play the game and UHS definitely controlled the lines of scrimmage. Can't go on what ifs.... I would doubt that after the three leg injuries, Chazzy will be 100% until next year.....way too late for Morgantown in the playoffs, so they better come up with a different game plan and fast......if they plan to keep playing! They have a chance to see UHS and WP again, but not sure they will want to!

  • Nicole

    Congrats UHS I never realized until this year how the other Mo town schools fans/Metro posts (not players) think they are so much better than the rest of us in the state.I guess they couldn't get the same referee crew from the WP game last night.Its actually funny how most of the comments,articles ect. are about Morgantown and Martinsburg on here. Are there any other football teams in the state???

    • Nicole

      Brent I know it was a big match up this week. I'm talking about all the previous weeks. Just seems like alot of defensive fans with deliberate digs. My team is WP and I find it funny the lack of respect they get and alot of other teams in the state.I'm new on here but there's more drama than cheering.Its informative for scores and entertaining to read.

  • Matt

    Looks to me as if Chazzy left Chazzy right has worked well at Martinsburg and agianst Wheeling Park. If he holds onto the ball MHS would have been 9-0 going into last night. I was at the game and UHS QB Travis Renner looks like the best kept secret in the state. I understand he is a legit college baseball recruit but looks to me as if college football teams would like him. MHS coach said before season Renner was the best dual threat QB in the state. Hawk D was dominant. Cant wait for playoffs hope Morgantown gets another shot at the Hawks.

  • Brent

    Congratulations to UHS for beating Morgantown! Not to take anything away from them, but when the Morgantown play calling is run Chazzy left, run Chazzy right, run Chazzy up the middle, then punt because the O-line couldn't block kids half their size, it wasn't too hard for UHS to come up with a defensive scheme! It was obvious from the get-go to anyone who has watched him earlier in the season that Chazzy was about 50-70%, but that didn't seem to matter to the Morgantown "coaching" staff! I came away from this game with three main comments. First, out of around 75 kids on the team, apparently Chazzy is the only kid at Morgantown that can run the ball; second, that the UHS kids can't read, because they apparently weren't aware from the headlines that according to Bowers, "this is the best line he has ever had with three D-I players and an all-state tackle; and finally, whoever is in charge of the Morgantown program, needs to take a long hard look at the two dozen members of the football staff and eliminate some positions! After the comments about the kids not listening and the performances at John Marshall & UHS, it is obvious to me that some heads need to roll (not the players) and it might be time to get some new coaches in place! When an 80 year old coach can motivate his players to outplay a much bigger and stronger opponent, then something is broken at Morgantown and needs to be fixed!

  • Indian Boy

    Hey Bud 15 out of 16 playoff teams will lose by the time it is over. Just enjoy the season. More to point, Bluefield or Wayne should win it all, they are best two teams in the state. Bridgeport plays a weak schedule and drop in the polls when they win. Keyser plays one of the toughest schedules in the state and will be in with six wins. But hey these are high school kids, no one knows what may happen.

    • Wow

      What was the score when bridgeport and keyser played a few weeks ago? I guess keyser is one of those week teams according to you.

  • WV Bud

    Yeah. Rollin towards a disaster against Bluefield, Bridgeport or Wayne.

  • Indian Boy

    Outstanding coaching and execution by Keyser last night. Coach Bize has em Rollin.

  • Cheryl

    Good job Bulldogs!!!