Class A No. 9 Valley (Wetzel) (4-0) vs. Class A No. 5 Clay-Battelle (4-0)
Many across the state have been waiting to see if Valley (Wetzel) is back to its old form — this week that question will go a long way to being answered in a battle of unbeatens as No. 5 Clay-Battelle comes to town. The Lumberjacks have breezed through their schedule thus far, winning by an average margin of 43-8, including two shutouts. In doing so, first year head coach Shane Highley has totaled the wins the previous two teams have had combined in just four games.
“I’m very pleased with our start,” Highley said. “But our goal has been and will continue to be to make the playoffs.”
They will be playing a playoff caliber team this week in the Cee-Bees who come in 4-0 as well after disposing of St. Johns, OH 63-14 last week. Clay-Battelle will be the biggest team that the Lumberjacks have faced and their size is on the mind of Highley.
“Their quarterback, No. 14 has an excellent arm and excellent legs,” he stated. “They’ve got two big backs that pound the ball to with two big defensive tackles, and their front four is the best I’ve seen yet.”
Valley has a good quarterback of its own in Trey Streets as he’s averaging 180 yards through the air to go along with almost 100 on the ground.
“We go as No. 1 goes on offense,” Highley said.
*** A MetroNews High School Sportsline interview with head coach Shane Highley is posted above
Class A No. 16 Wheeling Central (3-2) at Kiski Area, PA (2-2)
Wheeling Central is coming into week six after its dramatic 8-7 win over Magnolia last week. With 1:28 to go in the game John Burkhalter sprung free for a 72-yard touchdown catch, and then the Maroon Knights went for the win. From there, Issac Rine found Clayton McCabe in the end zone for the two-point conversion, to steal the victory. The Maroon Knights will travel to Kiski Area, PA in search for win number four this year.
Oak Glen (1-4) at Class AA No. 9 Weir (4-1)
The ninth ranked Red Riders upped their record to 4-1 last week with a 50-16 win of Liberty (Harrison) last week. Weir was again led by their star quarterback William Larch, who threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Larch and his offensive mates are putting up 33 points a game and will look to take advantage of a Golden Bears team which has struggled early on this season.
Class AAA No. 9 Wheeling Park (3-1) at East Liverpool, OH (0-5)
Michael Grove rushed for 220 yards and scored a touchdown in Park’s win last week over Brooke, 21-10. Theo Blackston added 135 yards on the ground a couple of touchdowns as well in the win.
Wheeling Park defeated East Liverpool 52-0 a season ago. This year’s East Liverpool team is without a win and hasn’t scored more than seven points in a game this season.
A key home matchup looms next week for the Patriots against Morgantown.
Bishop Donahue (2-2) at Conotton Valley, OH
Brooke (1-4) at Logan (2-3)
Cameron (1-4) at Paden City (2-2)
John Marshall (3-1) vs. Musselman (2-3)
Madonna (2-2) at Bridgeport, OH
Magnolia (2-2) at Monroe Central, OH
Class A No. 16 Tyler Consolidated (3-2) at Class A No. 7 Buffalo (4-1)