By: Fred Persinger II, WVMetronews.com
Woodrow Wilson (0-1) at Greenbrier East (0-1)
The Street Sarrett era did not get off to the start that Woodrow Wilson fans had hoped for. Despite the 19-14 to Riverside, which broke a 24 game losing streak for the Warriors, there still several positives the Beckley players, coaches and fans can take away from the game.
The Beckley defense played well overall, allowing only two big plays. Also, senior linebacker Jordy Hancock proved his knee is in good shape as he led the Flying Eagles with 10 tackles.
Woodrow Wilson’s offense struggled at times, but did gain over 230 yards of total offense, scoring on a long pass play from Sutton Radford to Logan Cook. The second score was finished off with a run by fullback Noah Norman — Meeko Harris and Micah Hancock both contributed on the ground with that drive, along with a key third down conversion by backup QB Antonio Leopardi.
On special teams, the Flying Eagles averaged 45 yards per punt – and for the first time since 2014, had two kickoffs go for touchbacks. Josh Sisk and Jacob Young, two senior soccer players, have taken over those kicking duties.
This week, Woodrow Wilson is matchup up with its longtime rival Greenbrier East. The Spartans are coming off of a tough 34-6 loss to Class AA James Monroe. The Spartans came into the season looking to replace Zayvion Lawson, one of the state’s top running backs in 2015.
In the loss to James Monroe, Greenbrier East finished with 131 total yards offensively and just 46 yards on the ground. The Spartans’ defense gave up 255 yards to James Monroe, 240 of those yards were on the ground.
This will be the 43rd meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1971. Beckley holds an overall lead in the series, 26-16. Greenbrier East broke a four game losing streak last year, defeating Beckley at Van Meter Stadium 35-28. Kickoff is set for 7 pm from Fairlea.
The game will air on The Big Dawg 99.5 WJLS, online at wjls.com and on the iheart radio app.
Wyoming East (0-1) at Westside (1-0)
The football version in the battle of Wyoming County takes place this week as the Wyoming East Warriors travel to take on the Westside Renegades. The two teams had opposite results in the opening week of the season.
Westside went on the road to Glen Daniel, dominating Liberty (Raleigh) 44-0. Quarterback Josh Morgan tossed two touchdown passes and rushed for another score, while running back Dylan McComas added two more touchdowns on the ground in the win. Defensively, Westside held the Raiders to just 136 yards of offense, all on the ground, while Andrew Rollins returned a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown.
Wyoming East, meanwhile, fell to current Class AA No. 4 Mingo Central 56-13. While the Warriors struggled overall offensively, The offense struggled for the Warriors but the bright spot was Zachary Raye was a bright spot, totaling 131 yards of offense in the loss. The Warriors finished with just 48 rushing yards on 44 attempts.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Princeton (1-0) at AA No. 8 Bluefield (0-1)
Last week, Princeton got off to a slow start on the road in Raleigh County against Shady Spring. After falling behind 6-0, Shady Spring scored twice and led 14-12 after the first quarter.
Princeton, though, outscored Shady Spring 34-7 the rest of the way to win 46-21. Princeton was led by running back Zach Standifur who rushed for 239 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns.
For Bluefield, the annual rivalry game against Graham, Va. did not go the way many people thought as the Beavers lost 59-34. The 59 points were the most points put up by a Graham team against Bluefield — the previous record was 56 back in 2001 when Graham was led by running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
This year’s Graham team also featured an outstanding running back in Jamorya’ Cousin, who worked out with Bradshaw this summer – he rushed for 191 yards and two scores in the win. As a team Graham gained 634 yards of offense, 487 yards on the ground.
Bluefield senior quarterback Cody Fuller threw for 338 yards and two scores in the loss. Senior slot receiver Carlos Reed caught nine passes for 110 yards and Mookie Collier, who was questionable coming into the game with a foot injury, played through the pain and caught eight passes for 116 yards.
Bluefield lost the battle of Bluefield last week, but will try to bounce back this week in the Battle for Mercer County against Princeton from Mitchell Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
PikeView (0-1) at Independence (1-0)
Mount View (1-0) at Man (0-1)
Shady Spring (0-1) at Nicholas County (1-0)
Liberty-Raleigh (0-1) at Oak Hill (0-0)
Pocahontas County (1-0) at Moorefield (1-0)
Sherman (1-0) at Calhoun County (0-1)
Tug Valley (0-1) at Meadow Bridge (0-1)
Greenbrier West (0-1) at Midland Trail (0-1)
Gilmer County(1-0) at Richwood (0-1)
Montcalm (1-0) at Twin Valley, Va.
Fayetteville (1-0) at Valley Fayette (0-1)
Summers County (1-0) – Idle this week
James Monroe (1-0) – Idle this week