CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Class A No. 10 Wheeling Central secured a semifinal berth on Friday night, beating No. 2 South Harrison 39-6.
“I’m very proud of our kids,” said Wheeling Central coach Mike Young. “We were able to get out of the gates early and that’s a credit to my coaches and these kids who have been buying into what we’ve been trying to sell in terms of blocking, tackling and coming off of the ball.”
The Maroon Knights (8-4) jumped out to a 14-0 lead, taking control in the first quarter as Dawson Wear scored on a 66-yard touchdown run and Curtis McGhee followed with a 93-yard rushing score.
“We were able to open it up, get to the edge and get up the middle,” Young said. “Our passing game also setup some real nice plays, too. Our kids have done a really nice job of making some noise in the state.”
Central, looking for its first state championship since 2011, will get a home game in the semifinals, hosting No. 11 Summers County (8-4).
The Bobcats on Friday night eliminated No. 3 Midland Trail 6-0, completing their second straight postseason shutout and third straight shutout overall.
Tucker Lilly connected with Andrew Richmond for a 40-yard, fourth quarter touchdown pass in the game’s only score.
“It was a great effort by our kids against a really good football team. Our guys showed up with something to prove and they did a great job of playing team football,” said Summers County coach Chris Vicars. “Midland Trail came in with 3,500 yards rushing and a 2,000 yard back in (Thomas) Ferris. We made some big plays and didn’t give up big plays.”
Summers County sealed the win by forcing a fumble by Midland Trail inside the Bobcats’ five yard line and under 25 seconds to go.