— By Greg Carey & Joe Brocato

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Spring Valley won big, while Huntington and Musselman did enough to maintain their unbeaten records. Elsewhere, Fairmont Senior, Bluefield and Poca stayed perfect in Class AA, as did Mount View and Wheeling Central in Class A.

Spring Valley builds big early lead, beats Riverside

The Class AAA No. 1 Timberwolves improved to 7-0 with a 42-21 win against Riverside.

After winning four straight road games, Spring Valley returned home and built a 21-0 advantage in the first quarter.

Graseon Malashevich started the scoring with a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown, before Malashevich hauled in a 7-yard TD pass that allowed the Timberwolves to double their lead.

Owen Chafin added a 5-yard touchdown run that allowed SV to hold a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

When Issac Howard scored on a 5-yard run just 1:45 into the second quarter, Spring Valley’s lead was up to 35-0 and it removed its starters from the game shortly after.

Riverside faced a 42-0 halftime deficit before scoring on Kain Ford’s 65-yard fumble return.

Javonte’ Elzy added a rushing and passing touchdown later in the contest to bring Riverside closer.

Huntington holds off Hurricane

The No. 12 Redskins hung tough with the second-ranked Highlanders, but Huntington was victorious to remain unbeaten.

TaJhan Blackwell’s 27-yard TD pass to Johronimo Mitchell broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter to put Huntington on top, but the lead was short lived after Nate Barham answered with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Blackwell tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Bryce Damous that allowed Huntington (6-0) to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.

But Hurricane (3-4) didn’t go down quietly, getting even again on Christian Hill’s 1-yard touchdown run at the 3:42 mark of the third quarter.

The game swung in Huntington’s favor late in the third quarter as Blackwell got away from the defense for a 99-yard touchdown run to give the Highlanders the lead for good.

Blackwell later threw a 19-yard TD pass to AJ Prestera that made it 28-14, before Diallo Mitchell sealed the victory with a 17-yard interception return for a score.

Applemen edge Hedgesville

Blake Hartman scored his second of two touchdowns on a 4-yard run with 9:08 remaining to lift Class AAA No. 4 Musselman to a 12-7 win over No. 6 Hedgesville.

Musselman (6-0) won a close call for a second straight week and by nearly an identical score following last week’s 13-7 triumph at Morgantown.

Hartman’s first TD came from 1 yard midway through the second quarter and allowed the Applemen to lead, 6-0.

Keenan Smoot had the answer for the Eagles (5-2) and reached the end zone on a 2-yard run that allowed Hedgesville to take a 7-6 lead into halftime.

But the Applemen defense, which has allowed exactly seven points in three of the team’s six wins, delivered in the second half, before Hartman reached the end zone again for the game-winning score.

Polar Bears pound Weir

No. 8 Weir hung tough with No. 1 Fairmont Senior for one half in a Class AA matchup at East-West Stadium, before the Polar Bears pulled away for a 43-13 victory.

Gage Michael’s 2-yard TD run, combined with Connor Neal’s pass to Rhett Heston on the two-point conversion, gave FSHS (7-0) an early 8-0 lead.

Deon Trupiano caught a 15-yard touchdown pass that allowed the Red Riders to get to within 8-6, before the Polar Bears answered with Neal’s 26-yard TD pass to J.D. Smith that made it 15-6 with 9:51 to play in the opening half.

Neal later scored on a 15-yard run to extend the lead to 22-6, but Sebastian Spencer connected with Donavan Kirby for a 59-yard TD pass that allowed Weir to enter halftime facing a 22-13 deficit.

But that was as close as the Red Riders (5-2) got, as Heston rushed for touchdowns from 15 and 81 yards in the third quarter, allowing the Polar Bears to open up a 36-13 lead.

Neal’s 17-yard pass to Jake Pitman with 8:02 to play finished off the scoring.

Bluefield rolls along

The Class AA No. 2 Beavers improved to 6-0 with a 41-7 win at PikeView.

Bluefield built a 14-0 lead before the game was 5 minutes old. A 40-yard pass by Chandler Cooper to Ronnell Blevins led to the first TD, with Blevins fumbling into the end zone and Jahim House recovering it for the score.

Cooper’s 11-yard TD pass to Juice Edwards made it 14-0 and JJ Davis followed with long TD run that allowed Bluefield to hold a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

That advantage grew to be 35-0 at halftime and the Beavers never looked back.

Poca tops Winfield

The Class AA No. 4 Dots improved to 7-0 with a 33-14 win at Winfield. 

Ethan Payne’s 22-yard TD run halfway through the first quarter gave the Dots the 7-0 lead. Payne added an 11-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 in the second quarter, but Nick Vance’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brooks allowed the Generals (2-4) to enter halftime trailing, 14-7.

Payne’s third rushing touchdown halfway through the third quarter upped Poca’s lead to 21-7, before Owen McClanahan reached the end zone on a 9-yard run to extend the lead to 27-7.

Winfield never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Photo by Eddie Ferrari

Poca improved to 7-0 with a 33-14 win at Winfield.


Mount View blanks Tolsia

The Class A No. 1 Golden Knights scored a second half touchdown to break a scoreless tie and that proved to be enough in a 6-0 win over the No. 13 Rebels.

The win allowed Mount View to improve to 6-0 and marked the defense’s second shutout of the season.

Tolsia fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Maroon Knights start fast in latest win

Class A No. 2 Wheeling Central scored the game’s first 31 points to get past Steubenville Catholic Central, Ohio, 31-14.

Jacob Rine’s 24-yard field goal got Wheeling Central (6-0) on the board first. Jalen Creighton then caught a 42-yard touchdown pass, before Anthony Robbins was on the receiving end of a 34-yard td pass by Curtis McGhee that gave the Maroon Knights a 17-0 lead 2:57 before halftime.

Bray Price helped seal the win when he intercepted a pass and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown to give Wheeling Central a 24-0 lead nearing the midpoint of the third quarter.

Fayetteville handles Notre Dame

Jordan Dempsey rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns and the No. 11 Pirates ended a two-game losing streak to spoil homecoming for the No. 16 Irish.

Dempsey’s touchdown run in the first half was the game’s only TD at the intermission as Fayetteville took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

Nate Helm’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Jaidyn West got the Irish on the board, but Dempsey’s second TD run put the Pirates in front, 17-6, at the 5:13 mark of the third quarter.

Demspey added a 40-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, allowing Fayetteville (5-2) to pull away.

Parkersburg Catholic to host on-campus game Saturday

The lone Saturday game on the Week 7 schedule pits Class A No. 6 Parkersburg Catholic (6-0) against Calhoun County (1-5). The game will be played on the PCHS campus. Traditionally, the Crusaders have hosted their ‘home’ games at Stadium Field/Parkersburg High School.

Parkersburg Catholic is one of six unbeaten teams remaining in Class A. They have scored at least 32 points in each game this season.

Still perfect

Unbeaten teams remaining (by class):

AAA: Huntington, Martinsburg, Musselman, Spring Valley.

AA: Bluefield, Fairmont Senior, Nicholas County, Poca, Point Pleasant.

A: Cameron, Doddridge County, Midland Trail, Mount View, Parkersburg Catholic, Wheeling Central Catholic

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