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West Virginia State 27, Seton Hill 21

INSTITUTE, W. Va. – West Virginia State freshman Cooksey Hunter batted down a pass on the final play of the game, helping the Yellow Jackets register a 27-21 win over visiting Seton Hill. The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak for WVSU.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 13-0 lead just 3:47 into the game. Ricky Phillips hit Fabian Payne for a 36-yard touchdown 1:31 into the contest. Payne then broke off a 91-yard run on the Yellow Jackets’ next possession for a 13-0 advantage. Daniel Butler brought the Griffins within six when he counted with a 10-yard jaunt of his own with 7:11 to play in the first quarter.

WVSU struck for 14 points in the second quarter when Phillips tossed touchdown passes to Nicholas Ortiz and Ervin Kent.

SHU battled back in the third quarter with two touchdowns of their own. Jorge Valdovinos hauled in a 25-yard touchdown from Ryan Morris. Then, Derrick Dyer scampered 20 yards for six to make the score 27-21 in favor of WVSU.

Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the fourth.

For WVSU, Payne galloped for 138 yards while Phillips threw for 185 yards and three scores.  Chris Young posted a game-high 15 tackles and forced a fumble in the victory.

Butler accounted for 141 rushing yards and a score for the Griffins. Morris connected on 15 passes for 152 yards. Nick McGahagan and Calvin Mason each had 11 tackles in the defeat.

Concord 28, Shepherd 14

ATHENS, W. Va. – Concord registered its third consecutive victory of the season by knocking off NO. 3 Shepherd by a 28-14 score.

The Rams got on the board first with a 65-yard interception return by Elijah Davis. The Mountain Lions answered when Ryan Stewart hauled in a 61-yard pass from Zack Grossi.

Justin Ford gave SU a 14-6 lead when he caught a fourth down pass from 27 yards out from Bobby Cooper. CU tied the score when Garrett Hammett hauled in a nine-yard pass from Zack Grossi and then scored on a two-point conversion.

Brian Kennedy gave the home squad the lead on a three-yard run with 9:08 to play before half. Just 43 seconds into the final stanza, Chris Rodriguez broke off a 53-yard jaunt for the final score of the game.

Rodriguez led the home squad with 87 yards and a score. Grossi completed 22 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns while Randall Hawkins had 10 catches for 128 yards. Jake Lilly led the way on defense by totaling 12 tackles including three that went for a loss.

Kenny Williams gained a team-best 40 yards on the ground for the Rams. Cooper completed 20 passes for 148 yards and a score. Robert Byrd caught 10 passes for 65 yards in the loss.

Glenville State 41, West Liberty 14

GLENVILLE, W. Va. – Glenville State registered a 41-14 home win over visiting West Liberty in WVIAC football action.

Darrien Hudson returned a punt block 15 yards for a 7-0 Pioneers’ lead with 3:52 to go in the first quarter. GSC extended the lead to 21-0 at the break behind a Jakhari Murphy 85-yard touchdown reception from Darold Hughes and a one-yard run by Kareem Alexander in the second quarter.

After a Murphy 46-yard touchdown catch just 2:20 into the third frame, Brandon Schroeder got the Hilltoppers on the board when he took a pass from L.D. Crow in for a score.

GSC’s Colston Bayless hit two field goals in the final 6:24 of the third frame for a 34-7 lead heading into the final quarter. The teams traded scores in the fourth for the 41-14 final.

Joe Mesadieu rushed for a team-high 44 yards for GSC. Hughes completed 15 passes for 298 yards and two scores. Jordan Griffin hauled in seven catches for 73 yards while Antwan Stewart registered 98 yards receiving.

Brandon Davis guided the Hilltoppers with 63 yards on the ground. Crow threw for 173 yards and a score while Schroeder accounted for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

The Pioneers totaled 479 yards while WLU had 266.

Fairmont State 19, Charleston 14

FAIRMONT, W. Va. – Daniel Monroe’s fourth-quarter touchdown propelled Fairmont State to a 19-14 victory over visiting Charleston.

The Falcons scored first when Frank Keenan booted a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter. Logan Moore then found Matt Wilmer for a 12-yard strike with 1:05 to play in the first stanza for a 10-0 advantage.

The Golden Eagles registered 14 second-quarter points behind a Jordan Roberts touchdown reception and a 12-yard touchdown reception to Derrick Taylor. Both touchdowns were thrown by Maurice Leak.

FSU pulled within one in the third quarter when Keenan hit from 31 yards out, making the score 14-13. As both defenses tightened, Monroe broke for a seven-yard touchdown scamper for what turned out to be the final points of the game.

Monroe led the victors with 142 rushing yards. Garrett Davis posted a game-high 11 tackles in the victory.   

Leak rushed for a team-best 75 yards in the loss. Aaron Dunlap led the defense with 10 tackles, two of which went for a loss.

The defenses were strong all day as FSU managed just 250 total yards while UC had 204.

West Virginia Wesleyan 37, Lincoln 26

LINCOLN, Pa. – West Virginia Wesleyan remained perfect on the season with a 37-26 non-conference victory at Lincoln.

Brandon Hoffman hauled in a three-yard pass from Adam Neugebauer for an early 7-0 lead. After Lincoln scored to pull within one, the Bobcats blocked the extra point for a 7-6 advantage.

WVWC reeled off 20 consecutive points for a 27-6 halftime margin. In the second quarter, Neugebauer hit Aaron Lewis for a 20-yard pass. John Maddox returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown before Neugebauer sliced the defense for his third touchdown throw of the half.

Lincoln outscored the Bobcats 14-3 in the third quarter but WVWC’s offense went back to work in the fourth. Neugebauer recorded his fourth touchdown pass of the day, completing an eight-yard strike to Jon Meadows for a 37-20 lead.

The Bobcats reeled off 451 total yards with 367 coming through the air. Christian Smith led the Bobcats’ ground attack with 50 yards. Neugebauer completed 32-of-45 for 345 yards and four scores. Jon Meadows hauled in 12 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Ottis Scott notched 10 solo tackles in the game for WVWC.

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