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Friday, October 14

Parkersburg South Patriots (4-2) at Brooke Bruins (2-4)
Brooke was on the bye week and now face a red hot Parkersburg South team which has won three straight. The Bruins will have to contend with a stout Patriot defense which has allowed only a field goal in its last three games. South used a relentless pass rush to stymie city rival Parkersburg 17-0. It was the first time in 40 years that the Patriots have blanked their rivals and the first time since 2002 that Parkersburg had been shutout. The Bruins will rely on the one-two punch of quarterback Alec Buchmelter and running back Tim Faulkner, who has rushed for 750 yards this season. In a recent outing against Wheeling Park, Buchmelter threw for a career high of 334 yards. South probably needs three wins to be sure of a playoff spot, while the Bruins must win out.

John Marshall Monarchs (0-6) at University Hawks (3-4)
John Marshall was off last week and will try for their first win of the season at University. Veteran Monarch quarterback Aaron Fonner is 39 of 93 for 524 yards with 3 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Monarch schedule has not been kind as all ten opponents are in the playoff hunt. University fell to Bridgeport 21-13.

Wheeling Park Patriots (3-3) at Lincoln County Cougars (1-5)
Wheeling Park was overpowered in the second half as Morgantown routed the Patriots 28-7.
Park had very little offense in the contest as quarterback Lee Peluchette was only 10-of-26 for 65 yards and two interceptions. The Mohigans rushed for 270 yards and all four touchdowns and completed just 2-of-3 pass attempts. Peluchette is 58-of-115 for 735 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Lincoln was blasted 55-12 by South Charleston and is allowing 36 points per game. Their only victory came against winless Nitro. Park needs to win its final four games to insure a playoff spot for the first time since 2008.

Magnolia Blue Eagles (3-3) at Robert Byrd Eagles (4-3)
Magnolia evened its record by defeating winless Weir 62-13. Quarterback Tanner Hanna was 11-of-18 for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Stephen Rogalski did his usual thing by catching a scoring pass and returning a kickoff 80 yards for another six-pointer. Rogalski caught six passes for 125 yards and running back Jayson Keller rushed for 150 yards and three scores. The Big Blue defense held Weir to just four first downs.
Hannah is 89 of 135 for 981 yards with 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Rogalski has 42 catches for 575 yards and 4 scores while Keller has rushed for 580 stripes. The Blue Eagles playoff hopes depend on their success against a formidable future schedule. Next week, Magnolia travels to undefeated Barnesville, Ohio, then face once-beatens Oak Glen and Grafton.
Robert Byrd lost 14-7 to East Fairmont.

East Liverpool Potters (0-7) at Oak Glen Golden Bears (6-1)
Oak Glen clobbered Tyler 58-0 behind a terrific defense that held Tyler to only two first downs and 12 total yards. Lucas McDowell racked up 155 yards on just nine carries, including an 86 yard scoring jaunt. McDowell was 7-of-8 passing for 120 yards and two scores to Jeff Hissam. McDowell has rushed for over 900 yards so far this year. East Liverpool was routed by Cambridge, Ohio, 44-7. The Potters have suffered a number of key injuries and were expecting a better season until the injuries took their toll.

Clay-Battelle CeeBees (5-1) at Cameron Dragons (4-3)
Cameron bested Hundred 46-8. The Dragons scored 33 points in the first quarter and coasted to the win over the winless Hornets. Dragon QB Ryan Hughes was 7-of-7 for 112 yards and 3 touchdown tosses. Receiver Mark Walker hauled in two of the scoring tosses while running back Austin Warsinsky scored twice.
Hughes has thrown for 870 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception.
Clay-Battelle blanked Van 28-0.

Linsly Cadets (6-0) at Buckeye Trail, Ohio, Warriors (1-6)
Linsly wiped Western Reserve Academy of Hudson, Ohio, 58-13. WRA scored first and last while the Cadets scored 58 points in between. QB Alex Stephens was a perfect 6-of-6 for 100 yard, while running back Matt Dodd added 100 rushing yards and two scores. The Cadets should have little trouble in marching towards the week 11 showdown with Wheeling Central.

Saturday, October 15

Notre Dame Irish (2-4) at Madonna Blue Dons (4-2)
Madonnna edged Bishop Donahue 10-7. Quarterback Ross Comis scored a five yard keeper late in the game to give the Blue Dons the win. The Bishops aided their own demise with three turnovers. This may turn out to be a must game for the Blue Dons as their final three contests are against Wahama, Toronto, Ohio, and Clay-Battelle. Those teams are a combined 15-4.
Notre Dame lost to Liberty Harrison 39-30.

Wheeling Central and Bishop Donahue are open this week. Central defeated Shadyside, Ohio, 34-20 as running back Gino Bianconi rushed for 245 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 85 yards. He also caught a 45 yard scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Parker Henry. Henry was 3-of-6 for 100 yards and has yet to throw an interception this season.

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