(by Greg Carey & Joe Brocato)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va — The top four teams in each class cruised to victory in the season’s third week.
Holgorsen tosses 4 TD in UHS win
Logan Holgorsen tossed a touchdown pass to Amir Richardson and two more to Evan Parow as University claimed a 40-20 win over Brooke in the Hawks’ home opener. Holgorsen connected with Richardson on a 25-yard scoring hookup to lift UHS to an early 14-0 lead.
The Bruins would even the score at 14-14 but the Hawks went ahead for good when Ben Gribble scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Evan Parow had the final two scores of the game for University. He reeled in 15-yard and 60-yard touchdown catches from Holgorsen.
The Hawks(2-1) have won back-to-back games after dropping their season opener at John Marshall and they will host Wheeling Park(2-0) in week four.
Spring Valley wins top 5 battle vs. Cabell Midland
Wilcoxon helps Huntington down GW
Ty Wilcoxon rushed for 250 yards to lift Class AAA No. 4 Huntington to a 42-21 win against No. 10 George Washington.
After the start of the contest was delayed due to weather, Wilcoxon came out on a mission, amassing 203 yards on the ground over the first two quarters.
His 35-yard touchdown run gave Huntington a 14-0 lead after Highlanders’ quarterback Tajhan Blackwell opened the scoring with a 41-yard TD run.
Huntington totaled 467 rushing yards to move to 3-0, while its defense held Patriots quarterback Grant Wells in check.
Wells completed 12-of-31 passes for 172 yards and was intercepted twice. Wells did rush for a pair of touchdowns in defeat. Wells’ first score was a 19-yard run that brought GW to within 14-7, but a 2-yard TD run by Diallo Mitchell allowed the Highlanders to take a 21-7 lead into halftime.
Capital cruises to win over Hurricane
The Class AAA No. 2 Cougars picked up a 49-10 win against the Redskins.
Capital (3-0) quarterback Kerry Martin Jr. passed for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards and an additional TD.
Martin also scored on a 20-yard interception return — one of the Cougars’ three non-offensive first half touchdowns. The other two were a 14-yard blocked punt return by Breece Hoff and a 77-yard kickoff return by Deishawn Harper.
The Capital defense also brought down Hurricane running back Christian Hill in the end zone for a safety, allowing the Cougars to take a 22-3 lead into halftime.
Hurricane’s Timothy McCutchen made a 35-yard field goal in the first half. The Redskins fell to 1-2 with the loss and have been outscored, 76-13, over their last two games.
Marquee Class AA matchup now set
No. 1 Fairmont Senior and No. 3 Bridgeport each took care of business against Big 10 conference opponents Friday night, setting the stage for a battle of unbeaten teams on Thursday, September 13th.
Connor Neal tossed four touchdown passes as the Polar Bears rolled to a 43-12 win at North Marion. Meanwhile, Bridgeport dominated East Fairmont 48-0 at Wayne Jamison Field.
Fairmont Senior(3-0) and Bridgeport(3-0) will share the field at East-West Stadium Thursday in a game that will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and the MetroNews Channel. Tony Caridi, Rasheed Marshall and Brad Howe will be on the call. Visit the MetroNews website throughout next week for pregame coverage.
Davis scores four times as Liberty blanks Lincoln
Senior Seth Davis ran for two touchdowns, caught another pass for a score and returned a kickoff 88 yards as Liberty shutout Lincoln 39-0.
Davis scored on runs of two and 47 yards and also reeled in a 95-yard scoring connection from Seth McKinney. McKinney also found Noah Leggett on an 8-yard scoring pass. Saveon Beafore rushed for another score as the Mountaineers improved to 2-1. They will visit Philip Barbour in week four.
America runs touchdown count to 16
Doddridge County junior Hunter America scored three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 48-0 win at Calhoun County. He now has 15 rushing touchdowns and one receiving in just three games.
The game was called at halftime due to weather.
America scored on touchdown runs of 13, 35 and 50 yards as Doddridge improved to 3-0. Tanner Lett scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, once on a 35-yard run and twice on connections with Griffin Devericks.
The Bulldogs enter their bye week and will host Route 50 rival Ritchie County on September 21st.
Defending champs score 47 to stay perfect
Class AAA champion Martinsburg won their 31st consecutive game, defeating Eastern, D.C. 47-0. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0. Class A champion Wheeling Central Catholic(3-0) took care of East Hardy 47-7. Class AA champ Bluefield(2-0) was on their bye week.
Wild weather affects several games statewide
Games throughout the state were delayed by various bursts of severe weather, causing many contests to finish near midnight. A pair of eastern panhandle contests were postponed to Saturday. Musselman will face Jefferson at 2pm while Washington will host Millbrook, Va at 4pm.
The Grafton-Petersburg was cancelled due to lack of officials.