WHEELING, W.Va. — A 20-point second quarter and a strong defensive effort allowed University to complete a perfect opening month of the season with a 35-14 at Wheeling Park.
The Hawks built a 20-0 halftime lead on the strength of a pair of touchdown passes from Chase Edwards and a touchdown run from Colin McBee. Edwards connected with Sage Clawges on a 74-yard strike and he later found Elija Jackson on a 24-yard connection.
“Edwards is dynamite. He is having a tremendous year. He is kind of under the radar. Everybody else is talking about the other great quarterbacks in the state. But I will take my guy over anybody,” said University head coach John Kelley.
The Hawks extended their cushion in the third quarter when Edwards and Jackson hooked up for their second touchdown of the evening. The Patriots found the end zone twice later in the third quarter, surrounding a University safety, Brett Phillips and Hunter Nixon scored on touchdown totes of 26 and 6 yards respectively. Park trailed 28-14 at the end of three quarters.
But the Hawks ground out the fourth quarter clock and McBee put the game out of reach with his second touchdown of the game, a one-yard run.
“What a warrior. [McBee] is a beast. He has done it for four games now,” Kelley said. “He refuses to go down. It got a little tense for a minute when they scored. But all of a sudden, he just keeps moving the chains.”
University entered the week atop the initial WVSSAC rankings and they are one of four Class AAA teams with 4-0 records (Martinsburg, Huntington, Jefferson).
“We’re 4-0. Nobody believes in us. They say, ‘Oh, they are number one but they haven’t beaten anybody’. News flash — we beat somebody tonight. Now we have a tremendous challenge next week against Fairmont Senior.
“I said this had to be a signature game to find out if we were for real. I think we answered the questions and my kids believed all along.”