WEST UNION, W.Va. — For the second consecutive season, a field goal by a member of the Devinney family lifted Doddridge County to a thrilling victory over their rivals from Ritchie County. Junior John Devinney connected on a 20-yarder in double overtime as the Bulldogs edged the Rebels, 29-26.
“He makes a high percentage of extra points. I know he missed two, but percentage-wise, I was confident in him. I know maybe some people questioned that but I knew he was bound to nail one. And he did,” said Doddridge County head coach Bobby Burnside.
Last year, John Devinney’s older brother D.J. delivered a game-winning field goal in the final minute as Doddridge edged Ritchie, 9-8.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams traded a pair of touchdown drives in the second quarter. Bulldog quarterback Jared Jones scored on a three-yard run to give Doddridge a 7-0 lead. Ritchie answered when Gus Morrison scored on a six-yard run that pulled the Rebels within a point, 7-6.
Midway through the second, Dylan Knight scored the first of his two touchdowns, putting the Bulldogs up 14-6. Late in the half, Ethan Haught found Garrett Cunningham on a 13-yard scoring strike. Doddridge led 14-12 at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, the Rebels took their first lead of the game on a one-yard run from Brandon Riddle. Ritchie led 20-12 through three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Knight capped a lengthy drive with 1:10 to play with a five-yard touchdown tote. The point after attempt was wide left, and the game went to overtime tied 20-20.
The Bulldogs took the ball first in overtime and regained the lead when Jones connected with Gabe Stewart from 13 yards out. Riddle answered for Ritchie on a ten-yard run. The game went to double overtime tied 26-26.
Doddridge gained a quick advantage in the second extra session. Adam Burnside’s stop on fourth-and-1 turned the Rebels away, setting the stage for Devinney’s game-winning kick.
“Adam, our D-line, everyone across the board gave great effort tonight and showed great heart.”
Doddridge (3-0) had gone 21 days in between games due to COVID issues with their scheduled opponents.
“That was a concern. How was our conditioning going to hold up? We did go hard on Fridays and had some scrimmages and a couple of the kids said, ‘Coach, that paid off’.”
Knight rushed for 132 yards on 32 totes. The Bulldogs rushed for 247 yards.
“Our offensive line kills it in the weight room. Tonight, I felt like they wanted to prove something. Dylan ran hard and our fullback, Bryce McKinney blocked their tails off. But it was all ten guys besides the ball carrier blocking with heart. They gave great effort.”
Ritchie (3-1) suffered their first loss since last year’s game against the Bulldogs. Their 11-game win streak came to an end. Haught completed 14-of-21 passes for 136 yards and he led Ritchie with 89 yards on 12 carries.