WAYNE 48, SISSONVILLE 7
WAYNE - The mud might get the blame, but Wayne’s defense deserved the credit.
The top-ranked Pioneers football team (12-0) ran their winning streak to 35 games Friday night in a dominating 48-7 Class AA playoff quarterfinal victory over Sissionville at swampy Pioneer Field. The victory sends Wayne to the semifinals next week against Robert C. Byrd (9-3), which defeated Ritchie County, 36-6, Friday night.
Wayne’s defense held a team that had two 100-yard rushers a week ago to 79 total yards. The Indians (10-2) rushed for just 58 yards on 41 carries. Sissonville completed just 4 of 16 passes for 21 yards and was intercepted three times.
Mason Hodge led Wayne’s 397-yard rushing attack, accounting for 126 yards on 19 carries. All of wayne’s yards came on the ground.
Sissonville … 0 0 0 7 - 7
Wayne … 0 14 14 20 - 48
BLUEFILED 26, NICHOLAS CO. 14
BLUEFIELD — D.J. Stewart rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns and the Bluefield Beavers held off a tough Nicholas County Grizzlies team 26-14 in the rain at Mitchell Stadium in a West Virginia Class AA quarterfinal contest Friday night.
With the win Bluefield advances to meet either No. 2 Bridgeport or No. 7 Fairmont Senior in next week’s state semifinals.
“They (Nicholas County) are good defensively. They’ve got some big guys,” said BHS head coach Fred Simon. “They did a nice job of stuffing us, we didn’t move them off the ball, but again we made plays when we had to. Frankie (Desiderio) came through for us with some clutch field goals and helped us get through.”
Stewart led all rushers with 156 yards on eight carries. R.J. Bourne was 5-of-8 passing for the Beavers.
Wil Mayes carried 27 times for Nicholas County and gained 69 yards. Tyler Sagraves was 10-of-22 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown.
At Mitchell Stadium
Nicholas Co….0 7 7 0 - 14
Bluefield….7 13 3 3 - 26
ROBERT C. BYRD 36, RITCHIE COUNTY 6
ELLENBORO — It was ‘old-school’ versus ‘new-school’ when No. 13 Robert C. Bryd brought is stick-I attack to Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium Friday night to face No. 12 Ritchie County’s ‘spread attack’.
When the dust had cleared, however, it was the Eagles’ offensive attack that proved to be too tough as RCB pounded its way to a 36-6 victory in the second round of the WVSSAC’s Class AA playoffs.
“It was old-school,” Ritchie County head coach Mike Dawson said. “They (RCB) just lined it up and ran it right at us and we couldn’t do anything to stop it.”
Sophomore Juwan Jones-Wright proved to be too much to handle for the Rebels’ defense as the 235-pounder rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles advance into next weekend’s semifinal round where they will take on the winner of No. 1 Wayne and No. 8 Sissonville.
Score by quarters:
RCB (9-3) … 14 8 8 6 - 26
Ritchie (8-4)… 0 6 0 0 - 6
HUNTINGTON 17, GEORGE WASHINGTON 13
HUNTINGTON - Huntington’s Charles Crawford took a pitch on a third-and-goal play at the George Washington 9-yard-line and headed around right end. The blockers got the senior to the corner, he turned upfield, got a glimpse of the pylon, dove at about the 3 and landed in the end zone for the go-ahead TD, igniting a wild celebration on the home side at Bob Sang Stadium.
The 9-yard TD run with 40.2 seconds left gave the Highlanders a 17-13 lead. Then, defensive back Brandon Morrison picked off a pass by Patriots quarterback Jonathan Alexader with 11.1 seconds left to to secure victory in the Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game.
Huntington High (12-0), the top seed in Class AAA, moves to the semifinals next weekend at home against No. 5 Wheeling Park. The Patriots (11-1) beat Point Pleasant on Friday, 28-7. Date and time will be determined Sunday.
Huntington High and No. 8 George Washington (9-3) actually met in back in August in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-O-Rama at Laidley Field in Charleston. The Patriots had the edge that day and again Friday night until that game-winning drive by Huntington High.
Crawford also got Huntington’s first TD on a 34-yard run on a toss sweep right — what else? — with 5:22 left in the first period.
The Patriots drew even with Zach Malone scored on a 1-yard run with 5:24 left in the second period. The first of two interceptions thrown by Huntington High quarterback Clark Wilson set up the GW score.
GW took the second half kickoff and drove 65 yards in 10 plays for the go-ahead TD. Alexander tossed a 20-yard pass to Luther Toney, but a flag for a chop block negated the TD. Two plays later, Alexander found Austin Giacomo for a 16-yard TD and that score stood.
Paden Christian led the Highlanders with 81 yards on 21 carries.
Score by quarters:
George Wash. … 0 7 6 0 - 13
Huntington High … 7 0 0 10 - 17
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Virginia Sports Writers exchange contributed these game stories.)