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October 4, 2013

Class A showdown not only big game on tonight’s football slate

Week 6 of the high school football season is upon us, and some big games fill the area schedule — aside from the Class A battle of undefeateds.

Here’s a look at tonight’s area games. Kickoff times are slated for 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

n Woodrow Wilson at

Cabell Midland

Ranked No. 25 in Class AAA, the Flying Eagles (2-2) could pick up some major bonus points with a road victory against the Knights (4-1), ranked No. 8 in Class AAA with their only loss against No. 1 Huntington.

An upset, though, will be easier said than done. Midland boasts one of the top offenses in the state’s largest class, averaging 48.6 points per game, and it has a defense to go with it, giving up just 11.8 per outing.

Running back Kasey Thomas is averaging 8.5 yards per carry for the Knights and has scored 13 touchdowns, while Coy Pettit has thrown six touchdowns compared to two interceptions.

Woodrow has some offensive weapons of its own. Chase Hancock is averaging eight yards per carry, and quarterback Brent Osborne is becoming a bigger threat in the read option each week. He’s also thrown for 661 yards and eight touchdowns.

n Oak Hill at Shady Spring

The only thing that has remotely slowed Kennedy Award candidate Jalen Jones this year is a sore ankle. But even at less than 100 percent for most of the year, the Oak Hill running back has rushed for 822 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games.

He’s a big reason why the Red Devils (4-0) are ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, but he’s not the only threat. K.K. Goodman is averaging close to six yards per carry and has scored eight touchdowns.

Shady Spring’s offense isn’t nearly the same as it was the last couple of years with Adam Weeks and Houstin Syvertson as part of the attack.

This year, the Tigers (1-4), ranked No. 33 in Class AAA, are averaging just eight points per game. Quarterback Timmy Culicerto, who transferred from Woodrow Wilson to play for his uncle, Shady head coach Vince Culicerto, has completed 37 of 75 passes for 439 yards. Running back Tyler Hanson is averaging a little more than six yards per carry.

n  Webster County

at Liberty

The Raiders (2-3) have found a way to win a couple of games this year, despite being outscored 141-64 through five games. They are ranked No. 23 in Class AA.

Tonight’s contest is one they can’t afford to lose. The Highlanders (0-5) are one of seven winless teams in Class AA and have been outscored 207-114 this season.

Liberty has won two of its last three games, but points have been difficult to find.

Quarterback Jake Phayer is Webster County’s top offensive threat. Last week in a loss to Webster County, he threw for 152 yards and ran for 68 more.

n Sherman

at Independence

Coming off a loss to Liberty last week, the Tide (2-3), No. 26 in Class A, will face a Class AA Raleigh County school for the second straight week

It’s homecoming for Independence, and the Patriots (1-4) would love to give the fans their first home win of the Chris Vicars era to create some positive vibes. Quarterback Brian Sexton threw for 91 yards last week and has been a little more productive every time out for the Patriots, ranked No. 32 in Class AA.

n Man at

Fayetteville

It’s been a good season for the Hillbillies (3-1), the No. 5 team in Class A. After losing the season opener to Logan, Man has won three straight, all over Class AA foes.

After going winless in 2012, Fayetteville (2-3) has shown some improvement, but the Pirates, ranked No. 22 in Class A, have lost two straight after a couple of blowout victories. It’s homecoming in Fayetteville, though, and the Pirates will have a big crowd behind them.

Rushing the football is obviously the Pirates’ forte. They have three backs — Tasheem Saunders, Austin Simmons and Jake Alton — who have topped the 200-yard mark on the ground through five games.

n Wyoming East

at River View

The No. 8 team in Class AA, Wyoming East (4-1) has a chance to improve its playoff positioning when it meets up with Class AA’s No. 12, River View (3-1) tonight.

The Warriors’ lone setback was on the road at undefeated Summers County, but they have plenty of offensive weapons, including running back Jacob Dulcie, back from an injury, and quarterback Aaron Griffith, who has completed 32 of 53 passes for 413 yards and is also a threat in the running game.

The Raiders also like to run, with Jordan Wilson leading the show.

n Westside at Scott

The Renegades (2-3) broke a three-game losing streak and first-year head coach Larry Cook picked up his first road win last week when Westside went to Independence and left with a 30-point victory.

Scott (2-3) is also playing with some confidence coming off of a 59-14 thrashing of Poca.

It’s a big game for both teams when it comes to the Class AA rankings. Scott is No. 20, and Westside is No. 23. Both teams need to start making a move if they hope to jump into the top 16 before playoff time.

There’s little question who Westside wants to carry the ball. Mike Mullens has gone over 150 yards on the ground in four of five games and is coming off of a 317-yard performance last week that earned him Register-Herald Player of the Week honors.

n Summers County at Covington (Va.), 7 p.m.

Summers County head coach Nate Tanner still hasn’t lost a game. He’s 5-0, and the Bobcats are ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

Last year, the only Summers County losses came to Wyoming East, Greenbrier West and Covington (Va.) The Bobcats have already avenged two of the three and can complete the tour of revenge with a road victory tonight.

The Bobcats are led by Isaiah Brown, who has rushed for 602 yards through five games, and dual-threat quarterback T.J. Smith.

Covington, though, won’t be an easy victory. The Cougars (3-1) are stingy on defense and in the midst of a two-game winning streak.

n Robert C. Byrd at Nicholas County

A veteran Nicholas County team is picking up steam as the season progresses. It has won three of its last four, the only loss to Class AAA No. 6 Oak Hill.

Ranked No. 15 in Class AA, Nicholas County (3-2) is led by running back Wil Mayes and quarterback Tyler Sagraves.

Robert C. Byrd (3-2) is also right on the edge of a Class AA playoff spot. The Eagles have won three of their last four and are ranked No. 13.

n Greenbrier West at PikeView

The Cavaliers’ path to perfection hit a road block last week at Summers County. Ranked No. 13 in Class A, the Cavs (4-1) will face their fourth Class AA opponent of the season tonight.

Malik Boatwright is a quarterback who likes to run, and Corey Cox provides a one-two punch in the backfield.

PikeView (2-3) is No. 20 in Class AA and broke a two-game losing streak by downing Shady Spring last week. Hunter Moses did his best in that game, rushing for 254 yards on 21 carries.

nUniversity at Greenbrier East, 7 p.m.

Class AAA No. 9 University (4-1) will make its first-ever trip to Greenbrier East tonight to face a Spartan team that saw its 3-1 start spoiled by a lopsided loss to Bluefield last week.

The Spartans (3-2) are ranked No. 24 in Class AAA and have struggled on defense, giving up nearly 40 points per game.

East does have some offensive weapons, though, led by running back Dalton Cline, who’s averaging 133.6 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Isaiah Kinder has rushed for 253 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing for 1,043 yards and 11 scores. Kamen Reynolds leads the receiving corps with 20 catches for 365 yards.

Quarterback Travis Renner has rushed for 367 yards and three touchdowns for the Hawks, while throwing for 457 and six more scores.

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