By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Week 2 of the West Virginia high school football season brought on plenty of dynamic performances from across the southern region of the state. Rivalry Week brought three returning phenoms back in the fold while two stars of their own gained some recognition.
Here’s a list of our game balls for outstanding performances from the second week of Friday Night Lights.
Jalen Jones (Oak Hill) — The Kennedy Award candidate furthered his case by helping the Red Devils to a 48-35 victory in a tough road environment at Musselman. Jones racked up 318 yards of offense on 32 carries and four touchdowns in the effort. The Red Devils (2-0) will be off next week.
Jake Parker (Meadow Bridge) — Parker is another Kennedy Award candidate from the region hoping to make a name for himself. The 5-foot-11 junior, who ran 447 yards and six touchdowns in week one against Van, added to an already impressive pedigree by adding another 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-14 victory over Tug Valley on Friday. Parker will get his biggest test to date this Friday night when the Wildcats (2-0) travel to Midland Trail.
Aaron Griffith (Wyoming East) — Griffith, along with Jones and Parker, is picking up his second game ball of the season for leading the Warriors to a 35-6 victory over arch-rival Westside and bringing home the coveted “Golden Shovel” to New Richmond. Griffith connected with Jacob Dulcie twice, Christian Hedinger once and picked up another touchdown with his feet to finish 12-16 with 210 yards passing, as well as scooting for another 49 yards on the ground.
Donte Nabors (Woodrow Wilson) — Make no mistake about it, the second generation Flying Eagle athlete isn’t just a beast on the hardwood, he’s making a name for himself on the gridiron as well. Nabors caught seven passes for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and a key interception, in a 52-38 beatdown on rival Greenbrier East.
Wil Mayes (Nicholas County) — The Grizzles rebounded from a tough 6-0 loss to Class-A Greenbrier West a week ago with a 21-14 win over the Poca Dots in Putnam County Friday night. Mayes scored two touchdowns for Nicholas County to help return the Grizzlies to their winning ways. He’ll need to do it again next week as Nicholas County will welcome in visiting East Fairmont.
While there are only five game balls available to be given out every week, there are a few more people who deserve some recognition.
Wyoming County football fans — While known as one of the most intense rivalries in all of West Virginia high school sports, Wyoming East and Westside were unified in a moment of prayer following the collapse and death of a young Warriors fan in the stands. Following the game, fans and players from both teams took to social media to show tribute to a young man whose life ended way too soon.
Woodrow Wilson honored Jerry Bradley. Another rivalry known for it’s bad blood had a tender moment when the Flying Eagles chose to hold a moment of silence and honor the Spartans’ athletic director. Bradley is currently hospitalized.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.