By Cam Huffman
Week six of the high school football season included some great games around the area — undefeated showdowns, fantastic finishes and offensive explosions.
Many of the usual suspects stepped to the forefront, but there were also a few new stars that emerged under the Friday night lights this week.
Here’s a look at the top performances in Week 6.
Wil Mayes (Nicholas County) — The Grizzlies picked up a big Class AA win Friday night in Summersville, shutting out Robert C. Byrd. Mayes played a huge role in the victory, rushing for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the other side of the football, the junior led the team with 10 tackles.
Keyshawn Payne (Valley) — Perhaps the biggest game around the area Friday night was the battle of Fayette County’s two undefeated Class A teams, Valley and Meadow Bridge, and Payne was the star. He rushed for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Greyhounds improve to 5-0.
Jarrell Green (Oak Hill) — If it weren’t for Kennedy Award candidate Jalen Jones being in the same backfield, Green would probably be a household name among West Virginia prep football fans. In a 52-12 win over Shady Spring Friday, green rushed for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just eight carries.
Brian Sexton (Independence) — Big numbers from a quarterback are rare at Independence, where rushing the football has traditionally been the Patriots’ calling card. In an overtime win over Sherman Friday, though, Sexton used his arm to lead his team to victory, completing 13 of 19 passes for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Brandon Treadway (Independence) — Treadway did a little bit of everything in the 22-14 victory, the Patriots’ first home win of the season. He rushed for 44 yards on seven carries, caught four passes for 64 yards and, perhaps most importantly, had three interceptions on defense.
Only five game balls are presented each week, but there were plenty of other strong performances that at least deserve the recognition of a helmet sticker.
Matt Ryan (Summers County) — The Bobcats (5-1) came out on the losing end of the scoreboard for the first time all season, but Ryan played well in a 23-16 road loss at Covington, Va. He completed 13 of 23 passes for 158 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. A wide receiver when the season began, Ryan’s move to quarterback has expanded the options for the Summers County offense.
Aaron Griffith (Wyoming East) — The Warrior quarterback didn’t put up huge numbers — he completed 8 of 11 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 18 yards — but he helped orchestrate a late touchdown drive that helped Wyoming East come from behind to improve to 5-1 with a 14-12 victory over River View.
Jake Parker (Meadow Bridge) — The Wildcats (5-1) fell short for the first time all season, but the state’s leading rusher still managed to gain 133 yards and score a touchdown on 27 carries. His lowest rushing output of the season was still a performance most running backs would love to have.
Jalen Jones (Oak Hill) — Still not 100 percent after an ankle injury, Jones rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the Red Devils’ lopsided win over Shady Spring.
Tre’Shaun McDowell (Liberty) — The Raiders fell short in a shootout with Webster County, to fall to 2-4 on the season, but McDowell had a huge night, catching eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 18 yards and another score.
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