The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

October 5, 2013

ROUNDUP: Class AA No. 2 Bobcats suffer first loss of season

COVINGTON, Va. — The Covington Cougars outscored Class AA No. 2 Summers County 16-0 in the second half to erase a nine-point halftime deficit and defeat the Bobcats 23-16.

The Bobcats took a 16-7 halftime lead on two Matt Ryan touchdown passes to T.J Smith (17, 30) and a 35-yard field goal by Tristan Sears.

Covington evened the game after a 25-yard field goal of its own and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Moye early in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars took the lead at 23-16 on a tipped pass that was intercepted deep in Bobcat territory and returned for a touchdown.

Matt Ryan drove the Bobcats down into scoring range with only 15 seconds remaining and hit Eric Lindsey in the corner of the end zone, but the play was called back on an illegal procedure call. Summers could not score on the next two plays and fell for the first time this year.

Summers County (5-1) looks to get back on the winning track when they host Independence Friday.

Covington, Va 23, Summers County 16

SC (5-1)    10    6    0    0    —    16

C (4-1)        0    7    3    13    —    23

First Quarter

SC: TJ Smith 17 pass from Matt Ryan (Tristan Sears kick)

SC: Sears 35 FG

Second Quarter

C: Brandon Phillips 5 run (kick good)

SC: TJ Smith 30 pass from Ryan (kick failed)

Third Quarter

C: 25 FG

Fourth Quarter

C: Matthews 25 pass from Luke Moye (kick failed)

C: #9 15 INT return (kick good)


RUSHING — SC: Isaiah Brown 14-26, TJ Smith 11-53, Jaquan Ayers 9-43.

PASSING — SC: Ryan 13-23-1-158.

RECEIVING — SC: Eric Lindsay 2-44, Brown 7-63, Smith 3-51.

TAKEAWAYS — SC: Lindsey (INT), Smith (INT).

Wyoming East 14, River View 12

BRADSHAW — Class AA No. 8 Wyoming East scored 14 points in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind win over Class AA No. 12 River View Friday.

The Warriors trailed 12-0 late in the fourth quarter when River View attempted a fourth-and-one from its own 12-yard line. Jon Culicerto broke through on a blitz to tackle Jordan Wilson behind the line of scrimmage to turn the game in favor of Wyoming East. Coty Bishop cashed in from two yards out to put East on the board at 12-7.

The inspired Warriors defense stopped River View on a three-and-out to force a punt with 1:30 remaining in the game. Aaron Griffith drove the Warriors downfield and hit Christian Hedinger with a 14-yard pass to seal the win.

Bishop finished with 13 tackles and Ryan Cantrell had 11 tackles, holding River View’s powerful fullback Greg Marshall to just 16 yards.

Jordan Wilson led the Raiders with 172 yards on the ground and one touchdown (7).

Wyoming East (5-1) hosts PikeView Friday.

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