By Cam Huffman
There were some huge games in the area on the high school gridiron Friday night, and the big stage led to some impressive performances as players stepped up to lead their teams when they needed them most.
Here's a look at our award winners for the top performances in Week 4 of the high school football season.
Isaiah Brown (Summers County) — Maybe the biggest win in the state Friday night — or at least the one that turned the most heads — was Summers County's 17-14 win over Wyoming East in a battle of Class AA undefeateds. Brown played a huge role in that win for the No. 4 Bobcats, rushing for 139 yards on 18 carries. His 70-yard third-quarter touchdown run gave Summers County a 17-7 edge it never relinquished, and he also recovered a fumble on defense.
Dalton Cline (Greenbrier East) — For the second week in a row, Cline ran through, over and around an opposing defense. The junior ended the Spartans' 55-49 win over Parry McCluer (Va.) with 188 rushing yards on 21 carries. He found the end zone on a 70-yard third-quarter touchdown run that gave East some momentum and a little cushion in what ended as a tight game.
K.K. Goodman (Oak Hill) — Goodman is often overshadowed by a player on his own team. But even with Jalen Jones doing what Jalen Jones does Friday, Goodman could not be ignored. All he did in a 47-17 win over Nicholas County on Friday was rush for 79 yards on eight carries, catch two passes for 57 yards and record an interception. He scored three rushing touchdowns and caught two more for scores.
Jake Parker (Meadow Bridge) — Parker's not only the top rusher in all of West Virginia high school football, he’s ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. Parker added to his totals Friday night, rushing for 327 yards and three touchdowns, carrying the load with 34 runs. He also recovered a fumble as the Wildcats improved to 4-0 with a win over Fayetteville.
Ryan Wilson (Midland Trail) — Midland Trail picked up its first win of 2013 Friday, and Wilson was a big reason why. He rushed for 269 yards and a pair of scores in a 20-15 victory on the road at Richwood. Not was bigger than his 6-yard run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winning score.
With just five game balls to go around, there were some impressive players who had to be left out. But don't fear. There are plenty of helmet stickers available to reward those performances.
Timmy Culicerto (Shady Spring) — The Tigers were in desperate need of a victory, and Culicerto made sure they found one. The Woodrow Wilson transfer ran for 27 yards on seven carries and completed 6 of 10 passes for 97 yards as Shady picked up its first win of the year, 14-7 over Independence. He had a pair of touchdown runs to put the Tigers ahead 14-0 before a late Patriot score.
Jalen Jones (Oak Hill) — The Kennedy Award candidate as the state's top player, Jones touched the ball just 15 times on offense, but that was more than enough. In the Red Devils' 47-17 win over Nicholas County, Jones rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He also threw a pass, completing it for a three-yard gain.
Mike Mullens (Westside) — The Renegades' workhorse didn't do enough for a win, as Westside fell to 1-3 with a loss to Mingo Central, but one of Class AA's leading rushers still have a big game. He rushed for 117 yards on 30 carries and caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Larry Cook.
Brent Osborne (Woodrow Wilson) — They Flying Eagles were off this week, but the junior quarterback was honored as the AARP West Virginia/ MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week. The class treasurer, who's also active in the French Club has a GPA approaching 4.0. He's a three-sport athlete that made a trip to the state tournament in baseball, basketball and football last year.
Osborne was a coach with the Beckley Little League Baseball program and volunteers at youth football camps. On the field, the son of Jeff and Cheryl Osborne has completed 45 of 91 passes in three games for 566 yards and six touchdowns.
Keyshawn Payne (Valley) — The Greyhounds ran past Clay County 44-14 Friday, and nobody was any faster than Payne, who ended the game with 106 yards on just eight carries. A 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the big blow.