The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

September 15, 2013

Football phenoms of Week 3

The games continue to get more meaningful, and the individual performances are becoming more and more unbelievable.

Week 3 of the high school football season included plenty of head-turning numbers around the area, including those put up by our five weekly game ball winners.

Game Balls

Corey Cox (Greenbrier West) — In a blowout victory over Class AA Independence, the Cavalier running back scored three touchdowns on 95 yards rushing. He averaged nearly nine yards per carry. He also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Malik Boatwright as West improved to 3-0.

Dalton Cline (Greenbrier East) — After what he called a disappointing performance last week against Woodrow Wilson, the Spartan running back shot out of the gates quickly Friday on the road against Shady Spring, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter on runs of 65 and 72 yards. He ended the game with 257 yards on 14 carries, falling just short of a school record.

Isaiah Brown (Summers County) — The Bobcat running back came up big on the road at Grafton, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:30 to play in a 27-20 Summers County victory. He ended the game with 108 yards rushing on 13 carries and caught two passes for eight yards.

Coty Bishop (Wyoming East) — The Warrior back scored on touchdown runs of 1, 20 and 41 yards to help lead Wyoming East to a lopsided win over Sherman. He ended the game with 132 yards on just six carries as the Warriors improved to 3-0.

Dante Wilkerson (Valley) — Wilkerson made a huge difference on the ground and in the air. He started the scoring in the Greyhounds’ 40-20 win over Van with a 49-yard touchdown reception, and he found the end zone twice more on the ground, scoring from 47 and 10 yards out. He ended the game with 61 yards rushing on just three carries and caught a 49-yard pass.

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Other’s deserving of some recognition Friday were Wyoming East’s Christian Hedinger, who caught four passes for 43 yards and recorded an interception on defense, and Meadow Bridge’s Jake Parker, who rushed for 181 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. He played only the first half in a 52-0 win over Midland Trail.

Keyshawn Payne rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries for Valley, and Wil Mayes rushed for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Nicholas County’s win over East Fairmont.

Shady Spring’s Jonathan Hardy gave the Tigers some positive results in a loss, rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown. Greenbrier East’s Isaiah Kinder had 102 rushing yards and 135 passing yards in that same game, a 56-14 Spartan victory.

Fayetteville had plenty of stars in its 61-0 thrashing of Richwood, but none was bigger than Caleb Bailes, who rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Princeton’s Tahj Sho-Johnson had another big night as his Tigers fell just short on the road against Capital.

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