By Cam Huffman
Some familiar stars and a few new faces found their way on to this week’s list of Register-Herald game balls after another entertaining Friday of high school football action. Some of the numbers may not raise as many eyebrows as in weeks past, but in some big-time games, the cream rose to the top.
Malik Boatwright (Greenbrier West) — The Cavaliers’ top running back rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, while also returning a punt 73 yards as the No. 2 team in Class A improved to 5-1 with a 440 shutout of PikeView. The punt return helped overshadow an 126-yard effort from Tyler Parker.
Ramon Edwards (Woodrow Wilson) — It takes a special performance to earn a game ball in a loss, but that that’s exactly how Edwards’ performance should be described. The Flying Eagles fell 70-34 in a shootout with Cabell Midland, but Edwards racked up 271 yards rushing on six carries and also caught a pass for 13 yards.
Jake Grimmett (Midland Trail) — The Patriots are knocking on the door of a possible playoff berth after improving to 4-2 with a 29-12 win over Montcalm Friday. Grimmett can take a lot of credit for that success. This week, he ran for 134 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Jalen Jones (Oak Hill) — The only thing that stopped Jones from making the list last week was a bye week. Back in action Friday night against Shady Spring, the Red Devil tailback rushed for 236 yards on 26 carries, scoring two of his team’s three touchdowns in a 20-0 victory.
Cody Winter (Valley) — On the biggest of stages, Winter put forth his best performance. In a battle of Class A undefeateds, Winter rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown, also scoring on a two-point conversion, as his No. 6 Greyhounds pulled up a 38-18 upset over No. 2 Meadow Bridge.