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Fayetteville receiver Troy Hopkins, right, hauls in a catch for a big gain as Greenbrier West defensive back Chase Fitzwater defends during their game Friday night in Fayetteville. The Pirates won 48-21.

FAYETTEVILLE — On Halloween night, Fayetteville running back Drew Weis couldn’t resist the perfect analogy.

“It was,” the junior tailback said, “the nail in the coffin.”

“It” was Fayetteville holding Greenbrier West to three-and-outs on its first two possessions of the second half, followed by the Pirates scoring touchdowns, in a 48-21 win over the Cavaliers Friday night at Fletcher Arritt Memorial Stadium.

Greenbrier West had scored right before the half to cut the Fayetteville lead to 21-14 and seemed to grab the momentum.

“We thought if we could come out and score and get a couple of stops, then it would be anybody’s ball game,” West coach Lewis McClung said. “But they’ve got a good football team. You have to give them credit. They did what they had to do and they beat us pretty good.”

After holding West, Fayetteville engineered a four-minute march that ended when quarterback MichaelAngelo Hernandez hooked up with K.C. Dempsey on an 11-yard scoring strike, Hernandez’s third of the game.

Hernandez finished 11-of-16 passing for 178 yards.

The Pirates followed that up by holding the Cavaliers to another three-and-out and Weis scored on a 45-yard run.

“The guys (on the line) got their blocks and Greenbrier West overran the play,” Weis said. “I was looking for that cutback the whole game.”

Weis had 133 yards on 16 carries.

Just like that it was 34-14.

“We told the kids at the half that when you score 21 points in a half you should win a football game,” Fayetteville coach Dave Moneypenny said. “The problem is, we gave up 14 points and we were shaky on defense. We got those things ironed out in the second half.”

Fayetteville went on to score two more times, a Weis 11-yard run, his third TD of the game, and an 8-yard run by Steven Fruit, who replaced Hernandez late in the game.

Fayetteville displayed a good mix of run and pass in accounting for 372 yards of total offense.

“We prepared well,” Hernandez said. “The receivers ran good routes, the line gave me protection and I was able to make some throws. When we came out connecting on passes early, I felt like it might be a real good night.”

Fayetteville busted out to a 21-7 lead early. Hernandez and Troy Hopkins connected on two touchdown passes ((11 and 20 yards) and Weis scored on a one-yard run set up by a nice pass-and-catch between Hernandez and Hopkins (who had six catches for 89 yards).

West quarterback Chase Fitzwater connected with Jeffrey Manspile on a 40-yard strike to cut it to 14-7 before the second Hernandez-Hopkins hookup.

When Brian Gray scored for West with 38 seconds left in the first half, the lead was trimmed to 21-14.

Class A No. 5 Fayetteville concludes the regular season 9-1 and now must wait to see if it can break in the top four to ensure two home playoff games.

“We want to pay at home,” Weis said. “We really play well and having it here would be huge for us.”

In fact, Fayetteville has not lost at home in two years.

For Class AA No. 14 West, it’s wait-and-see now.

“We had our playoff fate in our own hands, but we’ve really played a murderer’s row these last four games,” McClung said. “I think all four of the teams we’ve played in the last four weeks will make the playoffs.”

Fayetteville is definitely in.

“We’re peaking at a really good time,” Moneypenny said. “We know we’re playing somebody in two weeks. That’s the important thing. We know we’re playing, and for at least one week, we’re at home.”

The Pirates’ defense also did an excellent job on Brian Gray, holding him to 42 yards.

“He was the focal point for our defense,” Moneypenny said. “We know they run the ball and he is their horse. I thought our defense did a good job in the second half.”

West’s other touchdown came late in the game when tight end Nathan Brackenridge caught a 15-yard TD pass from Fitzwater.

West (5-4) hosts Pendleton County next Friday night.



Fayetteville 48, Greenbrier West 21

GW (5-4) 0 14 0 7 — 21

F (9-1) 14 7 20 7 — 48

First Quarter

F: Troy Hopkins 11 pass from MicahelAngelo Hernandez (Hernandez kick), 8:25

F: Drew Weis 1 run (Hernandez kick), 2:24

Second Quarter

GW: Jeffrey Manspile 40 pass from Chase Fitzwater (Cameron McQuade kick), 10:34

F: Hopkins 20 pass from Hernandez (Hernandez kick), 7:16

GW: Brian Gray 2 run (McQuade kick), 0:38

Third Quarter

F: K.C. Dempsey 11 pass from Hernandez (Hernandez kick), 6:20

F: Weis 45 run (kick fail), 4:05

F: Weis 11 run (Hernandez kick), :02.3

Fourth Quarter

F: Stephen Fruit 8 run (Caleb O’Neal kick), 4:16

GW: Nathan Brackenridge 15 pass from Fitzwater (McQuade kick), 2:55

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — GW: Brian Gray 10-42-1, Jannek Wiggan 5-20, Fitzwater 1-24, Dylan Trout 3-65. F: Drew Weis 16-133-3, Brian Trofy 8-48, Troy Hopkins 2-24, Dempsey 1-(-5), M. Hernandez 3-10, Donald McDowell 6-62, Caleb O’Neal 2-14, Steven Fruit 2-3, Hunter Hernandez 1-2.

PASSING — GW: Chase Fitzwater 7-13-0-115-2. F: MichaelAngelo Hernandez 11-16-0-178-3.

RECEIVING — GW: Jeffrey Manspile 2-62-1, Travis Withrow 3-32, Janeek Wiggan 1-6, Nathan Brackenridge 1-15-1. F: Troy Hopkins 6-89-2, Drew Weis 1-7, K.C.Dempsey 3-70-1, Vernon Farrell 1-12.

TURNOVERS — GW: none. F: Donald McDowell (FR).

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