The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Sports

October 10, 2012

Local squads fighting to secure postseason playoff positions

A win over Point Pleasant jumped the Oak Hill Red Devils to No. 8 in this week’s WVSSAC Class AAA football poll.

The Red Devils (5-1) have a 10.67 rating heading into this Friday’s game at Lewis County (5-2), which is 17th in Class AAA with a 7.71 rating.

After Lewis County, Eddie Souk’s squad has road games remaining with Class AA Bluefield (fifth, 5-1, 9.83), Class AA Pike View (0-7) and Class AAA Lincoln County (0-6).

In Class A, the Valley Greyhounds remained undefeated (6-0) but dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in the WVSSAC list. The Greyhounds play at No. 23 Parkersburg Catholic (3-4) this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. After that, Valley has remaining games at home versus No. 23 Richwood (3-4), at home against No. 20 Midland Trail (4-3) and at Class AA No. 18 Summers County (4-3).

The Meadow Bridge Wildcats (6-1) are No. 10 in this week’s single-A poll. They host Summers County Friday in an important matchup. After that, Meadow Bridge faces Class AA No. 26 Mount View (3-4) and Class A Sherman (1-5), both on the road.

Midland Trail (4-3), which is idle this weekend before hosting Hannan on Friday, Oct. 19, is No. 20 in this week’s single-A poll. After Hannan, the Patriots play at Valley and host PikeView (0-7).

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Last Friday, the Mount View Golden Knights celebrated homecoming at Vic Nystrom Stadium with a 19-12 win over the Fayetteville Pirates.

According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, three Knight scores came on plays of 77, 47 and 59 yards, all in the opening half, as Mount View won its third game in a row to up the season slate to 3-4.

Junior speedster LaQuell Martin accounted for two of those scores, one rushing and the other on a pass reception. Martin finished his night’s work with 14 rushes for 208 yards and 44 more on a pair of pass grabs.

Junior Jake Alton intercepted a Golden Knight pass on the third play of the second quarter, but was tackled at the Fayetteville 2. That led to a nine-play, 98-yard drive that knotted the score at 6 when Pirate fullback Hunter Pullens burst in from 2 yards out with 7:15 showing in the half.

Senior Tracy Lovins accounted for 85 yards in the march on four rushes of 21, 15, 3 and 46 yards. On the night, Lovins rushed 29 times for 144 yards and had a 51-yard punt return that moved the ball to the Mount View 11. With 33 ticks left in the game, Alton scored on an 11-yard TD run to pull the Pirates to within seven, 19-12.

“I thought our kids played hard the second half,” Fayetteville coach Frank Spangler told the Daily Telegraph. “We gave a good effort the second half. ... We’re a young football team. Mistakes are what are killing us. It’s been like that all year.”

The Pirates (0-7) are idle this week before facing Greenbrier West next Friday.

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