In high school games:
Oak Hill 50
Justin Mariotti’s 19-yard field goal with :03 seconds left on the clock enabled Class AA No. 5 Bluefield to defeat Class AAA No. 10 Oak Hill 51-50 on a Senior Night thriller Friday night at Bluefield’s Mitchell Stadium.
“It is a big win,” Bluefield head coach Fred Simon told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. “We had to battle, we had to show some character at the end and we did.”
Bluefield (7-1) fell behind 50-48 on a 2-yard run by Oak Hill’s Jalen Jones with 3:16 left on the clock. The 5-foot-6 Jones took a beating, but kept on running for the Red Devils (5-3), accumulating 282 yards and four touchdowns despite leaving twice in the second half after taking hard hits from the Beavers.
“My line just stepped up,” Jones told the Daily Telegraph. “They said they were going to block and they had my back and I had theirs and they just opened up holes for me to get through. All I had to do was get through and use my speed to the outside and pretty much get a touchdown or something.”
“It came down to who had the football last,” Oak Hill head coach Eddie Souk said. “Bluefield has got a good football team, we have got a good football team and on any given night either team could win, that is just the way it goes.”
Jones and the Red Devils will try to snap a two-game losing skid Friday at PikeView.
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According to The Inter-Mountain in Elkins Wednesday, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has voided all wins by the Elkins High football team this season because a player was ruled ineligible.
The sanctions were a big blow to the Tigers who were 7-2 and ranked No. 8 in Class AAA, but a huge boost to Oak Hill which lost to Elkins 43-36 in the season opener and will now pick up an extra win as well as SSAC ratings points, giving the Devils a stronger chance at postseason play.