David Moneypenny relates Oak Hill's time off as studying for a test.
After setbacks on the color map led to Oak Hill playing its first football game five weeks into the season, the Red Devils have had plenty of time to study, and the results look good.
Oak Hill overcame an early 10-0 deficit at home Friday night, storming back and holding on for a 42-35 win over Class AAA foe Greenbrier East.
"I don’t know that the time off was a good thing, but we tried to make it as positive as we can," Moneypenny, the first-year Oak Hill head coach, said. "No one has given up and we want to get better. It's hard to grade a test if you don't take it. That's what these Friday nights are — they're tests. We grade them and figure out what we need to work on to get better for the following Friday. I think we did pretty well on this test."
The game went back and forth throughout and wasn't decided until Oak Hill's defense held the Spartans at the 6-yard line in the final seconds.
Te-amo Shelton carried for 200 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Devils. Teammate Omar Lewis ran for 136 and a score.
Also for OHHS, Braxton Hall hauled in a 50-yard scoring pass from Logan Lawhorn, and Ethan Vargo-Thomas logged six successful PAT kicks.
Colby Piner continued his big season for Greenbrier East with 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Noah Dotson kicked a pair of 21-yard field goals.
Class AAA No. 5 Oak Hill (2-0) will visit Class AAA No. 9 Spring Valley (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.
GE: 17 3 8 7 — 35
OH: 14 7 7 14 — 42
GE: Piner 14 rush (Dotson PAT) 10:54
GE: Dotson 21 FG, 7:40
OH: Hall 50 pass from Lawhorn (Vargo-Thomas PAT)
OH: Shelton 41 rush (PAT Vargo-Thomas)
GE: Piner 90 kickoff return (Dotson PAT), 3:13
OH: Lewis 22 rush (Vargo-Thomas PAT), 6:53
GE: Dotson 21 field goal, 3:12
GE: Wilson 15 rush (Baker rush), 5:42
OH: Shelton 10 rush (Vargo-Thomas PAT), :06
GE: Piner 39 rush (Dotson PAT), 8:33
OH: Shelton 81 rush (Vargo-Thomas PAT) 8:19
OH: Shelton 2 rush (Vargo-Thomas PAT), 1:47
Also last week:
Midland Trail 31
Robert Ruffner carried 12 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns as Class A Midland Trail defeated Class AA Wayne 31-20 Friday night.
Quarterback Chris Vines and receiver Liam Gill connected on a pair of touchdown passes (20 and 35 yards) for the Patriots, who got off to a 14-0 start on the road. Talon Shockey kicked a 32-yard field goal on the evening, and Aden Isaacs rushed nine times for 66 yards.
Aaron Sisler led the Trail defense with nine tackles and an assist, and Tyler Brasse had five tackles and six assists.
Class A No. 2 Midland Trail (2-0) visits Shady Spring at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.
Meadow Bridge 68
Webster County 22
The Wildcats went on the road for a big 68-22 win over Webster County last Friday.
Meadow Bridge (1-1) entertains Summers County at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.