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Meadow Bridge 22
Conner Mullins' 25-yard touchdown catch from Dustin Adkins with 1:40 to play helped host Meadow Bridge take down Class A co-No. 13 Sherman 22-14 on Oct. 29.
Seaton Mullins hauled in the two-point conversion after the TD to make it an eight-point game.
Adkins was 14-of-24 for 186 yards. He also connected with Seaton Mullins for a 6-yard TD in the third quarter.
Rian Cooper had 75 receiving yards and intercepted three passes on the evening for the Wildcats (5-4).
"It was probably one of our best overall efforts on both sides of the ball," said Meadow Bridge head coach Dwayne Reichard.
The 'Cats gave up a special teams score, he noted, but "we did create some turnovers."
The win allowed Meadow Bridge to move into No. 17 in this week's WVSSAC Class A ratings, a spot it shares with Fayette County compatriot Midland Trail.
A big game looms Friday in Meadow Bridge to conclude the regular season, as co-No. 12 Gilmer County (6-3) invades Frank Arritt Stadium.
Reichard says his team must contain Titans quarterback Ean Hamrick. "Offensively, they go as their quarterback goes," he said. "He's one of the best in single-A, if not statewide."
"We feel like we've got a pretty good quarterback ourselves, and a good group of receivers that is coming on," he added. "And we've established the ground game.
"We'll try to be on the ground a little more (given weather predictions) this week. It looks like whoever wins gets in (the playoffs) and whoever loses is going to be left on the outside."
Reichard said the squad faced a similar situation a year ago, but didn't produce a win on the final night and was sent home for the year.
S 0 0 14 0 — 14
MB 0 6 8 8 — 22
MB: Landon James 6 run (pass failed), 9:54.
S: Chris Winnell 1 run (Winnell run), 7:43.
MB: Seaton Mullins 6 pass from Dustin Adkins (Mullins pass from Adkins), 3:16.
S: Colby Buzzard 74 kickoff return (run failed), 3:00.
MB: Conner Mullins 25 pass from Adkins (S. Mullins pass from Adkins), 1:40.
RUSHING — S: n/a; MB: Dustin Adkins 8-20, Landon James 9-10, Devon Brown 6-15.
PASSING — S: n/a; MB: Dustin Adkins 14-24-0-186-2.
RECEIVING — S: n/a; MB: James McClure 7-70, Rian Cooper 3-75, Seaton Mullins 2-11-1, Conner Mullins 1-25-1, Devon Brown 1-5.
TAKEAWAYS — S: n/a; MB: Rian Cooper (3 INT), Conner Mullins (FR)
Midland Trail 33
Greenbrier West 8
Cody Harrell had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and an interception that led to another score in the Patriots' 33-8 victory over Class A No. 11 Greenbrier West Friday night.
The win improves Midland Trail's playoff hopes and was the third straight win for the Patriots (5-4).
Harrell scored two touchdowns in the first half, giving Trail a 12-0 lead at the break, the first on a 25-yard reverse carry and the second in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Josh Dickerson.
In the second half, the Patriots ran the ball for 142 of their 221 rush yards.
Ty Nickell, the area's leading rusher who was held to 58 yards, got the Cavaliers on the board with a 1-yard run that made the score 19-8.
Dickerson finished the game 5-of-6 for 123 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 17 for the season.
Light finished with three receptions for 101 yards.
Class A co-No. 17 Midland Trail (5-4) hosts No. 20 Pocahontas County (5-4) this Friday to close the regular season.
MT 6 6 14 7 — 33
GW 0 0 8 0 — 8
MT – Cody Harrell 25 run (run failed), 4:06
MT – Harrell 14 pass from Josh Dickerson (run failed), 9:46
MT – Robert Ruffner 60 run (Talon Shockey kick) 9:31
GW – Ty Nickell 1 run (Kadin Parker pass to Cole Vandall), 7:21
MT – Matt Light 54 pass from Dickerson (Shockey kick), 5:06
MT – Aden Isaacs 8 pass from Dickerson (Shockey kick), 3:55
RUSHING – MT: Robert Ruffner 24-97-1, Aden Isaacs 18-81, Cody Harrell 2-30-1, River Barnhouse 2-9, Kaden Lephew 1-2, William McGraw 1-2, Aiden Maichle 1-6. Josh Dickerson 1-0. GW: Ty Nickell 14-58-1, Cole Vandall 6-14, Kadin Parker 7-27, Tucker Lilly 2-7, Evan Vandall 2-(minus-2)
PASSING – MT: Josh Dickerson 5-6-0-123-3 GW: Cole Vandall 3-6-2-50-0, Kadin Parker 3-4-1-57-0
RECEIVING – MT: Cody Harrell 1-14-1, Matt Light 3-101-1, Aden Isaacs 1-8-1 GW: Ty Nickell 1-2, Chase McClung 5-103.
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As the Oak Hill Red Devils complete the 2021 football regular season tonight at co-No. 4 University, the last player remnant of the Fayetteville High football program at OHHS will be included in the action.
Brody Warden, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior offensive and defensive tackle who played for the Pirates as a freshman before the school closed, has suited up the last two years for the Red Devils. He starts at right tackle on offense, as well as getting some reps at tackle on the defensive line.
"I know the first year I came over here it was my sophomore year," Warden said earlier this season. "It was pretty shaky, and I didn't even play then.
"I came junior year and that's when (former Fayetteville head coach David) Moneypenny got the head coach, and it felt like Fayetteville."
At least five other former Pirates played with him that season, but he's the last one standing this fall. "I get some people talk about it and mess with me since I'm from Fayetteville at Oak Hill," he said.
"I think Moneypenny's done a lot for this team, adapting to triple-A from coaching single-A at Fayetteville," Warden added. "It's a big jump; I think he's adapting good."
He's happy to be finishing his career in a Red Devil uniform. "I'm really happy I came back out. I really wished I played my sophomore year. Sometimes I do (miss Fayetteville), but I'm kind of happy to be here, too."
Making the transition from Fayetteville to Oak Hill "was not as nearly as bad as I thought it would be," he said. "I was expecting fights all the time. I was expecting it to be awful, but I'm really happy about being here."
"It's special," Moneypenny said. "It gets emotional at times.
"He's the last of the finest of the Pirates. But we're having a great time here at Oak Hill."
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced the Gilmer County-Meadow Bridge matchup Friday as the Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of the Week.
Throughout each week, the initiative engages with student-athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Representatives from the attorney general’s office inform the respective coaches as to the dangers of opioid use and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.
The week culminates with Morrisey's office staffing an information booth at each of the events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.
"Prevention remains key in tackling the devastation wrought by opioid abuse once and for all," Morrisey said. "Each week this initiative provides yet another opportunity to present lifesaving information to communities across West Virginia. Without education, addiction can begin with treatment for the most routine of injuries, so it is crucial that we inform everyone – young and old – about the risks of prescription opioids in hopes that added awareness can make the difference in stopping senseless death."
The initiative, now in its fifth year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the AG's office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.
"We live in an area with a high rate of drug abuse," said Meadow Bridge head coach and athletic director Dwayne Reichard. "So anytime we can bring awareness to the opioid situation, we are glad to help, and we believe it's our duty to do our part.
"That's why we're glad to partner with the Attorney General's office on this effort."