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No. 8 Grizzlies thump Webster; host

No. 5 Westside and prolific QB Cogar

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team ran its winning streak to five games with a 43-13 crushing of the Webster County Highlanders on Friday evening, Oct. 10, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

NCHS running back Wil Mayes finds running room during the Grizzlies’ victory over the Webster County Highlanders.

The 5-1 Grizzlies, who were projected to be No. 8 statewide in the Class AA ratings this week, will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the 6-1 and projected Class AA No. 5 Westside Renegades on Friday evening, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

This past Friday’s game began with turnovers by both teams.  The Highlanders fumbled the ball away on their opening possession inside their own 30-yard line. The Grizzlies took over in excellent field position but fumbled the ball back to Webster County. The visitors lost the football on a fumble again inside their own 30-yard line.

Nicholas County took advantage and scored a couple of plays later on a 26-yard touchdown run by Wil Mayes at the 10:16 mark of the first quarter. Tate Mayes kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.

Wil Mayes scored the second of his four touchdowns later in the first quarter going into the end zone from five yards out. Tate Mayes added the PAT to build the lead to 14-0. The key play on the drive was a 44-yard burst by wide receiver Jacob Grose on a reverse play which took the ball deep into Highlander territory.

On the first play of the second quarter, Wil Mayes scored his third touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run. Tate Mayes’ extra point kick extended the lead to 21-0. The score was set up on a long gain on a pass play from quarterback Jacob Hopkins to Wil Mayes which put the ball deep into Webster County territory.

Later in the second quarter, Hopkins connected with Grose on a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0 after the kick for the extra point was wide. Grose made a nice one-handed catch on a pass from Hopkins during the drive to put the ball into Webster County territory.




Defense, special teams carry Jacks past Tygarts Valley

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Football coaches are quick to point out there are three phases to any given game, and if you win two of the three, chances are good you’ll win the game.

The Richwood Lumberjacks used defense and special-teams play to account for all their points last Friday night, Oct. 10, at Dean Memorial Field as they defeated Tygarts Valley 15-6 to improve their record to 2-5.

Richwood senior Levi Mowery surveys the field as he takes the ball to the outside for a 76-yard kickoff return touchdown.

Derek Adkins recovered a Tygarts Valley fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, Levi Mowery returned a kickoff 76 yards for another TD and the Jacks capped the scoring on a wet homecoming night with a fourth-quarter safety recorded by Chase Reel.

The Richwood defense held Tygarts Valley to 116 total yards, 63 net rushing yards and 53 through the air. The lone score for the Bulldogs (0-7) came on a 19-yard option pass from running back P.J. Lanham to Zac McCauley in the second quarter.

“The defense played lights out tonight,” RHS coach Jason Rogers said. “They played hard and got after it.”

Rogers also praised the special-team units, including punter Ben Beaver. The senior averaged 39 yards on three punts and twice pinned the Bulldogs inside their own 15-yard line.

“It’s a win, and that’s what we were looking for,” Rogers said. “We had sloppy conditions, guys playing new positions, and we overcame it and came out with a win.”

Rogers was forced to make changes on offense after starting quarterback Logan Cox left the team earlier in the week.

Senior running back Logan Brown, the backup QB, moved behind center in the first half before junior Griffin Snyder, a starting receiver, directed the offense in the second half.

It was Snyder’s first experience ever at quarterback. He said he started taking reps at QB three days before the game.

“Logan (Brown) and I started taking reps on Tuesday (at practice),” Snyder said. “He’s a better running back than I am, and Coach wanted to put him back there. I told Coach I’d do what I could and try not to turn it over.

“We kept it pretty basic tonight,” Snyder added. “We stuck together, fought through the hard times and found a way to win.”

Rogers called Brown, Richwood’s top rusher on the season, a team leader and said he thought the Lumberjack offense would be more effective with Brown, Mowery and Johnny Clevenger handling most of the ball-carrying duties.




Mullens ties for fourth, RHS places

seventh in state golf tourney

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood’s Mason Mullens completed a successful junior season on Oct. 7-8 by earning a spot on the Class A all-tournament team at the State High School Golf Tournament, played on the Jones Course at Oglebay Park’s Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling.

Mullens finished with a 36-hole score of 165 to tie Howie Peterson of Weirton Madonna and Peyton Moore of Magnolia for fourth place in the 40-player Class A field. The top eight players made all-tournament.

Christian Casingal of state champion Charleston Catholic was the Class A medalist with a 154. Nick Mazur of Weirton Madonna was second at 162 and Cameron Blakely of Charleston Catholic was third with a 163.

Coleman Lamp of St. Marys was seventh at 166 and Josef Dransfeld of Huntington St. Joseph was eighth at 167.

Mullens shot a first-round 81 on the tough par-71, 7,001-yard Jones Course, once the site of an LPGA tournament. He had an 84 in the second round.

“Both days, I tried to shoot under 82,” he said. “The second day, I had a couple of unlucky breaks on the last six holes. My ball ended up in a fairway divot on one hole, and I had some unlucky breaks on the greens because of pitch marks.

“But fourth place and making all-tournament works for me. I thought I played well, but not as well as I could have. But it was a fun experience.”

Richwood finished seventh in the team standings with a 36-hole score of 556, two strokes behind Clarksburg Notre Dame and Greenbrier West, which tied for fifth.




NCHS boys’ cross country team

wins Fairmont Times Invitational

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys’ cross country team took first place in the Fairmont Times Invitational Cross Country Meet held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Apple Valley Country Club in Fairmont.

NCHS will run in the Coalfield Conference Cross Country Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Twin Falls State Park. The Grizzly boys are currently ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AA entering this week, according to the power rankings. Bridgeport is ranked number one followed by Ritchie County and Webster County.

Boys’ results
The boys’ team scored 30 points in their first-place finish in the field of six teams.

Runner-up Fairmont Senior scored 43 points followed by Northern Garrett, Md., 61, East Fairmont 76, North Marion 137 and Notre Dame 146. Buckhannon-Upshur didn’t have enough runners to compile a team score.

NCHS placed five runners in the top 10 of 40 total finishers. Matt Christiansen finished runner-up for NCHS with a time of 18:06.41 over the 3.1 mile course. Jackson Reed was 4th in 18:40.54, Joe Yeager 6th in 19:03.86, Juvenal Perez 8th in 19:26.82 and Cody Kelley 10th in 19:44.65. Yeager was named boys’ Performer of the Meet.

Also running for NCHS were Kyle Barker 23rd in 20:50.48, Andrew Cook 31st in 22:46.24, Wes Carte 34th in 23:06.48 and Tanner Cox 37th in 25:26.44.

Jakeb Van Horn was the boys’ individual champion with a time of 17:44.42.




NCHS’ Travis Miller places 36th in State Golf  Tournament

Nicholas County High School Grizzly golfer Travis Miller placed 36th overall in the Class AA division in the State High School Golf Tournament played on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

The NCHS junior shot a two-day total of 204 to finish in the bottom one-fourth of the field of 42 golfers. Miller fired a 96 on the first day and then fell to 108 the second day.

Freshman Colin Bowles of Westside won the Class AA individual title with a two-day score of 149.