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Grizzlies blank Poca for first victory

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team came back from an opening game loss to even their record at 1-1 on the season with a 34-0 shutout victory over the winless Poca Dots on Friday evening, Sept. 5, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

The Grizzlies will shoot for their second straight win when they play the Wyoming  East Warriors on the road at New Richmond on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies lost the ball on a fumble in their own territory on their first possession.

The Grizzly defense forced the Dots to punt and Nicholas County took over at their own 41 yard line.

NCHS senior running back Josh Jarvis powers his way through Poca defenders in the Grizzlies’ shut-out win over the Dots.

Senior tailback Wil Mayes gained several sizable chunks of yardage on the 59-yard drive which ended with his 21-yard touchdown run. The run for the two-point conversion was unsuccessful and the home team led 6-0.

Early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies got good field position near the Poca 30-yard line following a 30-yard punt return by Jacob Grose. A couple of plays later, sophomore quarterback Tate Mayes connected with Carter Sweeney on a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Matt Moore ran for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.

Tate Mayes started at quarterback after last week’s starting signal caller, senior Jacob Hopkins, injured his ankle in the Greenbrier West game. Hopkins still started at safety on defense and NCHS Head Football Coach Gene Morris said Tate Mayes would start again this week at quarterback while Hopkins continues to recover from his ankle injury.

Later in the quarter, the Grizzlies scored again on a 12-yard run by Tate Mayes. The key play on the 60-yard drive was a big 30-yard gain by Wil Mayes which took the ball deep into Poca territory.

Tate Mayes added the extra point kick to make the score 21-0 at halftime.

The two teams exchanged punts a couple of times to start the third quarter. The Grizzlies got the ball at their own 46-yard line and drove deep into Dots territory. A pass from Tate Mayes to Sweeney took the ball inside the 20-yard line. Moore advanced the ball to the one-yard line where fullback Josh Jarvis bulled into the end zone for the TD.

The extra point kick was unsuccessful and NCHS led 27-0 at the 2:08 mark.

Following an exchange of punts in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies scored their final touchdown of the contest on a 51-yard jaunt by Moore.

Tate Mayes added the PAT to make it 34-0.




Jacks fall to Greenbrier West; Fayetteville up next

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Greenbrier West Cavaliers don’t need help when it comes to winning games.

For proof, consider a four-year period beginning in 2010 that saw the Cavs win 37 of 40 regular-season games with four straight playoff appearances and an overall record of 43-7, including a trip to the state Class A championship game in 2013.

Richwood senior Levi Mowery leaves the defense behind as he returns a kickoff 91 yards for the Lumberjacks’ only points of the night against the highly ranked

So far this season, the Cavaliers are 2-0, and in their second victory, a 43-6 win over Richwood at Charmco last Friday night, Sept. 5, they were aided by two Lumberjack turnovers and a defensive breakdown, all in the first eight minutes of the game.

Greenbrier West led 29-0 after one quarter and went on to hand the Jacks their second loss in as many games.

Over the final three quarters, the Lumberjacks held the Cavaliers to two scores, came up with two takeaways themselves and forced a pair of punts.

“Take away the first eight minutes, and I thought we played pretty well the rest of the game,” said RHS coach Jason Rogers. “We bounced back and played hard. We didn’t quit when we got down.”

But Richwood was not able to move the ball consistently. The Lumberjacks finished with 87 net offensive yards, and their only touchdown came on a 91-yard kickoff return by Levi Mowery in the third quarter.

Greenbrier West, meanwhile, ran for 244 yards and added 99 through the air. Senior running back Jordan Tincher led the way with 116 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Richwood forced a Cavalier punt on the first series of the game, but misfortune soon hit the Lumberjacks.

A Logan Cox pass went off the outstretched hands of Griffin Snyder and into the arms of Greenbrier West defensive back Jordan Grimmett, who returned the interception 32 yards for a touchdown. Derek Coryell kicked the extra point to give the Cavs a 7-0 lead with 9:09 left in the first quarter.

One play after the ensuing kickoff, Cox was unable to field a low shotgun snap from center. The ball spun back on the wet grass and was recovered by defensive lineman Walker Clere.




Richwood’s Bard, Cowell place first in season-opening meet

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood High School senior John Bard and Richwood Middle School eighth-grader Caitlin Cowell recorded first-place finishes in the season-opening Independence Invitational cross country meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at New River Park in Beckley.

Bard covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 21:02. Ryan Lippard of Shady Spring was second at 21:28 and Michael Hayworth of Wyoming East was third, one second behind Lippard.

Richwood’s Levi Mowery placed 16th with a time of 24:16 and teammate Caleb Hanna, a freshman, was 17th at 24:18.

Also for the Lumberjacks, Kenneth Metheney was 33rd (28:20), Devon Holcomb was 34th (28:21) and David Artrip was 38th (29:48).

Seven schools were represented in the boys’ competition. Two of them, Shady Spring and Wyoming East, did not have the required five runners to post a team score.

Westside was the team winner with 20 points as its runners finished fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.

Independence was second with 65 points, followed by Princeton (71), Richwood (97) and Greenbrier West (125).

On the girls’ side, RHS sophomore Madison Frame finished third with a time of 26:34.

Freshman Amelia Bard was fourth (27:27), senior Amelia Sark was sixth (28:28) and senior Shanley Amick was 10th (29:19).

Taylor Hamm of Princeton was the individual winner with a time of 24:41. Courtney Cook of Shady Spring was second (26:31).




WCHS boys win Chick-Fil-A Cross Country Meet

The Webster County High School boys cross country team won perhaps its largest and most prestigious meet in school history when they took first place in the Class AA-A boys division of the Chick-Fil-A Invitational Cross Country Meet held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Mineral Wells.

With two of the top three runners in the field of 179 finishers, the Highlander boys scored 119 points to best 20 other Class AA and A teams.

Brettley Harris took second place and teammate Austin Hayes finished third overall in the 3.1 mile race. Harris posted a time of 16:26.4 and Hayes had a time of 16.42.4.

Other runners for WCHS were Kyle Humphrey 35th in 18:51, Ben Cochran 43rd in 19:04, Adam Romano 57th in 19:34, Tyler Ray 73rd in 20:20 and Logan Given 104th in 21:05.

Hayden Harrison of Buffalo was the boys individual winner in a time of 16:22.8.




NCHS boys 4th, Girls 10th in

Chick-Fil-A Invitational

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys cross country team ran to an impressive fourth-place finish while the girls were 10th in the Class AA-A division in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational cross country meet at Mineral Wells.

NCHS will run in the Forest Festival Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Elkins, and host the Battle Run Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Battle Run Recreation Area near Summersville Dam.

Boys’ results
NCHS scored 154 points and was just edged out of third place by Williamstown which scored 148 in the Class AA-A division.

Webster County won the team title with 119 points and Ritchie County was runner-up with 133.

Other team scores were Buffalo 205 points, Keyser 211, Caldwell, Ohio 215, Fairmont Senior 221, Wirt County 225, Doddridge County 226, St. Marys 253, Westside 271, Braxton County 319, Herbert Hoover 333, Paden City 358, Cameron 368, Ravenswood 378, North Marion 383, Wheeling Central 406, Calhoun County 469 and Sissonville 566.

Teams with not enough runners for a team score were Pikeview, Reed Eastern of Ohio, Roane County, Scott, Sherman, Tyler Consolidated, Magnolia, Gilmer County, Grafton and Wyoming East.

Matt Christiansen led the Grizzlies and cracked the top 20 out of 179 runners by posting a time of 18 minutes, 6 seconds over the 3.1 mile course.

Four places behind in 23rd was Jackson Reed with a time of 18:18.

Finishing in the top half of the field for NCHS were Juvenal Perez, 36th in 18:53, Joe Yeager 39th in 19:01 and Kyle Barker, 64th in 19:51.

Other NCHS runners were Andrew Cook, 144th in 23:24, Wes Carte, 158th in 25:02 and Tanner Cox, 174th in 28:34.