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Grizzlies win 2OT playoff thriller

over Scott; advance to quarterfinals

The Class AA No. 7-rated Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team opened the playoffs in fine fashion by defeating the No. 10-rated Scott Skyhawks 28-22 in two overtimes on Friday evening, Nov. 14, at a frigid Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

It was the first ever home playoff victory for the Grizzlies and their 10th straight win of the season after a season-opening loss to Greenbrier West.

NCHS standout Wil Mayes goes to the outside of some Scott defenders during the double-overtime playoff win over the Skyhawks.

This is the third straight season the Grizzlies (10-1) have won their opening round game in the Class AA playoffs and they will play No. 2-rated Frankfort (11-0) in the Class AA quarterfinal round on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgeley which is in Mineral County in the state’s Eastern Panhandle on the West  Virginia-Maryland border.

Whether it was the result of sub-freezing temperatures or the stellar defensive play of both teams, Friday’s contest was a turnover plagued affair with each team committing five in the game.

The Grizzlies got off to a good start when the Skyhawks fumbled on their opening possession around their own 30-yard line and linebacker Caleb Simms recovered the football for the Grizzlies.

Nicholas County was unable to take advantage of the scoring opportunity however, when they gave the ball back to the visitors with a fumble at the 9-yard line.

The Grizzlies forced the Skyhawks to punt and started a drive around their own 40-yard line. Nicholas County methodically advanced the ball downfield and the drive culminated with a 10-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Josh Jarvis. Quarterback Jacob Hopkins passed to Simms for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 with 5:47 remaining in the opening quarter.

Nicholas County got the ball back again early in the second quarter and advanced deep into Scott territory. A 35-yard pass from Hopkins to Wil Mayes put NCHS at the Scott 20-yard yard line. But the Grizzlies were again unable to take advantage of the golden scoring opportunity when they lost the ball on a fumble inside the one-yard line.




NCHS Jayvees end season with shutout of Lumberjacks

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly junior varsity football team closed out the season with a 28-0 shutout victory over the Richwood High School Lumberjacks junior varsity on Monday evening, Nov. 3, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

The win was the fifth straight for the Grizzlies and gave them a winning record of 5-3 for the season.

D.J. McCutcheon had a fine game for the Grizzlies, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 5, 4 and 8 yards. McCutcheon rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries.

Jared Gregory tallied the other Grizzly touchdown from three yards out. Gregory had 25 yards on 6 carries.

The Grizzlies also added a pair of two-point conversions on passes from quarterback Trey Milam to Erik Moore and Caleb Keyes.

Eric Castle rushed for 38 yards on 2 carries and Tyler Martin had 5 yards on 2 carries.

Milam completed 9 of 20 passes for 85 yards. Keyes had 3 receptions for 20 yards, McCutcheon had 33 yards on 2 catches, Gregory had 2 receptions for 24 yards, Luke Bostic had 1 catch for 5 yards and Moore 1 reception for 3 yards.

The Lumberjacks advanced deep into Grizzly territory on a couple of occasions, but either turned the ball over or had to give up the ball on downs.

On defense for the Grizzlies, Logan Cole had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Gregory had 9 tackles and McCutcheon 8. Larry Deal and Terry Fazenbaker each had a fumble recovery.




WV High School Soccer Coaches

Association All-Star Weekend Slated

For November 22-23 in Summersville

One hundred and seventy-six of the state’s very best soccer players are set to invade Summersville. They will be playing in the Senior Soccer All-Star Games to be played at the Nicholas County Memorial Stadium. The date of the game is Sunday, November 23. If you want to see some exciting soccer played between the North Bears and the South Cardinals, you should attend. For just $5 you can watch any or all of the four soccer games played. This is the first time that the All-Star game has been played south of Bridgeport in several years. It is also the first time that this game has been played in Summersville.

9 a.m. - AA-A Girls’ All-Star Game
11 a.m. - AA-A Boys’ All-Star Game
1 p.m. - AAA Girls’ All-Star Game
3 p.m. - AAA Boys’ All-Star Game

Congratulations to Nicholas County High School’s own Mykenzie Martin, Alexis Brown and Logan Dancy who have accepted the invitation to play. AA-A girls’ game starts at 9 a.m. and the boys’ game starts at 11 a.m.




Lady Grizzly volleyball team eliminated in Sectionals

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team was eliminated in the Class AA Region 4 Section 1 tournament played Nov. 3-4 at the NCHS gymnasium.

NCHS opened the double-elimination tournament by defeating Poca 3 sets to 0. They then lost 3 sets to 0 to eventual sectional tournament champion Sissonville and were eliminated when they lost 3 sets to 0 to Herbert Hoover in the losers’ bracket of the tournament to finish in fourth place in the five-team field.

NCHS finished the season 21-28 overall. They lose only two senior starters off this year’s squad, so the bulk of the team will return next season.

Nicholas County versus Poca
The Lady Grizzlies defeated the Lady Dots 25-16 in the first set, 25-18 in the second set and 25-8 in the third set.

Thirteen big points by Christy Hamilton carried NCHS in the first set. Tayler Huffman scored 3 points. Amanda King, Emily Culver, Maggie Sweeney and Autumn Cox each added 2 points and Shelbey Groves contributed 1.

Balanced scoring was key in the second set for NCHS with Hamilton scoring 8 points and King 6. Huffman had 4 points, Sweeney and Cox each added 3 points with Groves contributing 1.

In the third set, Huffman and Hamilton led the way with 8 and 7 points, respectively. Groves had 4 points and Sweeney and Cox 2 apiece. King and Culver each contributed 1 point.

Cox registered 12 kills in the match. Hamilton had 8 kills, King 4, Groves and Huffman 3 apiece and Stear 1. Stear had 17 assists, Huffman 4, Groves 3, Hamilton 2 and Cox and King 1 each.

Cox had 3 blocks and 3 dinks and Hamilton had 3 service aces and a dink. King had 2 blocks, an ace and a dink. Huffman and Culver each had an ace. Culver had an 84 percent successful return rate at the libero position.




NCHS girls to scrimmage twice next week

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly basketball team will play two scrimmage games next week.

The first will be on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. against Braxton County at the Braxton County Armory.

The Lady Grizzlies will host Robert C. Byrd in a scrimmage game on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Grizzly Den.

Both scrimmages will start with two quarters of varsity action followed by two quarters of junior varsity play with the remainder of the scrimmage to be determined thereafter.

The two scrimmage games are in preparation of the Nicholas County girls season opener at James Monroe on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Lindside.

The first home game for the Lady Grizzlies will be on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. against Princeton.

See a roster, schedule and team preview in next week’s Nicholas Chronicle.