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Elkins to entertain Wheeling Park

Buccaneers, Warriors and Yellow Jackets to host conference foes

October 12, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins is faced with another stern test, while three other area games feature six local teams going head-to-head when week eight of the high school football season kicks off tonight.

The Tigers (7-1), who were ranked seventh in this week's Class AAA ratings, will welcome No. 20 Wheeling Park (4-3) to Wimer Stadium.

All three of the Patriots' losses this season have came at the hands of sturdy opponents - No. 6 Morgantown, No. 5 University and St. Clairsville (Oh.).

The Patriots also have strong wins to go with their losses, beating the likes of Brashear (Pa.), Brooke, John Marshall and Class AA, No. 2 Bridgeport, which handed Elkins its lone loss of the season.

"Wheeling Park is one of the best 4-3 teams in the state," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "They've beat some good teams and lost to some very good teams by a very little margin."

Wheeling Park, which is coming off a 42-39 loss to Morgantown last week, is led by quarterback Zach Phillips. The junior signal caller has completed 55-of-91 passes this season for 861 yards and eight scores.

Running back Bryce Ingram has 610 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, while Eric Banks leads the team in receiving with 21 catches for 410 yards and four scores.

"Wheeling Park has a very quick team," Hott said. "They can run and pass the ball on you, so we have to be prepared to defend both. They run a pistol offense with a lot of misdirections, so our defense has to play their assignments well. Defensively, we have to play one of our best games all season."

Elkins will look to counter with its potent rushing attack, which features L.J. Lawrence, Clayton Collett and Nick Martin. Lawrence has 1,237 yards rushing this season, while Collett has 681. Martin has ran for 603 yards.

Game time for Elkins' contest with Wheeling Park is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In other action, three contests feature six area squads as Philip Barbour travels to Buckhannon-Upshur, Tygarts Valley visits Pocahontas County and Moorefield plays host to East Hardy.

Lewis County and Petersburg will both have tough tests. The Minutemen will entertain Oak Hill, while Petersburg travels to Frankfort. Other than the Elkins contest, kickoffs are slated for 7:30 p.m.

Philip Barbour at B-U

Both Philip Barbour and Buckhannon-Upshur will look to get back on track after suffering setbacks last Friday.

The Colts (3-4) are coming off a 35-25 loss at Elkins, while the Bucs (1-6) fell at Hampshire, 40-7.

"For us to have any chance at playoffs, this is a must win for us," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. "We are back to being healthy and got some players back that were suspended."

Buckhannon-Upshur lost to Philip Barbour 19-6 last season.

Tygarts Valley at

Pocahontas County

Tygarts Valley (0-6) will be searching its first win of the season against rival Pocahontas County.

The Bulldogs, who dropped a 47-21?decision at Richwood last week, will look to freshman running back P.J. Lanham to lead the offense.

Pocahontas County (2-5) is coming off a 42-6 loss to Greenbrier West last week and is led by quarterback Andrew Morrison and running back Kyler Doss.

East Hardy at


East Hardy will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season tonight at rival Moorefield.

The Cougars, ranked 12th in Class A, are coming off a 21-16 loss at No. 1 Tucker County last week.

East Hardy (5-1) is led by quarterback Shawn Skovron, who will look to hook up with receivers Josh Parker and Cole Collier.

Moorefield (3-3) was off last week and defeated Berkeley Springs 59-6 in its last contest.

The Yellow Jackets are led by quarterback Adam Snyder and receiver DaShawn Brown.

Oak Hill at

Lewis County

A win over Class AAA, No. 8 Oak Hill would give Lewis County a huge playoff push heading down the stretch run of the season.

Lewis County (5-2), ranked 17th in Class AAA, is coming off a 55-0 win over North Marion last week.

Running backs Chris Gum and Caleb Butcher will look to power the Minutemen.

The Red Devils (5-1), winners of five straight contests, are coming off a 34-14 win over Point Pleasant last week.

Oak Hill is led by senior quarterback Deon Marion and running back Kadrin Goodman.

Petersburg at


Petersburg has a chance to forget all about last week's loss at Southern (Md.) if it can pull off an upset win at Class AA, No. 3 Frankfort.

The Vikings (4-2), who fell 41-6 last Friday, are led by quarterback Cory Pool and running back Bret Reel.

Frankfort (6-0) is coming off a 40-20 win over Fairmont Senior last week.

Running backs Chris Faidley and Brooks Mickey will look to lead the Falcons.



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