By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
September 5, 2014
And now, we’ll see if the Sissonville Indians are for real.
The biggest test so far in the young 2014 high school football season also produces a marqee matchup on Friday night.
That matchup is Wayne and Sissonville.
The two Cardinal Conference heavyweights are set to do battle at Sissonville High School in a matchup of the league’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams from 2013.
Class AA No. 1-ranked Wayne (1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cardinal Conference), the Class AA state champions in 2011 and 2012 and last year’s state runner-ups, are coming off last week’s 40-18 league win at Tolsia.
No. 5-ranked Sissonville (1-0, 1-0) won 42-14 over Chapmanville last Friday in a conference game.
The two teams met twice last year, the second meeting being won by the Pioneers, 48-7, in the state quarterfinals en route to the Wheeling Super Six.
Wayne High School’s “Big Three” of Mason Hodge, Grant Ferguson and Cody Stiltner led the Pioneers last week in the win over Tolsia.
Ferguson passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns for Wayne. He finished with 268 yards of total offense and three scores, to go along with an interception on defense and two touchdown saving tackles.
Hodge ran for 135 yards on just seven carries and Stiltner added 186 yards receiving. Stiltner also returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.
Wayne led just 28-18 at halftime but tacked on a pair of second half touchdowns which gave itself some breathing room.
Austin Burford and Jared Wilkinson led Sissonville’s punishing ground game last week, which rolled up 356 yards on 60 carries on Chapmanville. The Indians ended up outgaining CRHS 459-205 in total offense.
Burford ran for 160 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 24, 85 and 15. Wilkinson, Sissonville’s top returning back from last year, had 119 yards on 20 carries on the night.
It should be an offensive show on Friday night between the Pioneers and the Indians.
Two other conference games are on tap on Friday as Chapmanville (0-1, 0-1) hosts Herbert Hoover (0-1, 0-1) at Tiger Stadium and No. 8-ranked Mingo Central (1-0, 0-0) hosts Tolsia (0-1, 0-1) up on the mountain at Buck Harless Stadium in Newtown. It’s the home opener for both the Tigers and the Miners.
Mingo Central had three 100-yard rushers in last week’s 37-28 non-conference win over Wyoming East. Stevie Hammond led the way with 160 yards on 12 carries. In addition to Hammond, the Miners got 144 yards on 27 carries from Chance Justice and 109 yards on 13 attempts by Joe Hunt.
Luke Presley led Tolsia last week as he ripped the ball away from a Wayne ballcarrier and went 70 yards for a TD. He also tacked on a 10-yard TD run as the Rebels racked up 200 yards of offense by halftime.
In other non-conference games on Friday night, Scott (1-0, 1-0) travels to Class AAA Lincoln County (0-1) and the Poca Dots (0-1, 0-0) go to Nicholas County (0-1). The Grizzlies lost 20-14 to Greenbrier West last week. The woeful Lincoln County Panthers were wiped out, 55-0, by Point Pleasant.
The Skyhawks were led last week by Hunter Bradley who had 82 yards rushing on 12 carries. QB Bo Jeffrey was 6-for-10 passing for 69 yards and two scores.
The Dots lost 28-12 to Class AAA Nitro last week in their season opener. Poca was led by senior Justin Stewart who had 167 yards rushing on 24 carries.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Sissonville……………. 1-0 1-0 42 14
Wayne………………….. 1-0 1-0 40 18
Scott……………………. 1-0 1-0 28 27
Mingo Central………… 0-0 1-0 37 28
Poca…………………….. 0-0 0-1 12 28
Herbert Hoover………. 0-1 0-1 27 28
Tolsia…………………… 0-1 0-1 18 40
Chapmanville…………. 0-1 0-1 14 42
Friday, Sept. 5 games:
Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Nicholas County, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29 results:
Sissonville 42, Chapmanville 14
Mingo Central 37, Wyoming East 28
Scott 28, Herbert Hoover 27
Wayne 40, Tolsia 18
Nitro 28, Poca 12