The news came in like a shockwave.
The huge Cardinal Conference upset had ripple effects all around the state.
If you are a high school football fan in the state of West Virginia you know what game that was.
That would be the Tolsia Rebels, which went to county rival Wayne and beat the Class AA preseason No. 5-ranked Pionners 49-34.
The win snapped Tolsia’s nine-game losing skid to Wayne.
The Rebels hadn’t beaten the powerhouse Pioneers since 1999.
Tolsia’s football program has been down for years ever since advancing to the Super Six in 2006 and losing to the very same Wayne Pioneers.
Tolsia (1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cardinal Conference), though, looks like it is for real.
The Rebels were led by Luke Presley who ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries.
Tolsia was able to put away a close game with a pair of late touchdowns.
“I get so wrapped up in these games and so wrapped up in these kids,” Tolsia coach Mike Smith told the Huntington Herald Dispatch. “What a win for our program and what a win for our team. Our kids played our hearts out.”
Tolsia, running the triple option offense, was also led by quarterback Seth McMillion and fullback Jennings Holland. McMillion had 128 yards and two rushing TDs, while Holland added another 53 yards and a touchdown on just six tries.
The Rebels were able to put the game away late. Leading 36-34 with 3:33 left, Presley intercepted a Wayne pass. Two plays later, he scored on a 24-yard TD run to make it 43-34.
With a minute left Presley scored another touchdown to seal the deal.
Wayne lost but had 406 yards of total offense. Logan Queen finished with 184 yards on 29 carries with two touchdows.
Tolsia hosts Mingo Central next Friday night. Wayne plays host to Sissonville
Herbert Hoover 39,
The Herbert Hoover Huskies rolled to a 39-12 win over Cardinal Confernce foe Scott on Friday night in the season opener at the Herbert Hoover football field at Falling Rock.
Hoover (1-0, 1-0) was led by Triston Hager, Chase Stover and Brody Thomas, who combined for 268 yards and five touchdowns, as the Huskies beate the Skyhawks (0-1, 0-1).
Coach Tim Meyer’s Huskies struck pay dirt on the very first play with Hager’s 64-yard touchdown run. The senior QB finished with 101 yards on nine carries and two scores.
Thomas, a junior fullback, gained 109 yards on 10 carries for the night. He had a 56-yard gainer during the game.
Stover finished with 54 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, including an 18-yard scoring run with nine minutes left, putting the win on ice.
Scott, which trailed 25-0 at halftime, scored on a 47-yard TD run by quarterback Austin Mitchell in the second half. Hoover added a 24-yard field goal by Brett Strickland and also scored on a safety.
Scott’s Andrew Prince had a 15-yard touchdown run for the Skyhawks’ other score. Scott was held to just 195 yards of total offense.
Mitchell was 4-for-6 passing for 27 yards and one pick. He had 79 yards rushing on nine attempts.
Scott hosts Class AAA Lincoln County in a non-conference game this Friday night. Hoover hosts Chapmanville.
Class AAA Nitro handed Putnam County rival Poca its 18th straight loss with Friday night’s 39-14 win over the Dots in a non-conference game at Nitro.
Nitro (1-0) closed out strong with 19 unanswered points on the Dots (0-1), which are coming off an 0-10 season from last year.
Poca was led by Brett Watts, who had a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Dots scored with 12 seconds left in the first half on a 41-yard pass play from Kaden Meeks to Matt Gibson.
Nitro led 20-7 at halftime and took advantage of three lost fumbles by the Dots. The Wildcats also blocked two punts and picked off a Poca pass.
Nitro was led by running back Austin Banks, who had a game-high 185 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Poca hosts Nicholas County this Friday night at 7 p.m. in a non-conference affair. Nitro plays at Hurricane.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 1-0 1-0 49 34
Chapmanville 1-0 1-0 30 6
Herbert Hoover 1-0 1-0 39 12
Mingo Central 1-0 0-0 59 7
Poca 0-0 0-1 14 39
Wayne 0-1 0-1 34 49
Scott 0-1 0-1 12 39
Sissonville 0-1 0-1 6 30
Friday, August 28 results:
Chapmanville 30, Sissonville 6
Mingo Central 59, Wyoming East 7
Herbert Hoover 39, Scott 12
Tolsia 49, Wayne 34
Nitro 39, Poca 14
Friday, September 4 games:
Chapmanville at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln County at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas County at Poca, 7 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).