Miners roll to first-round win over Summers Co.


NEWTOWN — Class AA No. 7 Mingo Central (9-2) defeated No. 10 Summers County (8-3) 68-28 on Saturday in the opening round of the high school football playoffs.

Miners’ quarterback Stevie Hammond completed 14 of 19 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns — he also added two rushing touchdowns as well. Mingo Central’s Taylor Thornsbury collected six catches for 148 yards, while Tyler Grimmett added two catches for 102 yards.

Summers County quarterback Matt Ryan rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the loss.

The Miners play at Bluefield next week in the state quarterfinals.

Tolsia 28,

Liberty Raleigh 6

GLENHAYES — A close first half gave way to a second half that saw Tolsia pull away and the wheels come off for Liberty Raleigh as the Rebels beat the Raiders 28-6 in the first round of the Class AA West Virginia High School Football Playoffs.

It was also a historical night for Tolsia’s Luke Presley as the Rebels’ Mr. Everything eclipsed the 3,000-career yard mark in the second half.

What could have easily been an offensive shootout started out as a defensive slugfest. The only score in the first half came when Jennings Holland punched the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Rebels converted for two points and set the halftime score at 8-0.

The second half was a different story. The Rebels scored two quick touchdowns to pull away.

Presley scored from 45-yards out and with the conversion made the score 16-0.

On the next offensive possession, Presley needed just three yards to eclipse 3,000 career yards.

He got that and then some when he broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run.

The Rebels added another touchdown in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 28-0.

The Rebels rolled up 544 yards in total offense. Presley accounted for 233 of those.

Tolsia’s defense was stingy all night. The Rebels only allowed the Raiders 44 total yards of offense.

The Rebels will play Herbert Hoover next week. Tolsia beat Hoover in the regular season, but Hoover has improved dramatically over the course of the year.

Keyser 45,

Westside 14

KEYSER—The fifth-seeded Keyser Golden Tornado scored 32 points in the first 12 ½ minutes of their Class AA first round playoff game, cruising to a 45-14 win over the 12th-seeded Westside Renegades on Saturday afternoon.

Cody Rodeheaver rushed for 63 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while Deavonta Johnson scored twice from 7 yards out.

Camden White added a 27-yard rushing TD on a reverse and completed a 71-yard pass to Amonte Turner, while Brady Ours rushed for a game-high 95 yards on seven carries and threw for 94 yards.

Turner finished with 134 receiving yards and 33 rushing.

Trevor Anderson rushed for both touchdowns for Westside, who exit for the second straight year in Mineral County after last year’s 49-16 semifinal loss at Frankfort.

Keyser led 38-6 at the half; the second half was shortened to 8-minute quarters.

Keyser (9-2) will travel to No. 4 Fairmont Senior next weekend, while Westside ends its season at 7-4.

Bluefield 32,

Weir 13

BLUEFIELD — Three Bluefield Beavers crossed the 100-yard rushing mark before halftime and the second-ranked Bluefield team turned back a Weir rally in the second half to defeat the Red Riders 32-13 on Saturday afternoon at Mitchell Stadium.

Weir (7-4) fumbled the ball away three times and suffered five interceptions, while Bluefield (9-1) lost the ball five times. The Beavers led 26-0 at the half.

Bluefield fullback Jason “Truck” Edwards carried the ball 21 times for 141 yards, Carlos Reed had 18 rushes for 130 and Latrell “Mookie” Collier ran the ball 13 times for 110 yards. He also picked off two Weir passes. Jamere Edwards recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Red Riders’ leading rushers were Donovan Spencer with 64 yards on five attempts, Kameron Davis with 56 yards on eight carries and Cody Enrietti with eight rushes for 46 yards.

Bluefield moves on to face Mingo Central in next weekend’s second round of the playoffs.

Herbert Hoover 55,

James Monroe 40

Herbert Hoover generated 396 yards of offense and upset James Monroe 55-40 in Lindside Friday night in a Class AA first-round playoff game.

Ranked No. 11 in the playoff seeding, the Huskies (8-3) picked off five passes and got a strong game from quarterback Triston Hager, who scored on runs of 65, 4 and 58 yards and capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 40-yard interception return against the sixth-ranked Mavericks (8-4).

Grant Mohler ran 15 times for 167 yards for James Monroe, which got 237 total yards on the ground and 107 yards in the passing game. Evan Beasley was 7 for 17 passing for two touchdowns and five picks.

Fairmont Senior 28,

Lincoln 14

Dominic Smith threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and added 39 rushing yards and another TD to help the Class AA No. 4 Polar Bears get past the No. 13 Cougars on Friday night.

Fairmont Senior (9-2) got a shutout from its first-team defense, which held Lincoln (7-4) scoreless until 2:13 remained.

Smith’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Nuzum with 38 seconds left in the first half broke a scoreless tie and allowed Senior to hold a 7-0 halftime lead.

Smith’s 2-yard run in the third quarter extended Senior’s lead, which eventually grew to 21 points on a 12-yard run by Bryson Gilbert with 7:44 to play.

Smith connected with Michael Toothman for a 46-yard passing touchdown to make it 28-0.

Lincoln’s Hunter Moore scored on a 6-yard run and added a 20-yard fumble return for a TD within a 48-second span late in the fourth.

Bridgeport 41,

Independence 7

Quarterback Zack Spurlock threw for two touchdowns and ran for two as the two-time defending state champions won 41-7 over Independence on Friday night to advance to the quarterfinals to face No. 9 Robert C. Byrd, which won 42-14 at Chapmanville on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians (10-0-1) uncharacteristically turned the ball over five times in the first half but the Patriots (7-4) were unable to take advantage of of continually playing on a short field against Bridgeport’s stout defense.

Bridgeport’s starting defense allowed less than 100 yards of total offense before giving way to reserves late in the third quarter.

Spulock finished with 110 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 13 and 3 yards. He threw TD passes of 40 yards to Dante Bonamico and 40 yards to Seth Friel.

Bonamico had a game-high 129 rushing yards on 17 carries and added an 18-yard TD run. Elijah Drummond chipped in with 88 yards rushing on six attempts and a 56-yard TD run.

Chris Mills finished with 105 yards on the ground for Independence and score from 1 yard out with less than 2 minutes to play to help his team avoid the shutout.

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