Riverside rallies past East
A timely blocked punt provided the spark Riverside needed in its 13-7 victory at Greenbrier East Friday night.
With the score tied at 7, Andrew Pearson blocked a punt at the Spartans’ 16-yard line and Daniel Burke recovered the ball at the 6.
Two plays later, the Warriors’ Dustin Williams carried the ball into the end zone from the 1 to put Riverside up 13-7.
The Spartans drove to the Riverside 30, but Brian Johnson broke up a pass from quarterback Allen Level on fourth-and-16 to seal the win with 15 seconds left to play.
Greenbrier East (1-7) had two promising 10-play drives go awry in the fourth quarter. The first ended the Warriors 41.
The Spartans scored on a 3-yard run by Tommy Mutter with 3:56 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. At halftime, Riverside had just 37 yards on 21 plays.
In the second half, the Spartans took the opening kickoff and drove the ball to the Warriors’ 16, but were stopped on fourth-and-3. Riverside then moved 85 yards to tie the score at 7 with 3:27 left in the third quarter. Matt Humphreys, who carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards, capped the drive with a 3-yard TD run.
Nick Veazey rushed seven times for 50 yards for the Warriors (4-4).
For the Spartans (1-7), Mutter rushed 20 times for 63 yards and Jermaine Allen churned out 98 yards in 26 attempts for East.
SHADY SPRING 21, SISSONVILLE 20: Jerry Farrish scored on a 4-yard run with 2:25 left to draw Shady (2-7) within a point and then Farrish tacked on the 2-point conversion to help the Tigers pull out the win.
Farrish carried 28 times for 84 yards and hit Shane Phillips with a 56-yard scoring strike. Farrish also had another 3-yard scoring run.
Ritchie Casto had a big night for the winless Indians (0-8), carrying 18 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 65 and 29 yards. But he lost a fumble on the Shady 4 with 29 seconds left to wipe out Sissonville’s last chance.
Nathan Brill returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown late in the third for the Indians.
HAMLIN 37, VALLEY 8: Josh Wade and Andrew Bias each scored a pair of touchdowns to lift the Bobcats (7-1).
Wade churned out 132 yards in 12 carries, while Bias rushed 10 times for 130 yards. Quarterback Jake Anderson went 3-for-3 for 71 yards with one TD and Justin Edwards caught two passes for 67 yards, including a 56-yards TD pass, for Class A No. 9 Hamlin.
For Valley (0-7), Raymond Barron had 12 carries for 47 yards. Jeff Stewart returned a kickoff 85 yards for the Greyhounds’ lone score.
POCAHONTAS 26, MT. HOPE 23: Curtis Dunbrack passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Pocahontas County.
Dunbrack hit Adam Withers with a 20-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and plunged into the end zone from a yard out in the second.
Jesse Burdette also had a pair of TDs for Class A No. 12 Pocahontas (7-2), scoring on runs of 6 and 67 yards. Burdette’s last touchdown came with 1:55 to play in the fourth quarter and helped the Warriors avoid the upset.
Jamel Shelton had a pair of 5-yard scoring runs for the Mustangs (3-5). He finished with 81 yards on 18 carries.
VAN 20, BURCH 18: Tyler Kennedy punched it in from 3 yards out with four minutes left in the fourth to give the Bulldogs (4-5) the come-from-behind win over visiting Burch (2-6).
PARKERSBURG 15, CABELL MIDLAND 12: Big Reds signal-caller Kyle Sutphin capped a nine-play, 33-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback keeper with just 2:08 left in the game to give Parkersburg the win at Ona.
Parkersburg’s Tony Morrison opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 9-yard jaunt.
Cabell Midland’s Josh Turley answered with a 65-yard run, but the extra-point attempt failed, leaving the Knights trailing 7-6.
Midland took a brief 12-7 lead on an 82-yard punt return by Wade Midkiff with 8:01 left in the game.
The Big Reds outgained the Knights 303-143, with 272 coming on the ground. Morrison picked up 111 yards on 15 carries for Parkersburg (6-3), which came into the game tied for 13th in Class AAA with the Knights (5-4).
Joey Lindamood pounded out 85 yards on 15 carries for Parkersburg.
WOODROW 34, HUNTINGTON 7: Marcus Manns gained 271 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns as the Flying Eagles (8-0) held on to their top spot in Class AAA.
Quarterback Heath Thomas, who led the Mountain State Athletic Conference in passing yards entering the game, threw a late touchdown pass to avoid the shutout for the Highlanders (2-6). He wound up 6-of-19 for 87 yards.
Woodrow Wilson travels to Kanawha County on Friday to square off with No. 4 Nitro in a huge game at Underwood Field.
The Flying Eagles conclude their regular season with another visit to Kanawha County for a contest against George Washington at Laidley Field on Nov. 4.
WEBSTER COUNTY 46, BRAXTON COUNTY 0: Matt Smalley rushed for 118 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Highlanders. Smalley had TD runs of 1, 9 and 1 yard.
Paul Perrine, who rushed for 97 yards on eight attempts, also added a pair of touchdowns for Webster (4-5).
For the Eagles (2-7), Anthony Hanlon rushed nine times for 27 yards, while Alex Valdivieso went 10-for-27 for 86 yards with two interceptions.
MAN 46, WYOMING EAST 24: The Hillbillies rolled up 437 rushing yards on 47 attempts to pick up the win.
Andrew McDonald led the charge with 290 yards on 24 carries with four touchdowns for Man. He scored on runs of 36, 8, 67 and 62 yards.
Quarterback Brandon Duncan, who went 3-for-4 for 55 yards, also connected on a 28-yard TD pass to Jeremy Johnson for Man (5-3).
For the Warriors (2-6), quarterback Brad Miller tossed TD passes to three different receivers and finished 6-for-15 for 117 yards.
Logan Hall led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 21 carries.