SJC, Beallsville playing for pride

Two games are on tap for Saturday afternoon as the high school football regular-season comes to a close.

One of the contests has OHSAA playoff implications, while the other has a pair of team playing for pride.

St. John Central welcomes Beallsville to the Irish Youth Sports Complex in south Bellaire as both teams enter at 4-5 for the noon start. Meanwhile, at Alumni Stadium in New Martinsville, River (6-3) will be seeking a Division VI playoff berth when it hosts Frontier (4-5) in a 3 p.m. kickoff.

The Pilots (6-3) will look to continue their winning ways. River has won three straight contests over Bridgeport, Shenandoah and Buckeye Trail.

However, by the time the Pilots and Cougars square off, the Hannibal-based squad will most likely know its fate.

River entered the week figuring it was in ninth place in the Region 23 rankings. However, a potential sanction against Reedsville Eastern put the Pilots into the eighth – and final – spot.

Hold on, an injunction restored Eastern’s victories, bumping the Pilots back to ninth.

The two-headed running attack of Nick Asturi and Jordan Sapp has paced the Pilots’ offense, while quarterback Cody Caldwell has been a steady contributor. Kameron Brown is the top aerial threat. Defensively, J.D. Dotson and Brown, along with Asturi, are the defensive leaders. Placekicker Colton Wright could be a difference maker.

ST. JOHN Central and Beallsville are riding three-game win streaks as they conclude their seasons.

The Irish have claimed nods over Valley, Sherman and Cameron (all W.Va. schools), while the Blue Devils have defeated Toronto, Bridgeport and Paden City.

Quarterback D.J. Shoemaker, running backs John Alvey and Devin Hennessey, and receiver Alex Francis are the St. John Central offensive playmakers. Casey Opic, Kolin Melko, Shoemaker and Francis are defensive standouts. Placekicker Dario Paolina is a threat.

Beallsville is led by veteran quarterback Teryn Jarrett who has surpassed the 6,000-yard mark for his career. He has a bevy of receiving threats in Rick Tubaugh, Bruce Sefert and D.J. Lucas.

Defensively, Dalton Sechrest and Kyle Groves are the leaders. Placekicker Mason Campbell has been a pleasant surprise.

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