WLU quarterback sidelined for year with broken wrist
Zach Phillips was enjoying a most productive season.
Actually, the former Wheeling Park quarterback was enjoying a brilliant career at West Liberty since he arrived via the transfer route from Gannon.
Unfortunately, Phillips’ season has come to an end.
West Liberty formally announced Phillips would miss the remainder of the season because of a broken wrist he sustained last week in a win over Walsh.
Phillips finishes his Hilltoppers career, which spanned just 16 games, with an impressive 3,389 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 519 yards and 8 more scores.
Taking over the Hilltopper quarterback duties will be Erick Taylor, who is a true sophomore. He was pressed into action last weekend during the overtime session. Taylor began his prep career at Linsly, but ultimately graduated from North Catholic in Pittsburgh.
West Liberty is currently 4-3 on the season and plays another road game this week at Fairmont before returning home on Halloween night to take on Urbana in the home finale.
Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley products:
COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Union Local graduate continued his fine season, starting once again at left tackle in the Mountaineers’ loss at Oklahoma.
AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — Shadyside graduate caught 3 passes for 40 yards in the Falcons’ loss to Central Michigan.
CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Linsly School product had two tackles in the Bobcats’ win over Kent State.
MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville graduate was credited with five tackles in last week’s loss at Ohio.
ELIJAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park grad started, but didn’t catch a pass in the Aggies’ loss to Florida A&M.
MAALIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville grad was charted for nine tackles, including two sacks and three stops for loss in a loss to Southern Illinois.
COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville graduate posted seven tackles, including one for loss during last week’s loss to Glenville.
GEREMY PAIGE, California, Pa. — Wheeling Park graduate posted three tackles in the Vulcans’ victory against Gannon.
ZACH PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Senior quarterback had a bittersweet showing Saturday against Walsh. He was impressive with 338 yards and two touchdowns passing. He also ran for 29 yards and a touchdown, but he suffered a wrist injury, which is going to keep him out for an extended period time.
NATE PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Wheeling Park grad caught 3 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win at Walsh last week.
SAVION JOHNSON, West Liberty — Wheeling Park grad carried once for 3 yards in last week’s win.
JACK DAVIS, West Liberty — Martins Ferry graduate had two tackles, including one for loss. He also had a kickoff return for 5 yards.
CODY ENRIETTI, West Liberty — Brooke product recorded three tackles in last week’s win.
CLAY MCDONALD, West Liberty — Wheeling Park product posted three tackles for the Hilltoppers.
KOTY HUDSON, West Liberty — Brooke graduate had two tackles last week at Walsh.
THOMAS COLE, West Liberty — Brooke High graduate caught six passes for 47 yards and the game-winning touchdown last week at Walsh.
CHALMER MOFFETT, West Liberty — Wheeling Park graduate caught a pass for 10 yards in last week’s win.
CODY RINE, West Liberty — Brooke alumnus had five tackles in last week’s win.
REED REITTER, West Liberty — Freshman from Weir High punted once in last week’s game.
KYLE RITZ, West Liberty — Magnolia product had two tackles in last week’s win over Walsh.
CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell graduate started along the offensive line for the Hilltoppers in their victory.
TYLER ELY, West Liberty — Steubenville graduate was among the five starters along the offensive front last week.
RYAN LAFOLLETTE, Wheeling — Monroe Central graduate caught 8 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in last week’s road loss.
JACK FITCH, Wheeling — Martins Ferry graduate was the holder for the Cardinals in their loss to Notre Dame.
JAKE KEENAN, Wheeling — Toronto product posted four catches for 32 yards in last week’s loss.
MATT GREENWOOD, Wheeling — St. Clairsville graduate punted five times for a 39.2 yard average with a long of 52 yards. He dropped one inside the 20. He also connected on a PAT.
ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville product started once again along the offensive line for the Cardinals.
BRADY KOLB, Wheeling — St. Clairsville graduate caught 2 passes for 15 yards in last week’s loss at Notre Dame College.
KEONTE HOLMES, Wheeling — Steubenville graduate played during last week’s game along the offensive line.
JOHNNY AGRESTA, Walsh — Steubenville graduate appeared in last week’s game against West Liberty.
ALIJAH DEMITRAS, Walsh — Steubenville graduate started along the offensive line for the Cavaliers.
CHRISTIAN WITCHEY, St. Vincent’s — St. Clairsville graduate punted four times for a 38.2 yard average and had a long of 43.
VON WOODING, Oberlin — Linsly School graduate recorded 9 tackles and forced a fumble in a shutout of Hiram.
JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Bethany — Wheeling Park graduate had three tackles in last week’s win.
DE’VAUGHN MCWHORTER, Bethany — Wheeling Park graduate had a 22-yard kickoff return in the win over Carnegie Mellon.
DREW LOWERY, Muskingum — Buckeye Trail graduate had five tackles in last week’s loss to Baldwin-Wallace.
LUKE MENGES, Waynesburg — Union Local graduate posted four tackles in last week’s loss to Grove City.
LUCAS DONLEY, Waynesburg — Union Local product had a tackle in last week’s setback.
BEN HOWELL, Waynesburg — Union Local graduate appeared in last week’s loss to Grove City.
CHASE ESPEN, Waynesburg — St. Clairsville graduate started once again along the Jackets’ offensive line.
GAGE GIOVENGO, Marietta — Linsly School graduate played in last week’s win over Grove City.
TANNER CLARK, Marietta — Caldwell graduate rushed 42 times for 132 yards and scored a touchdown in last week’s win over Wilmington.
VIC GIOVENGO, Marietta — Linsly School graduate led the Pioneers defense with 11 tackles in last week’s win.
TROY PONTIUS, Marietta — Buckeye Trail graduate appeared in last week’s victory.
BOONE JONES, Marietta — Shenandoah graduate appeared in last week’s win.
LUKE WATT, Marietta — St. Clairsville graduate played in last week’s win over Wilmington.
COLE GRIFFIN, John Carroll — Linsly School product posted four tackles in last week’s win over Ohio Northern.
IAN PHILLIPS, Washington & Jefferson — Steubenville graduate was perfect on four PAT tries in last week’s win over Geneva.
ALYSSA OTTO, Mercyhurst — Freshman from St. Clairsville started once again, but the Lakers fell to Gannon, 3-1.
SYDNEY SNYDER, Bethany — Steubenville grad had three kills in a loss to Geneva last weekend.
BROC CRIST, UPike — St. Clairsville grad continued a solid freshman campaign by finishing 29th overall at the Roger Merb Invitational hosted by Shawnee State. Included in Crist’s showing were a final-day team best score of 5-over.
J.R. HEAVILIN, Charleston — Former Harrison Central standout announced he’s transferred from Division I Coppin State to MEC member Charleston on his Twitter last week.
NOLAN CLEGG, Ohio State — Toronto product had a double and three RBI in the opening game of the Buckeyes’ three-game inter-squad game.
NATE KARAFFA, Ohio State — True freshman from Toronto had a hit in his only plate appearance in the Buckeyes’ fall series opener.
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