Barnesville faces stiff test from Fort Frye; Shadyside set for long trip
The seventh week of the prep football season has arrived with several area teams still in the thick of the playoff chase.
A strong card of games are on tap for Friday and Saturday around the area.
Here’s a capsule look at the games:
Fort Frye (6-0) at Barnesville (3-3)
The Shamrocks are looking to put the brakes on a three-game skid, but a tall task awaits from the Cadets, who are coming off a 42-0 beatdown of Wheeling Central last week.
Barnesville — since a 3-0 start — has fallen to Shenandoah, River and last week to Warren, 34-13. The Shamrocks’ offense has been impressive, but it will be tested against a Fort Frye squad, which is allowing just over 11 points a game and owns shutouts in each of the last two games.
Shamrocks’ quarterback Ayden Hannahs is the leading passer in the area with 1,266 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gage Hannahs is the leading receiver with 577 yards on 35 receptions.
Madonna (5-1) at Beallsville (2-4)
The Blue Devils bid for their second straight win against a talented Blue Dons’ squad, which is in the thick of the West Virginia playoff chase in Class A.
Beallsville is coming off a 35-13 win over Bridgeport last week. Senior Dakota Phillips is a jack-of-all-trades for Coach Rusty Lucas’ team. He’s passed for 559 yards, rushed for 340 and caught 203-yards worth of passes. He’s scored 62 points.
The Blue Dons are coming off a 32-6 win over Trinity.
Beaver Local (3-3) at Buckeye (1-5)
The Panthers return home after falling at Shenandoah last week looking to snap a four-game skid. Coach Roger Herbert’s team, which won 20-7 in Week 2 against Union Local, has been outscored by an average of 38.3 points a game during the last four weeks.
Beaver Local, meanwhile, must bounce back after a deflating loss at Bellaire last Saturday. The Beavers were guilty of seven turnovers in that game. Coach Mike McKenzie’s team has averaged a little more than seven points a game in its losses.
Bridgeport (0-6) at Trinity (2-2)
The Bulldogs begin a three-game road swing with a trip to Morgantown to take on Trinity, which ressurected its football program for this season. The Bulldogs are coming off a loss to Beallsville and are led by freshman quarterback Collin Jackson, who has thrown for 813 yards this season.
Trinity, meanwhile, hasn’t tasted victory since Sept. 6 and are coming off a 34-6 setback to Madonna. The Warriors’ offense is led by quarterback Drew Boczek, whose father, Joe, is a Shadyside graduate.
Buckeye Trail (4-2) at Malvern (3-3)
The Warriors got back on track last week with a 37-0 victory at Strasburg. Coach Donnie Kerns’ Warriors will look to make it two in a row when they make the lengthy trip to Malvern to take on a Hornets’ team that was the short end of a 37-36 score to East Canton last week.
Cambridge (3-3) at Union Local (0-6)
The season-long struggles for the Jets continued last week in a decisive loss to Meadowbrook and now their reward is another Guernsey County foe. Union Local’s depth has been tested because of injury. The Jets have had four quarterbacks attempt at least 10 passes.
Cambridge, meanwhile, bounced back from a triple overtime loss at Bellaire to take down Marietta, 42-20, last week.
Shenandoah (5-1) at
Monroe Central (3-3)
The Seminoles established their ground game with Alex Kilburn and got solid production from sophomore quarterback Malachi Rose-Burton as they cruised past Magnolia, 51-13. Now, Monroe must deal with a talented Zeps’ squad, which rolled past Buckeye, 41-6, last week. The Zeps are currently sitting in second in the OHSAA computer rankings for Division VII, Region 27.
River View (3-3) at River (3-3)
The Pilots return to Martin Flannery Field after a two-game road swing, trying to bounce back from a 40-6 loss to Shadyside last week. Coming to Hannibal is a Black Bears team, which has won two straight.
River is fueled by versatile junior Michael Johnson, who has rushed for 502 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also hauled in 180 receiving yards.
Shadyside (4-2) at Vinton County (3-3)
The red-hot Tigers prepare to make a nearly 3-hour trip to McArthur to take on a Vikings team, which competes in Division IV. Shadyside is currently sitting in third in the Division VII, Region 27 playoff chase and features a balanced offense with sophomore quarterback Rhys Francis and sophomore tailback Wyatt Reiman leading the charge.
Vinton County is coming off a 28-7 win over Albany Alexander.
Linsly (6-0) and Point Pleasant (1-2)
The Cadets — fresh off a win over Allderdice last Saturday — prepare for one of its stiffest tests when it treks to Point Pleasant.
The Big Blacks are coming off a 49-14 loss to Bluefield and are just 1-2. They have only an eight-game slate and recently cancelled a game with an Ohio charter school because the school utilized fifth-year high school players.
Linsly, meanwhile, is currently leading the OVAC Class 3A chase and are led by quarterback Hunter Kelley, running back Carl Nyh and wide receiver Trevin Tush.
Harrison Central (2-4) at
Steubenville CC (3-3)
The Huskies will look to build on last week’s cherished win over St. Clairsville with a road trip to Harding Stadium to take on the Crusaders. Harrison snagged the ‘Coal Bucket’ with a 42-35 victory. Junior quartback Kobe Mitchell fueled the attack, accounting for all six touchdowns.
The Crusaders, meanwhile, were handed a 58-7 setback at Lucas.