Usually the Weekend Wrap begins each season with a ''what we've learned about the teams,'' after the first week of the season and it doesn't really tell us much.
So this season, we decided to try this after two weeks to maybe have a better picture. So with most teams having played two games, we know ...
Shocker, right? I mean, who didn't see this one coming? With guys like Dan Monteroso, Michael Ferns, Jaylon Brown, Matt Kinnick, Corey Ernest, Cole Stephen, etc., the Red Devils were going to win their fair share of games. St. Clairsville has started the season with blowouts of Wheeling Park and Brooke, showing it could dominate a game running the ball or passing. It might take a near perfect game for someone to stop the Red Devils from going 10-0. But if could happen, because ...
Along with St. Clairsville, four other teams in the league have jumped out to 2-0 records: Martins Ferry, Bellaire, Indian Creek, and Harrison Central. Four of those teams have very winnable games this week with the toughest challenge likely coming from Oak Glen when it plays host to Indian Creek at its new stadium. The following week, the Buckeye 8 begins its slate with St. Clairsville vs. Indian Creek and Martins Ferry vs. Harrison Central. Bellaire will open with Buckeye Local.
Wheeling Central is done. It has to replace too many starters. It lost its quarterback to transfer/injury. Sound familiar? Those are usually the sounds coming from many people not in the Maroon Knights' locker room. It happened last season when quarterback Lee Peluchette transferred to Wheeling Park and Wheeling Central had to replace numerous starters from its state championship team. Result: another state title. This time around, quarterback Parker Henry gets hurt, Wheeling Central loses to Harrison Central in the opener. Result: the Maroon Knights bounce back behind a gutsy effort from C.J. Burch to knock off Weirton Madonna in a rainstorm. As much as some people want to keep writing the Wheeling Central obituary, they might want to wait until the end of the season before they count out Mike Young and his coaching staff.
It won't be shown on any local television channels. In fact, you likely won't see a story in your local newspaper. But when Morgantown and Parkersburg South face off Friday at Pony Lewis Field, you could be witnessing a potential preview of the Class AAA championship this December. The Patriots improved to 2-0 with a victory last week against Linsly, giving them one more game under their belt on the Mohigans, which opened the season last week beating Allderdice. The OVAC newcomers are already making a name for themselves and this could go a long way to claiming the OVAC 5-A title.
Rick Goodrich and Tony Filberto have had much success in their coaching careers. Stops at their new schools are going well. Goodrich's John Marshall squad and Filberto in his return to Weir are staring at 0-2 records. As is Brooke's Sean Blumette, Beallsville's Paul Kanzigg, Caldwell's Josh Perkins, and Shenandoah's Kaleb Lawrence. While being 0-2 isn't a death knell, teams will have to turn things around in a hurry if they have any postseason dreams. Winning is contagious. Unfortunately, losing can be, too.
Good Hands Team
(Weekend wrap only includes teams that called or emailed their stats on Sunday).