Paige, Patriots Still Fired Up About Victory
By DAVE MORRISON
WHEELING – Wheeling Park’s Geremy Paige still looked as if he were about to spit nails, even though the Patriots had finished off their impressive 42-22 victory against Steubenville, the first in school history, some 20 minutes prior.
“I feel like I could play four more quarters,” Paige said, still breathing fire after the monumental victory against an old nemesis.
He might have done it, too.
It was a history-making night, erasing the sting of 12 straight losses to Big Red, a span that saw Steubenville limit Park to just 30 points total in those 12 games. It was the first time since 1963 that Steubenville lost to a West Virginia team and the first time in over a century (1910) that Big Red fell to a Wheeling-based public school (Wheeling Wildcats).
No wonder Paige was still fired up.
“I feel like we won a championship,” the senior said, after his 14 tackle, one sack performance. “We beat them when we were freshmen, so we knew we could play with them. To come out and play like we did, it was just an incredible night.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do. We think we can compete with anybody on our schedule. This is going to give us a lot of confidence and momentum right now.”
It was certainly an impressive night for senior signalcaller Zach Phillips, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 80 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.
Phillips has been a key component all season, but has really taken off since the second half of the Patriots 41-38 loss to Morgantown. In eight quarters (he didn’t play in the second half against Elkins) Phillips is 21 of 29 passing for 384 yards and four touchdowns.
He has not been picked off in that span and has thrown just two on the season against 12 touchdowns.
“It’s huge and I think we showed we can play with anyone,” the quarterback said. “It sure is a big win for us. There are guys (in the lockerroom) crying. It was an emotional win.”
Sophomore Savion Johnson, who scored four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) and rushed for 156 yards ,had his jersey torn during the first half Friday night.
He went to the sideline and emerged with the number 25, worn by teammate Bryce Ingram, who was hurt against Morgantown and is out for the rest of the season.
It was a fitting tribute, from a player who is coming up big in place of a returning second-team all-state player.
“I feel like he’s out there with me, and whatever I do, I’m doing the best I can because of him,” Johnson said. “I want to do my best, because I know if he were here, he’d be out there doing everything he could for this team.”
Offensive Player of the Week
- The senior quarterback completed 17 of 29 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns and also passed 7,000 yards passing for his career in a 41-25 victory against Union Local.
Defensive Player of the Week
- Paige was all over the field, accounting for 14 tackles and a sack and several sticks right at the line of scrimmage.
- Brooke’s Nic Ossman rushed for 225 yards on just five carries with four touchdowns in the Bruins 55-28 victory against Weir.
- Martins Ferry’s Arjay Burress had 205 yards rushing and three touchdowns and teammate Bryan Stiles added 139 in a 34-21 victory against Edison.
- Tyler Consolidated’s Jacob Highley rushed for 164 yards and 27 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory against Ritchie.
- Hunter Yoders of Cameron rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 55-15 victory against St. John.
- Wheeling Central’s C.J. Burch, playing with a cast on his injured hand, rushed for 120 yards in a 32-26 loss to Renaissance.
- Chimechi Oparanozie rushed for 118 yards and had the winning two-point conversion in a 43-42 overtime victory against Gilmour Saturday.
- Valley’s Payton Palmer carried 18 times for 90 yards in the Lumberjacks 48-22 loss to Doddridge County.
- Jesse Padlow completed 14 of 21 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-13 victory against Beallsville.
- Cameron’s Logan Routt completed 9 of 14 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in the Dragons’ 55-15 victory against St. John.
- Linsly’s Jameson Murray completed 15 of 20 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-42 overtime victory against Gilmour Saturday.
- Wheeling Central freshman quarterback Isaac Rine completed 10 of 22 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-26 loss to Renaissance Saturday.
- John Marshall’s Noah Martin was 6 of 18 passing for 134 yards in a 21-7 loss to Morgantown.
- Indian Creek’s John Woodbury was 9 of 20 for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 49-28 loss against Harrison Central.
Good Hands Team
- Bellaire’s Brendon Ross caught four passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Nick Patrone had seven grabs for 124 yards and two scores in a 41-25 victory against Union Local.
- Buckeye Trail’s Tyler Sloan caught five passes for 132 yards in a 21-17 victory against River.
- Bishop Donahue’s Chaice Truex had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Bishops’ 42-13 victory against Beallsville.
- Indian Creek’s Corey Goodrich snagged three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 49-28 loss to Harrison Central.
- Monroe Central’s Jared Hooper caught two passes for 93 yards in a 63-6 victory against Frontier.
- Buckeye Trail’s Tristen King had 19 tackles, including four for a loss of yardage, in a 21-17 victory against River.
- Linsly’s Von Wooding had 17 tackles in a 43-42 overtime victory against Gilmour Saturday.
Brooke’s Chad Harper had 15 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage, and teammate Todd Clark had 12 tackles in a 55-28 victory against Weir.
- Martins Ferry’s Jahad Joyce had 13 tackles and two sacks in in the Purple Raiders’ 34-21 victory against Edison.
- Monroe Central’s Mike Jones had 10 tackles in a 63-6 victory against Frontier.
- Wheeling Central’s Kevin Keane had 10 tackles and a forced fumble in a 32-26 loss to Renassiance Saturday.
- Indian Creek’s Isaiah Pavlic had 10 tackles in a 49-28 loss to Harrison Central.
- Bridgeport’s Tyus Harris had nine tackles in a 48-20 loss to Shadyside.
- Bishop Donahue’s Matt Vocilek had 10 tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss of yardage in a victory against Beallsville.
- Madonna’s Ross Comis rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns and also completed 6 of 10 passes for 97 yards in a 22-17 victory against Steubenville Catholic Saturday.
- Madonna’s Eliott Nero rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 35 yards and had seven tackles, a sacks and a tackle for a loss of yardage in a 22-17 victory against Steubenville Catholic.
Versatile Monroe Central quarterback Curtis Nixon had 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also completed 6 of 9 passing for 203 yards in the Seminoles’ 63-6 victory against Frontier.
- Shadyside’s Chris Littrell rushed for 102 yards and caught a pass for 29 yards in the Tigers’ 48-20 victory against Bridgeport.
- Shadyside’s Austin Dorris rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns and completed 2 of 4 passing for 37 yards ina 48-20 victory against Bridgeport.
- Linsly’s Isaiah Harvin had two receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions in the fourth quarter in a 43-42 overtime victory against Gilmour.
- Cameron’s Clayton Ward rushed for 124 yards and caught three passes for 117 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Dragons’ 55-15 victory against St. John.
- Buckeye Trail’s Morgan Dougherty rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns and completed 9 of 20 passes for 169 yards in a 21-17 victory against River.
- Monroe Central running back Levi Brown rushed for 102 yards and two scores and caught two passes for 83 yard and a touchdown in a 63-6 victory against Frontier.
- John Marshall’s Trevor Hardesty had 15 tackles, two for a loss, 59 yards rushing and a 15 yard reception in a 21-7 loss to Morgantown.