Weekend Wrap: Taking Stock After Week 3 in OVAC Football

A?brief look at teams around the Ohio Valley

File Photo by Scott McCloskey
Wheeling Park’s Donnie Evans runs the ball against Brooke earlier this season. Evans had a standout game against Taylor Allderdice with three total touchdowns to help the Patriots improve to 2-1.

File Photo by Scott McCloskey Wheeling Park’s Donnie Evans runs the ball against Brooke earlier this season. Evans had a standout game against Taylor Allderdice with three total touchdowns to help the Patriots improve to 2-1.

WHEELING — It’s been said more than once that prep football season around the Ohio Valley is the fastest 10 weeks of the year. Well here we are already, getting set for Week four of the 2017 season.

Late Wheeling Park coach Mark Nardone always believed that you judge teams in increments of three — after the third game, the sixth and the ninth — to get a definitive read. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what has transpired so far.

Steubenville: Nobody is shocked to see Big Red sitting at 3-0. This is, after all, a program that has finished runnerup in the state of Ohio in back-to-back seasons.

Steubenville Central: The Crusaders are 2-1 after dropping a tough one to Berlin Center Western Reserve last week. Coach Steve Daley’s crew is big and mean. Playoffs could be in future.

Wheeling Park: The Patriots sit 2-1, having lost only to perennial power Bridgeport, W.Va., on the road. Coach Chris Daugherty’s team began to find itself in last week’s victory against Allderdice. Park has a huge matchup — at Wheeling Island Stadium — Friday against University.

Wheeling Central: Nobody had the Maroon Knights at 0-2 after the first three weeks. But a brutal schedule that won’t get any easier isn’t helping the victory column. They will find themselves, however.

Linsly: Coach B.J. Depew once again has his Cadets playing well. After a 28-17 victory against Beaver Local on last Friday at West Liberty, Linsly is 2-1. Good things appear in store.

John Marshall: Yes, the Monarchs are 1-2. But they’re probably better than their record indicates. Down the stretch they could make it tough on opponents.

Shadyside: The Tigers are for real. They’re big and they’re physical. They showed their mettle last week by beating Magnolia in double-overtime and 10-0 isn’t out of the question.

Shenandoah: The Zeps might be the biggest surprise in the OVAC. They’re 3-0, have beaten a pair of 2-1 teams and have outscored opponents 123-18. Coach Jesse Wells has Shenandoah on top of the Division VI, Region 23 ratings.

Magnolia: The Blue Eagles suffered a devastating defeat last week, but there aren’t many teams that want to see them on the schedule. They will likely be one of the last four Class A teams remaining in November.

Bellaire: The Big Reds are a couple plays from being 3-0, having lost late to River in the opener. They will get another test this week in Moundsville against JM, but playoffs appear on the horizon.

Cameron: The Dragons went 10-0 last season and could be headed to a repeat performance. They’ve been dominant in their first two games and Colby Brown is putting up huge numbers.

Indian Creek: The Redskins suffered their first loss last week, but appear poised for another postseason appearance. Andrew Connor has a balanced offensive attack and a nasty defense.

River: The Pilots are 2-1 after an impressive victory against rival Monroe Central. Lukas Isaly has an argument for best pound-for-pound player in the conference.

Weir: At 3-0, Tony Filberto has the city of Weirton buzzing again. A return trip to the Class AA playoffs seems like a virtual certainty.

St. Clairsville: The Red Devils have rebounded nicely from an opening-week loss to win their last two, including a 49-38 shootout with Meadowbrook last week.

We will revisit after Week 6.

Offensive Players

of the Week

Brady Kolb

St. Clairsville

Already with a Defensive Player of the Week honor to his credit, Kolb turned the trick on the other side of the ball. He carried 32 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns as the Red Devils knocked off Meadowbrook.

Austin Snodgrass,

Buckeye Trail

This guy was a machine last week for the Warriors. Snodgrass averaged 9.7 yards a carry, running the ball 31 times for an even 300 yards and five touchdowns.

Defensive Player

of the Week

Nate Phillips,

Wheeling Park

Continued a great senior season in a rout of Allderdice. Made 13 tackles, intercepted a pair of passes and returned one for a touchdown.

Ground Gainers

∫ Bradan Lucas, Union Local: Carried the football 17 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns as the Jets remained unbeaten by beating Martins Ferry.

∫ Tyler Mack, Weir: Carried the ball 22 times for 166 yards and a score in a victory against John Marshall.

∫ Jonathon Blackmon, Jo Jo Brown, Steubenville: Blackmon carried four times for 90 yards and two scores while Brown picked up 88 yards and a score on five carries.

∫ Thor Duffy, Bellaire: Carried 21 times for 109 yards.

∫ Timmy Ferguson, Meadowbrook: Rushed 15 times for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

∫ Donavan Kirby, Madonna: Carried the ball 43 times for 271 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Bridgeport.

∫ Seth Cade, Edison: Rushed 21 times for 113 yards.

Aerial Attack

∫ Dustin Carrothers, St. Clairsville: Completed 5 of 6 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Javon Davis, Steubenville: Was good on 4 of 6 for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park: Connected on 10 of 15 for 248 yards and two scores in a victory against Allderdice.

∫ Luke Mueller, Wyatt Hirt, Linsly: Mueller was good on 14 of 29 for 253 yards and a score, while Hirt completed 4 of 7 for 141 and another TD.

∫ Davis Black, Meadowbrook: Completed 22 of 32 for 340 yards and a pair of scores.

∫ Tino Kusic, Bridgeport: COmpleted 21 of 29 for 263 yards and a TD.

∫ Brennon Norris, Indian Creek: Completed 21 of 45 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. The yards and attempts are school records.

Good-Hands Team

∫ Josh Dulesky, Buckeye Local: Caught three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Donnie Evans, Wheeling Park: Made two catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Payton Marling, Bellaire: Hauled in a pair of passes, good for 77 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Joe Zaccirey, Linsly: Caught three passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a comeback victory against Beaver Local.

∫ Kane Kasprowski, Jeremiah Booker,Bridgeport: Kasprowski hauled in six passes for 72 yards while Booker collected nine receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Jake Keenan, Toronto: Made three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Devin Eakle, Devon Eakle, Indian Creek: Devin caught a school record-tying nine passes for 115 yards and a TD while Devon hauled in four for 73 yards.

∫ Jah Sawyer, Steubenville Central: Was on the receiving end of four passes, good for 74 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Drew Dietz, River: Made four catches for 80 yards in a victory against rival Monroe Central.

Mr. Everything

∫ Ryan LaFollette, Monroe Central: Ran 26 times for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Also completed four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown, had an interception, a fumble recovery and four tackles defensively. Kicked an extra point and punted six times for 204 yards.

∫ John Marelli, Buckeye Local: Rushed 23 times for 98 yards, caught three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown and took a punt back 53 yards for another score.

∫ Robert Bigler, Monroe Central: had two receptions for 11 yards and a score, returned a kickoff 78 yards for another TD and made four tackles.

∫ Reed Reitter, Weir: Hauled in five passes for 76 yards, made a team-best nine tackles — eight solo — and recorded three fumble recoveries (one for TD)while kicking an extra point and a school-record 44-yard field goal and averaging 48.5 yards on two punts.

∫ Mason Ramsay, Bellaire: Completed 8 of 11 for 159 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns and kicked five PATs and a field goal in a rout of Harrison Central.

∫ Dereck Hess, John Marshall: Carried 12 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 42 yards, made six tackles, intercepted a pass and broke another up. Also returned a kickoff for 30 yards and a punt for 20.

∫ Griffin Phillips, Tyler Consolidated: Rushed 22 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns, and also completed 12 of 18 for 168 yards in a narrow loss to Webster County.

∫ Nate Karaffa, Toronto: Rumbled for 106 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Also completed 9 of 11 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Colby Brown, Cameron: Carried the football 12 times for 100 yards and completed 6 of 17 for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Valley.

∫ Justin Hartzell, Steubenville Central: Carried 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown while also completing 10 of 23 for 162 and two scores.

Lucas Isaly, River: Completed 5 of 8 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and ran 33 times for 250 yards and five touchdowns.

Wrecking Crew

∫ Dalton Hoover, Rayquan Prayear, Martins Ferry: Hoover notched a team-high 15 tackles while Prayear had seven tackles and a pair of sacks.

∫ Brendon Wilson, Monroe Central: Recorded a team-leading nine tackles.

∫ Ben Howell, Union Local: Was in on 10 tackles — nine solos.

∫ Chas McCool, John Davis, John Marshall: McCool registered nine tackles and an interception while Davis had nine tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

∫ Jermain Snodgrass, Rennie Clark, Devaughn McWhorter, Justin Levelle, Wheeling Park: Snodgrass had 14 tackles including four for losses, in addition to a sack. Clark made 10 tackles to go along with a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. McWhorter registered 10 stops and knocked away a pair of passes. Levelle was charted with 10 tackles.

∫ Stephen Snyder, Nick Falbo, Jules Giovengo, Linsly: Snyder made 12 stops — four solo and caught a runner behind the line. Falbo recorded 11 stops — three solo and one for loss. Giovengo was in on 11 tackles, eight of which were solo, and made one behind the line.

∫ Riley Leasure, Colby Buchanan, Tyler Consolidated: Leasure charted eight tackles — one for loss. Buchanan was in on 7.5 tackles including two behind the line.

∫ Derrick Eakle, Indian Creek: Made 11 tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up another.

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