Weir Thumps Rival Oak Glen

Kirby scores three TDs in Red Riders debut

Photo by Mike McElwain Weir’s Chad Custer looks for running room during Friday’s victory against city rival Oak Glen.

WEIRTON — Weir umped out to an early lead and was in command throughout Friday night in its annual joust with Hancock County rival Oak Glen, defeating the Golden Bears 49-14.

It was the mutual season opener for both teams, and the win earned the Red Riders permanent possession of the Carl Hamill Trophy.

The Red Riders opened the scoring in the first quarter with a beautiful third-down pass from senior quarterback Tyler Komorowski to junior Sebastian Spencer. Komorowski spotted the state 200-meter sprint champion dashing open down the sideline and lofted a spiral that Spencer caught in full stride. It was a 70-yard pass and run.

A little more than two minutes later and still in the first quarter, Donavan Kirby, the West Virginia rushing leader last year at Madonna, showed his power as he bulled his way 5 yards to the end zone. Reed Reitter’s kicks after both scores made it 14-0.

Then, on the fourth play of the second quarter, Komorowski plunged 1 yard for a touchdown and, with the Reitter boot, the score was 21-0. Weir took complete control.

While the offense was putting points on the board, the Weir defense stymied Oak Glen’s run game and forced sophomore quarterback Nick Chaney to pass the ball 40 times. He completed 15 of them for 181 yards, including both of Oak Glen’s touchdowns. The Red Riders held the Golden Bears to minus-14 yards rushing .

Kirby, who was used to getting 30 or more carries a game last year when he rushed for 2,554 regular-season yards, got the call 10 times Friday, gaining 79 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Besides the 5-yarder, he found the end zone with runs of 24 and 9 yards. Weir returning senior running back Chad Custer carried eight times for 82 yards, including a 27-yard scamper.

Komorowski completed 4 of 10 passes for 126 yards with the touchdown and an interception. He ran the ball eight times for 55 yards. He took a keeper around left end and busted through two Oak Glen tacklers, getting into the end zone from 13 yards out and then scored on another 1-yard run to close out the scoring late in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears scores came on two Chaney passes to Zach Taylor. He found the junior receiver with a 24-yard strike and another of 26 yards, both in the second quarter.

The Red Riders were in control at the half, 35-14. When they scored twice in the third quarter, the officials ordered the clock to run continuously in the fourth quarter.

Weir 49, Oak Glen 14

Oak Glen 0 14 0 0 — 14

Weir 14 21 14 0 — 49

W — Spencer 70 pass from Komorowski (Reitter kick)

W — Kirby 5 run (Reitter kick)

W — Komorowski 1 run (Reitter kick)

O — Taylor 17 pass from Chaney (pass failed)

W — Kirby 24 run (Reitter pass from Komorowski)

W — Kirby 9 run (kick failed)

O — Taylor 26 pass from Chaney (Travis from Chaney)

W — Komorowski 13 run (Reitter kick)

W — Komorowski 1 run (Reitter kick)

Rushing: Oak Glen 19-(-14) (Brown 1-4, G.Patterson 4-(-18), Shuman 6-3, Tropeck 1-(-5), Chaney 2-(-12), Conley 2-5, Ray 2-9). Weir 37-283-6td (Kirby 10-79-3td, Custer 8-82, Semedo 4-41, Walters 4-12, Komorowski 9-56-3td, DiMatties 1-(-2), Yobaggy 2-15).

Passing: Oak Glen 15-40-181-2td (all by Chaney). Weir 4-10-126-td-x (all by Komorowski).

Receiving: Oak Glen 15-181-2td (Travis 6-95, G.Patterson 4-(-2), Taylor 3-64-2td, Brown 1-13, Lemley 1-2). Weir (Spencer 3-114-td, Custer 1-12).

First Downs: Oak Glen 10, Weir 13.

Penalties: Oak Glen 11-80; Weir 12-111.

Fumbles: Oak Glen 0; Weir 2-0.

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