Hundred Basking in Glow of Snapped Streak
HUNDRED — As far as the see-saw of emotions go, last week was a doozy for the small town of Hundred. It started with the community laying to rest its beloved fire chief, 43-year-old Bert Anderson. The finish was a time for celebration and perhaps in a manner of speaking, for everyone to begin healing.
”It was a touching week for everyone,” Hornets football coach Shayne Minor said. ”That was one of the biggest fire funerals I have ever been around.”
The community was able to exult around 11:30 on Saturday night when the football team returned home, following a 42-26 victory against Hannan. It was no ordinary win, mind you. This one snapped a 50-game winless streak, which owned the dubious distinction of being the longest in the state of West Virginia.
”We’ve had a lot of news and interviews to do. There is a lot of excitement around,” Minor said. ”(The fans) had been there for hours and we had 75-100 people there waiting on us, and they were setting off fireworks and balloons.
”It’s the most touching moment I’ve been a part of as a coach.”
And it was a long time coming. Not only did Hundred drop 50 straight, but many will recall that its field was unplayable all of last season because of a historic flood. Those whose support of the program has never waned certainly remember.
”This little town has an unbelievable amount of pride,” Minor said. ”It was really a big hill to climb because there’s been so much adversity and so many challenges, but nobody gave up.
”We got the boosters back up and going and bought team cleats new cleats this year. Brand-new shoulder pads and helmets, too.
”The money that has been spent and the support from the community has been huge. And there were so many people who volunteered to get the field back into the kind of shape it needed to be in for us to play there again.
”The kids were excited in the preseason. We had some different coaches come in from higher levels to help out. But then we have a couple losses to begin the season and we lost two of our key players to injuries, so we had to revamp the offense and the defense.
”This was huge and really emotional, honestly.”
To nobody’s surprise, two of the key components in the victory were Skylar Goff and Andrew Zedell, who took over the offense after Logan Norris who was injured. More of a runner, Zedell picked up 155 yards and three scores and has rushed for more than 500 yards already.
Goff, a sophomore, ran for 183 yards on 21 carries and also returned a kickoff 75 yards.
”And these are kids that are going both ways … they’re linebackers who are making 10-plus tackles a game,” Minor pointed out. ”It takes a real man, per se, to play ironman football.”
The job of Minor and assistant Corey Kimble, has changed in a matter of a week. The idea has gone from getting the team back to being respectable, to putting a big victory behind and preparing for a matchup with rival Paden City.
”The main thing I saw over the weekend, is we just got Hudl (a way to watch game film online) for the first time this year and I track the kids and how much film they watch. The film of our win isn’t up there yet and the minutes the kids have watched has doubled.
”We’ve got momentum now and I’ve never been able to say that as a coach. It’s a feeling I’ve never felt and these kids have never felt.
”It started (Monday) with us telling them ‘this is great, but we’ve got to move on.’ We’re ready and Paden City is in our county and we can play with them.
”So many people are proud, but we’ve got to want more.”
Offensive Players of the Week
Cole Porter, Bellaire
He ran over, through and around a John Marshall defense that had been staunch through three games. Porter carried 24 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-7 Big Reds rout.
Kenya Robinson, Wheeling Park
When you set the school record for carries in a game and your team comes up with a huge victory, this is the place you end up. Robinson ran 40 times for 220 yards and scored in a 45-38, come-from-behind win at University.
Defensive Players of the Week
Stephen Snyder, Linsly
While nobody on the Cadets roster was on the field long enough to create any major stats during a 48-7 victory at Carrick, Snyder made the most of his time on the field. He returned a pair of interceptions for scores during the first quarter.
∫ Tyler West, Harrison Central: Toted the ball 25 times for 183 yards — 7.3 avg. — and scored a pair of touchdowns in a victory against Union Local.
∫ Brady Kolb, St. Clairsville: The senior punished his way to 264 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.
∫ Ryan Cross, Paden City: Carried 17 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Donavan Kirby, Weir: Kirby racked up an even 90 yards and scored five times on 15 carries.
∫ Connor Banco, Shadyside: Carried the football 26 times for 130 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Trevonn Ray, Tino Kusic, Mason Kuneff, Jaylon Addison, Bridgeport: Ray rushed ran seven times for 153 yards and two scores, Kusic picked up 133 yards and two TDs on six carries, Kuneff generated 126 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and Addison carried seven times for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Gage Patterson, Oak Glen: Rushed seven times for 195 yards and a TD in a rout of Grafton.
∫ Cameron Rice, Morgantown: Was good on 8 of 12 for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Wyatt Hirt, Linsly: Completed 5 of 6 for 103 yards and two touchdowns in an easy victory.
∫ Alex Dunlevy, Wheeling Park: Only called on to throw it seven times, but he connected on five of those for 78 yards and two TDs.
∫ Anthony Coggins, Shadyside: He completed 10 of 20 attempts for 135 yards and two TDs.
∫ Nick Chaney, Oak Glen: Was good on 15 of 26 for 242 yards and five touchdowns.
∫ Santino Arlia, Madonna: Completed 11 of 17 for 182 yards and two scores.
Good Hands Team
∫ James Schnegg, Beallsville: Caught four passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Made 14 tackles on defense
∫ Preston Fox, Kaden Rice, Morgantown: Fox hauled in five passes for 64 yards while Rice turned his two receptions into 49 yards and a pair of scores.
∫ Jules Giovengo, Linsly: Only made a pair of catches, but they went for a total of 83 yards and a score.
∫ Caden Dalton, Harrison Central: Came down with three passes, good for 65 yards and a score.
∫ Devaughn McWhorter, Wheeling Park: Made three catches for 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner.
∫ Isaac Rickman, Buckeye Trail: Made eight catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Zach Taylor, Oak Glen: Was on the receiving end of four passes, good for 101 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Kobe Mitchell, Harrison Central: Completed 6 of 11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Also carried 12 times for 71 yards and a score.
∫ Dakota Phillips, Beallsville: Threw for more than 100 yards and two scores and also made 13 tackles.
∫ Matt Saxon, Paden City: Ran the ball eight times for 73 yards, caught two passes for 83 yards and a TD and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.
∫ Ty Conchesky, Morgantown: Rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and caught a pass for another 24 yards in a blowout victory at Brooke.
∫ Sebastian Spencer, Weir: Completed 14 of 23 for 152 yards and also rushed six times for 39 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Justin Heatherington, St. Clairsville: Carried 13 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns while intercepting a pass on defense.
∫ Kelly Hendershot, Shadyside: Rushed four times for 46 yards and a score, caught four passes for another 48 yards and a touchdown, while earning a 2-point conversion.
∫ Zach Grafton, Buckeye Trail: Scored three touchdowns, completed 14 of 20 for 170 yards and three scores and returned an INT for another TD.
∫ Justin Hartzell, Steubenville Central: Carried 13 times for 87 yards and a TD and also completed 7 of 9 for 63 yards and a score.
∫ Pat Mirandy, Magnolia: Rushed for 150 yards and a TD on 19 carries and also completed 7 of 13 for 72 yards and a score.
∫ Thomas Sessi, Madonna: Sophomore ran 31 times for 234 yards and scored three TDs in a victory against Beallsville. Also caught eight passes for 140 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score.
∫ Ayden Smolira, Dakota Hess, Union Local: Smolira was in on nine tackles — seven of the solo variety. Hess had 8.5 tackles and a sack.
∫ John Davis, John Marshall: Had a team-high nine tackles in Saturday’s loss.
∫ Mike Zias, Christopher Helms, Reed Reitter, Weir: Zias had 10.5 tackles and 13 assists. Helms had 10 tackles and Reitter nine.
∫ Luke Ewing, Kyle Storer, St. Clairsville: Ewing amassed nine total tackles including two for a loss and a sack. Storer was charted with eight tackles.