Carl Nyh, Mark Kaufmann Pace Linsly Running Game
Both backs go over 100 yards in rivalry victory
By CODY TOMER
WHEELING — Linsly coach B.J. Depew wanted to get as many running backs involved as he could during Saturday’s game against rival Wheeling Central.
He did just that.
A total of seven players carried the ball for the Cadets and two ran for over 100 yards in a 31-7 victory over the defending Class A state champions.
The seven rushers combined for 52 carries for 379 yards.
“The best part about it was the number of guys who carried the ball for us,” Depew said. “That was the plan from the start. We didn’t know if we necessarily had a standout No. 1 back but we hoped if we could get our offensive line going that we could use a variety of guys and that did come true in a big way.
“They found a way to find a crease against that tough defense.”
Leading the way for the Cadets was senior tailback Carl Nyh who rushed 14 times and amassed 169 yards and a touchdown.
“I feel like we were well prepared all week,” Nyh said. “We knew what they were doing both offensively and defensively, so we just came out ready and we wanted it.”
After rushing for only five yards in a Week 2 win over Martins Ferry, Nyh really stepped up when his team needed him the most.
“He’s an absolute workaholic,” Depew said. “He is full-speed all the time and sometimes that it is his enemy because he isn’t being patient but you never get anything but his absolute best effort.
“He was explosive (Saturday) and I’m happy for him. We’ve been waiting to see that.”
Although, he impressed with his power running and showcased his speed on a 56-yard touchdown scamper, Nyh made sure to credit his offensive linemen who paved the way all day.
“Our offensive line played great,” Nyh said. “I would’nt have had a fifth of those yards without them, so I appreciate them and they did a great job.
“I feel like they worked all summer and now we see that work paying off.”
The starters on the o-line are led by senior captain Chance Knight and include Dom Ondra, Nils Braun, Kevin Espinoza and Florian Hirsch.
Also following the bruisers up front was sophomore running back Mark Kauffman, who ran for 102 yards and a score on 17 carries.
“He’s only a sophomore but he’s amazing,” Nyh said of his teammate. “He’s bound to be great and he’s already super good. He’s a little undersized but he’ll get there.
“He’s from Germany and I come from Brazil so that’s really cool, too.”
Early in the game, junior running back Zachai Simmons went down with an injury. That’s when Depew looked to Kaufmann to rise to the occasion after getting some JV action earlier in the week.
“When we lost Zachai early in the game that made us dig a little deeper into our running back depth,” Depew said. “Marc had some opportunities and he definitely took advantage of it and took advantage of a great day by our offensive line.
“He’s a smaller guy and he’s still learning but he ran a little bit in the JV game on Monday and I think that helped him with his confidence.”
The win keeps Linsly’s unbeaten record alive as they travel to Coshocton this Friday.
“We’re 3-0 now but we have to keep moving forward and get ready for the next one,” Nyh said.
Offensive Player of the Week
Dasyn Hores, Martins Ferry: There was no containing the Ferry standout receiver as Hores caught four touchdowns and recorded 232 yards on eight receptions.
Defensive Player of the Week
Owen Oliver, Barnesville: Oliver recorded 10 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles as Barnesville rolled.
Alex Kilburn, Monroe Central: Monroe Central was led by its tailback who garnered 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael Johnson, Austin Creamer, River: Johnson raced for 210 yards and three scores, while Creamer turned in 95 yards and a score.
Garrett Dozier, Toronto: The Red Knights’ tailback gained 97 yards and a score in a win.
Noah Neely, Cameron: Neely was a big-play threat all night as he ran for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Wyatt Dallison, Valley: Dallison bullied his way through the defense to a tune of 85 yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Fisher, Collin Welsh, Fort Frye: Fisher accounted for three touchdowns and 66 yards, while Welsh provided a pair of scores and 79 yards.
Hunter Patterson, Oak Glen: Patterson amassed 156 yards on the ground to go with three touchdowns in another Bears’ victory.
Cale McAfee, Harrison Central: McAfee used 15 carries to rush for 82 yards and two scores.
Cole Porter, Bellaire: Porter gave Bellaire the spark it needed in a win over Harrison Central with 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: Reiman raced for 119 yards and two scores in a Shadyside win.
Tayveon Crawford, Rodney James, Steubenville: Crawford used 24 carries to bust two touchdown runs and 134 yards, while James surpassed 100 yards and added a score.
Alex Burton, John Marshall: On 20 carries, Burton rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Caden Lake, Barnesville: Lake found the end zone twice for Barnesville, while rushing for 68 yards.
Milachi Rose-Burton, Monroe Central: The Seminoles’ signalcaller passed for 185 yards and two scores.
Caleb Leasure, Toronto: Leasure let loose for 233 yards and three touchdowns.
Dakota Phillips, Beallsville: Phillips threw for 150 yards and a score for the Blue Devils.
Jessop Broughton, Cameron: The Dragons’ QB threw for 126 yards and two scores in a win over Valley.
Nick Chaney, Oak Glen: The Golden Bears’ gunslinger fired for 161 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Buckeye Local.
Kobe Mitchell, Harrison Central: The Huskies’ leader threw for 231 yards and a score.
Jake Probst, Martins Ferry: Probst lit up the sky with four touchdown throws and 289 yards as Martins Ferry picked up its first win of the season over Union Local.
Sam Mazar, Indian Creek: The Redskins’ QB threw a touchdown and 127 yards.
Hunter Kelley, Linsly: Kelley launched a 51-yard TD on the team’s first offensive play of the game and threw for 135 yards in a win.
Rhys Francis, Shadyside: Francis paced the Tigers with 248 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Tyler Tonkovich, St. Clairsville: The Red Devils’ quarterback passed for for a pair of scores and 137 yards in a victory.
Randy Mitchell, Steubenville: The Big Red QB tossed a pair of touchdowns and compiled 168 yards in a win.
Caden Cisar, Magnolia: The Blue Eagles’ signalcaller launched a TD pass and added 133 yards.
Justin Frohnapfel, John Marshall: The Monarchs’ QB threw for 139 yards and a score in the team’s first win of the season.
Ayden Hannahs, Barnesville: The Shamrocks’ quarterback let loose, throwing for 200 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 15 of 20 passes.
Good Hands Team
Zach Stackhouse, Toronto: Stackhouse was good for 104 yards and a touchdown reception in Toronto’s victory.
Brandon Louden, Beallsville: Louden caught two touchdowns and chalked up 91 yards in a Beallsville win.
Trevor Carman, Harrison Central: Carman hauled in eight receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Fleming, Indian Creek: Fleming caught six passes for 112 yards and a score.
Trevin Tush, Linsly: Tush found an opening in the defense and took it as he collected four receptions for 84 yards in a Linsly victory over rival Wheeling Central.
Kelly Hendershot, Shadyside: Hendershot was the top target for the Tigers as he collected 94 yards and a touchdown.
Stone Biacco, Steubenville: Biacco led the Big Red receiving corp with 93 yards and a touchdown.
Silas McKeever, Magnolia: McKeever averaged 27 yards a catch and finished with 108 yards.
Carson Namack, Wheeling Park: Namack averaged 32 yards per reception and finished with 96 yards for the Patriots.
Gage Hannahs, Barnesville: The Hannahs connection was untouchable as Gage hauled in 10 receptions for 131 and three touchdowns from Ayden.
Sebastian Spencer, Weir: The Red Riders’ all-around athlete ran for 97 yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 89 yards in an overtime victory.
Gage Huffman, Oak Glen: Patterson picked up 95 yards and a score on the ground, while hauling in two scores and 92 yards on two catches.
Alex Dunlevy, Shaheed Jackson, Wheeling Park: The Park signalcaller fired for 221 yards and two scores, while rushing for a pair of touchdowns and 48 yards and Jackson led the team with 11 tackles and hauled in a touchdown and 70 yards.
Ayden Hannahs, Barnesville: Hannahs was all over the field as he threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, while making seven tackles — one for a loss — and picking off a pass.
Paul Yonak, Michael Bunning, Monroe Central: Both Seminoles’ defenders turned in 10 tackles.
Cody Albaugh, Chase Nolan, Colt Sechrest, T.J. Bell, Bellaire: These Big Reds couldn’t be contained as Albaugh racked up nine tackles, Nolan had nine stops — three TFL, Sechrest tackled seven with an interception and Bell had two sacks and 6.5 tackles.
Dakota Hess, Ayden Smolira, Union Local: Hess and Smolira tallied 10.5 and 10 tackles, respectively, to lead the Jets’ defense.
Tyler Smarella, Brandon Hiles, Indian Creek: Smarella paced the Creek defense with 11 stops — two for a loss — and a forced fumble, while Hiles provided 11 stops and a fumble recovery.
Adam Murray, Vinnie High, Mason Smith, Wheeling Central: Murray continued his dominance with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, while High charted 11 stops and Smith added 10.
Chance Knight, Linsly: Knight made it hard on the Maroon Knights as he accumulated nine tackles — four solos and one for a loss.
Gavin Postletwait, James Stillwagoner, Mikey Hamrick, Magnolia: Postlethwait sacked the QB three times and forced a fumble, Stillwagoner charted 16 stops — 6 TFL –and a forced fumble and Hamrick paced the defense with 21 tackles.
Langston Hupp, John Marshall: Hupp turned in a pair of tackles for loss and forced a fumble in the Monarchs’ victory.
Aden Edgmon, Andrew Shelek, Colton Thomas, Wheeling Park: Edgmon supplied seven tackles and two for a loss, while Shelek turned in eight stops and one behind the line and Thomas added seven tackles and one TFL.
Alex Meade, Barnesville: Meade supplied 14 tackles in the Shamrocks’ Week 3 victory.