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Pair of Seniors Step Up for Central

Waterhouse, Marling deliver big for Knights

Photo by Kristin Mazgaj Wheeling Central’s Jordan Waterhouse carries the ball Friday in a win over Shadyside.

WHEELING — Staring at 0-2, and its schedule not getting any easier, Wheeling Central needed someone to step up. And the Maroon Knights got exactly that in a big way Friday night against Shadyside.

A pair of seniors, Jordan Waterhouse and Payton Marling made key plays in all facets of the game as Wheeling Central secured its first win of the season, 35-17 against the Tigers.

The two also combined to score all five of the Maroon Knights’ touchdowns.

“We knew coming in 0-2, we don’t want that,” Waterhouse said. “We did that in 2017 and we bounced right back. We had a lot of energy coming into this game. Shadyside, we knew they were going to come in tough and we had to come in tougher.”

After compiling 144 yards and a trio of touchdowns against Parkersburg, Waterhouse picked up where he left off. He cracked the 100-yard barrier again in rushing yards and had two scores, but he came up big on the other side of the ball. He also had a fumble recovery and two interceptions, one of which he took the distance the other way.

Marling’s heads up play, though, all but iced the game for Central. With the score at 28-10 and Shadyside attempting an onside kick, the senior grabbed the ball and raced toward paydirt from 47 yards out.

The senior also scored the Maroon Knights’ first touchdown of the contest — a 44-yard sprint to the end zone.

“If you told me my first kick return touchdown would have been an onside kick, I would have told you that you were crazy,” Marling said. “I just saw the ball pop up in the air and saw two and a green light in front of me. I thought why not try and jump through them and try to do a spin move. It worked.”

The Maroon Knights have won three straight West Virginia Class A championships, but Marling and Waterhouse have seen an 0-2 hole before. Back in 2017, during their freshmen campaigns, the Maroon Knights started 0-2 before going and claiming the Class A state title.

“We just have to keep playing our hardest and keep winning,” Waterhouse said.

Added Marling: “If we can just keep working harder at practice, keep getting stronger in the weight room, keep conditioning and fight until the end of the game like we did (Friday), we’ll come out on top.”

Offensive Player of the Week

Kobe Mitchell

Harrison Central

The all-around athlete threw for 212 yards and a pair of scores, while rushing for 57 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Union Local.

Defensive Player of the Week

Matt Schaefer, Indian Creek

Schaefer racked up 6.5 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three QB hurries and was a scoring machine on offense with 137 yards and four scores in a win over Buckeye Local.

Ground Gainers

∫ Stevie Mitchell, Wheeling Park: The Park tailback raced for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a Patriots’ victory.

∫ Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: The Tigers’ running back racked up 94 yards and a TD.

∫ Spencer Knight, Linsly: It was Knight’s night as he rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown in a Linsly triumph.

∫ Paxton Shuman, Hunter Patterson, Oak Glen: Shuman charted 95 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while Patterson recorded 195 yards and two scores.

∫ Carter Dennis, River: The Pilots were led by Dennis’ 101-yard, two touchdown performance.

∫ Sean Winfrey, Case Landis, Tyler Consolidated: Winfrey ran for 91 yards, while Landis produced 80 yards and a touchdown in a Tyler victory.

∫ Jaksan Price, Union Local: Price carried the load with 25 rushes and 157 yards.

∫ Garrett Dozier, Toronto: On 22 carries, Dozier ran for 91 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Gavin Streets, Wyatt Dallison, Valley: Streets raced for 163 yards and a score, while Dallison added 118 yards.

∫ Ethan Waggoner, Edison: On 24 carries, Waggoner racked up 149 yards and a TD.

Aerial Attack

∫ Beau Heller, Wheeling Park: The Patriots’ signalcaller fired for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 17 of 26 passing.

∫ Rhys Francis, Shadyside: Francis chalked up 173 yards through the air for the Tigers.

∫ Nick Chaney, Oak Glen: The Golden Bears’ QB provided 127 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

∫ Derrick Derrow, John Marshall: Derrow delivered a big 341-yard, five-touchdown game for the Monarchs.

∫ Tyler Tonkovich, St. Clairsville: The Red Devils’ QB picked up 223 yards and a touchdown in a win over Ferry.

∫ Brody Lollathin, River: The River QB threw for 160 yards and a touchdown in a win over Magnolia.

∫ Carter Blake, Union Local: The Jets’ QB fired for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Jake Heatherington, Bellaire: On 7 of 15 passing, the Bellaire QB put up 156 yards and three touchdowns in a win.

Mr. Everything

∫ Hunter Kelley, Linsly: The Cadets’ QB threw for 182 yards and a pair of scores, while rushing for 66 yards and a TD.

∫ Bryce Rayl, John Marshall: Rayl hauled in five passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while gathering six tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

∫ Gage Patterson, Oak Glen: Patterson ran for 118 yards and a TD, while racking up 84 yards and a touchdown reception.

∫ Trenton Huffman, Tyler Consolidated: Huffman passed for 92 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 74 yards and a score.

∫ Malachi Rose-Burton, Monroe Central: The Seminoles’ QB raced for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts and also supplied a pick-six on defense.

∫ Jeremy Brown, Indian Creek: Brown turned in 91 yards rushing and 2.5 sacks.

Good Hands Team

∫ Shaheed Jackson, Wheeling Park: It was a night to remember for Jackson who caught four passes for 71 yards and three scores.

∫ Kobe Hill, Linsly: Linsly’s top target hauled in a touchdown and amassed 109 yards.

∫ Max Maley, Weir: Maley caught four passes for 94 yards and a score.

∫ Colin Oberdick, St. Clairsville: It only took two catches for Oberdick to collect 105 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Jonathon Vermillion, Harrison Central: Vermillion tallied 109 yards receiving to go along with a touchdown grab.

∫ Carter Loase, Union Local: Loase corralled five passes for 96 yards and a TD.

∫ Ray’shad Pettigrew, Bellaire: Needing only three receptions, Pettigrew tallied 97 yards and three touchdowns.

Wrecking Crew

∫ Andrew Burkle, Riley Watkins, Mason Smith, Vinnie High, Wheeling Central: All four Central defenders tallied eight tackles with Burkle collecting two sacks and a fumble recovery, while Watkins also added a fumble recovery.

∫ Reese Skaggs, Austin DaRe, Logan Shields, St. Clairsville: Skaggs tallied 12 tackles, a sack and a QB hurry, DaRe delivered a 42-yard interception return for a TD and Shields supplied seven stops.

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