Park Building Off of Positives
Hedgesville up next for Patriots
WHEELING — The Wheeling Park Patriots had nothing to hang their heads about in a last-minute, 26-21 loss to St. Clairsville last Friday.
The defense played well, running back Stevie Mitchell racked up over 100 yards and a TD and senior quarterback Beau Heller turned in 155 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception on 12 of 17 passing in his first start under center.
“I think a bright spot offensively was that we were able to score 21 points and only ran 32 plays,” Park coach Chris Daugherty said. “I also thought that Beau Heller played very well in his first start for having very little time to prepare against a good football team.
“Our defense was a bright spot, too. Yes, we ran a lot of plays but they didn’t get points out of it. Our defense will continue to get better. Last year we got our linebackers some experience and I was really happy with them last week.”
The Patriots certainly showcased their speed at receiver, as well.
Torrence Walker raced down the field for a 70-yard touchdown reception, while Shaheed Jackson hauled in a 15-yard TD.
Walker also blocked a crucial extra point that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter, but instead kept Park in front 21-20.
“There is no doubt that Torrence made an imprint on the game,” Daugherty said. “We have to make sure we can get him in the game. He plays corner, he plays slot and I think the biggest play of the game was where he went off the edge and blocked the extra point. He might be one of the fastest kids in the state and maybe in the OVAC.”
Carson Namack, Nate Hairston and Sincere Sinclair combined for six catches for 47 yards and will undoubtedly be threats to watch this week and throughout the remainder of the season.
With plenty of positives to build on from last week, the Patriots will look to rebound Friday night as they hit the road to take on Hedgesville at 7 p.m.
The Eagles were on the short end of a 40-7 setback at the hands for the Brooke Bruins last week.
Hedgesville rushed for a total of 121 yards but only completed 2 of 12 passes for 19 yards with Jaxson Ruest finding Eli Faircloth for the team’s only touchdown.
The Eagles were also called for the same amount of penalties as they picked up first downs (nine).
“They are going to be in 21 or 20 personnel and they are multiple defensively,” Daugherty said. “So we have to be ready to make changes on the fly. They run an odd man front and they’ll make changes.
“Most importantly we have to be able to win the line of scrimmage.”