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Hawks Next up for Patriots

Park looking to win sixth straight game

Photo by Alex Kozlowski Sincere Sinclair and Wheeling Park will travel to University where they look to win their sixth straight game this year.

WHEELING — After the conclusion of the Wheeling Park and Morgantown contest last Friday, the Patriots ended up on the winning end for the fifth game in a row. A 41-20 victory over the Mohigans put Wheeling Park’s record at 5-1.

“They always have kids,” Wheeling Park coach Chris Daugherty said about Morgantown. “I say it all the time, every time they come out, they look like a small college football team. It’s another year they look really good. I’m sure they would have liked to have more games, but at the same time, at one point in time, I wasn’t sure if they were going to play, so I’m sure they’re happy just to play a football game.”

Stevie Mitchell racked up 208 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead the Patriots offense against the Mohigans. Torrence Walker took the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown while also intercepting a Morgantown pass on Park’s 1 yard line for a big stop before halftime.

“Anytime you rip off five wins you’re happy. But I think we can get better. I think we have to get better, honestly. We still have some areas where we shoot ourselves in the foot and if we eliminate those things, we can be a pretty good ball club after this.”

Daugherty and Company will travel to Morgantown to take on University Friday night. Like with Morgantown, University is a familiar foe for Wheeling Park.

However, with the coronavirus pandemic, the Hawks will be playing their third game this year.

Still, with it being only the third game for the Hawks, the Patriots know they will have their work cut out for them.

“University is what I would call a rival,” Daugherty said. “It’s a year in and year out battle with them. I know our kids won’t take them lightly. On the film I’m looking at, they’re good. They were young last year and the are more mature this year.”

The Hawks opened their season on Oct. 2 against Albert Gallatin and came away with a 46-14 victory. Last Friday, they fell to Jefferson in a close battle, 14-13.

“They throw the ball around and they have a young quarterback that can make plays. They look like us on offense and defense. They are going to throw as much as they run. They have some very good skill kids. And in a lot of ways they are really similar to us.”

The Hawks’ quarterback is sophomore Chase Edwards. He has thrown for 358 yards and six touchdowns with zero interceptions. He has completed about 63 percent of his passes (27 of 43).

Senior Eliki Barner leads the ground attack with 127 yards on 22 carries (5.8 avg).

Tracy Brooks is the leading receiver with 246 yards on 13 receptions. He has also four touchdowns.

“I think we have to do the best we can for them to limit them on the explosive plays. I think the team that limits the explosive plays will be happy with the outcome,” Daugherty said. “We have to limit those explosive plays as much as we can.”

On the season, Wheeling Park QB Beau Heller has thrown for 1,179 yards and 15 touchdowns compared to three interceptions. He has completed .725 percent of his passes (87 of 120).

Mitchell has galloped for 880 yards and founded the end zone 15 times. He has rushed for over 100 yards in all six games this year. On the receiving end, Shaheed Jackson has caught 27 passes for 416 yards and seven touchdowns. Sincere Sinclair has 21 receptions for 315 yards and three scores while Carson Namack has 20 catches for 271 yards and three scores.

On defense, Nate Shelek has 56 total tackles (44 solo) along with four interceptions.

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