WEEKEND WRAP: Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Photo by Seth Staskey Linsly’s Zachai Simmons runs the ball during Saturday’s game against Taylor Allderdice.

WHEELING — A nickname one could give the Linsly football team is road warriors. During the 2020 season, the Cadets have been on the road for their first six games securing four victories.

On Saturday, though, the Cadets were able to suit up in their home jerseys and celebrate Senior Night in the confines of their own stadium Saturday against Taylor Allderdice. Linsly made the most of it and secured a 27-19 victory against the Dragons at Fawcett Field inside Lockhart Alumni Stadium.

“It meant a lot for our guys,” Linsly coach B.J. Depew said. “We’ve been on the road for six straight weeks and to play here, get our black jerseys out and get a win on Fawcett Field sure feels great.”

Knowing that no game is guaranteed, especially in 2020, Depew knew that his team would not take anything for granted, as that has been the message for the whole year.

“It’s becoming more and more evident that tomorrow is not promised,” Depew said. “You see it happening in (Ohio) playoff games, you see it happening in the last minute. We talked about how precious each opportunity is all year long, really from the middle of summer. I think our guys get it because they see it happening all around us. So we are really pleased that we got one here.”

While getting to play on the field is special, getting the victory was even more special for the Cadets. And it was some of the seniors that helped that happen. Steven Felton scored two rushing touchdowns while Zachai Simmons had one. Hunter Kelley threw for 137 yards and a touchdown. His go-to target was Kobe Hill, who hauled in six receptions for 65 yards and a TD.

“Absolutely,” Depew said. “There was a chance we were going to have no games on this field. That could have easily happened. But Team 124 picked up a win on this field and carried on the tradition. I’m really proud of them”

While another home game is still not guaranteed, they do have one more on the schedule for the year.

Linsly is scheduled to play Kiski on Oct. 31.

It was to play Linsly on Saturday, but a COVID-19 related situation forced Linsly to switch and play Taylor Allderdice.

The Cadets are on the road again this Friday as they will make the trip to Morgantown.

“I have a lot of respect for Allderdice and their great appreciation for them making a quick change to pick us up and travel. They were here last year,” Depew said. “For them to travel again, just so we can have a Senior Night means a lot. (Taylor Allderdice) Coach (Rick) Haslett is a good guy.”

Offensive Player of the Week

Isaac Ball, Cameron

The Dragons junior tallied an eye-popping 313 rushing yards along with four touchdowns in a victory against Clay-Battelle. He averaged 8.5 yards a carry and his longest run came from 50 yards out.

Defensive Player of the Week

Nigel Walsh, Wheeling Central

The senior had a career day for the Maroon Knights against Union Local on Saturday with a team-high 19 tackles. Wheeling Central won the game, 35-25.

Ground Gainers

∫ Stevie Mitchell, Wheeling Park: The Park workhorse ran 31 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots rolled to victory.

∫ Payton Marling, Jordan Waterhouse, Wheeling Central: Marling racked up 213 yards and two touchdowns, while Waterhouse accumulated 167 and three scores for the victorious Knights.

∫ Jaksan Price, Union Local: The UL running back averaged 5.2 yards per carry and tallied 94 yards on 18 attempts.

∫ Wyatt Moore, Beallsville: The Moore the better — Beallsville’s running back gained 121 yards and a TD on 12 attempts.

∫ Ryan Gorman, Tim Lamantia, Steubenville Catholic: Gorman couldn’t be kept out of the end zone as he ran for four scores and 144 yards, while Lamantia added 125 rushing yards in a win.

∫ Dalton Flowers, Alex Burton, John Marshall: Flowers was on a mission to find the end zone and he did it four times, along with 277 yards on the ground, while teammate Burton ran for 208 and two scores.

∫ Alex Kilburn, Monroe Central: Rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles in a playoff loss to Glouster Trimble.

∫ Garrett Dozier, Toronto: Dozier bulldozed his way to 120 yards and a TD.

∫ Jacob Visnic, Shadyside: The Tigers’ back averaged 9.7 yards a carry as he went for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

∫ Jason Beisel, Magnolia: Blue Eagles running back ran for 106 yards on 21 attempts and found the end zone once in a loss to St. Marys.

∫ Rodney James Jr., Steubenville: On 19 attempts, the junior back rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff loss to Dover.

∫ Evan Carpenter, Martins Ferry: Rushed for 111 yards on 16 attempts and found the end zone three times in the Purple Riders’ playoff loss to Sandy Valley.

∫ Hunter Throckmorton, Tyler Consolidated: On 22 carries, he produced 117 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Williamstown.

Aerial Attack

∫ Beau Heller, Wheeling Park: Heller continued to thrive as he completed 17 of 24 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

∫ Carter Blake, Union Local: As the Jets went toe-to-toe with W.Va. Class A defending state champion Wheeling Central, Blake threw for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns for UL.

∫ Tyler Tonkovich, St. Clairsville: The Red Devils’ QB fired for 210 yards and three touchdowns in a postseason win.

∫ Santino Arlia, Madonna: Arlia slung the ball downfield all game as he finished with 337 yards and three touchdowns.

∫ Josh Shorts, Brooke: The Bruins’ QB lit up the sky for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Ayden Hannahs, Barnesville: Nobody is perfect, but the Barnesville gunslinger was this week by going 8-for-8 for 247 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff win.

∫ Anthony DiMatteis, Weir: The Red Riders’ signalcaller threw for 149 yards and two TDs.

∫ Ryhs Francis, Shadyside: It only took Francis five completions to reach 129 yards and two touchdowns.

∫ Cade Kernahan, Steubenville: Threw for 130 yards and a touchdown on six completions.

∫ Logan Smith, Martins Ferry: Threw for 197 yards going 19 of 39 in the process.

Good Hands Team

∫ Shaheed Jackson, Wheeling Park: The Patriots’ top target went for 108 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions.

∫ Carter Loase, Union Local: It only took the Jets wide out five grabs to reach 100 yards on the night and two of them were touchdowns.

∫ Lucky Pulice, Madonna: On four catches, Pulice tallied 116 yards receiving in a Blue Dons’ victory.

∫ Gage Hannahs, Barnesville: Gage Hannahs racked up 130 yards and four scores on 11 carries in a postseason triumph.

∫ Michael Johnson, River: Johnson scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in a River postseason victory, while also adding 85 yards receiving.

∫ Gage Reitter, Weir: The Red Riders’ wide out caught three passes for 117 yards and a TD.

∫ Mason VanNest, Shadyside: VanNest delivered 114 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

∫ Alex Bennett, Cole Sztary, Martins Ferry: Bennett hauled in eight receptions for 69 yards while Sztary added six for 53 for the Purple Riders.

Mr. Everything

∫ Colin Oberdick, St. Clairsville: Oberdick was all over the field as he caught six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while taking a kickoff back 73 yards for six.

∫ Brandon Louden, Beallsville: Louden did it all for the Blue Devils as he racked up 92 yards receiving and charted nine tackles on defense.

∫ A.J. Detling, Barnesville: Detling hauled in an interception and a touchdown as Barnesville steamrolled Elgin in playoff action.

∫ Hunter Patterson, Oak Glen: Patterson ran for two scores and caught two TDs in Oak Glen’s win over Weir. He finished with 131 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.

∫ Thomas Sessi, Madonna: Sessi ran to a tune of 210 yards and four touchdowns, while also hauling in three passes for 92 yards.

Big Boot

∫ Conor Fitzpatrick, John Marshall: Fitzpatrick was Fitz-magic on Friday night as he drilled seven extra point attempts in a dominating Monarchs’ performance.

∫ Andrew Glass, Wheeling Park: The senior conncected on a pair of field goals of 24 and 31 yards along with kicking five extra points against University.

Wrecking Crew

∫ Hunter Nixon, Nate Shelek, Wheeling Park: Nixon accounted for a team-high 11 tackles and a tackle for loss, while Shelek turned in eight stops and an interceptions.

∫ Reese Skaggs, Drew Sefsick, St. Clairsville: Skaggs put up 10 tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and three QB hurries, while Sefsick tallied 10 stops and an interception.

∫ Gioni Ferguson, Steven Felton, Brodie Selmon, Linsly: Ferguson recorded 13 tackles, Felton collected 12 stops and Selmon made 10 and a TFL in a Linsly win.

∫ Andrew Johnson, Wheeling Central: The Maroon Knights junior racked up 10 tackles.


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