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Wheeling Central Looks for Third Straight Win

Fort Frye, Knights to play Friday

WHEELING — Starting 0-2 isn’t necessarily the way a team wants to open a season. However, Wheeling Central coach Mike Young and his squad seemed to have righted the ship. The Maroon Knights have reeled off two straight victories in as many weeks as they sit at a 2-2 record. Their most recent outing, the Maroon Knights traveled to Man last Friday where they returned to the Friendly City with a 19-0 victory.

While Wheeling Central opened its season with two tough opponents in Poca and Parkersburg, Friday night could be the biggest challenge yet this season as Fort Frye pays a trip to Wheeling. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Wheeling University.

Last year, Wheeling Central and Fort Frye went to battle with the Cadets coming away a 42-0 victory.

“We’re going to be challenged,” Young said. “They have a good team. They’re very efficient. That’s the way I’ll describe them. They do a great job with the staff and kids. It will be a great test for us. And it will be a battle.”

The Cadets, who have been a perennial power in Ohio, has won all five of their games this season. In their most recent outing, the Cadets took down Wellston. They have pitched one shut out this season against Caldwell and have given up seven or less points in four games.

Fort Frye has scored at least 22 points in each contest.

“Just how consistent they are and the execution they do offensively and defensively,” Young said on what impresses him the most about his next opponent. “We have to bring our ‘A’ game against them because they are just that good.”

Under center for Fort Frye will be Ian Ellis. The signalcaller has completed 38 of his 57 pass attempts good for 525 yards and six touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

Jaymison Baker leads the receiving corp with 11 receptions for 146 yards and a score. He is a ballhawk on defense as he has four interceptions.

In the backfield, Owen Brown has a team-high 379 rushing yards on 50 attempts and six scores. He is averaging over seven yards per carry. Brian Adkins will be another threat as he is averaging 5.3 yards per attempt (50-263) and has found the end zone twice.

On defense, Braden Medley has collected seven sacks on the season while Nik Hart has three interceptions.

“It’ll be a great game with two good programs,” Young said. “They’re a contender every year in the playoffs especially over the last five and six in Ohio. They’re 5-0 for a reason. They are a very good football team.”

Jordan Waterhouse leads the Maroon Knight offense as he has galloped for 464 yards on 67 rushes and six touchdowns. He is averaging 116 yards per contest.

On defense, Vinnie High has 43 total tackles including eight for a loss. Michael Toepfer has collected 33 total tackles while Riley Watkins has 29.

Watkins and Waterhouse also have two interceptions each while Andrew Burkle has two fumble recoveries.

“The biggest thing is we have to move the ball with consistency,” Young said. “We’ve improved in a lot with not turning the ball over to do that. We need to continue to have great ball security and play good defense because they have a very potent offense.”

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