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Wheeling Park Hungry To Get Back On the Field

Photo by Scott McCloskey Torrence Walker and Wheeling Park look to improve their record to 7-1 when they travel to Parkersburg South on Friday night.

WHEELING — The Wheeling Park football team is eager to get back on the field this week as it travels to Parkersburg South Friday night.

Brooke canceled last week’s game with Park due to a growing number of coronavirus cases in Ohio County.

Although Park coach Chris Daugherty was disappointed that his team was unable to take the field, he was happy to use the canceled game as a bye week.

“It’s nice to get a bye week during the regular season in West Virginia,” Daugherty said. “It was a good chance to rest a bit and get back to the basics.

“Now, our last two practices were really good and that’s thanks to getting rested up last week.”

Wheeling Park could use the rest because it’s been racking up the yardage in the midst of its six-game winning streak.

Leading the way is senior quarterback Beau Heller, who has thrown for 1,409 yards and 18 touchdowns on 104 of 144 passing, while only throwing three interceptions.

Senior running back Stevie Mitchell has helped take the pressure off of the first-year starting signalcaller as he has rushed for 1,094 yards and 17 touchdowns, breaking the 100-yard mark in all seven games this year.

Heller also has plenty of options at receiver with his top target being senior Shaheed Jackson who has 33 catches for 524 yards and nine scores.

Seniors Sincere Sinclair (24 receptions for 348 yards and three TDs), Carson Namack (23 receptions for 302 yards and three TDs) and Torrence Walker (10 receptions for 165 yards and three TDs).

“I think we’ve had some good practices,” Daugherty said. “We always have that mentality that wherever the ball goes, it goes and when it’s their turn to make a play, they make it. One week it’s Sinclair and the next it’s Shaheed or Carson or Torrence or Stevie. They are all capable and Beau has done a great job of spreading the wealth.”

As for Park’s next opponent, it hasn’t been as smooth sailing. Parkersburg South (1-6) is on a five-game losing skid, it’s longest in 13 years.

A week ago, quarterback Sam Schuler fired for 308 yards and three touchdowns on 29 of 46 passing but also suffered three interceptions.

His favorite target was Jake Hogsett who hauled in five passes for 101 yards and a pair of scores.

Two weeks ago, South running back Devin Gaines showcased his skills, as well, running for 151 yards on 24 carries against Linsly.

“They have a nice running back, who runs well,” Daugherty said. “He’s a big physical kid. They run some similar stuff that they ran last year — fast screens and a lot of power. It’s some of the things we’re used to seeing from them but they just have some different players this year.

“They provide a different look on defense. They like to play a three-man front with four linebackers. They like to play their tackles on an inside technique and let their linebackers run plays. They are one of the few teams we’ve seen like that so we’ll have to make sure we do things a little different but the key is always to win the line of scrimmage.”

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