Rivals Highlight Final Week of Ohio Football
From Staff Reports
WHEELING — The final week of the regular season has arrived in Ohio.
For some, it’s rivalry week and for others, they are hoping to lock down a playoff spot.
What is rivalry week without the battle for SPARKY?
Martins Ferry will make the trip down Route 7 on Saturday to visit Bellaire at noon for the rights to SPARKY.
The Purple Riders have claimed SPARKY for four consecutive years but they enter the season finale with a 1-8 record as they go against a strong Big Reds’ squad with a 8-1 mark. Throw the records out the window in this one.
Ferry will be looking for one last hurrah but the Big Reds are ready for SPARKY to reside in Bellaire, once again.
Another classic rivalry returns to Morristown as Barnesville visits Union Local for the Milk Bucket.
Barnesville took home the trophy last season and enters this year’s contest with a sparkling 7-1 record. The Jets sit at 5-3 but are hoping to raise the bucket in front of the home crowd and are also clinging to hope of finding their way into the postseason.
In Rayland, the battle for the VALES Trophy will take place as Buckeye Local (2-5) hosts Harrison Central (4-5). A win could boost the Huskies’ hopes of reaching the postseason but the Panthers will be looking to knock their rival from continuing its season.
Edison (6-3) will look to finish strong at home to solidify their playoff chances against Indian Creek (1-7), while River (5-4) treks to Frontier (5-2) for an interesting matchup.
Wyatt Reiman and the Shadyside Tigers (7-1) will visit Malachi Rose-Burton and the Monroe Central Seminoles (4-4) in a battle of two of the Ohio Valley’s premier athletes.
Toronto (4-5) will host Steubenville Catholic (3-6), St. Clairsville (8-1) will welcome Cambridge (6-3) in a meeting of strong squads and Steubenville (7-2) will finish at home against University School.
Offensive Player of the Week
Malachi Rose-Burton, Monroe Central
The Seminoles’ quarterback had another monster game, running for 305 yards and four touchdowns and passing for 88 yards and two more scores.
Defensive Player of the Week
Garrett Perkins, Beallsville
Picked off two passes and returned both for touchdowns against Paden City. Also threw a 13-yard touchdown and ran gor 86 yards on offense.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Spencer Bliss, Barnesville
Bliss returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown while also making four receptions for 57 yards and another score.
∫ Jacob Jordan, St. Clairsville: The senior carried the ball 12 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Brayden Roth, Bellaire: Ran 24 times for 122 yards in a Bellaire victory.
∫ Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: Rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries. Averaged 16.7 yards per attempt.
∫ Bradley Moats, Beallsville: Led the Blue Devils with 158 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
∫ Joey Baker, Paden City: Racked up 195 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
∫ Owyn Wise, Barnesville: Ran 11 rimes for 160 yards and a score.
∫ Sean Winfrey, Tyler Consolidated: Was the Silver Knights’ workhorse, carrying the ball 31 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Spencer Ostovich, Elijah Mullins, Steubenville: Both topped 100 yards as the Big Reds won big. Ostovich ran for 123 yards and a score while Mullisn rushed for 100 and a touchdown of his own. Ostovich also caught a 19-yard touchdown.
∫ Klypsan Wallace, John Marshall: Carried the ball 16 times for 75 yards and scored two touchdowns.
∫ Riley Watkins, Wheeling Central: Ran for 120 yards on 14 carries in a loss.
∫ Nathan Van Fleet, Shenandoah: Completed 9-of-17 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Phaeton Hill, Steubenville: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 155 yards and a score.
∫ Santino Arlia, Madonna: Tossed four touchdown passes while completing 13-of-23 passes for 162 yards.
∫ Kabel Islay, River: Threw for three touchdowns as River defeated Conotton Valley on the road.
∫ Brett Phillips, Wheeling Park: Completed 15-of-27 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots were upset by Musselman. Also ran for 41 yards.
∫ Isaiah Zelaski, Wheeling Park: Zelaski scored both of the Patriots’ touchdowns, one on offense and one of defense. He caught two passes for 51 yards and a touchdown and had an interception and a fumble recovery that he took 30 yards for a score.
∫ Kaden Johnson, Brendan Mirandy, Magnolia: Johnson made 11 receptions for 154 yards while also recording a team-high 12 tackles on defense with two tackles for loss. Mirandy, the quarterback, threw for 184 yards and also scored the Blue Eagle’s only touchdown on a 17-yard reception from Brayden Vargo.
∫ Benjamin Wach, Mason VanNest Shadyside: Only completed four passes on offense, but that was enough as he threw for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Also intercepted a pass on defense. VanNest scored a touchdown when the ball was lateralled to him on a punt return and also intercepted a pass.
∫ Isaac Ball, Cameron: Eclipsed 1,100 rushing yards on the season, running for 217 yards and four touchdowns Friday. Also intercepted a pass on defense.
∫ C.J. Hannahs, Barnesville: The Shamrocks’ QB threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 74 yards and two more scores.
∫ Gage Cline, Edison: The Wildcats’ QB threw for 125 yards and three scored and ran for 61 yards and another touchdown.
∫ Andrew Dorsey, Steubenville CC: Threw for 125 yards and also ran for 61 yards and the team’s only touchdown.
∫ Jacob Coffield, John Marshall: Threw for 115 yards and a touchdown on a perfect 5-for-5 passing and ran for 36 yards and two scores on the ground.
Good Hands Team
∫ Austin Yonak, Monroe Central: Caught two touchdown passes for 54 yards.
∫ Chase Conner, Barnesville: Conner caught a 71-yard touchdown late against Shenandoah.
∫ Tyce DeVolld, Hunter Yates, Shenandoah: Yates had 72 receiving yards and a score while DeVolld finished with 56 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Tyler Petrey, Matt Parsons, Edison: Petrey made four grabs for 75 yards and two touchdowns while Parsons caught two passes for 25 yards and a score.
∫ Evan Quering, Coltston Littleton, Mason Thompson, Madonna: Littleton caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, Quering made two grabs for 21 yards and a score and Thompson had three catches for 26 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Brody Longwell, Brody Lollathin, River: Longwell made two scoring grabs and Lollathin caught the first touchdown of the game.
∫ Andrew Vera, Mason McCort, Drue Jozwiak, St. Clairsville: Vera and McCort both made seven stop and supplied big plays with Wera intercepting two passes and McCort registering two sacks. Jozwiak led the team with eight tackles, five of which were solo.
∫ Adam Dolata, Brodie Selmon, Stef Lanwier, Linsly: Dolata and Lanwier both made seven stops with one tackle for loss and Selmon led the team with nine tackles, five solo.
∫ Tony Fiber, Cody Leek, Austin Stillwagoner, Magnolia: All three registered a sack as Stillwagoner finished with six total tackles, three for loss and Leek had a pair of sacks.
∫ Ray’Shad Pettigrew, Jakob Dowling, Bellaire: Both picked off passes against Union Local and Pettigrew returned his for a touchdown.
∫ Brayden Straun, River: Scored on a 10-yard fumble recovery.
∫ Aidan Forget, Wheeling Park: Forget was 2-for-2 on extra points and made a 28-yard field goal.
∫ Lucas Otto, St. Clairsville: Otto was a perfect 5-for-5 on point-after attempts as the Red Devils won big.
∫ Gavin Carpenter, Barnesville: Booted four extra points.
∫ Austyn Roberts, Steubenville: Was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points.