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Williamstown Awaits Central-Ritchie Winner

WEST UNION — Two Doddridge County turnovers and two punts totaling eight yards gave Williamstown a short field on all four of its first four possessions Friday. That was all the No. 6 Yellowjackets needed to jump to a 25-0 lead that turned into a 43-0 rout of the No. 2 Bulldogs (11-2) in the Class A semifinals on a frigid, windy day at Cline Stansberry Stadium.

Max Molessa found the end zone five times for Williamstown (11-2) on runs of 2, 13, 7 and 1 yards and on a 21-yard TD pass from Colt Hesson.

Molessa finished with 91 yards on 23 carries, while Rickie Allen added 95 yards on 15 carries, capped by a two-yard TD run. Issac Joy closed the scoring with a 29 yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Williamstown advances to face the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between No. 2 Ritchie County and No. 8 Wheeling Central Catholic.

CLASS AAA

Huntington 37

Cabell Midland 15

HUNTINGTON — Huntington High defeated Cabell Midland in high school football at Bob Sang Stadium to earn a berth in the Class AAA state title game.

Class AA

Fairmont Senior 41 Poca 7

Dom Stingo threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kayson Nealy and ran for another score to lift Fairmont Senior past No. 5 seed Poca in the Class AA semifinals at O.O. White Stadium in Poca.

The 16th-seeded Polar Bears (8-4) advance to the Class AA championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium, where they will take on No. 2 seed Independence (11-0), which seeks its first state title.

Independence 34

Bluefield 20

Atticus Goodson carried the ball 35 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns, helping Independence overcome a 20-7 halftime deficit and beat Bluefield in the Class AA semifinal.

Goodson scored twice in the third quarter to help tie the game and on the first play of the fourth, his younger brother Cyrus returned an interception 48 yards for a score to give the Patriots their first lead of the game. The elder Goodson’s third touchdown came with 5:25 left and cemented the program’s first title game appearance.

With Bluefield QB Ryker Brown tearing his calf in the second half the Patriots played more aggressively, intercepting the senior signal caller twice. The Indy defense took full advantage of the injury, holding the Beavers to just 56 total yards in the second half and shutting them out.

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