Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Jalen Jones ran just four times, but gained 173 yards and scored three touchdowns in Oak Hill’s 62-6 win over PikeView on Friday night.
Jones also returned a punt 65 yards for a score. Jerell Green added two scores (10, 40).
PikeView (0-9) scored on Jordan Hardin’s 36-yard pass to Logan McKinney in the first quarter.
The Red Devils (7-2) will finish the regular season Friday at Lincoln County. PikeView (0-9) is at Midland Trail that night.
Oak Hill.....................................21 27 8 6 — 62
PikeView.....................................6 0 0 0 — 6
OH: Jalen Jones 65 punt return (Jones kick)
PV: Logan McKinney 36 pass from Jordan Hardin (Pass failed)
OH: Jerell Green 10 run (Jones kick)
OH: Jones 60 run (Jones kick)
OH: Jones 48 run (Run failed)
OH: Green 40 run (Jones kick)
OH: Ray Sullivan 3 run (Jones kick)
OH: Jones 29 run (Jones kick)
OH: Jacob Ashcraft 10 run (Matt Honaker run)
OH: Tyler Painter 46 run (Run failed)
RUSHING — OH: Jones 4-173-3, Green 5-61-2, Sullivan 3-56-1, Deon Marion 1-39, Painter 8-75-1, Ashcraft 6-43-1, Tyler Adkins 4-21, Jared Pierce 2-12, Dakota Miller 1-4, Noah Miller 1-(-7), Deonte Scruggs 1-(-4). PV: n/a.
PASSING — OH: Marion 1-2-0, 5; Scruggs 0-1-0, 0. PV: n/a.
RECEIVING — OH: Jones 1-5. PV: n/a.
TURNOVERS — OH: Miller (int.). PV: n/a.
Wyoming East 42, Independence 20
NEW RICHMOND — Six players scored touchdowns as the Warriors closed in on a Class AA playoff berth.
Quarterback Aaron Griffith keyed the win with 121 yards rushing and 118 yards passing. He ran for a 75-yard TD and also hit Christian Hedinger with a 77-yard scoring aerial.
Independence’s Colton Ward scored on a 61-yard run and a 68-yard pass from Brian Sexton. Ward finished with 167 yards of total offense.
The Warriors (6-3) play Friday at Liberty. Independence (4-5) will conclude its season Friday at Fayetteville.
Independence............................8 0 6 6 — 20
Wyoming East.........................14 7 0 21 — 42
WE: Chris Cecil 3 run (Run failed), 6:47
I: Colton Ward 61 run (Run good), 4:46
WE: Chase Lowman 11 run (Ty Treadway pass from Aaron Griffith), 2:11
WE: Christian Hedinger 77 pass from Griffith (Cecil kick), 6:40
I: Aaron Tolliver 2 run (Pass failed), 6:40
WE: Jacob Dulce 25 run (Cecil kick), 8:25
WE: Nick Walker 35 run (Cecil kick), 7:12
I: Ward 68 pass from Brian Sexton (Pass failed), 3:56
WE: Griffith 75 run (Cecil kick)
RUSHING — I: John Powell 12-98, Ward 15-95. WE: Summe 12-78, Cecil 12-54-1, Griffith 6-121-1, Lowman 3-31-1, Dulce 3-33-1, Walker 1-35-1.
PASSING — I: Sexton 9-15-0, 128. WE: Griffith 5-9-0, 118-1.
RECEIVING — I: Richie Miller 1-5, Powell 1-17, Tolliver 2-38, Ward 3-72, Zach Tucker 1-10. WE: Hedinger 3-110-1, Treadway 1-3, Walker 1-5.
TURNOVERS — I: 2 fum. rec. WE: Hedinger (fum. rec.), Cecil (fum. rec.).
Summers County 42, Richwood 20
RICHWOOD — Dustin Smith gained 129 yards and scored touchdowns of 59 and 10 yards to keep the Bobcats’ playoff hopes alive.
Teammate Isaiah Brown missed most of the first half because of a cut, but came back to finsh with 115 yards rushing and touchdowns of 25 and 40 yards. T.J. Smith added 77 yards on the ground and had a 35-yard TD pass to A.J. Bennett.
Zach Bennett scored on runs of 30 and 1 yards for Richwood (3-6).
Summers (6-3) hosts Class A power Valley Friday with a playoff berth on the line. Richwood (3-6) concludes at home against Nicholas County.
Summers County...................14 8 14 6 — 42
Richwood.................................0 0 14 6 — 20
SC: Dustin Smith 59 run (Kick failed)
SC: A.J. Bennett 35 pass from T.J. Smith (T.J. Smith run)
SC: Matt Ryan 30 run (T.J. Smith run)
R: Michael Adams 5 run (Run failed)
SC: Isaiah Brown 25 run (Run failed)
SC: I. Brown 40 run (Dustin Smith run)
R: Zach Bennett 30 run (Bennett run)
SC: Dustin Smith 10 run (Run failed)
R: Z. Bennett 1 run (Run failed)
RUSHING — SC: Brown 19-115-2, D. Smith 17-129-2, T.J. Smith 13-77, Ryan 5-59-1. R: Z. Bennett 20-107-2, Adams 14-74, Terry Frazier 4-24.
PASSING — SC: T.J. Smith 3-6-1, 52-1. R: Logan Cox 4-9-0, 25; Bennett 0-2-0, 0.
RECEIVING — SC: Ryan 1-7, A.J. Bennett 1-35-1, Caleb Harrah 1-10. R: Bennett 3-17, Frazier 1-8.
TURNOVERS — SC: Allen Brown (fum. rec.).
Lawsuit files for Elkins player
CHARLESTON (AP) — An attorney for an Elkins High School football player filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn a ruling by the Secondary School Activities Commission declaring the player ineligible.
The lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction was filed in Randolph County Circuit Court on behalf of senior running back James Lawrence.
The SSAC earlier this week declared Lawrence ineligible and stripped Elkins of its seven wins this season. The SSAC based the ruling on a residency requirement.
The lawsuit claimed the SSAC violated Lawrence’s due process rights and a federal statute under which Lawrence is considered to be homeless.
It also said the SSAC had no authority to make guardian requirements upon an adult. Lawrence turned 18 in March.
Randolph County schools Superintendent James Phares has said Lawrence’s parent signed over guardianship rights to his grandmother.
SSAC attorney Bill Wooton said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and declined comment Friday.
Elkins is 7-2 this season and was eighth in the latest SSAC Class AAA computer ratings. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season make the playoffs, and the top eight earn home-field advantage in the first round starting Nov. 9.
Lawrence has rushed for 1,491 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
If the SSAC ruling stands, Lawrence will suffer “immediate and irreparable harm” because he will be denied the chance to participate in the playoffs, as well as his chances to further his education with the aid of an athletic scholarship, the lawsuit said.
“The Plaintiff has much more at stake concerning his reputation, character, and future regarding the outcome of this case than does the WVSSAC,” the lawsuit said.
Meanwhile, Phares told media outlets that he reinstated Lawrence to the football team Friday, saying the athlete is protected under the 2002 McKinney-Vento Act that outlines ways to facilitate the education of homeless students. Phares said the federal statute takes precedence over the SSAC ruling.
Elkins is off this week and plays next on Nov. 2 against Lewis County.