KEYSER — The season came to an end for the Mingo Central High School Miners on Friday night in the first round of the Class AA playoffs with a 61-14 loss at No. 2 Keyser.
It was the first-ever playoff appearance for No. 15 Mingo Central, which closed out at 5-6. The Miners went 5-5 last year in their inaugural season.
The Golden Tornado forced five turnovers in the first 13 minutes of play and ran up 40 first-quarter points. Keyser led at one point 61-0.
For Keyser, Danny Fife rushed for three touchdowns, while Hunter Kasmier, who rushed the ball all of 19 times in the regular season, tallied 175 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Austin Ravenscroft had a rushing TD, an interception, and a fumble recovery for Keyser, whose defense allowed the least points in any class in West Virginia during the regular season.
For Mingo Central, Joseph Hall had an 80-yard rushing touchdown. Deonte Joplin had a 1-yard TD run for the Miners to put Mingo Central on the board, 61-6.
Keyser (10-1) hosts Scott in the second round, while Mingo Central saw its second season of football come to a close.
The Miners joined the Cardinal Conference this season and are set to play at Chapmanville in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in 2013.
No. 7 Scott was a 46-16 winner over No. 10 Wyoming East in a first-round Class AA playoff game on Friday night in Madison. The Skyhawks improved to 8-3. East closed out at 7-4. Scott had lost 16-3 last week to Logan in the regular season finale.
Clay County 24
WAYNE – The streak continues for the Wayne High School football team.
Wayne ran off 51 unanswered points behind the strong running of Senior Brandon Spurlock and sharp passing from Grant Ferguson as the Pioneers completely dominated Clay County, 63-24, in the first round of the West Virginia Class AA playoffs.
Wayne, the defending Class AA state champions and a Cardinal Conference team, has now won 20 games in a row, 11 this season, in its quest for a second straight championship.
Ferguson threw three touchdowns and ended the night four of eight and 160 yards, narrowly missing the 1,000-yard mark for the season by only 25 yards.
Roane County 27
BLUEFIELD — The fifth-ranked Bluefield Beavers began the postseason Friday night with a wire-to-wire 63-27 win against the 12th-ranked Roane County Raiders at Bluefield’s Mitchell Stadium.
By halftime, Bluefield led 41-7 and had racked up 300 yards of offense. The Beavers ended the night with 430 yards, while the Raiders amassed 276 net yards of offense.
Six Bluefield players scored touchdowns.
Johnny David touched the ball five times from scrimmage for the Beavers and had 102 yards including a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback D.J. Edwards threw the ball just four times, completing three — with two receptions by Justin Carter that went for touchdowns.
The Beavers’ defense allowed just one run longer than 10 yards in the first half. The Raiders’ leading rusher, senior John Ash, was limited to 19 yards on 16 running attempts. Luke Scott led Roane County with 91 yards on 13 carries.
Tyler King caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders. He also caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
Bluefield (8-3) will play the winner of Saturday’s contest between fourth-ranked Robert C. Byrd High and No. 13 Braxton County.
George Washington 35,
CHARLESTON — Ryan Switzer caught two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores — all in the second half — as No. 3 George Washington wore down No. 14 Hurricane in a first-round Class AAA game Friday night at the GW’s South Hills Charleston-area campus.
The game was scoreless at halftime before GW spread out its offense, using Switzer as a wideout much of the second half.
The Kennedy Award winner carried 15 times for 109 yards and caught six passes for 96 yards. He also recovered his own onside kick during a 28-point fourth-quarter outburst for the Patriots (9-2).
Trevor Bell hit on 13-of-17 passes for 185 yards and two TDs for George Washington
Austin Hensley, a junior quarterback for Hurricane (6-5) who had thrown for nearly 2,200 yards in the regular season, was only 5-of-10 for 44 yards as the Redskins opted for a more conservative approach much of the game. Hensley led Hurricane in rushing with nine carries for 51 yards.
Spring Valley 31,
Wheeling Park 7
HUNTINGTON – It only took 14 years to get the proverbial monkey off the Spring Valley football program’s back.
Spring Valley’s defense led the Timberwolves to the first playoff win in school history with a 31-7 win over No. 9 Wheeling Park Friday night.
The defense forced the Patriots into six turnovers, including three interceptions and three fumbles. It was an odd evening statistically as Spring Valley was outgained yardage-wise, 301 to 279), but the defense came up big at the right times.
No. 8 Spring Valley (8-3) started the game with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff as Breyer Brewer fell on the Nicholai Kefauver miscue. Wheeling Park (7-4) was stifled by the Wolves defense. Matt McComas came up with two fumble recoveries in the end zone and Brewer came up big again, blocking the Patriots’ first real scoring threat, a field goal attempt by Liam Casey, with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.
Senior defensive back Cory Hughart intercepted Patriot quarterback Zachary Phillips three times including a 24-yard touchdown return. Despite the miscues, Wheeling Park picked up 200 of its 301 yards through the air, led by receiver Eric Banks’ six receptions for 80 yards.
Phillips finished the game 16-of-37 for 200 yards and the three interceptions. He was also sacked three times.
Park’s star running back Bryce Ingram was held to 37 yards on eight carries — all coming in the first half.
CHARLESTON — Caleb Dombeck didn’t pass much, but he threw for two touchdowns and Cody Spinks ran for two scores to lead No. 10 Musselman past No. 7 Capital at Charleston’s Laidley Field in a Class AAA playoff game on Friday night.
Dombeck, who threw for 25 TDs and nearly 2,000 yards in the regular season, hit on 10-of-13 passes for 99 yards and two scores as the Applemen (8-3) opted for a more ground-oriented look.
Running backs Spinks and Chase Arndt spearheaded the Musselman rushing attack with 74 rushing yards each. Arndt also scored a touchdown.
After falling behind 17-14, the Applemen scored 21 unanswered points on a Darrin Zombro 25-yard pass from Dombeck, a Michael Keller 5-yard pass from Dombeck and a Spinks 18-yard run.
James Richmond led the Cougars with 114 rushing yards and three TDs along with 69 receiving yards. Capital played without one of its top offensive threats and its leading scorer, sophomore running back Kashuan Haley, who has an ankle injury.
POINT PLEASANT — Still unbeaten, and a shutout to boot.
Wahama improved to 6-0 all-time in the playoffs at Point Pleasant’s Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field Friday night with a convincing 38-0 victory over Buffalo in a Class A opening round football contest in Mason County.
The White Falcons defeated the Bison (7-4) for the second straight week, amassing 571 yards of total offense while establishing 26-0 halftime advantage. Wahama (11-0) rushed for 536 yards and had 30 first downs in the contest, compared to just 127 total yards and five first downs for Buffalo. BHS also had 19 rushes for minus-1 yard on the ground.
Kane Roush had 16 carries for 208 yards to lead WHS, while Zach Wamsley had 21 attempts for 128 yards.
The White Falcons recorded their first shutout of the 2012 campaign just one week after beating Buffalo at home in the regular season finale by a 41-13 margin. Wahama has won at least one playoff game in each of the last three seasons.
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Stephen Rogalski took the opening kickoff 99 yards to the end zone for a touchdown and it was all Magnolia from there as the Blue Eagles toppled Williamstown at Magnolia High School’s Alumni Field on Friday night in a Class A first-round playoff game.
Drew Keller rushed 26 times for 178 yards and a score, while Tanner Hanna threw for 82 yards and touchdown passes to Rogalski, Gage Deem and Todd Lemasters.
Jake Tracewell threw a touchdown pass to Dakota Watson for the lone Yellowjackets score.
Magnolia plays the winner of Wheeling Central and East Hardy.
Lewis County 24,
The 11th-seeded Lewis County Minutemen scored two third-quarter defensive touchdowns and held off the No. 6 Hawks for a 24-23 win at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium in a 3A playoff game on Friday night.
Mark Metzgar returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and Tim Rinehart scooped a fumble and scored on a 91-yard return to help Lewis (9-2) take a 24-10 lead.
The Hawks (8-3) drew to within 24-23 with 1:14 left on Jack Armstrong’s 17-yard touchdown reception, but a botched extra point attempt prevented them from tying the game.
Metzgar also had a rushing touchdown in the game, his 15th of the season.
The two defensive touchdowns were the ninth special teams/defensive scores of the season for the Minutemen, who now have 33 touchdowns of that variety since 2007.
In another West Virginia Class AA playoff game on Friday night, No. 9 Nicholas County improved to 7-3 on the season with a 31-7 win at No. 8 Ritchie County (7-4).
Three Class AA playoff games were scheduled to be played on Saturday: No. 14 River View (6-4) at No. 3 Bridgeport (7-2); No. 13 Braxton County (6-4) at No. 4 Robert C. Byrd (9-1); and No. 11 Summers County (7-3) at No. 6 Frankfort (8-2).
In other Class AAA playoff games on Friday night: No. 1 Cabell Midland (11-0) cruised to a 52-20 win at home over Oak Hill (7-4); and No. 4 Huntington (9-2) routed No. 13 Elkins (7-4), 69-32.
Saturday’s 3A playoff games had No. 15 Beckley (6-4) at No. 2 Martinsburg (9-1) and No. 12 Point Pleasant (8-2) traveling to No. 5 Morgantown (8-2).
In the other Class A playoff game on Friday night, No. 5 St. Marys (10-1) scored a 40-14 win at home over No. 12 Wirt County (7-4).
Five Single-A playoff games were scheduled for Saturday: No. 16 Moorefield (5-4) at No. 1 Tucker County (10-0); No. 13 Tug Valley (8-2) at No. 4 Weirton Madonna (9-1); No. 11 Meadow Bridge (8-2) at No. 6 Greenbrier West (9-1); No. 10 Wheeling Central (7-3) at No. 7 East Hardy (9-1); and No. 9 Valley Fayette (8-2) at No. 8 Clay-Battelle (9-1).