No.2 South Charleston 57, No. 10 Princeton 18
Sophomore midfielder Trey Dunn threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score Friday night as No. 2 seed South Charleston remained unbeaten with a 57-18 conquest visiting Princeton in the AAA Class quarter-finals.
Just as they have done all season, seed No. 2 The Black Eagles (6-0) made a dynamic foul, and rolled a total of 603 yards with a group of playmakers – running back Mondrell Dean scored three TDs, one on 42-yard back interception and reserve freshman running back Amellio Miller added a pair of scoring runs.
South Charleston (6-0) ran 70 offensive plays on Friday, a school record, and piled 264 yards on the ground and 339 in the air. Miller led the ground game with 138 yards on 11 carries and Dunn added 69 on 10 attempts.
Donavin Davis, who caught a TD pass 1 and 59 yards from Dunn, led the receiver with five catches for 106 yards but suffered a knee injury late in the game. Shyleik Kinney had four grabs for 95 yards, with 69 yards catch and running for a touchdown on SC’s first offensive snap.
However, the Black Eagles fought their own demons for most of the night – they lost three balls in the first half, were awarded 18 penalties for 148 yards, had four extra kicks blocked, failed to recover Princeton’s onside kicks and also had a punt blocked.
Princeton’s only first-half score came from 41 yards from Amir Powell after Elijah Padgett fired Dunn and sent the ball loose. In the second half, Grant Cochran threw 15 yards at Ethan Parsons and 17 yards for Josiah Honaker. The Tigers (6-3) are the No. 10.
No. 6 Fairmont Senior 43, No. 14 Independence 15
Kieshawn Cottingham chipped in with four goals and Gage Michael found the end zone twice to take the No. 6 Fairmont Senior got a 43-15 win over No. 14 Independence in Friday night’s AA Class quarterfinal playoff at East-West Stadium.
Cottingham, a 5-foot-9 165-pound senior back run, caught two passes for 68 yards that included a 60-yard touchdown reception and 10 rushes for 58 yards for three goals on a 7, 7 and 6 yard run. He also earned two-point conversions in the first quarter.
Michael, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior midfielder who has signed for Kent State, rushed for a game as high as 141 yards on 15 leads and a goal, while completing 6-of-13 passes for 149 yards and a score.
Fairmont Senior scored 43 consecutive points after trailing 8-0 at the start, and extended the lead in the first half to 15-8.
No.2 Bluefield 33, No. 10 North Marion 10
Bluefield recovered four faults and scored three goals in the first quarter to beat North Marion 33-10 in the AA Class quarter-finals.
A pair of touchdown runs by Jacob Martin and a 48-yard shot returned for the score by Brandon Wiley helped No. 2 Beavers (7-1) overcome the tough No 10 Husky defense (6-4).
Bluefield’s Carson Deeb threw for 123 yards, including a 50-yard catch and a run to Ryker Brown. The Beavers scooped 205 yards on the ground, including Martin ‘s 94 yards on just seven strokes.
Brody Hall crossed 137 yards for North Marion and Tariq Miller caught five of them for 96 yards including a single touchdown from 25 yards on a fourth down late in the first quarter.
Bluefield went on to play in the semifinals against No. 6 Fairmont Senior. This is the fourth consecutive season the two teams met in the Class AA playoffs.