BLUEFIELD — Class AA No. 2 Bluefield rolled up 300 yards of offense and allowed No. 15 Oak Hill 75 net yards as the defending double-A champion Beavers rolled past the Red Devils 56-7 in their first round game at Mitchell Stadium on Friday.
Bluefield (10-1) scored less than a minute into the game on a 58-yard dash by JJ Davis. Davis was the leading rusher of the night, with 94 yards — on three carries.
Arnold Martin had 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns on four carries, and Jamere Edwards gained 39 yards and a touchdown on four totes for Bluefield. Quarterback Chandler Cooper was 2-for-5 passing for 49 yards and threw a scoring toss to Davis. Cooper also scored on a 1-yard keeper on his only carry.
Markeice Neal made the score 21-0 in the first quarter on a 25-yard interception return. Tony Webster recovered one of Oak Hill's two fumbles and scored the Beavers' final touchdown late in the third quarter.
Oak Hill (7-4) lost senior quarterback Khori Bass on its first offensive play. Abraham Farrow, installed as a makeshift wildcat quarterback, was the Red Devils' leading rusher with 46 yards on 11 tries. He scored his team's only touchdown with 3:28 left in the contest.
Oak Hill head coach Jason Blankenship told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, “On the first play of the game on offense, we lose our best player, our quarterback, so it was hard to recover. ... I hate it for him.”
He said about Farrow, “He’s a tough little kid (and) an amazing athlete. He kept fighting when his teammate went down.”
A continuous clock was used after the first quarter and the remaining three periods were shortened to eight minutes.
“Regardless of class, (Bluefield) is one of the most talented teams in the state," Blankenship told the newspaper. "They’ve got kids all over the field that can play. We knew it would be a tough task. ... This is where we want to be one day. We want to have a program like Bluefield.”
In the second round, the Beavers host Keyser, which defeated Wayne 28-8 Friday.
OH (7-4) 0 0 0 7 — 7
B (10-1) 35 14 7 0 — 56
B: JJ Davis 58 run (Kaulin Parris kick), 11:03
B: Jamere Edwards 29 run (Parris kick), 8:16
B: Markeice Neal 25 interception return (Parris kick), 6:05
B: Arnold Martin 26 run (Parris kick), 5:42
B: Davis 7 pass from Chandler Cooper (Parris kick), 2:58
B: Martin 14 run (Parris kick), 7:55
B: Cooper 1 run (Parris kick), 6:13
B: Tony Webster 10 run (Parris kick), 1:15
OH: Abraham Farrow 4 run (Addison Hayes kick), 3:28
RUSHING — OH: Khori Bass 1-1, Jahkel Cosby 1-0, Logan Lawhorn 3-5, Jarrett McFall 1-3, Abraham Farrow 10-46. B: Arnold Martin 4-54, JJ Davis 3-94, Jamere Edwards 4-39, Chandler Cooper 1-1, Tony Webster 3-21, Jacob Martin 2-21, Shawn Mitchell 2-9, Jacorian Green 1-12.
PASSING — OH: Cade Maynor 2-5-(-2)-0-1; Farrow 1-2-22-0-0. B: Cooper 2-5-49-1-0.
RECEIVING — OH: Farrow 2-(-2), Brandon Wisen 1-22.
Elsewhere in playoff action:
Nicholas County 41
Jacob O’Dell rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns as Class AA No. 4 Nicholas County defeated No. 13 Petersburg 41-10 in a first-round playoff game Friday night.
The Grizzlies controlled the game in the trenches, notching five sacks and forcing Petersburg quarterback Jacob Hartman into two interceptions.
Nicholas quarterback Jared Sagraves completed 4 of 5 passes for 96 yards, tossing two touchdowns to Luke LeRose and another to Kyle Groves.
Peyton Sindledecker led the way for the Vikings, catching seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Petersburg ends its season at 7-3.
Nicholas County improves to 11-0 and will host No. 12 Weir at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the second round. Weir defeated Poca 41-14 Saturday.
Summers County 12
No. 11 Summers County doomed itself with five turnovers Saturday afternoon as the Bobcats couldn't pull off a road upset at No. 6 Williamstown, falling 27-12 in an opening-round Class A playoff game.
Summers (7-4) trailed just 13-12 at intermission, but Carter Haynes hit tight end Nick Bondi on a 14-yard TD toss late in the third and Donathan Taylor's 3-yard TD burst with 6:31 to go in the fourth sealed the win for Williamstown (9-2).
Taylor finished with game-highs of 25 carries and 151 yards. Haynes added 115 stripes on 16 rushes. The WHS defense recovered a pair of fumbles and picked off Bobcat signal-caller Timmy Persiani thrice.
Ty Moore put the 'Jackets ahead 6-0 early in the second on a 1-yard plunge, but that was answered by a 1-yard TD from Marcus McGuire to even the score. Following Haynes' 1-yard TD and a Boston Caruthers PAT, Persiani connected with Christian Pack on an 11-yard TD pass with 11 ticks left in the half, but the try for two failed again as WHS led 13-12 at intermission.
Summers rushed 26 times for 82 yards while Persiani hit on 9 of 22 attempts for 200 yards.
Andrew Ritchea rushed for 247 yards and three touchdowns as Cameron defeated Van in Class A. The Dragons raced out to a 30-0 lead as they capitalized on some Bulldogs' mistakes.
Ritchea scored the first two touchdowns (4, 29 yards) of the game before Jessop Broughton connected with Travis Mickey for an 18-yard score to put the score at 24-0 with 1:09 left in the first quarter.
In the third quarter, the Dragons stuffed the Bulldogs to force a turnover on downs and, again, Ritchea made them pay. A 28-yard scamper to the end zone made it 30-0 with 9:17 left in the third.
Thanks to some Cameron miscues, Van's David Stewart scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 4 and 10 yards in the third quarter.
Stewart led the way with 53 yards while Gavin Smith threw for 135 yards. Jarod Puckett caught seven passes for 85 yards.
Cameron (11-0) plays Doddridge County in the next round.
Senior quarterback Kerry Martin Jr. threw four touchdown passes, two to Chance Knox, as No. 3 seed Capital earned a 42-0 victory over Morgantown in the Class AAA playoffs at University of Charleston Stadium.
Martin completed his first eight passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns, finding Knox on a 28-yard rainbow and running back Deshaun James for a 25-yarder on a pass in the flat.
Capital (10-1) led 28-0 at halftime. Martin ended 14 of 22 for 195 yards.
For No. 14 seed Morgantown (5-6), Hunter Finn intercepted a pair of passes. The Mohigans were held to 155 total yards. Cameron Rice hit on 7 of 20 throws for 105 yards with two interceptions.
Parkersburg Catholic 8
In a Class A contest, No. 7 Sherman had three players gain over 100 yards rushing en route to the thumping of No. 10 Parkersburg Catholic.
Tommy Harper and J.T. Hensley hit paydirt twice and Seth Rinchich once as Sherman rolled past the Crusaders on a muddy Zontini Field.
The Crusaders had no defensive answer for Sherman's rushing attack, and the Tide held their opponent to minus-11 rushing yards in the first half.
Hensley, the Tide quarterback, notched an interception in the game and a fumble recovery. The win marked the first playoff win in nine years for the Boone County school.
Sherman will tangle with No. 2 Midland Trail this weekend.
Mount View 34
Ritchie County 14
Mount View scored 21 points in the final four minutes on Friday to rally past Ritchie County for a 34-14 win in the first round of the Class A playoffs at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton.
Senior Elijah Barner scored the three late touchdowns for the third-seeded Golden Knights (10-1). Barner and fellow senior Tayyoun Powell eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the season on successive runs late in the third quarter.
Ritchie County (7-4) got touchdowns by Garrett Owens and Zach Cline, and Kayden Proccina broke through the Mount View line and tackled the ball carrier in the end zone for a safety and a 14-13 Ritchie County lead with 3:47 left the third quarter.
On fourth-and-10 at the Rebel 19, Mount View quarterback Jesse Rose completed a swing pass to Barner for a first down at the RC 8. After an illegal participation penalty against the visitors, Barner burst up the middle for the go-ahead points, as Powell added the extra points on a run.
Junior Jasauni Sizemore picked off a Rebel pass and returned it to the Ritchie 29 with 2:14 remaining. On the fourth play of the series, Barner broke a 19-yard run to extend the advantage to 28-14 following Justin Haggerty’s second conversion kick.
Mount View recovered a fumble with less than a minute showing and tacked on the final points on Barner’s 4-yard run.
The Golden Knights will host Williamstown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Princeton.