Grid-o-rama held at Westside
by By John Conley email@example.com
Westside and Wyoming East scrimmaged against Greenbrier County teams in a grid-o-rama at Clear Fork on Friday night.
Starters played two 12-minute quarters. It was primarily a real game format, but kickoffs and punts were merely fielded and not returned. Backups played for a shorter time after the starters.
The Warriors and Greenbrier East took the field first.
The Spartans held the upper hand most of the way during the first quarter. They drove inside the Warriors 10 on thier first possession.
But WEHS sacked the quarterback to push Greenbrier East back and an incomplete pass on fourth and long gave the ball to the Warriors.
Aaron Griffith’s pass over the middle to Jonathan Culicerto moved the ball near midfield, but WE stalled there.
Greenbrier East mixed the pass and the run to move the ball quickly downfield late in the first.
An 11-yard touchdown pass with 9:47 showing on the second quarter clock put the Spartans on the board. The PAT kick was good, making it 7-0.
Greenbrier East moved inside the WEHS 40 later in the quarter, but the Warriors stuffed the run on fourth and four at the 33.
Griffith ran it to the 45 on a keeper.
Two plays later, the Warriors scored an improbable touchdown, on a long pass attempt, a Spartan DB deflected the ball
into the hands of Jacob Dulcie, who raced into the endzone.
The extra point kick tied it up.
When the Spartans failed to convert a first down from their own 40, Wyoming East was back in business.
A long run up the gut by David Powers and another by Brian Whitt moved the ball to the one with :51.2 seconds left.
Griffith ran it in from the one and Tristan Jones booted the extra point to make it 14-7.
The Warriors intercepted a pass with 16.7 ticks left to close out the quarter.
Backups played using the 10-play format, and Greenbrier East scored shortly before time ran out to make it 14-14.
Host Westside took on Greenbrier West in the nightcap.
West, 10-2 last year and expected to be a contender in Class A this season, grabbed the early lead.
Cavaliers QB Malik Boatwright had several key carries in moving his team down the field on its first possession.
West scored on an eight-yard run to make it 7-0.
The visitors recovered a fumble at the Renegades 31, and that set up a short scoring drive that made it 14-0.
Westside’s Zach Bailey intercepted a pass to squelch West’s next drive.
Greenbrier West returned the favor a short time later, picking off a pass in the flat and running it back for a score.
The Renegades got on the board when quarterback Larry Cook optioned the ball to Mike Mullens, who went 63 yards to pay dirt with 10:26 on the second quarter clock.
Westside forced another turnover and mounted another drive.
A run by Mullens and Cook’s pass to Justin Kenneda got the Renegades out of the shadow of their own goal post.
Runs by Mullens and fullback Matt Harless eventually moved the ball inside the Cavaliers 25, but a penalty took WHS out of scoring position.
Backups took the field in the third period, and Greenbrier West added another TD.
Westside will be at home this Friday for its season opener against Liberty Raleigh.
Wyoming East travels to Mingo Central.
Notes: Justin Cogar, the Westside junior quarterback who injured an ankle in last week’s scrimmage, is expected to return around mid-season, according to Noel Cogar, his father and an assistant coach at WHS … Wyoming East played without starting tailback Jacob Summe, but Summe is expected to play next week in the Mingo Central game.
Photo: Jacob Dulcie (11) of Wyoming East prepares to catch a deflected ball in Friday’s grid-o-rama match up with Greenbrier East. Dulice took the ball in for a touchdown.
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