WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — West Liberty scored 27 of the final 34 points to pick up a 30-17 victory over Alderson Broaddus in both teams’ Mountain East Conference opener on Thursday night at West Family Stadium.
Alderson Broaddus led 10-3 at the half, before West Liberty took control of the game with a 20-point third quarter.
The Hilltoppers outgained the Battlers by 421-311 in total offense.
West Liberty also had a strong performance defensively with six interceptions. The six interceptions tie a Mountain East Conference record.
West Liberty had nearly 40 minutes in time of possession in the win.
Two players saw action at quarterback for West Liberty, led by Rudy Garcia completing 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Jamie Diven also completed 9 of 16 passes for 110 yards.
Quincy Wimbish led the WLU ground attack with 89 yards on 24 carries. Eleven different players hauled in passes for the Hilltoppers.
West Liberty defensive back Shon Stephens, who had two interceptions in last weekend’s week one win over Clarion, followed up that performance with four interceptions in tonight’s win.
In fact, he capped his performance by returning his fourth interception for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
He also chipped in three solo tackles and a broke up another pass. Edwin Linares-Rivera had a team-high seven tackles for the ‘Toppers.
Jaylen Tregle played a majority of the game at quarterback for the Battlers, completing 14 of 42 passes for 194 yards. He suffered two interceptions.
Dawson Skinner also saw time at quarterback for AB and struggled with four interceptions while completing just 3 of 9 passes for 60 yards.
Tayshawn Yates was on the receiving end of three passes for 99 yards for AB. O’Marion Taylor led the AB ground attack with nine carries for 47 yards and a TD. David Schweinefuss recorded eight tackles for AB.
CHARLESTON 40, Fairmont State 38 (4OT): Charleston’s Davis Black connected with Niko Kausky on a 2-point conversion in the fourth overtime to lift the Golden Eagles at Duvall-Rosier Field.
With Charleston leading 21-0 with 3:39 remining in the second quarter, Fairmont State would go on to score 28 of the next 35 points to force overtime.
With UC still clinging to a seven-point lead, Fairmont State’s Connor Neal hooked up with Donte Cloude for a 16-yard TD pass with 1:13 remaining in the fourth.
In overtime, both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime and matched field goals in the second overtime to force the sudden death 2-point conversion portion of the overtime period.
Statistically, Fairmont State outgained Charleston 522-446. Both teams had over 200 yards rushing on the evening.
Black was 24 of 43 passing for 223 yards and a pair of scores.
His top target was Xzavion Gordan with six catches for 48 yards.
On the ground, UC was led by Chavon Wright with 28 carries for 139 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Charleston was led by Willie Floyd with nine tackles, while Nirion Washington picked off a pair of passes for the Golden Eagles.
Connor Neal had a big night for the Falcons at quarterback, completing 19-of-38 passes for 297 yards and three TDs.
His top target was Joshawn Lewis with five catches for 83 yards.
Fairmont State had two 100-yard rushers on the evening.
Myles Miree carried the ball 13 times for 105 yards, while LeJay Hatcher ran the ball 11 times for 105 yards and a TD.
Brocton Blair led the Falcon defense with 21 tackles and a sack.
Eltayeb Bushra added 17 stops.
CONCORD 21, Glenville State 7: Despite the win Concord (2-0, 1-0) was outgained in the game 383 to 366 in total offensive yards.
The Mountain Lions ran for 185 yards on the ground while the Pioneers (1-1, 0-1) ran for 170 yards.
Concord’s defense forced Glenville State into two turnovers with an interception and a forced fumble.
Jack Mangel went 19-for-37 for 181 yards and a touchdown for Concord.
The Mountain Lions had nine receivers catch a pass with Jarod Bowie hauling in four receptions for 52 yards and a score.
Thurlow Wilkins rushed for 120 yards on 18 carriers and crossed the goal twice in the game for two touchdowns.
GSU’s Jeff Miller threw for 213 yards, going 13 for 34 with a touchdown and an interception.
Isaac Myers was the leading receiver with three receptions for 71 yards.
Orion Bonner caught two passes for 63 yards, while Zay Huff hauled only one reception for a six-yard touchdown.
Marcellus Piper led Concord’s defense with 11 total tackles and an interception.
Ty Maust chipped in with eight total tackles for the Mountain Lions. Defensively, for Glenville State, Seth Arnold finished with 11 total tackles while Bob Jonjo and Sean Bowers each recorded eight total tackles.
UNC PEMBROKE 50, West Virginia Wesleyan 26: The Braves (1-1, 1-0) scored 29 unanswered points in the first half.
West Virginia Wesleyan’s 26 points came in the second half of play.
UNC Pembroke ran for 386 yards on the ground and ended up outgaining West Virginia Wesleyan 478 to 343 in total offensive yards.
However, the Braves only finished with 92 passing yards while the Bobcats threw for 231 yards in the air.
Josh Jones went 12 for 27 for the Braves for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Faheem Diaab was the leading receiver with 29 yards on three receptions.
Rodney Smith tallied two catches for 11 yards with a touchdown catch and C.J. Davis also finished with two receptions for two yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, the Braves had two players go over the 100-yard rushing mark.
JaQuan Kelly carried the ball 10 times for 183 yards and tallied three touchdowns. Zechariah Adams-Duckson also totted the ball 10 times for 120 yards and a touchdown.
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Nathan Payne threw for 231 yards going 16 for 31 with two touchdowns.
Devin Washington caught three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown while Xander Castillo hauled in two receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.
UNC Pembroke’s defense was led by Bryce Beard and Branden Spencer as they each recorded six total tackles.
Deontre Logan finished the game with 10 tackles for West Virginia Wesleyan while recording a tackle for loss.
Donovan Woods had an interception for the Bobcats to go with five tackles and Jerome Colbert also had an interception.
NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 27, Wheeling 14: The Falcons scored an early 20 points as they collected their first win of the season.
The Falcons (1-1, 1-0) outgained the Cardinals (1-1, 0-1) 409-366 in total offense with 295 yards coming in the air.
However, Wheeling had the advantage on the ground outrushing Notre Dame, 241 to 114 yards.
Notre Dame’s Chris Brimm completed 15-of-29 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown.
The Falcons had seven different receivers catch at least one pass while Napoleon Harris hauled in six receptions for 121 yards and touchdown.
Idris Lawrence led the ground attack for Notre Dame as he rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
The Falcons also got a score on special teams today as a the blocked a Cardinals punt while Isaiah Stephens returned it 15 yards to the endzone.
Wheeling’s Javon Davis went 17-for-40 for 125 yards and touchdown. Lowell Patron hauled in six passes for 57 yards.
On the ground, the Cardinals were led by Eli Young as he totted the ball 14 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 10.4 yards per rush against a good Notre Dame defense.
Nathan Moore led the Falcons defense with 10 total tackles while Cael Bright finished with seven total tackles.
Wheeling defense was led by Rich White as he finished with eight total tackles to go along with a tackle for loss and tallied two pass breakups. Caleb Grant and Jason Simon each recorded seven total tackles for Wheeling.
FROSTBURG STATE 18, West Virginia State 7: The Bobcats (2-0, 1-0) scored 18 unanswered second-half points.
Frostburg State rushed for 215 yards while they limited West Virginia State to just 76 rushing yards. Overall, the Bobcats outgained the Yellow Jackets 278 to 216 in total offense. The Bobcats also had a big advantage in time of possession as they possessed the ball for 41:25 to West Virginia State’s 18:29.
Josh Maxwell rushed for 103 yards to lead Frostburg State on 30 carriers while Sean Aaron carried the ball 19 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Bobcats quarterback Graham Walker went 11-for-14 for 63 yards.
Frostburg State’s placekicker, Dayne Koontz, went 4-for-4 in the game with his long coming from 35 yards out.
Donovan Riddick led the passing attack for West Virginia State as he went 15-for-30 for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Riddick also was the leading rusher for the Yellow Jackets as he rushed for 33 yards on 16 attempts.
Keedrick Cunningham hauled in four receptions for 47 yards while Javion Monroe hauled in the only touchdown receptions from 19 yards out.
Robert Horsey tallied 11 total tackles to lead the Bobcats while Luke Freeman tallied seven total tackles with two tackles for loss and two sacks in the game for 25 yards. West Virginia State had four players with 11 plus tackles.
Kameron Vargas led the team with 14 total while AJ Joyce, Jeremiah Covington-Griggs, and Ibrahim Sesay each recorded 11 total tackles.