This past weekend was one to remember for one of the best quarterbacks in Harrison County history. Lincoln’s Jarrod Kellar proved his worth in the record books as he claimed first place on the County’s all-time passing yardage list. Kellar put forth the best effort of his career in the 50-49 loss to Grafton in Bearcat territory this past Friday. Kellar completed 25 of 36 passes for 386 yards and five scores. He passed former Robert C. Byrd standout Adam Secret and now has just over 6,000 yards.
The senior signal caller had a hand (or feet) in all seven of his teams’ touchdowns. His passing scores were on plays of 10, 35, 7, 8, and 60 yards respectively. He also scored on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard in the narrow defeat.
Chase Riley was his favorite receiver hauling in 14 passes for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Cougars picked up 26 first downs and gained 548 total yards of offense. Andrew Lopez paced the rushing attack. Lopez picked up 123 yards on 24 carries.
Kellar has one more opportunity to extend his total in two weeks, as he will conclude his high school career at home when Lincoln entertains North Marion.
Another team putting up high point totals is Robert C. Byrd. Since their bye, the Flying Eagles have scored fifty or more points in three of their four games. This past week they upended North Marion 56-21. They have been highly potent in the first half of their last three outings scoring on 18 of 20 possessions. The rushing attack has been a constant all season but the passing attack is starting to gain momentum.
Quarterback Julian Marino has thrown for two scores in each of his last three outings. Marino is looking more comfortable in his teams’ new offense and with a healthy receiving corps he looks to lead his team into the playoffs.
Notre Dame also picked up a big win over Gilmer County 34-13. The Fighting Irish have the counties longest win streak at six games and their own record holder spearheads them. Running back Santino Cava continues to impress with some incredible numbers. On Friday, Cava gained 225 yards on 19 carries. He also scored three rushing touchdowns and has his team in the top ten.
On the next level, West Virginia University picked up a huge road win last Saturday. The Mountaineers garnered a 34-10 road win and in the process became bow eligible. A 6-2 record puts the Mounties in the running for the biggest turnaround in major college football. Especially when you consider their losses come to Alabama and Oklahoma.
The monkey is off of this teams’ back and the hot seat that Head Coach Dana Holgorsen sat on prior to the start of the season has lost its flame. However, it appears that this group does not want to take its foot off of the gas. The last two considerable hurdles on the schedule. (TCU and Kansas State) have to make the trip to Touchdown City so there is no real reason to think that a run at a Conference Championship isn’t a probability.
The Horned Frogs are up next and it was just a few weeks ago that they blew a 21-point lead to Baylor. The good news for Mountaineer Nation is that if they cracked under the pressure against the Bears they will really struggle in the less than friendly confines of Milan Puskar Stadium. A victory this Saturday could be a program propeller and would put WVU in the driver’s seat en route to the Conference crown.