www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: September 24, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT01/309249972 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT01/309249972 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Allen, Anna L. Noon, Institute Church of the Nazarene, Institute.

Bailey, Dylan T. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Bare, Bettye J. 10 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Bostic, Sarah J. 2 p.m., Rhema Christian Center, Fairlea.

Butcher, Ora 1 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Carter, Joseph 11 a.m., Dunbar Mountain Mission, Dunbar.

Clute, Betty J. 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Conner, Alice 2 p.m., Memory Gardens, Madison.

Copeland, Mitchell L. 11 a.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Holliday, Richard G. 10 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Johnston, Zacchaeus 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jones, Nancy 1 p.m., House of Prayer, Dingess.

LeRose, Lena 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans.

Loudermilk, Betty A. 2 p.m., James Chapel United Methodist Church, Clintonville.

McCormick, Betty L. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Nettles Aumock, Shirley and Aumock, LaVerne

Reed, Janet A. 2 p.m., Sissonville Memorial Gardens, Sissonville.

Sayre, Anna L. Noon, Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Simons, William 1 p.m., Welcome Baptist Church, Beckley.

Smailes, Ollie K. 1 p.m., Big Sewell Baptist Church, Sewell Mountain.

Smith, David L. 2 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home Chapel, Eleanor.

Smith, Mark A. 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Smithson, Jaylee M. Noon, Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Summers, Donald R. Noon, Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Vaughn, Bobby E. 1 p.m., Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Walker, Cristopher M. 2 p.m., Brookside Ministries, Mount Carbon.

Wells, Richard A. Noon, Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Whytsell, Harold R. 11 a.m., Taylor

Louis Gene Barnett http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249997 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Louis Gene "Lujack" Barnett, 85, of Hometown went home to be with the Lord September 21, 2016 in CAMC Teays Valley Hospital with his family by his side.

He is retired from Putnam County Schools and a former employee of Avtex and Amherst Coal Riverboat. He is an Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Lujack was the recipient of the WSAZ Hometown Hero Award for his 50+ years of coaching baseball in the Putnam County area. He attended Wilkinson Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Orpha Barnett; sisters Genevive Cottrill, Madeline Jones and Mary Jane Hill and brothers Dencil "Dollbaby" Barnett and Charles "Bus" Barnett.

Mr. Barnett was a devoted family man. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mrs. Lorene Stephens Barnett; daughters Judy O'Dell and husband Bill of Poca and Cindy Jones and husband Adrain of Winfield; brother Franklin "Rosie" Barnett and wife Eva of Hometown; grandchildren Tina Shoemaker and husband Mike of Ona, Joshua O'Dell and wife Kristina of Charleston, SC and Logan Jones of Winfield and great grandson Caden Shoemaker of Ona.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at CAMC Teays Valley and all the friends and family for your love and support during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wilkinson Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 236, Hometown, WV 25109.

A tribute to the life of Mr. Louis Gene "Lujack" Barnett will be 3 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Pastors Brent Null and Don Lohr officiating. Entombment will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Barnett family.

Betty Jean Bryant http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249980 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Betty Jean Bryant, 77, of Winona, died Friday, September 23, 2016. Service will be noon Monday, September 26, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Ann Buckner http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249999 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Betty Ann "Margaret" Wiggins Buckner, age 91, of Munster, Indiana, formerly of Oak Hill and Elkview, WV, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Born December 11, 1924, in Logan, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lewis D. and Ora Mae Wells Wiggins.

Betty was a homemaker and former member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Her husband, James E. Buckner; brothers, Gilbert Wiggins and Frank Wiggins; and sisters, Helen Pritt and Lucille Tucker preceded her in death.

Those left to mourn her passing are two sons, David Buckner and his wife, Linda of Griffith, IN and Paul Buckner and wife, Annie of Hammond, IN, and brother, Alvin Wiggins and his wife, Katie of Bridgeport.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Melissa Domazet and husband, Trevor, Stacy Jones and husband, Joshua, Amanda Buckner, Jonathan Buckner and wife, Bethany and Valarie Blomquist and husband, Adam; nine great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill with Pastor Roger Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Alice Conner http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249994 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Alice Gail Conner, 69, of Jeffrey, died September 22, 2016. Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, September 24, at Memory Gardens, Madison. Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Faye Davidson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249979 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Carrie Faye Davidson, 93, of Alum Creek, died Thursday, September 22, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, September 26, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the funeral home. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Sawyer Dorsey http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249986 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Sawyer Kade Dorsey, 1, of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord, on September 21, 2016.

He was a loving sweet baby who adored his family. Sawyer loved music, especially Mickey Mouse songs. He loved the excitement of playing with his mommy and having her scare him. HE WAS LOVED SO MUCH!

Sawyer was born on July 23, 2015, to Zachary and Mary Dorsey. He is also survived by grandparents, Todd and Tammy Dorsey and John and Cindy Koster; great- grandparents, Shorty and Jean Dorsey and George and Deloris Perry; aunt, Hannah McCallister (James); uncles, Trinity Dorsey (Bailey), Nicolas Koster; cousins, Asher, Aniston and Jacob.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 25, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston with Pastor Jesse Waggoner officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.

You may leave condolences by visiting Sawyer's tribute at chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Dorsey family.

Sammy Dunbar http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249985 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Sammy Lee Dunbar, 75, of Union died Friday, September 23, 2016. Service will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016. Groves Funeral Home in Union, WV is serving the Dunbar family.

Marion Duncan http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249981 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Marion Cavender Duncan, 87, of Charleston, died Friday, September 23, 2016. Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of the arrangements.

Gaye Faudree http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/OBIT/309249984 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gaye Colene Ferguson Faudree, 74, of Covington, Va. died Thursday, September 22, 2016. Memorial service will be held 6 p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 25. Groves Funeral Home in Union, WV is serving the Faudree family.

Photos: Hooverpalooza fundraiser http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ01/160929725 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ01/160929725 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:14:58 -0400

Alleged child abductor arrested, children found safe http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0118/160929726 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0118/160929726 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:41:59 -0400 Staff reports By Staff reports Authorities have captured and arrested an Illinois man who allegedly abducted his 13-year-old step-daughter and her 2-week-old child, according to Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

A tip was called into the Sheriff's Office that the man, Christopher Ray Delerth, 39, was spotted in the Cabin Creek area. Humphreys said he was arrested as a fugitive from justice wanted in Illinois. He will be returned to Madison County, Illinois.

Delerth's step-daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, and her child were transported to a local hospital to be examined though Humphreys said they both appeared to be fine.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office in Illinois said Delerth, 39, of Granite City, abducted his step-daughter and her child from a foster home in rural Madison County, Illinois, on Sunday morning. At the time, police said they believed he was heading for West Virginia.

Katherine, of Carpenter, Illinois, was still under the care of a doctor after having a cesarean section delivery, Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said. She also has a congenital heart defect and a pacemaker. Special equipment to monitor the pacemaker was left behind when she went missing.

The man's vehicle, a green 1997 Mercury Villager, was spotted on Interstate 77 in Charleston earlier this week

U.S. Marshals then detected that Delerth's made a purchase at a GoMart in Chelyan, a Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatched said Friday afternoon.

Dr. James McJunkin: Don't let your mosquito guard down yet, WV (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0405/160929728 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0405/160929728 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:04:09 -0400 Dr. James McJunkin By Dr. James McJunkin It's fall, but continue to protect your kids against mosquito bites.

Parents should not let down their guard against preventing mosquito bites in family members. Most people have become aware of Zika virus because of the seriousness of its effects on the developing fetus.

However it is also important for West Virginians, especially those living in the southern and central part of the state, to be aware of another mosquito-borne disease which, although it does not affect babies in the womb, it can cause central nervous system infections in children and adolescents. This infection is called La Crosse encephalitis, which is caused by a virus of the same name.

Most children have negligible or mild disease after exposure to the virus from the bite of an infected mosquito, but some children go on to develop more severe disease. These children with more severe disease frequently have headache, fever and vomiting and about one-half of these will progress to have seizures. A smaller percentage will have disorientation or even coma.

Most children with the more severe type of disease will require admission to the intensive care unit. Fortunately, this severe form of the disease is fairly rare compared to the large number of people who are exposed and then have mild or even unapparent disease.

Nevertheless when one considers La Crosse encephalitis, as well as the rare possibility of getting West Nile Encephalitis, not to mention recent concerns about Zika, there are many good reasons for parents and individuals to protect their children and themselves from mosquito bites.

Before talking about mosquito repellants it is quite important to take environmental steps to reduce places where mosquitoes can breed,especially in areas near your house or where children play. The best step to take is to reduce areas of standing water, especially those which occur when small containers are left near the house such as buckets or bird-baths, or even styrofoam cups or other trash which has not been properly discarded.

An especially serious problem are discarded tires, which readily trap and retain water. These are "disastrously good" breeding sites for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Stopped up gutters are also to be avoided for the same reason.

In places where standing water may be hard to drain, some of these areas might be amenable to the use of larvicide "dunks" which are lethal to the mosquito larvae. As usual with such products, check labels as to proper use for best efficacy and safety.

Finally, on mosquito repellants, a recent Consumer Reports article (July 2015) found products with either picaridin or DEET to be effective, with the caveat that these should not be used on children under 2 months of age and should only be used at approved concentrations.

Products with oil of eucalyptus were also found to be effective, with the exception that these should not be used in children under 3 years of age. Most of the available products using picaridin as the active ingredient provide it in a 20 percent concentration, while those using DEET provide it in a 10 to 30 percent concentration. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is mainly available in a 30 percent concentration.

All three of the above are considered safe and effective when used at the above concentrations and as directed by the accompanying label. DEET historically has had a concern about neurologic side effects, but these rare case reports that occurred at much higher concentrations than those that are currently available.

An important tip about application of insect repellants is that they should be used only on exposed skin and should not be used under clothing. They should be not be sprayed directly on the face, but sprayed on the hands and then applied to the face with avoidance of the eyes and mouth as well as any wounds or irritated skin. Other guidance should be carefully followed as directed by the product label.

Mosquitoes will be with us until a good frost or two which may be even into November, and thus parents are reminded that "the readiness is all" in protecting children from mosquito bites and reducing mosquitoes in the environment.

Dr. James McJunkin is a pediatrician in Charleston.

Mountaineer Gameday: WVU must manage its backfield rotation http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929731 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929731 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:28:07 -0400 Mike Casazza By Mike Casazza LANDOVER, Md. - JaJuan Seider has his hands full. This is not a bad thing. But it is a thing, and the reality is the dynamics and the diversity involved ensure that West Virginia's running backs coach will have to manage this thing for at least the foreseeable future.

Consider what happened in the team's season-opening win. Justin Crawford, the reigning national junior college player of the year, had 101 yards rushing and a touchdown. Rushel Shell carried 16 times for another 90 yards and a score. And freshman Kennedy McKoy goofed up the first snap of his career, going left when quarterback Skyler Howard thought he was going right. The mix-up forced Howard from the pocket, and that was the play in which he hurt his ribs.

It was nevertheless a good debut for the running game, the linemen and the backs who thought they'd again be the strength of the offense, never mind Wendell Smallwood's roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A week later, Shell was dynamic again, turning 16 carries into 84 yards and receiving unanimous praise for playing the best game he's played in two seasons and two games with WVU. McKoy carried three times for 34 yards and added a 21-yard touchdown catch for the team's final score, but that wasn't mop-up duty. He played as part of the regular rotation of running backs. Crawford, meanwhile, had a harder time and ran 12 times for 41 yards and finished without a reception after catching five passes a week earlier.

Seider showed up for work the next day, knowing he had to find a way to sustain the experienced Shell, to keep the rookie McKoy up and to get the experienced rookie Crawford back where he was.

And then Seider remembered he had to wait a whole week before he could start practicing for Saturday's 3:30 p.m ESPN2 game against BYU (1-2) at FedExField. The Cougars allowed better than 5 yards per carry once in the past 16 games. UCLA averaged 7.79 on 38 attempts last season. BYU limited the Bruins to 1.17 yards per carry on 34 attempts in last week's loss.

"If you think for a minute we don't think we can line up and run the ball against anyone in the country," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said, "then you're mistaken."

The Mountaineers (2-0) had an open weekend, and Seider had an opportunity to reevaluate what's happened so far at his position.

For Shell, it's pretty simple. He's never been better. He's flashed before with big plays and long runs here and there and a 100-yard game at Pitt in 2013 and two in each of his first two seasons with WVU.

But the quest has always been for consistent performances, and the only time Shell topped 174 total yards over the span of two games was 113 and 110 yards against Kansas and Texas Tech in 2014. But this Shell has averaged 5.63 and 5.25 yards per carry in the first two games, the first time the fifth-year senior has been above 5 yards per carry in back-to-back games at WVU or at Pitt.

"I think he's to the point right now where he knows it's his last year," Seider said. "We can't sit there and help and tell him, 'You've got to do it, you've got to do it.' It's on him, but he knows he's got to go out and do it. I like the way he's approaching it." McKoy's second game was a much better indication of how he can help the offense. It was much closer to the things he did throughout the spring and then in preseason camp. As far as first impressions go, McKoy's wasn't great, but Seider said he never gave McKoy another opportunity to right that wrong.

"A freshman had a day being a freshman," Seider said. "You've seen him make improvements. He had really one play that first game that stood out, and he really didn't have a chance to overcome it. In the heat of the moment, I didn't let him come out of it. We had two other guys rolling."

Shell and Crawford powered a running game that averaged 5.07 yards against Missouri, only the second time since the start of the 2014 season the Tigers allowed 5 or more yards per carry. The Mountaineers didn't need McKoy that day, but they would against Youngstown State. Crawford had the issues that day, and again Seider handed some of the blame to himself.

"I maybe should have done a couple things differently just to slow Crawford down," Seider said. "That game was more about patience than the way he plays, which is quick and downhill."

Youngstown State's defense used defensive backs to come from the back of a play to help stop the run. It took them time to get from their starting point to the action, and Crawford is conditioned to make something happen as quickly as possible. He scored 30 touchdowns in two junior college seasons and had 11 runs of 50 yards or more. Seider said beating the Penguins was more about 4- and 5-yard gains and the occasional breakaway.

"You look at film through the week, and for a kid who normally puts up big stats, you see a team that stacks up (four defensive linemen and one linebacker) in the box, in your mind you say you're going to have a big game," Seider said. "But sometimes - and it happens to every player - you feel like you're going to make a bunch of plays and you don't."

Holgorsen said Crawford tried too hard in his second game, and that's the sort of thing that can derail someone as quickly or as convincingly as the mistake McKoy made in the opener. The Mountaineers aren't shying away from either of them. They'll need McKoy to manage a reserve role. They'll need Crawford to succeed with a larger profile by himself or next to Shell in two-back sets.

"He's got the potential to change the game," Holgorsen said. "I've seen him make too many people miss and hit the hole too good to say otherwise. He's only had a couple games for everyone to see it. I think as he gets more comfortable with what we're doing and gets settled in a little bit with how we do things, how we practice, how we call plays, what the weekly routine is, he's going to have more opportunities to show people he can make a difference at this level."

Mountaineer Gameday: Mitch's Matchups for WVU-BYU http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929732 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929732 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:25:57 -0400 Mitch Vingle By Mitch Vingle West Virginia will carry the nation's No. 18 passing attack to Landover, averaging 321 yards through the air. Daikiel Shorts (No. 14, averaging 112 yards) and Shelton Gibson (No. 18, 105) are two of the nation's Top 20 receivers in yards per game. BYU will counter with the nation's No. 78 pass defense. UCLA QB Josh Rosen completed 26 of 40 passes against it last Saturday for 307 yards and two TDs. Cougars defensive back Kai Nacua, suspended for the first half of that game, leads the nation with three picks.

Edge: Mountaineers

Not much has gone right for BYU's offense under new coordinator Ty Detmer. Season starting quarterback Taysom Hill is No. 104 (of 112) in pass efficiency at 102.9. The Cougar passing offense is No. 78 - with no wideouts among the NCAA's Top 200. Sophomore QB Tanner Mangum is in the wings. WVU's pass defense, meanwhile, is only No. 94 nationally, allowing 251 passing yards after two games. Defensive back Rasul Douglas is averaging 7 tackles. Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton has the only pick.

Edge: Cougars

West Virginia's rushing attack has been more than respectable. Although one game was against FCS Youngstown, the Mountaineers are No. 23 nationally, averaging 238 ground yards. Rushel Shell (No. 44 nationally, averaging 87 yards) and Justin Crawford (No. 78, 70.5) are a nice 1-2 punch. BYU's rush defense is No. 36 nationally, allowing an average of 111.3. Linebacker Butch Pau'u is the nation's No. 3 tackler, averaging 12.3. Against UCLA, Pau'u had a game-high 19 tackles, 11 solo. The Bruins had but 50 rushing yards.

Edge: Mountaineers

This is the same scenario as with BYU's passing attack versus WVU's pass defense: brutal. The Cougars have suffered injuries along its offensive line and are just No. 107 nationally in rush offense, averaging 126.3 yards. Jamaal Williams is by far the leading rusher, averaging 82.7 yards. QB Taysom Hill is next at 39. West Virginia's rush defense, meanwhile, is No. 95 nationally, allowing 182.5 rushing yards. Linebacker Justin Arndt and company allowed four YSU runners over 37 yards - and two were QBs.

Edge: Mountaineers

This is a close call. WVU has the edge in kicking. Punter Billy Kinney is No. 7 nationally (47.1 yard average) with BYU's Jonny Linehan No. 24 (43.9). In field goal kicking, WVU's Mike Molina is No. 27 in percentage (83.3) and BYU's Jake Oldroyd is No. 39 (75.0). The Cougars have the edge in punt return, kickoff return defense, punt return defense and net punting. The Mountaineers are faring better in kickoff return at No. 24. Individually, Shelton Gibson is No. 21, averaging 27 yards a return.

Edge: Cougars

Both teams are desperate for a win. New BYU coach Kalani Sitake watched his team fall at home to UCLA after a close loss to Utah. He brought in Ty Detmer to run the offense - and it's struggled mightily. WVU, meanwhile, has been trying to regroup via a week off after taking a step back against FCS Youngstown State. The Mountaineers won, but the defense was more than ineffective. WVU is now No. 99 in total defense. It's an important game not only for the Mountaineers and coach Dana Holgorsen, but the Big 12.

Edge: Mountaineers

Mountaineer Gameday: Numbers and Nuggets for BYU http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929733 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929733 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:22:30 -0400 Derek Redd By Derek Redd 2 - West Virginia has two receivers sitting in the FBS' top 20 in yards per game. Daikiel Shorts is 14th at 112 yards per game, and Shelton Gibson is tied with Purdue's Domonique Young for 18th at 105 yards per game.

3 - BYU defensive back Kai Nacua already has three interceptions this season. He leads the FBS in both total interceptions and interceptions per game.

3 - BYU's losing margin it its first two games is a total of three points. The Cougars lost to Arizona 18-16 and Utah 20-19. Utah is ranked 24th at 3-0 and Arizona is 2-1.

4 - West Virginia has won four of its six games in professional football stadiums under head coach Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineers are 1-0 at FedExField in that span, beating James Madison 42-12 in 2012.

5 - There are five teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have yet to allow a sack this season. West Virginia is one of them. The Mountaineers join Minnesota, Toledo, Purdue and Ohio in that accomplishment.

6 - This is the sixth time BYU has started a season 1-2 since 2006. It hasn't hurt the Cougars much. They've finished with a winning record in each of the previous five times and won at least 10 games in three of them.

12 - This is the 12th time in the last 20 seasons that WVU has started a season at 2-0. A 2-0 start has led to at least 10 wins in a season four times in those 12 campaigns.

31 - WVU quarterback Skyler Howard's 389-yard passing performance against Youngstown State was the 31st time under Holgersen that the team eclipsed the 300-yard mark in a game. The Mountaineers are 21-10 in those contests.

51.6 - WVU has converted 51.6 percent of its third downs this season. That's 16th best in the FBS and second best in the Big 12.

119 - The Cougars are ranked 119th in the FBS in scoring offense, averaging 17 points per game. Only nine teams in the subdivision average fewer.

WVU recruiting: Expect to see prospects roaming FedExField stands http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929734 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0201/160929734 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:20:16 -0400 By Chris Anderson For the Gazette-Mail By By Chris Anderson For the Gazette-Mail When West Virginia and BYU kick off at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on Saturday afternoon, it will be quite a spectacle. Between the Mountaineers' rabid fan base, and the "national" angle of the Cougars' followers, there will be fans from all over the country in attendance. There will also be recruits, despite it being a neutral-site game.

According to NCAA rules, the school designated as the "home team" - in this case, West Virginia - is allowed to provide complimentary tickets to recruits, just as they do for regular home games. Said recruits must pay for everything else, though, just as they would for unofficial visits to Morgantown.

The one big difference? The coaching staff is not allowed to interact with recruits since the game is technically off campus. That can dampen the enthusiasm about visits some, but prospects can still see the team and coaches play live football, and can experience the fan base, especially in what could be a very pro-WVU environment.

Expect a handful of West Virginia targets to be roaming the stands Saturday. Topping that list are a pair of 2018 targets with Mountaineer offers - Leddie Brown and Daniel George.

Brown, a 247Sports three-star recruit, originally played at Eastern Christian Academy (Maryland), the same school that produced Wendell Smallwood, Daikiel Shorts and David Sills. With the program now shuttered, he's enrolled at Smyrna (Delaware). He holds offers from Louisville and Maryland as well, but West Virginia's early offer has the Mountaineers as the current favorite. He attended camp at West Virginia this summer, visited for a Junior Day in the spring and took in a couple of games last fall.

"It went great. We just talked to the coaches most of the time," Brown said about his July visit. "They mostly said I would be a good fit in the offense."

George, a 247Sports four-star prospect, holds a dozen offers from up and down the eastern United States, including Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and more. West Virginia entered the picture this summer with an offer, and the nation's 22nd-ranked wide receiver immediately put the Mountaineers in contention. This will be the first WVU visit of any kind for the highly-regarded prospect out of Oxon Hill (Maryland). Currently, the home-state Terrapins are considered the favorite, with Iowa right there with them.

Expect a few more recruits to add their names to the list in the coming days as they figure out rides to and from the game. Meanwhile, the Mountaineer coaching staff will hope that the team's play will do all the talking on Saturday.

Ground game leads George Washington to win at Ripley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929735 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929735 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:20:11 -0400 Michael Carvelli By Michael Carvelli RIPLEY - For much of this season, George Washington has been at its best when it has thrown the ball around the field with sophomore quarterback Grant Wells and his weapons at receiver.

Friday night, it was the running game that got the Patriots going as Aidan Johnson and Jonathan McClung helped to pave the way to a 45-21 road victory over Ripley.

"We came out and showed we can be balanced,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "There are going to be nights when Grant has big days and there are nights like tonight where they're playing the pass heavy and we can run it. We blocked really well. We've seen good things from our backs this season, so it was good to build on that more."

Johnson carried the ball 16 times for 158 yards, including picking up more than 70 yards in the third quarter, while McClung had 53 yards and scored three times.

That running game helped the Patriots (2-3) take over from the end of the first quarter into the second half, as they went on a run of 31 unanswered points to put them in the driver's seat.

"It felt good to get back on the winning track tonight," Edwards said. "We went out and did what we needed to and got the job done in the running game. Those two really set the tone for us tonight."

Ripley opened the game in methodical fashion, taking more than seven minutes off the first-quarter clock on its opening drive.

Over the course of that drive, the Vikings used 16 plays to march 61 yards down the field - setting up their running game with R.J. Evans and Chase Morgan - before Brayden Campbell hit Anthony Jarvis with a fade pass for a 9-yard touchdown that put Ripley ahead 7-0.

"We knew they were going to try to pound the ball like they did. We told our guys to just bounce back and play our game," Edwards said. "We knew we played right into their hands on that first drive and we had to do something to get control."

George Washington answered back with some quality drives of its own throughout the first half.

The Patriots scored on their first drive, getting a 3-yard touchdown run from McClung that tied the game. That score helped GW end the half with 17 straight points, getting another touchdown run from McClung before Nathan Parsons hit a 35-yard field goal as time ran out in the second quarter.

McClung and Johnson helped get a couple of quick scoring drives early in the third quarter to add to GW's cushion, and then the Patriot defense got to work to make sure Ripley couldn't get much closer.

The Patriots allowed two touchdowns, one on an 8-yard run by Evans and a 30-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Colton Kay with 10 seconds left in the game, but forced the Vikings (2-3) to struggle for the majority of the final two quarters. On its other four drives of the second half, Ripley turned the ball over on downs three times and was forced to punt once.

That defensive performance showed the type of grit Edwards wanted to see from his group.

"Our defense did a nice job, they held strong," Edwards said. "They didn't play well last week, and they knew that. They wanted to come out and show they can make those plays and I was pleased with most of the game from them. You always have some little things here and there, but we were really strong."

Wells had a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Darnell Brooks and Jaquan Hall ripped off a 55-yard run late. Wells finished the game with 91 yards passing and 79 yards on the ground.

Evans led Ripley with 80 yards on 15 carries while Chase Morgan added 37 yards. Campbell threw two touchdown passes in the loss.

Contact Michael Carvelli at 304-348-4810 or michael.carvelli@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @carvelli3.

Mark Scites keys Riverside win over St. Albans http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929736 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929736 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:18:00 -0400 Chris Wade By Chris Wade Riverside continued its re-emergence with a 49-28 road victory over St. Albans at Crawford Field on Friday night to again go over the .500 mark.

The Warriors entered the season on a 24-game losing streak, but improved to 3-2 by beating the Red Dragons. St. Albans fell to 1-4.

"I was doing some research and that is the first time since 2009 Riverside has been above .500 at this point of the season," Riverside second-year coach Zach Davis said.

"All credit goes to our players. We demand a lot of them, but we are on the right path. It's a team effort and I'm just so proud of them. They hear a lot from other people about Riverside but we are in the playoff hunt right now."

The Riverside offense was clicking on all cylinders, rushing for 287 yards and passing for 152 for a total of 439 yards.

"This is a very big win for us," said Riverside quarterback Mark Scites, who accounted for four touchdowns. "We want to try and make the playoffs. I haven't seen that in a long time. It's usually been the other team scoring 49 points. It is an amazing feeling.''

"The last couple weeks,'' Davis said, "our offense has struggled but coach Nate Johnson, our offensive coordinator, has done a great job, put a great game plan together, and the guys executed.''

Scites, a junior, made several crucial plays for the Warriors, especially in the second half. The first came on the opening possession of the third quarter, with Riverside leading 21-14.

Facing a fourth-and-9 from the St. Albans 32-yard line, Scites found Dom Reed in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to give Riverside a 28-14 advantage with 9:46 left in the third quarter.

After St. Albans scored a touchdown to cut the Warriors lead to 28-21, Scites converted a fourth-and-3 from the Red Dragons 43 on a 31-yard run. On the next play, he scored from 12 yards out to give Riverside a 35-21 lead.

St. Albans once again cut the Warriors lead to seven, but the Riverside offense kept the pressure up, reclaiming a two-score lead with Scites once again making a pair of important plays.

Facing a third-and-8 from his own 22, Scites hit Reed for a 13-yard first-down completion. Later on the drive, the Riverside quarterback scored on a 22-yard touchdown run with 8:16 left in the game.

Scites finished with 76 yards rushing on just nine carries and two touchdowns, and was 8 for 14 passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

He had plenty of help, with Gage Lanham emerging for 120 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. The junior also caught an 87-yard TD pass from Scites. Caden Easterling rushed for 96 yards on 16 attempts and a touchdown.

"Mark was huge tonight," Davis said. "Gage has done a great job in practice. He has shined and when that happens, you get the ball in the game. He had a great night for us."

St. Albans had plenty of offensive firepower as well, especially Jayson Barrett, but just couldn't get enough stops from its defense.

Barrett rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries, threw for 106 yards on 4-of-6 passing, and also caught three passes for 105 yards.

"He's our guy," St. Albans coach Scott Tinsley said. "We just need to keep him healthy. He has been banged up. We are getting better. We just can't keep our mental concentration for all four quarters."

Winfield holds on to beat Wayne http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929737 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160924/GZ0203/160929737 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:15:36 -0400 By Shawn Ross For the Gazette-Mail By By Shawn Ross For the Gazette-Mail WINFIELD - Although it may be too early to label the Winfield Generals as a team of destiny, one thing is for certain through their first four contests: They never stop battling.

The Generals earned their third come-from-behind victory of the season Friday night with a 23-22 triumph over Wayne. The winning play came on a 24-yard field goal by Jordan McVey with 5:17 left in the game. However, the defense provided the final push to seal the victory.

On the first play of Wayne's final possession, Devin Hall raced 66 yards up the left sideline on a zone run. Hall appeared to be poised for a potential go-ahead 80-yard touchdown run, but Charles Young pursued Hall from the back side of the play to bring him down at the General 14.

The Pioneers appeared to be in prime position to take the lead, but a 5-yard sideline warning was assessed, moving the Pioneers back to the 19. Wayne (1-3) was unable to rebound. Hall was stopped on consecutive runs and Jeremiah Milum was halted for just a 3-yard gain on a quarterback boot on third down. Facing a fourth and 8 from the 17-yard line, Milum attempted to connect with Hall on a post route inside the Winfield 5, but the pass sailed too high.

"Good teams deal with adversity and they find a way to win. We're trying to learn to win, and we're doing a good job so far," Winfield coach Craig Snyder said. "That's a good football team. They played to their strengths. The unbalanced power stuff they did tonight allowed them to control the line of scrimmage and we were able to make just enough plays to win."

For the first time all season, the Pioneers utilized a Power-I set to control the clock and grind out first downs. The change in scheme proved beneficial the entire night, as the Pioneers penetrated Winfield territory each time they had the ball, and didn't punt the entire game.

The signature drive of the night for Wayne spanned the majority of the fourth quarter, a 16-play, 80-yarder that was capped by a 5-yard Hall jaunt off left guard to knot the score at 20. K.J. Mills punched in the go-ahead 2-point conversion off right guard to give the Pioneers a 22-20 lead with just over 9:00 to play in the game.

"When you're coming into a game with a losing record and people are down on you and you see a group of kids 15 to 18 years old put all that behind them and lay their heart out on the field, it makes you proud," Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. "When you lay it all on the line and play with heart, the only shame is when you don't do that. I was proud of our guys tonight."

The Generals wasted little time in asserting their offensive prowess by embarking on an 11-play, 64-yard scoring drive capped off with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Huff to Jackson Van Scoy. The Generals (3-1) utilized a single-wing package that exclusively featured quarterback runs by Huff, Zach Bratton and Trystan Willard. The only non-quarterback run on the drive was the pass to Van Scoy.

Wayne countered with an 8-yard touchdown run by Mills that capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive to tie the game at 6 with 4:28 left in the first quarter. However, Winfield struck back when Huff found Chris Farha on a go route for a 53-yard score on the following play from scrimmage.

The Generals picked up a 4-yard touchdown run by Willard in the second to extend their lead to 20-6, but Wayne cut the lead to 20-14 on a 5-yard Mills score with just over 3:00 to play in the first half.

The Pioneers threatened Winfield territory early in the second quarter, driving inside the General 15. However, a fourth-down trick play was thwarted when Gunnar Harmon was hauled down for a 4-yard loss.

The win marked the Generals' third rally of the season. Last week, Winfield erased a 41-17 third quarter deficit to defeat Herbert Hoover 51-48. Earlier in the season, the Generals overcame a 20-point deficit to Scott. That resilience has Winfield faithful flying high near the halfway point of the season.

"I'm proud of my guys. My guys don't quit," Snyder said. "They bowed their backs and made just enough plays. This is the first time we've ever beaten Wayne. It takes an extra-special effort to beat a team like this and we feel like we can build from this. If we're down, we know we can come back. They challenged us up front, and we rose to it."