WHEELING — The 2021 West Virginia high school football regular season had drama until the very end.
When it was all said and done, three local teams found themselves in the playoffs, while several others just missed punching a ticket to the postseason.
John Marshall finished the year ranked No. 17 with a 7.5 rating and a 6-4 record, just missing a postseason spot.
Brooke (5-4) was at No. 19 with a 6.56 rating.
In Class A, Tyler Consolidated (5.5, 6-4) also just missed a playoff berth at No. 17, while Madonna (5.3, 6-4) finished No. 18.
Here are the matchups for the three area teams that did qualify.
No. 16 Wheeling Park at No. 1 Huntington
Wheeling Park (7.5 rating, 4-4 record) has its hands full with a road test against the top team in the state. The Patriots earned the final spot in the postseason with a win over rival John Marshall last week but Huntington (16.7, 10-0) brings a perfect record into the matchup.
No. 16 Gilmer County at No. 1 Cameron
The road to the island goes through Cameron (11.11, 9-0) which finished the regular season with a perfect record and the top seed.
No. 9 Moorefield at No. 8 Wheeling Central
Wheeling Central (7.2, 7-3) returns to the postseason with eyes on its fourth state title in five years. Its journey to the island begins on the island where it hosts Moorefield (7.0, 7-3).
If both Central and Cameron advance, the two will meet in Cameron in Round 2 for a highly anticipated matchup.
Offensive Player of the Week
Spencer Ostovich, Steubenville
In a postseason shootout, Ostovich ran for 257 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week
Brennan Stout, St. Clairsville
Stout was all over the place as he tallied 14 tackles in a win.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Wesley Hughes, John Marshall
Hughes took a kick return 86 yards to the house.
∫ Jacob Coffield, John Marshall: In a rivalry game, the JM QB ran for 103 yards on 18 carries.
∫ Jacob Jordan, St. Clairsville: Jordan ran wild for 187 yards and two TDs.
∫ Jace Campinelli, Brooke: In the season finale, Campinelli ran for 94 yards and a TD.
∫ Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: Tigers’ RB ran for 110 yards and four scores.
∫ Austin Creamer, River: Creamer had 114 yards and three touchdowns in a win.
∫ Riley Watkins, Wheeling Central: In the season finale, Watkins ran for 108 yards and two TDs.
∫ Matthew Greenlief, Oak Glen: Greenlief ran for 106 yards and a TD.
∫ Brett Phillips, Wheeling Park: Phillips ripped JM’s defense apart with 208 yards and five touchdowns on 16 of 20 passing.
∫ Phaeton Hill, Steubenville: Hill finished the year with 217 yards and a score.
∫ Jake Heatherington, Bellaire: Big Reds’ QB threw for 199 yards in the final contest.
Good Hands Team
∫ Jerrae Hawkins, Will James, Wheeling Park: In his first game back from injury, Hawkins racked up 110 yards and two scores on seven grabs, while James tallied six receptions for 75 yards and two TDs.
∫ Isaac Hill, Steubenville: Big Red’s receiver garnered 126 yards and a TD.
∫ River Thompson, River: River’s River racked up 98 yards and a TD.
∫ Eli Tucker, Wheeling Central: Tucker hit seven extra points and had a 35-yard TD run.
∫ Kabel Isaly, River: The River signal-caller threw for 195 yards and a TD, while rushing for 69 yards and two scores.
∫ Paxton Marling, Cole O’Neil, Wheeling Central: Marling took an interception 20 yards to the house, while O’Neil returned a fumble 12 yards for six.
∫ Aiden Flowers, Oak Glen: Flowers tallied 12 tackles for the Bears.
∫ Jaiden Zebbs, St. Clairsville: Zebbs racked up 10 tackles.
∫ Lucas Otto, St. Clairsville: Otto kicked an 18-yard field and tallied five PATs in the win.
∫ Aidan Forget, Wheeling Park: Forget was a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT tries.
∫ Trenton Richmond, Oak Glen: Richmond delivered two PATs and a 28-yard field goal.
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