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Beat local rivals 4-1

On Sept. 24, the Petersburg High School Lady Vikings picked up their first win of the season against local rivals, Keyser High School. With only four regularly scheduled games left in the season, the Petersburg High School Soccer team was facing an uncertain 2019 season.

The Vikings beat the Golden Tornadoes 4-1.

With only a few returning seniors, the team is not only young but also welcomed a new coach this year. Sydney Redman, an experienced player herself, brought a fresh voice to the field. However, as Redman gained her footing, the team has seen a noted improvement in their offensive game, with a focus on their striking game.

The Vikings will once again face the Golden Tornadoes next week, Oct. 8.

The remainder of their season will consist of two matches against Southern Garrett Md., High School and one against Frankfort High School.

“I couldn’t be more proud as a coach for all the hard work they put into the sport,” Redman posed on Facebook following the team’s victory. “The sportsmanship, dedication, loyalty, and positivity are more than I could ever ask for.”

The next scheduled Petersburg High School Lady Vikings soccer game is tomorrow.

The team will be taking on the Frankfort Falcons in Petersburg. The game will start at 5 p.m. and be followed immediately by
the boy’s game.

The Petersburg High School Vikings tied up their season with a 2-2 record following a home-field win against the Hampshire County Trojans. The Vikings beat out the Trojans 29-14 following a late game push back that saw the Vikings grab two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and pulled the teams out of a 14-14 tie.

Prior to the start of the game, the two teams started off their Friday night event by honoring Alex Miller, a Roane County high school football player who recently died suddenly during a game at Clay County High School earlier this month.

Both the Vikings and the Trojans walked their team’s jersey sporting Miller’s number, 80, to the center of the field and shook hands. The memorial was one of many held around the state in honor of Miller’s passing. The Viking players also organized a “bucket brigade” to collect money for Miller’s family.

The game was a good showing for the Vikings, who struggled offensively to gain much traction early over the Trojans but managed stay neck-in-neck with their opposition on defense. After picking up an early touchdown in the first quarter, the Vikings entered the second with a 6-0 lead.

Just minutes into the second quarter, the Trojans grabbed a pass into the end-zone for a touchdown, moving the score to 6-6. The followed their touchdown with a good kick that pushed the board into their favor at 7-6.

However, for most of the second quarter, both teams were bullied back with each struggling to pick up a first down before the ball was turned over to their opponents.

However, despite their second quarter touchdown, the Trojans struggled in their passing throughout the game, with a consistent pressure from the Vikings’ defense and overall lack of experience landing a majority of their passes incomplete.

The Vikings did pick up another two points that quarter following a flag from a referee that walked back a touchdown. The Vikings instead picked up a safety moving the score to 8-7 before heading into halftime.

The third quarter began with the Vikings on the offense; however, following another flag, it was turned over to the Trojans. The Trojans struggled to pick up yardage against the Vikings, ending their fourth down with one yard outside of their first down mark.

With just four minutes left in the third quarter, Viking Cody Nuzum picked up a good run and pushed the Vikings to just 10 yards outside of their endzone. Nuzum’s breakaway was followed by another push by PHS’s Peyton Day who grabbed the Vikings their second touchdown of the game and set the score at 14-7.
However, the Vikings’ victory was countered quickly by the Trojans, who picked up a massive run against the Vikings and grabbed another touchdown, followed by a good kick for a score of 14-14 and only two minutes left in the quarter. With so little time left the clock, the Vikings managed to maintain the ball but were unable to restore their lead. The game entered the fourth and final quarter at a tied 14-14.

The fourth had a tumultuous start for the Vikings, who had another touchdown flagged by referees. A short discussion among officials on the field left Viking fans with bated breath before the official ruling of not only their score being nullified but also being pushed backwards to a fourth down with 20 yards left before picking up another first down. The result saw the Vikings turn the ball over to the Trojans.

The two battled back-and-forth and the Trojans lost the ball following a series of incomplete passes with about 10 minutes left in the game. The Vikings pushed back with Day breaking through Trojan defenses and grabbing a more than 20 yard sprint down the field before being stopped. Day’s run left the ball on the 26 yard line and a few plays later, PHS’s Dawson Tingler picked up a touchdown for the Vikings. Tingler’s touchdown moved the score to 20-14. However, a great pass from Tingler to teammate Jacob Perez grabbed the team a two-point conversion, putting the score at 22-14. Tingler also picked up the team’s final touchdown of the game with just over two minutes left in the game following a strong defense breakthrough. He powered his way towards another touchdown for aViking lead of 28-14, followed by a good kick, to end the game at 29-14.

This season has been a tough one for the Trojans, who are currently setting at a 0-4 record for the season.The Vikings will face off against Weir this Saturday, in Weirton.

Jacob Hartman, an incoming freshman at Glenville State College, and former Petersburg High School quarterback, was one of five recipients of the nationwide student-athlete scholarship from EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation.

EarQ and the NFLPA have been tackling issues surrounding hearing loss since the partnership began in 2011. The scholarship program was born in 2015 in an effort to inspire a new generation of athletes who have overcome challenges surrounding their hearing loss and are pursuing higher education.

Hartman was diagnosed with profound hearing loss as a result of spinal meningitis when he was six months old. He has been an advocate for himself and has never let his hearing loss stop him from accomplishing his goals.

He was named football captain for three years of his high school career. He has broken all school records in football and led his team to the title of all-state in 2018.

“I set the example of how an athlete should act on and off the field and hope that those that watched will continue to follow me and will set the bar high for what they want to accomplish” says Hartman. “You can do anything you want and never let anyone discourage you from it.”

In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Hartman has excelled in his academics, graduating from PHS with a 4.2 GPA. He is studying forestry and playing football with his older brother, Jordan, at GSC.

To learn more about Hartman and what EarQ and the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation are doing to tackle hearing loss, call 866-432-7500.

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