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After a hasty scheduling change that removed the Petersburg High School Vikings’ local rivals, the Moorefield High School Yellow Jackets from their Friday slot, the Vikings instead faced off against the Independence High School Patriots.
The cancellation was caused by a positive Covid-19 test within the Yellow Jackets’ football program.
The Vikings grabbed a 50-24 win over the Patriots, picking up their third consecutive win of the season. The Vikings’ next game is Oct. 2 against the Philip Barbour High School Colts. Overall, the season has been a rough run for the Colts so far, who are 0-4 for the year.
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Grant Wells threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns to set and tie school records for a debut quarterback and Marshall rolled past Eastern Kentucky 59-0 on Sept. 5, in both teams’ season opener.
Wells, a redshirt fresh- man, was 16-of-23 passing with his 307 yards besting Stan Hill’s 202-yard game in 2002, and his four touchdowns tying another mark.
Marshall scored on every possession - eight touchdowns and a field goal - except those cut short the half and the game’s end.
Wells threw touchdown passes in the first half ranging from 2 to 42 yards to Xavier Gaines, Talik Keaton, Garet Morrell and Jaron Woodyard. Brenden Knox ran for another TD and Shane Ciucci added a field goal for a 38-0 half- time lead.
Wells completed his day in the third quarter by leading another touchdown drive. The Herd added two more touchdowns and finished with eight different players scoring TDs.
The Herd piled up 627 yards offense, 345 in the air and 282 on the ground. The shutout was the first for Marshall since beating Kent State 21-0 in 2017.
Marshall made 12,000 tickets available for the game in 38,000-seat Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The school’s plan was to have fans seated in every other row with no more than six in a group allowed and two seats empty on either side of groups. Masks were mandated and tailgating wasn’t permitted.
The Colonels, under first-year head coach Walt Wells, opted out of the Ohio Valley Conference’s move to possibly play in the spring, and stuck to a fall slate of games.
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Jake Mauzy, a former Petersburg Viking athlete and current junior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, participated in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League (BCBL) tournament last month. Mauzy was asked to participate in the event by his pitching coach Greg Stagani.
Mauzy played on the Forest Brook Mallards team, coached by Collin Maynard. In the event, Mauzy grabbed three wins for the team and picked up only a single loss.
The BCBL is a summer baseball league held annually at Myrtle Beach, S.C., comprised of college students from around the country.
Mauzy made the All League 3rd team award. In the first game of the event, Mauzy helped to pitch the team to victory, playing two innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out two and walking one. In the second game, Mauzy lasted all seven innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits, striking out one and walking one. In the third game, Mauzy once again helped the team clench a victory, pitching for three innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three and walking zero. All three were winning games for the Mallards.
Mauzy is the son of Eric and Daphne Mauzy and the grandson of Larrie and Carol Mauzy and Roger and Joyce Williams.