A couple of bonafide dynamic duos have emerged through the first tow weeks of the high school seasons.
Richwood has quarterback Caleb Jantuah and receiver Michael McGee.
Oak Hill has Khori Bass and the hybrid Abe Farrow, who excels in the passing and running game.
Jantuah showed he could throw a little after being moved to quarterback midway through last season. He threw for 301yards and five touchdowns but 188 and three scores came in the Lumberjacks loss tp South Harrison.
Five of his nine completions for 164 yards and all three touchdowns went to McGee.
The beat has continued through the first two games of 2018 season. Jantuah is 18 of 23 (78.3 percent) for 392 yards and eight TD. McGee has 12 or 315 and seven touchdowns. The connected nine times for 252 yards and five touchdowns in the opener.
Jantuah also has 92 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Hard to believe this guy started as a running back/receiver.
At Oak Hill, nobody is surprised BAss can run.
He hasn’t had to do as much because of the emergence of Abe Farrow, playmaker extraordinaire.
His number are crazy.
Six carries, 215 yards (35.8 ypc) and four touchdowns. Eleven receptions, 288 yards and five touchdowns. That’s 17 catches 505 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The eye-popping stat is Bass’ passing numbers. HE is 15 of 20 for 322 yards and five touchdowns, all to Farrow.
Last year Bass competed 37 percent of his passes for 147 yards and four TD.
“Bass has worked hard on developing his passing game the last two summers during our 7 on 7 periods and keeps getting better,” coach Jason Blankenship said. “And now I believe he has a good receiver group to throw to led by Farrow. These two guys have been friends forever and have a great relationship off the field which I believe has made the on-the-field connection smooth. I look forward to them continue working well together all year.”
It will, of course, be hard to sustain what these duos have done. It’s a long season. The weather will turn.
But the are certainly off to a great start.
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Luke LeRose his well known as a basketball player, the second-leading scorer in the area last season at 23.0 points per game.
Now he has taken his talents to the football field.
It’s paying off for player and coach.
In the Grizzlies 26-24 victory over Shady Spring LeRose, caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
“I really was not surprised (by his output),” Gene Morris said. “We isolated him away from the trips formation to get him one-on-one with their defensive back. We his athleticism we felt like he could win those matchups. We did the same thing against North Marion They had two pass interference calls in the end zone guarding him. So we just missed doing it the week before. That’s just part of what we try to do. Just trying to fund matchups in our favor.
Basketball standout LeRose has definitely given 2-0 Nicholas another matchup in their favor.
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Elijah Barner is a two-way standout for 2-0 and he had the day you knew was coming offensively when he rushed for 202 yards and two scores.
Lost in the 28-12 victory over Man was the defensive play of Micah Mcglauglin who had seven tackles and four of the Knights nine tackles for a loss.
“Woogie (McGlaughlin) is a three-year starter who has really matured over the past year,” coach Larry Thompson Said. “He had a multitude of skill sets but his motor on the defensive line is endless.”
The Welch native moved to to North Carolina but returned his 10th grade year..
Flashing his further skill set he has a two-point conversion catch after the Knights final touchdown.
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Meadow Bridge sophomore Ayden Redden was in an ATV accident weekend.
He is reportedly in good spirits after the accident.
Coach Dwayne Reichard said he talked to his sophomore back who has back and lung injuries.
He is close to coming home, which is a good sign and wants to attend a practice .
Redden had a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown in the season opener, a close loss to Van.
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When Seth Ross left the Wyoming East at Westside game the Warriors responded by alternating their running backs at QB, running the read option.
“I’ve never run quarterback or anything like that before but it’s not really that hard, about like playing running back,” said Caleb Bower, who had a lot of his 208 yards and three touchdowns at running back. “I’ve thought about (playing) quarterback) but I didn’t rally practice throwing.”
No problems with the read option there.
“Personally I’ve never lined up at quarterback so when they pulled me aside when we were on defense and told me they were going to throw me in at quarterback I was like in my mind ‘Holy crap.’ It wasn’t bad. Hand it this way read it and see what they were doing or hand it that way and see what they are doing or run it a couple times.”
Elkins Sid he had often joked with the coaches about throwing him I at quarterback.
“I never thought it was going to happen,” Elkins said. “When they put me in there I was mind blown. Bit I think if we had to any of the three of us (Gage Bailey) could do the job.”
Bowers 208 yards is the most by a Wyoming East runner since Nik Walker went for 230 against Summers County on Sept. 30, 2014.
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It’s worth noting that Bluefield has rushed for 681 yards in two games this season. Last season the Beavers rushed for 616 yards in the first two games.