By Dave Morrison
Two teams coming off losses last weekend meet tonight with one team in dire need of a win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Class A No. 14 Fayetteville (5-3) is at No. 2 Mount View (7-1) and in dire need of a win after losing to Class A No. 3 and rival Midland Trail 26-10 last week. Fayetteville has also lost to No. 1 Wheeling Central and No. 8 Sherman.
The Pirates close out the regular season against No. 13 Summers County next week. A win tonight is imperative to the Pirates post season in this, the tradition-rich school’s final season before consolidation.
Fayetteville is dynamic offensively, they have a group of skilled backs that can hurt us if we don’t put emphasis on them,” Mount View coach Larry Thompson said.
The Pirates are led by Jordan Dempsey, who last week went over the 1,000- yard mark for the third consecutive season. Dempsey has 1,054 yards rushing on 127 carries and 17 touchdowns. He is averaging 8.3 yards per carry and 131.8 yards per game. He is currently No. 3 in rushing in the area, behind Evan Rose of PikeView and Caleb Richmond of Meadow Bridge.
Quarterback Logan Frantz, who is imposing with the build of a fullback, has rushed for 410 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and six touchdown and Kris Wilson has added 212 yards. Eli Sedlock has contributed in the backfield as well.
Fayetteville doesn’t pass much, with Frantz completing 22 of 40 passes for 165 yards. Dempsey has lined up some at quarterback, he started his career as a QB, and is 8 of 17 passing for 90 yards. The Pirates are the only team in the area without a touchdown pass this season.
Dempsey is third in the area in scoring with 108 yards.
The Pirates also have a good kicker in WonYoung Hwang, who has converted 22 PATs on the year and has four field goals, third most in the area this season.
Thompson said the goal is to fix mistakes that occurred in a surprising 28-26 loss to PikeView. Mount View had been No. 1 or tied at No. 1 with Central all season.
“Our overall best defensive player (Elijah Barner) didn’t play last week and with that being said, we look to become cohesive again on defense,” Thompson said. “The goal was to clean up mistakes as a whle before Friday.”
Mount View has given up just 79 points (28 last week) and has 78 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks and 17 takeaways (six interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries).
Fayetteville coach Dave Moneypenny’s squad certainly is used to playing the top Class A teams, so this will be no different.
With Barner back in the fold the multi-faceted Golden Knight will be back in form.
Barner still leads the Golden Knights in rushing with 739 yards and seven touchdowns. Ty Powell, a converted lineman, has 658 and nine touchdowns and Terry Headon has 386 and six touchdowns.
The Golden Knights aren’t afraid to air it out behind sophomore signal caller who has completed 41 of 88 passes for 920 yards and has 15 touchdowns passes, third in the area.
His favorite target is Marqus Ray, who has 19 catches for 625 yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging an area-best 32.9 yards per receptions and he is third in receiving yards.
“they are big, strong and extremely fast at the skill positions,” Moneypenny said. “They’re a top team in Class A football. The culture there has changed to winning and that is a very good football team.”
Mount View is averaging 35.5 points per game 118 passing and 231 rushing.