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PB Football Stops Petersburg In Overtime
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour football team made it two wins in a row on its turf field on Friday night with a thrilling 35-29 victory in overtime against rival Petersburg in the annual homecoming game. The Colts scored early and often and carried a 29-13 lead into the halftime break. Petersburg came out from the break determined to make a game of things and did just that taking a late PB fumble and turning it into a touchdown to tie the game with less than a minute to play. In the overtime, Petersburg turned the ball over on downs after four-straight plays. PB took the ball and Hunter Mason plunged into the end zone on the fifth play from scrimmage to give the Colts their fourth victory of the season. The Colts are now 4-2 overall and will travel to East Fairmont this Friday night. The Bees are 0-5 on the season and Head Coach Russ Collette called them, “the best team in the state with that record.” Against common opponents this season, the Bees lost to Grafton 10-9 and fell to Elkins 21-14. Kickoff at East/West Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
  The Colts began their homecoming game kicking off to Petersburg who returned the ball to their own 27-yard line. Three plays into the Vikings’ drive, PB sophomore Will Knight intercepted a pass and returned it to the Petersburg 17-yard line. Six plays later, Hunter Mason ran five yards into the end zone for the Colts’ first touchdown of the game. Christopher Volberg hit the extra point kick and the Colts led 7-0 less than three minutes into the game. Petersburg returned the PB kick to its own 48-yard line, but the squad was unable to take advantage of the good field position as it turned the ball over on downs in five plays.  
  The Colts returned the favor turning the ball over on downs after 11 plays. Petersburg was unable to do anything on its next drive and after a Noah Price sack, one of eight for him on the night, the Vikings were forced to punt. The kick went just 17 yards and PB took over on the Petersburg 45 with 2:26 to play in the first quarter. Eight plays later, Chase Collier ran three yards for the second PB touchdown of the quarter. The extra-point kick was blocked and the Colts held a 13-0 lead with 18 seconds to play in the quarter.  
  Petersburg wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they completed a short pass that turned into an 87-yard touchdown on just the second play of the second quarter. Their extra-point kick was good and PB held a 13-7 lead. After a short kickoff, the Colts took over on their own 46-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage quarterback Damien Gonzales scampered 54 yards for the third touchdown of the game for PB. Chase Collier ran in the two-point try and PB held a 21-6 lead with 10:51 to play in the half. After the PB kickoff, the Vikings took over on their own 21-yard line. After a Noah Price sack on third down, Petersburg was forced to punt. Hunter McDaniel broke through the line to block the kick which traveled into the end zone and Matthew McCoy fell on it to score the Colts’ fourth touchdown of the half. In an interesting choice that would have implications late in the game, the Colts went for two points and Chase Collier ran the ball in and PB held a 29-6 lead. Petersburg took the PB kickoff and put together a quick seven-play drive that resulted in a three-yard touchdown run. Their two-point try was no good and the Colts held a 29-13 lead which they carried into the half time break.  
  Haltime featured the annual homecoming festivities and coronation of Autumn McClung as Queen. The Pride of Barbour County PB band then performed one song from its field show and time ran out on the halftime clock.  
  The PB offense struggled throughout much of the second half, but punter Matthew McCoy came up big time and again with his best kicks of the season that continually put the Petersburg offense deep in its own territory. The Vikings put together an eight-play drive in the middle of the third quarter that resulted in a touchdown and with the two-point conversion the Colts’ lead was cut to eight points at 29-21. After another long McCoy punt, Petersburg looked like it would score another touchdown as one of its receivers caught a pass and broke six tackles but fumbled on the two-yard line. PB’s Cameron Kollo recovered for the Colts and the offense came back onto the field. Once again, they were unable to move the ball, but McCoy bailed them out with another long punt. Petersburg looked to score right away with a long pass, but for the second week in a row Hunter Gainer went up into the air with an opposing receiver and managed to wrestle the ball away for an interception. Three plays into the PB drive, the third quarter came to an end with the Colts holding on to a 29-21 lead.  
  Once again, the PB offense was unable to move the ball and McCoy punted again. Petersburg then went on an 11-play drive that ended on a fourth and 19 play with Lincoln Mayle and Cameron Kollo combining to sack the quarterback and turn the ball back over to PB. The Colts’ offense finally moved the ball downfield, but after eight plays the drive stalled and Christopher Volberg was sent out to attempt a 38-yard field goal. The kick looked good but came up just short as it clanked off the cross bar and fell into the end zone. Petersburg took over on its own 20-yard line with 3:02 to play in the game.  
  Three plays into the drive, PB safety Kiyan Bartlett intercepted a long pass attempt and looked to seal up the game for PB with 1:59 left on the clock. On PB’s first play, a fumble handed the ball right back to the Vikings on their own 47-yard line. Six plays later, they were in the end zone and after making the two-point conversion on a throw the score was tied 29-29 with 22 seconds left on the game clock. PB ran one play but was unable to move the ball and the fourth quarter clock ran out with the score tied at 29-29.
  Philip Barbour won the toss and elected to play defense first. The Vikings began their overtime possession with a QB run that gained no yards. They then attempted three-straight passes with their fourth and 10 attempt into the end zone sailing over the receiver’s head. PB then got its chance and on the fifth play Hunter Mason ran the ball into the end zone from the half yard line to give the Colts a hard fought 35-29 homecoming victory.  
  The PB offense put together a total of 297 yards on the ground, most of that in the first half. Chase Collier ran 38 times for 171 yards with one touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions. Hunter Mason ran 17 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Damien Gonzales ran three times for 46 yards and one touchdown, while Logan Allen ran four times for eight yards. On defense, the star of the game was senior Noah Price who tallied eight sacks, pressured the passer three times, caused one fumble, and had 13 total tackles. Hunter Mason had two sacks, caused a fumble, and finished with 11 tackles. Matthew McCoy had two sacks and 12 tackles. The defense allowed 418 yards with Petersburg rushing for 114 yards and passing for 304 yards. PB was penalized several times for pass interference that accounted for quite a bit of yardage. On special teams, Matthew McCoy was the star punting six times with a 40-yard average. His kicks helped keep the Vikings pinned down deep in their own territory. McCoy also recovered the blocked punt of Hunter McDaniel for a touchdown.
  After the game, a very relieved Coach Collette said, “I think our aggression early surprised them then they woke up and got aggressive. Our offensive line outperformed theirs and we were able to execute. That was a very gutsy performance by both teams and we were fortunate to come out on top. We don’t give game balls because they are too doggone expensive, but we did tonight and that went to Matthew McCoy for his performance tonight. “
Lady Colts Find Scoring Touch In Three-Game Win Streak
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour Lady Colts’ soccer team finally found its scoring touch in the last two weeks and as a result picked up its first victory of the season and turned that into a three-game winning streak. The squad grabbed its first win of the season in a 3-0 shutout win at Lincoln. It then topped Petersburg 5-2 and wrapped up the streak with a very good 1-0 win at Pikeview. The streak sadly came to an end with an 8-0 loss at Bridgeport. The Lady Colts are now 3-10-1 on the season and will host East Fairmont on Thursday night at 5 p.m.
  The squad began the streak with an impressive 3-1 road win at Lincoln. Alisha Griffith, Adryan Graham, and Brittany Lawrence picked up the goals for PB. On Thursday night, the team made the long trip to Petersburg worth it as the Lady Colts came home with a 5-2 victory. Hayley Gribble led the scoring with two goals, while Payton Gregory, Adryan Graham, and Brittany Lawrence each scored as well. The squad wrapped up the streak with a very good 1-0 victory on the road at Pikeview. Payton Gregory scored the lone goal of the game, while PB keeper Cloie Mosesso picked up the shutout win in the nets for the Lady Colts.
KMS And PMS Cross Country Run At Fairmont
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The KMS and PMS cross country squads competed at Fairmont’s Apple Valley golf course on Saturday morning. The PMS girls’ team placed 10th in the event with 275 points and were led by Garyona Riffle who finished in 42nd place. Alexia Ferber was the only KMS girl to take part in the meet coming home in 61st place. On the boys’ side, the PMS team place ninth overall and were led by Caden Hawkins who finished 17th overall. KMS had three runners in the meet with Harley Knotts leading the way in 46th place.
  KMS Girls – Alexia Ferber, 61st place, 16:33.09.
  PMS Girls – Garyona Riffle, 44th place, 15:34.44; Raeanna Davies, 45th place, 15:36.78; Harley McElroy, 65th place, 16:48.17; Haley Kennedy, 69th place, 17:31.59; Hailie Johns, 73rd place, 16:53.80.
  KMS Boys – Harley Knotts, 46th place, 14:01.93; Shaun Mick, 58th place, 15:20.30; Seth Harris, 91st place, 22:30.00.
  PMS Boys – Caden Hawkins, 17th place, 12:35.13; Rodney Hathaway, 28th place, 13:06.99; Sam Ferguson, 62nd place, 15:51.08; Ryan McDaniel, 82nd place, 17:52.38; Clint Auvil, 83rd place, 17:52.94.
PB Boys’ Cross Country Impressive At Fairmont; Melvin Individual Girls Champ
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour boys’ cross country team had its most impressive showing of the season on Saturday as it placed second in a meet at Fairmont’s Apple Valley Golf Course. The meet featured all four of the top ranked teams in the state with PB entering the race in the fourth spot. After the run the Colts came away with a well-deserved second place spot with a total of 60 points, just 10 points shy of top ranked East Fairmont who took the win, second ranked Bridgeport came in fourth while third ranked Fairmont Senior took third in the race. The PB team was led by Noah Ward, who had his best run of the season placing third overall, while Johnny Williams just missed a top 10 finish by less than two seconds, coming in 11th place.
  On the girls’ side, the fourth ranked team in the state brought home a second place finish with 61 points, just 15 points shy of second ranked Bridgeport. Jessica Melvin led a trio of Lady Colts in the top 10, taking another win to add to her impressive resume, while Kierra Hodge placed third and freshman Jaycee Everson was sixth.
Head Coach Jim Seaton’s squads will rest up and get ready for the Big 10 Championships which will be held at another golf course in Fairmont on October 12. The race will be highly competitive as the top four boys’ teams in the state will be there once again along with Preston County which is ranked eighth on Class AAA, and on the girls’ side there are four schools in the top 10 in Class AA and Preston High is ranked ninth. The biggest races of the year will follow after the Big 10 with the regional championships to be run at Berkeley Springs on October 19th and the state meet will be October 28th at Cabell-Midland High School in Ona.
  Girls’ Results – Jessica Melvin, 1st place, 19:21.21; Kierra Hodge, 3rd place, 19:48.34; Jaycee Everson, 6th place, 20:43.94; Olivia Frye, 13th place, 22:19.26; Moriah Mitchell, 45th place, 24:59.37.
  Boys’ Results – Noah Ward, 3rd place, 17:08.15; Johnny Williams, 11th place, 18:01.97; Tyler Channell, 14th place, 18:16.18; Jed Hawkins, 15th place, 18:18.53; Gabe Arevalo, 17th place, 18:24.80; Daniel Williams, 20th place, 18:33.16; Austyn Fletcher, 23rd place, 18:42.78; Seth Burner, 37th place, 19:30.50; Daniel Weingart, 46th place, 19:47.96; Josh Watson, 48th place, 19:50.88; Matthew Shahan, 51st place, 19:58.94; Hunter Melvin, 52nd place, 19:59.4; Caleb Nuzum, 54th place, 20:06.88; Jakob Baker, 60th place, 20:27.59; Luke Farnsworth, 68th place, 21:09.74; Mark Lovegrove, 116th place, 29:17.41.
PB Volleyball Impresses At Charleston Showcase
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour Lady Colts’ volleyball competed in the annual Charleston Showcase Tournament this week and came away with an impressive pair of victories. The squad topped St. Albans and Ripley, each in two sets. The team will now get ready for a very busy week of matches that begins on Wednesday night with a showdown against Big 10 rival Bridgeport. The match on the Indians’ home court will also feature games against Elkins as well. On Thursday night, the team travels north to take on Class AAA schools Morgantown and University.  Saturday sees the team traveling to Ritchie County where the Lady Colts will play their old rivals, the Lady Rebels, as well as Oak Glen and Wirt. The team will wrap up the busy week with a long trip to Williamstown on Tuesday night where they will play the host school as well Wirt.
  PB 2 – St. Albans 0 (25-17, 25-23)
Kills – McKenzie Carpenter 9, Emma Kennedy 7; Assists – Maddi Carpenter 23; Digs – McKenzie Carpenter 19, Kilea Payne 14; Points – Maddy Jones 7, Colby Nestor 6 with 1 ace.
  PB 2 – Ripley 0 (25-18, 25-14)
Kills – McKenzie Carpenter 17; Assists – Maddi Carpenter 25; Blocks – McKenzie Carpenter 4; Digs – McKenzie Carpenter 14, Kilea Payne 11; Points – Kilea Payne 10 with 1 ace.
PB JV Volleyball Tops Elkins
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The PB junior varsity squad topped Elkins but fell to RCB and Bridgeport in a home quad match last week. The team will get its chance to avenge the loss to Bridgeport when it travels there on Wednesday to face the Indians as well as Elkins in a Big 10 tri-match.
  PB 2 – Elkins 0 (25-15, 25-16)
Kills – Riley Domingues 8; Assists – Taylor Mayle 9, Riley Domingues 8; Digs – Bryanne Tustin 10; Points – Angel Johnson 11 with 3 aces, Riley Domingues 6 with 3 aces.
  PB 1 – RCB 2 (27-25, 22-25, 14-25)
Kills – Bryanne Tustin 5; Assists – Taylor Mayle 10; Blocks – Bryanne Tustin 5; Digs – Angel Johnson 9; Points – Taylor Mayle 8; Hailey Dickenson 5.
  PB 0 – Bridgeport 2 (13-25, 17-25)
Kills – Bryanne Tustin 4, Haley Tallman; Assists – Taylor Mayle 6, Riley Domingues 6; Digs – Angel Johnson 10; Points – Marissa Schiefelbein 7.
Battlers Fall At Lake Erie 16-15 In G-MAC Opener

  The Alderson Broaddus football team fell at Lake Erie College 16-15 to open up Great Midwest Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Jack Britt Stadium.
After each team punted early in the fourth quarter, Lake Erie drove 77 yards down the field and found the end zone on a two-yard run from James Moore to cut the lead to 15-10 with 7:46 to play. Following the kickoff, the Storm forced a Battler fumble and then six plays later, took the lead on a nine-yard run from Riley Frederiksen to take a 16-15 advantage.
  The Battlers were stopped on the following possession and were forced to punt but AB got a stop themselves with just under three minutes to play to get the ball back. After a pair of first-down runs from Zach Chandler, Jamil Collison-Cofie drove AB inside the 15-yard line with under a minute to play. After two stops, the Battlers spiked the ball to set up a field-goal attempt. Following a pair of Lake Erie timeouts, D.J. Opsatnik's 31-yard field goal went wide left to end the game.
  Collison-Cofie led the AB offense with 127 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Chandler added 57 yards rushing on 11 carries while completing three-of-six passing for 27 yards. Connor McWilliams finished six-of-16 passing for 115 yards and a score while Jermaine Wynn and Zach Lake each finished with 56 yards receiving.
  On defense, William Bailey led the Battlers with 15 tackles and one tackle for loss while Quade Raley tallied nine tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, and one and a half sacks and Paul Gable added nine as well with four tackles for loss.
  In the first quarter following a Lake Erie three-and-out to start the game, the Battlers drove right down the field and took an early lead when McWilliams connected with Wynn for a 31-yard touchdown. On the point after, Darius Hagans found the end zone to make it 8-0.
Later in the first, the Battlers drove the ball inside the Lake Erie 30-yard line but the drive stalled when McWilliams was sacked and the Storm recovered the fumble to give it back to them.
  In the second quarter, Lake Erie drove the ball 77 yards over 19 plays and moved the ball to the AB 13-yard line themselves but on fourth and one, Antwan Harris was stopped for a one-yard loss and AB took over.
  After a Battler punt, the Storm got a pair of first downs and moved the ball inside the AB 20. After a Battler stop on defense, Mike Muzic converted on a 42-yard field goal to cut the lead to 8-3. Just before the end of the first half, the Battlers drove inside the LEC 10-yard line had two touchdowns taken off the board on a pair of penalties. On fourth down following a false start on the Battlers, Opsatnik's 40-yard field goal went wide left to keep the score 8-3 at the half.
  Late in the third quarter, the Battlers got on the board once again when AB drove 72 yards over 11 plays as Collison-Cofie scored his sixth touchdown of the season from nine yards out to give the Battlers a 15-3 advantage.
  Harris led the Storm with 82 rushing yards on 22 carries while James Moore finished 7-of-23 passing for 111 yards and added 36 rushing yards and a score. Desmond Stanley led the Storm defense as he finished with 13 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
  The Battlers are back in action this weekend when they host Malone University on homecoming for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
This Week In Sports

Wednesday, October 4
PB Volleyball at Bridgeport/Elkins 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 5
Barbour County Middle School Football vs. Elkins 7 p.m.
PB Girls’ Soccer vs. East Fairmont 5:30 p.m.
PB Volleyball at Morgantown/University High 6 p.m.
PB Boys’ Soccer vs. East Fairmont 7:30 p.m.
ABU Women’s Soccer vs. Cedarville University 5 p.m.
ABU Men’s Soccer vs. Cedarville University 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 6
PB Football at East Fairmont 7 p.m.
AABU Women’s Volleyball vs. Trevecca Nazarene University 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 7
PB Volleyball at Ritchie County/Oak Glen 9 a.m.
ABU Women’s volleyball vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College 11 a.m.
ABU Football vs. Malone University 1:30 p.m. *Homecoming
ABU Men’s Soccer at Ohio Valley University 3:30 p.m.
ABU Women’s Soccer vs. Ohio Valley University 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 8
ABU Women’s Golf at University of Findlay
Tuesday, October 9
PB Volleyball at Williamstown/Wirt 6 p.m.
PB Girls’ Soccer at Elkins 6 p.m.
PB Boys’ Soccer at Elkins 8 p.m.
ABU Women’s Golf at University of Findlay
Colts In College
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  Alderson Broaddus University:
  Women’s Volleyball – Nikki Shriver had four kills, six digs, one block, and 4.5 points in the Lady Battlers 2-3 loss at Ohio Valley this week. Over the weekend, she had one dig and was then pulled from the game with a possible stress fracture. She will be seeing a specialist this week for a more accurate diagnosis. Send your thoughts and prayers to her and her family this week for a speedy recovery.
Men’s Cross Country – Scott Nesland placed fifth in the annual Frostburg University Invitational on Saturday with a time of 28:54. The Battlers team placed second in the event. Nesland and the rest of his team will return to action on October 14 at Gettysburg.
  Glenville State College:
  Women’s Volleyball – Jezeray Casto had six kills, three blocks, seven digs, and seven points in the Lady Pioneers’ loss to Salem International in their only match of the week. The team will return to competition on October 5 versus the University of Charleston.


ABU Women’s Soccer Takes First Victory Of The Season
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The ABU women’s soccer program took its first win of the season on Saturday night at home as it topped the University of Findlay 2-1 in overtime. The victory moves the team to 1-6-2 overall and 1-4-2 in the G-MAC. The squad will host Cedarville University on Thursday night then Ohio Valley University on Saturday in its final home game of the season.  
  Findlay opened the scoring with a goal in the 11th minute of the first half and held on to the break to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room.   ABU’s Torrey Tompkins netted her first goal of the season for the Lady Battlers in the 60th minute to even the score at 1-1 with assists from Lauren Smalls and Brooke Pomp. Kennedy Rankin then scored her second goal the year in the fifth minute of overtime to give ABU the sudden death victory 2-1. Brooke Pomp picked up her second assist of the game on the goal. Goalie Diyonus Walls made five saves to get her first win of the season in the nets for ABU.
   Earlier in the week, the Lady Battlers hosted Ohio Dominican University and fell 2-1. Kennedy Rankin netted her first goal of the season in the 41st minute of play to put ABU up 1-0 going into the half time break. Ohio Dominican responded in the second half with goals in the 54th and 69th minute and held on to take the 2-1 win.