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South Harrison visits Lewis; RCB at Lincoln

by Mike Nutter

SPORTS WRITER

A late fourth-quarter touchdown denied Lewis County of a season-opening win last week against Fairmont Senior. Tonight, Lewis County coach Eddie Williams figures it might take that long again to determine the outcome.

The Minutemen (0-1) play host to South Harrison (1-0) tonight at 7:30 p.m. to highlight Week 2 of area high school football.

"That was a tough one last week," Williams said. "The kids took it kind of hard, but I think they'll be ready (today).

"You always know South Harrison is going to be a hard-hitting, physical team. I think that's definitely the case this season, as well. (Drew) Toth is very good and so is (Bucky) Kyle. I think the thing a lot of people don't see about South Harrison is their line. They always come off the ball strong and are quick."

That line helped pave the way for a 202-yard effort last week for Toth in the Hawk's 24-7 win over Grafton.

Lewis County, however, isn't without its share of offensive weapons. Quarterback Patrick Morrison threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns last week.

"We've got our hands full, but I think the kids will be ready to play. Last week was draining, but it's a new week," Williams said.

In the only intra-Harrison County game, Robert C. Byrd (1-0) visits Lincoln (0-1).

The Eagles are coming off of a 38-0 win over Nicholas County. Senior tailback Scott Ross rushed for 143 yards and two TDs, while tight end R.J. Coleman was impressive in his debut with three receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think (Lincoln) is much improved from last season," Robert C. Byrd coach Richard Iaquinta said. "They played right with Tyler, and that's not easy especially there.

"The (Cody) Wilt kid is a very good athlete and does a lot of nice things for them. We've got to be focused for this game because (Lincoln) will come out ready to play."

Lincoln's Wilt threw for 99 yards last week in a 26-12 loss at Tyler Consolidated. Split end Matt Ice had five receptions for 62 yards and a TD.

In other Big 10 action, Grafton (0-1) visits Liberty (0-1), while Philip Barbour and Bridgeport are out of the conference.

Junior tailback Scott Mayle, who rushed for 222 yards last week in a 24-13 win over Liberty, will lead the Colts, who travel to Woodrow Wilson (1-0).

Bridgeport (1-0) handily defeated Preston, 55-12, and visits another NCAC opponent, Buckhannon-Upshur (0-1).

In other games, Kennedy Award hopeful Adam Cantoni and University High (1-0) travel to East Fairmont (1-0) to highlight NCAC action. Morgantown (1-0), led by tailback Mark Wigal, play host to Elkins (0-1), while Fairmont Senior (1-0) visits North Marion (0-1).

Elsewhere, Doddridge County (1-0) travels to Wirt County (0-1), Valley Wetzel (1-0) is at Frontier, Ohio, Tygarts Valley (0-1) hosts Webster County (1-0), Gilmer County (0-1) is home against Pocahontas County (0-1), Tucker County travels to Hampshire (1-0) and Clay County (1-0) is at Braxton County (0-1).

Sports writer Mike Nutter can be reached at 626-1444.

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