Bluefield Beavers (5-0) at Pikeview Panthers (3-3)
Date: Friday – October 05, 2018.
Where: Ben G. Disibbio Sports Complex – Gardner, WV
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: 09/29/2000 Bluefield 39, Pikeview 3
All-time record: Bluefield leads 6-0
Players to watch:
Bluefield: QB Chandler Cooper, RB Juice Edwards, WR Ronnell Blevins, DE Sean Martin
Pikeview: QB Jarrett Ellison, RB Evan Rose, RB Jacob Honaker, Matthew Johnston, Ethan Bregovich
What to watch for:
In his 33rd season, coach Fred Simon has Bluefield off to a scorching hot start with the Beavers sitting at 6-0 & ranked #2 in the WVSSAC AA rankings. The Beavers finished 14-0 in 2017 and won the AA state championship. Second year signal-caller Chandler Cooper leads the Beavers’ offense. Cooper threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the Beavers’ 44-10 win over Richlands this past Friday. The Beavers showed off their stacked backfield with Ja’mere “Juice” Edwards rushing for 102 yards and one touchdown, JJ Davis with 138 yards and one score and fullback Arnold Martin added 60 yards and score of his own. Ronnell Blevins was Cooper’s favorite receiver on the night with two catches for 105 yards and one score. Isaiah Johnson, the #7 overall player in the country for the class of 2021, is also a talented receiver, and excels at picking down opposing receivers from his defensive back position. Sean Martin, Drake Mullins and Deiyantei Powell have been standouts on defense for Bluefield. Kicker Kaulin Parris is perfect on field goals for the Beavers.
PikeView started out the 2018 season with three straight wins but have since dropped their last three decisions. Coach Bobby Wyatt’s team will lean on their workhorse in the backfield, Evan Rose, as they have all season. Rose, who is over 1,000 yards for the season, had another big game in Pikeview’s most recent loss to Oak Hill. Rose rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns against the Red Devils. Jacob Honaker rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown when spelling Rose. Jarrett Ellison takes the snaps for the Panthers. Ellison tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Johnston last Friday. The Panther’s defense got a great defensive play on a forced fumble by Ethan Begovich.
The 7th all-time meeting between these two schools serves as the first in 18 years in this Mercer County showdown.
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