Welcome to Coalfield Sports’ Game of the Week Poll!
Throughout the season, we will select five games each week for our weekly pick’em segment on the SWVA Sports Podcast. Co-Hosts Ryan Dye and Brady Hess will keep a running total of their picks along with a collective total of the weekly guest picker!
With so many great games each week to choose from, we’re going to need your help in selecting the Coalfield Sports’ Game of the Week! So while you’re here, scroll to the bottom to cast your vote for week six!
Giles at Radford
It will be the 58th meeting all-time when the Giles Spartans travel across Route 100 to take on the Radford Bobcats. The Spartans have won the last seven but the Bobcats hold a 29-28 advantage.
Giles is coming off back-to-back dramatic wins vs. Narrows and Floyd County. In the Giles County rivalry game, Logan Greenway scored the go-ahead touchdown with under a minute left in the game to push Giles o a 12-7 victory over the Narrows Green Wave. Greenway had 147 yards rushing and a touchdown vs. Floyd, but the hero of the night was Jacoby Wilson, who nailed a 34-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining insure a 24-21 victory for the team from Pearisburg. The injury bug has not been kind to the Spartans with many starters missing time, including Chaston Ratcliff and Preston Walker. Greenway has stepped up nicely in their absence. Greenway has 294 yards rushing and three scores in the two game win streak for Jeff Williams’ Spartans.
Radford is quietly enjoying a nice bounceback season in 2018 with a 4-1 record in the early going. The Bobcats were a disappointing 2-8 in 2017, but the emergence of playmaking sophomore PJ Prioleau this season has reversed their fortunes. Prioleau, the son of former NFL and Virginia Tech defensive back Pierson Prioleau, had an impressive game vs. Alleghany. The Bobcats sophomore rushed for 224 yards and two scores, and also provided a 10-yard touchdown pass. That performance was enough to garner his nomination for CoalfieldSports.com Offensive Player of the Week. Another sophomore, Zane Rupe, mans the quarterback position for the Bobcats. Rupe averages close to 150 yards passing and two touchdowns per game.
Holston at Narrows:
In only the second all-time meeting between the teams, the Holston Cavaliers will make the long trek to Giles County to take on the Narrows Green Wave. The ever-improving Cavs hope to avenge their 56-0 loss to the Green Wave in 2017.
Another team that is quietly enjoying a pleasant season is the Holston Cavaliers. Coach Derrick Patterson’s team has bounced back from their 2-8 record last season to win four out of their first five games to begin 2018. Holston is led on offense by their do-it-all quarterback Leo Ezzell. Ezzel has been a back-to-back Coalfieldsports.com Offensive Player of the Week nominee after his performances against Castlewood and Rural Retreat. Ezzell has passed for 736 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. His favorite target is Ethan Guerrero. Guerrero has hauled in the majority of the touchdown heaves from Ezzel. However, he may be even more valuable from his defensive back position where he has recorded six interceptions through the first five games.
Narrows comes into this game fresh off a bye week. The Green Wave used their off week to rest up after their hard fought loss to their county rival, Giles. That loss has been the only blemish on Kelly Lowe’s teams’ record, as the Green Wave enters at 3-1. Wyatt Freeman has been the leader on offense for Narrows. The signal-caller has thrown for 432 yards yards and five touchdowns on the young season. Cole Needham has been a stand-out on the defensive side of the ball for the Green Wave. The linebacker had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the rivalry game vs. Giles. Needham and the Narrows defense have only allowed 11 points per game on the season.
Virginia High at Chilhowie
The eighth edition of this Interstate-81 clash will take place Fridsy when the Virginia High Bearcats travel north to take on the Chilhowie Warriors.
Virginia High will be rested after taking last Friday off for their bye. The Bearcats, who are the last team to beat Chilhowie in the regular season, come into this game with a 3-1 record. Michael Crist’s team has wins over Tazewell, John Battle and Central-Wise, while only losing to their cross-town 4A rival Tennesee High. The Bearcats are led on offense and defense by their senior stud Aaron Rose. Rose, a first team all Region IV selection from 2017, is once again leading the ‘Cats in rushing and tackles. Rose has over 500 yards rushing on the season, but was spelled some in the game vs. Central by freshman tailback Stevie Thomas. Thomas finished with 137 yards and two touchdowns. Senior dual-threat quarterback Jamie Lathrop is still slinging the ball for Virginia High. The four-year player completed 75% of his passes vs. the Central Warriors, accounting for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Austin Davidson, Tareaun Bizzell and Michael Bradley bring speed on the outside for the Bearcats. All three excel on offense, defense and special teams.
After falling in week six of last season to Virginia High, the Chilhowie Warriors went on a tear. Jeff Robinson’s team won eight in a row on their way to a state-championship appearance in Salem. The Warriors have picked up this season right where they left off, rushing out of the gate to a 5-0 record. The Warriors are one of the most experienced teams in the state, having returned 20 starters from the state runner-up squad. The unquestioned leaders of the Chilhowie offense are reigning Region D Offensive Player of the Year Greg Sanchez and four year starter at quarterback, Zack Cale. Sanchez has ammassed 560 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the season, while sitting out every fourth quarter. Cale has completed 22-30 passes for 6 scores so far, while adding close to 300 yards rushing and five scores on the ground. Logan Branson is the leader of the defense for the Warriors. The intimidating senior linebacker is the reigning Region D Defensive Player of the Year.
Honaker at George Wythe:
In a rematch of the 2012 state championship game, the Honaker Tigers will travel to Wytheville to take on Brandon Harner’s Maroons. George Wythe currently leads the series 4-1.
A win for Honaker will be its fourth of the season. It will also mark more wins than the Tigers had in 2017. In a series dating back to 1935, Grundy has a 15-9 edge. Honaker running back Trevor Dye has found the end zone seven times this season for the Tigers. Four of those came against Twin Valley in week three. The Tigers are coming off a disappointing 20-0 loss vs. Black Diamond District foe Grundy. Levi Miller handles the quarterback duties for the Tigers. His favorite target is Coach Doug Hubbard’s son Chandler. The younger Hubbard is a talented defensive back, as well as a wide receiver.
Harner’s Maroons are led on offense by first year signal-caller Cole Simmons, who has thrown for seven touchdowns on the season. Simmons also proved that he can move the ball with his legs, as he is the team’s leading rusher. His partner in the backfield, Rayvon Wells, had a big game against Auburn last week with 194 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. Wells is a CoalfieldSports.com week five Player of the Week Candidate. Jacquez Younger is Simmons’ favorite target. Younger had the game winning touchdown reception in the Maroons 34-27 victory over the Auburn Eagle last week. The Maroons’ defense is led by Dorrien McMillian who plays inside-linebacker.
Tazewell at Hurley:
Friday will mark the first time the Tazewell Bulldogs have made the winding trip into Buchanan County to take on the Hurley Rebels. The Rebels hope to get payback for their 48-24 defeat last season on Witten Field.
Tazewell has started the season 1-3 for the second consecutive year. However, their three losses have came against regional powers Virginia High & Graham and most recently the defending West Virginia AA state champion Bluefield Beavers. The young Bulldogs have not had any trouble piling up yards this season on offense. Chancellor Harris has over 600 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns on the season to lead the offense. Freshman Mike Jones is a newcomer to coach J’Me Harris’ backfield. Jones preformed nicely in his first varsity start against the Beavers, rushing for over 100 yards and a score. Jamir Blevins is in his second year as the signal caller for the Bulldogs. He threw for over 100 yards against the Riverview Raiders and rushed for over 100 yards against the Beavers.
Hurley comes into this week six match-up sitting at 3-2 on the season. The Rebels have dropped decisions to East Montgomery and Pike County (KY), but have defeated Rye Cove, Riverview (WV) and Montcalm (WV). The Rebels are led on offense by Matthew Blankenship. The tailback has piled up over 400 yards rushing on the season. Chad Justice took over the quarterback duties this season vacated by the graduation of all-state player Tayten Sykes. Justice has a big target to throw to in tight end Taylor Justus. Justus, a 6’3″ 205 lb senior, is also a stand out from his defensive end position, where he had 8 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, on his way to being named a nominee for CoalfieldSports.com Week 5 Defensive Player of the Week.
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