After his team lost to Clay County in Game 1 of the season, Midland Trail coach Frank Isaacs said there was a silver lining.
“Josh Dickerson came out of nowhere to take over as quarterback and played really well,” said Issacs.
Indeed, he did, throwing for 124 yards in a 22-21 loss to the Panthers.
That game continued last week in a 34-20 victory over Tolsia when Dickerson completed 7 of 13 passes for 150 yards, including his first three career touchdown passes.
How far from nowhere has Dickerson come?
“He hadn’t played football since he was in sixth grade, and I think he was a center and a keeper then,” Isaacs said. “I think he went out just to be with his friends.
“We were getting ready to do individual exercises the first week of training and he said, ‘Where do you want me to go, coach? I said, ‘I don’t know, where are you playing?’ He said, “I think I can play the quarterback.”
“We noticed he had a pretty good arm. We thought we would start the season with Cody Harrell as quarterback, but I kind of started to like the idea of having these two speed guys (Harrell and Ayden Simms) with Dickerson on the pitch. the same time.
A football situation that hardly ever happened with any real success for the Patriots.
“It never happens,” Isaacs said. “He’s in his senior year, didn’t play football in high school, the last shots he played were in sixth grade and he was a lineman,” Isaacs said. “It’s a rarity.”
It certainly caught the eye of Meadow Bride coach Dwayne Reichard, whose team plays at Midland Trail in what is now Fayette County’s only football rivalry in a once proud football county.
“He had a really good play (against Tolsia) where he dropped the ball but was able to pick up and throw the ball through his body to Simms, who mistook it for a touchdown,” Reichard said after studying the Patriots movie. last victory. “If you drop the ball and have the awareness to move and know where the receiver is going to be and the strength of the arm to make that throw, that’s pretty impressive.”
Reichard himself has a good quarterback in senior veteran Dustin Adkins, who just finished a 1,000-yard passing season a year ago and, in the Wildcats’ season opener 26- 14 vs. Van, threw for just 86 yards (9 for 16) but three were for touchdowns.
“He’s been a student of the game since he entered the program, but he’s also absorbed everything we’ve tried to teach him and he’s improved,” Reichard said. “Last year I preached about not making the little mistakes and improving the interceptions / touches ratio and he did it. He was really good for us.
Midland Trail played behind a makeshift line, starting a third string cross last week from Ducatti Hurley, a junior.
While there were several center quarterback swap issues against Tolsia, Isaacs said it looked like it had been sorted out.
“We talked to him and got him ready to play and this week in practice he’s done a good job, and he probably won the start again this week,” said Isaacs. “He’s a kid that we probably didn’t have in the plans at the start of the year, but he really came out and showed us what he could do. The kids did a good job getting him ready to play as well, motivating him and telling him we needed him.
Simms is coming off a game in which he had two touchdowns received, one touchdown and he had two interceptions. He has six touches for 169 yards and three goals this season.
Isaacs said he feels his running tandem Robert Ruffner and Aden Isaacs will no longer be followed soon.
The two totaled 199 yards on 40 carries and scored four touchdowns.
“Aden did some great things for us in the passing game (five receptions, 96 yards, touchdown),” said Isaacs. “They didn’t get the yards we were probably expecting from them, but they’re also playing behind a line which is a work in progress. Ruffner is one step away from breaking a long one and we know he will. “
For Meadow Bridge, Reichard was hoping to return to the pitch after an early victory to work on things he could fix.
“We had our plan together, we were going to work on the individual things before the Richwood game and Monday noon we learned we were going to distance learning,” Reichard said. “We didn’t return to work on Tuesday, so we’re on a short week. We’re just trying to come up with a plan and we had to put aside the individual items we were hoping to work on.
Oak Hill (1-1) at Princeton (2-0)
The Red Devils ran and ran a little harder last week in a 54-6 win over Westside.
Leonard Farrow, the area’s top rusher with 355 yards, had 183 and four touchdowns. Omar Lewis has 160 yards and three touchdowns.
The Red Devils did not attempt a pass in the game.
Ten different Red Devils players have recorded races against Westside.
Things will be tougher against Princeton and a veteran and a huge defensive front. The Tigers are big on both lines and that has allowed the Tigers to be efficient in the running game. After a 39-36 victory over Bluefield, their first against the Beavers since 2016, the Tigers ran for 532 yards on 60 carries after running for 335 in 49 carries a year ago in two games.
Grant Cochran, one of the best quarterbacks in Class AAA, hasn’t had as many pitching chances this season, but he’s 13 of 22 this season for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Cochran had 26 completed passes in two games last season for 414 yards, but only two touchdowns.
Brodee Rice and Jacob Young both played 100-yard rushing games in the Tigers’ first two games.
This will be the 68th meeting between schools. Princeton leads the all-time series 38-27-2, but it was 25-25-2 until 1992 and Princeton is 13-2 in games since then.
Pocahontas County to Greenbrier West
The Cavaliers were supposed to play James Monroe there, but Covid stepped in and, with some clever planning, the Warriors and Mavs switched places so that West was still active for Friday night.
West scored an impressive 20-8 victory over Summers last week to erase a tough 21-20 opening night loss to Buffalo the week before.
Ty Nickell played his first 100-yard game and his first touchdown after going from the offensive line to the running back. Nickell had 121 against Summers and had 213 this season.
Other matches: Man (0-1) at Westside (0-2), RCB at Greenbrier East (2-0) and Woodrow Wilson (1-1) at Parkersburg South (1-1). South is coached by former Summers County coach Nate Tanner.
There are no postponed dates for the two Saturday games that were postponed Thursday – PikeView in Liberty and Summers in Shady Spring. It’s back home to Shady and the parade will continue as scheduled on Saturday at 10am.
Wyoming East will now travel to Nicholas County on September 24, the previous opening date for the two. Richwood and Van, rescheduled for Tuesday, left. Richwood has yet to open the season and now has three games postponed.
Poca at Independence is canceled.