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West Virginia 2017 Football Verbal Commit Weekend Update: Oct 15-17

Updating the weekend play of West Virginia's 2017 football verbal commitments

Shut out Homestead 47-0 Record: 6-2 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at Palmetto
The third shutout in a row for the Homestead defense complemented another strong offensive showing in the district win.

Raced past Ft.Lauderdale 42-8 Record: 4-2 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 vs Boyd Anderson
The #8 nationally-ranked Raiders bounced back with 42-first-half points in their district opener.

Lost to Cardinal Newman 21-20 Record: 1-5 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at Navarre
The Stallions' loss was overshadowed by commemorations of former star Greg Bryant, who was killed in an offseason shooting.

Edged Lovejoy 29-26 Record: 6-1 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 vs Drew
Down 26-24, the Tucker defense rallied for 15 unanswered points while forcing three turnovers and a stop on downs on Lovejoy's final possessions to get the win. Brown did not play in the game after sustaining a hand injury the previous week, but told that he is ready to play this Friday.

Crushed Cedar Shoals 56-14 Record: 6-1 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at Walnut Grove
The offense rolled up 49 first half scores and cruised to the convincing win, with the second half shortened to 20 minutes with a running clock. The Wolves piled up 448 yards of total offense.

Defeated L.W. Higgins 47-27 Record: 5-2 Next Game: Thu Oct 20 at Cox
Bush had touchdown runs of 15 and 38 yards to help the Charging Buccaneers overcome a mistake-filled performance. Those scoring jaunts were part of a 150-yard night of total offense.

Lost to East Mississippi 51-32 Record: 6-1 Next Game: Thu Oct 20 vs East Central
Harvery had four tackles (three solo) in the match-up of nationally-ranked teams.

Lost to East Mississippi 51-32 Record: 6-1 Next Game: Thu Oct 20 vs East Central
Qualls had six tackles, including a sack and another behind the line of scrimmage.He also had two quarterback hurries.

Shut out Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) 46-0 Record: 6-2 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 vs Royal Imperial Collegiate
Bishop Sullivan wrapped up a lengthy road stretch with the win, and now will play in its home area for the next month. Hunt helped propel one of the Crusaders' strongest defensive showings of the season.

Rolled Past Souderton 48-13 Record: 8-0 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at William Tennent
Ranked third in Class 6A, North Penn kept its undefeated record intact with an easy win. Johns had two catches for 40 yards and one carry for 11 while helping hold Souderton to 208 total yards. The Knight defense also forced three turnovers.

Defeated Bishop McCort 34-20 Record: 8-0 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at Bishop Guilfoyle
The de facto City Championship game went to the Trojans. Loe helped give Greater Johnstown an early lead with a 52-yard pass reception, part of a three-catch night good for 105 total yards.

Defeated Blairsville 2-0 Record: 8-0 Next Game: Fri Oct 14 vs Purchase Line
Blairsville forfeited the game after the death of two students this week. While the win clinched the conference title for Ligonier Valley, head coach Roger Beitel focused on more important matters. "“It’s more about prayers and thoughts and sympathies going out to the entire Blairsville community during their grief,” Beitel told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. “This is a game. The things they are dealing with and their community is dealing with are far more important than a football game.”

Defeated Monroe College 42-33 Record: 7-0 Next Game: Sat Oct 22 vs Hocking College
The Falcons continue to dominate foes without Woods, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

Shut out Cleveland Heights 28-0 Record: 5-3 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at Washington
King held Cleveland Heights star Jaylen Harris to just 27 yards receiving. “We wanted our best corner on their best receiver the whole game to give us a great opportunity to get other players involved,” STVM head coach Marcus Wattley told “He did a great job.”

Lost to Jefferson 35-24 Record: 6-1 Next Game: Fri Oct 28 vs Bridgeport
Missed tackles and four turnovers sent the Polar Bears to their first loss of the season. Stills had five tackles, including three for losses.

Defeated Riverside 32-14 Record: 6-2 Next Game: Fri Oct 21 at John Marshall
Wolfley again sat out with injury as Morgantown made the long road trip to get the win Wolfley said his rehab is progressing, but they are being cautious so as to guard against potential of further injury. "I'm just basically taking it slow so I don't get hurt and can start off right at WVU," Wolfley told

Defeated St. Albans 39-38 Record: 4-3 Next Game:Fri Oct. 21 at Huntington
Pitts capped a 20-point rally with a 76-yard touchdown reception with less than five minutes to play. He totaled three catches for 101 yards, but was unhappy with his play. "That was the worst first half of my high school career," Pitts told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “I just want to thank my team for never giving up on me. They had my back and coach had faith in me and I was his guy on that play. We knew we could beat them one-on-one.”

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