Junior Varsity Victorious

West Virginia's "junior varsity" downed Hargrave Military Academy 14-7 on Friday afternoon at Mountaineer Field.

WVU's two scores came on a Tim Lindsey touchdown catch of an Adam Bednarik pass and a short touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Those scores were sandwiched around a one yard touchdown run by Hargrave running back Curtis Brinkley.

After taking the 14-7 lead, the Mountaineers stopped two Hargrave drives inside their own ten-yard line, both on fumbles.

Brinkley, a one-time commitment to Syracuse, is now back in the recruiting pool and the Mountaineers are back in contention for the quick, powerful Philadelphia native. Brinkely ripped off several nice runs for Hargrave, including a 40-yard jaunt where he showed off his excellent cutting ability.

Also a focus of the afternoon was Hargrave quarterback T. J. Mitchell, who is still a solid WVU commitment. After misfiring on his first two passes, Mitchell threw the ball well for the visitors, and led Hargrave on a well-executed two-minute drill that the Mountaineers managed to snuff out late in the game.

RIFLE REPORTS

Other players on the Hargrave squad that WVU still has interest in wide receiver Francis Bruce and defensive end Shaun Branscome.

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One Mountaineer series was quarterbacked by Travis Trickett, son of current Mountianeer assistant head coach Rick Trickett. Trickett's drive was successful, as he led the WVU offense to its winning points.

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Those assistant coaches not already departed on recruiting visits watched the game, which was run by the graduate assistants. GA Bob McClain did a spot-on impersonation of head coach Rich Rodriguez' "strap it on" pregame speech that left Rodriguez and the team laughing. Calvin Magee, Bill Kirelawich and Bill Stewart were on hand to watch the action, as were many members of the varsity.

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Familiar names that competed for the Mountaineers included Bednarik, running back Freddie Little, wide receivers Milo Austin and Nathan Forse, and defensive lineman Pat Liebig and Warren Young.

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Local West Virginia Conference schools Glenville and Fairmont State took in the game, as did a member of Syracuse's staff, who stayed in town after Thursday night's loss.


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