This week, all nine WVIAC teams are in action Saturday and here is your slate of games this week.
It’s a battle for the top spot in the WVIAC as Shepherd hosts Glenville St. Both teams enter the contest with identical 5-1 league records. The Pioneers bring one of the nation’s top rushers in Rahmann Lee. The Rams, coming off a bye week, have the nation’s top rush defense. Shepherd won the contest a season ago in Glenville, but the Pioneers registered a win the last time the teams played in Shepherdstown. The game is slated for 12 p.m.
Seton Hill is looking for its first win of the season. The Griffins host St. Anslem at 12 p.m. SHU’s offense seems to be clicking, as Andrew Jackson threw for 439 yards and four touchdowns last week against one of the better defenses in the NCAA. The Griffins will look to throw the ball a lot this weekend while Tyler Zimmer, one of the nation’s top tacklers, heads the defense.
West Virginia State heads to Fairmont State for a 1 p.m. contest. The Yellow Jackets have dropped four straight while the Falcons are also coming off a loss. FSU has won two straight in the series, including a 25-point victory the last time the teams played in Fairmont. FSU will look for big things in the return game with Matt Wilmer. The Yellow Jackets have a versatile quarterback in Ricky Phillips. A threat to run or throw, his play will key the WVSU squad. Wenly Beliard will lead the defense as he is fifth in the nation in forced fumbles.
Charleston makes the trek to West Virginia Wesleyan in a contest between two teams that can light up the scoreboard. The game, set for a 1 p.m. start, pits a great rushing attack against a tremendous passing game. The Golden Eagles are guided by Jordan Roberts and his 134.44 rushing yards while Nate Montana throws for 284.86 yards a game for the Bobcats. Both defenses have playmakers as well. Jesse Robertson, Jonas Celian and Brian Vukela are all in the top 20 nationally in different defensive categories.
West Liberty travels to Athens to face Concord at 1 p.m. Both teams are coming of wins and carry identical 5-4 overall records into the game, and each squad put up 41 points a week ago in wins. The Hilltoppers’ L.D. Crow and Dylan Lagarde combined for 194 yards and two scores while Evin Dusold tossed for 212 yards and four touchdowns for the Mountain Lions. Defensively, WLU is third nationally in turnovers gained while Concord is in the top 25 for fewest points allowed. The last time the teams squared off in Athens, the Hilltoppers posted a 56-33 win.
Enjoy the weekend!