ACROSS CHARLESTON, George Washington fans got their first look at the Patriots AS - After Switzer - Saturday when they squared off in a controlled scrimmage against Class A Man.
Senior running back Draven Riffe, who transferred from Van after starting his prep career at Scott, had three 80-yard touchdown runs in the lopsided affair. Senior quarterback Jon Alexander, who transferred from Hargrave Military Academy after starting his prep career at South Charleston, hooked up with senior receiver Jacob Jackson for a long touchdown pass while starters were in the game.
While the Patriots have planned to utilize more of a power running game than in recent years now that two-time Kennedy Award winner Ryan Switzer has graduated and playing for North Carolina, none of Riffe's long TD runs came as the result of between-the-tackles running. Each time, he bounced a handoff to the outside and outraced Man defenders to the end zone.
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A SIGN of the times might have taken place at Winfield over the weekend, where the Generals outscored visiting Parkersburg 13-10 in a controlled scrimmage.
Winfield is seeking its first winning season since moving to Class AAA in 2008, and has not reached the postseason since it was a Class AA school in 2005. Meanwhile, most of the attention surrounding the Big Reds this offseason has been focused on the ongoing renovations at their home, Stadium Field, in Parkersburg.
Winfield senior wide receiver Chris Turner, who was a second team pick on the Daily Mail Preseason All-State Team, saw considerable time at multiple positions for Coach Craig Snyder's Generals. While he connected with quarterback Toby Show for several receptions, Turner also spent time at running back.
Parkersburg has not won a playoff game since it claimed the 2007 Class AAA state championship by beating St. Albans. The Big Reds will play their first home game of the regular season at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, due to renovations to their home field. The bleachers at Stadium Field were condemned last spring.
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SOUTH CHARLESTON will play its first scrimmage of the season at 6:30 p.m. Monday against Woodrow Wilson. The teams will square off at Oakes Field, since the Black Eagles' new home field is on campus.
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ONE CLASS AA team saw its playoff hopes take a hit over the weekend.
Westside quarterback Justin Cogar, who made the Daily Mail's "101 Others to Watch" preseason list, broke his ankle in a scrimmage against Shady Spring. Cogar and the Renegades will learn the extent of the break as well as projected return date for the senior - who also stars for the Westside basketball team - Monday.
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