Weir sets new school record with 75 points

STIFF ARM — Weir’s Chad Custer rushes for a touchdown against Petersburg on Saturday (Photo by Joe Catullo).

WEIRTON — The Weir High Red Riders scored early and often to pocket a lopsided 75-7 victory over Petersburg Saturday afternoon at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

The Red Riders set a school scoring record with Chad Custer leading the way with a career high five touchdowns, four of them rushing and one receiving. The 75 points topped the 74 scored against Magnolia in 2004.

Custer moved into a second place tie with five former Red Riders that also scored five times in a game. Kameron Davis holds the school record with seven touchdowns in a 2015 game against Steubenville Catholic Central. Custer, who was completely healthy for the first time in two weeks, finished with 175 yards on just nine carries and hauled in a 26-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Sebastian Spencer.

It was the first career varsity start for Spencer, who stepped in when Tyler Komorowski injured his knee last week against Keyser. Spencer finished with seven completions on 11 attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran twice for 32 yards, one of them a 20-yard scoring jaunt.

“Sebastian did an outstanding job,” Filberto said. “We all know that is the most visual position on the football field, and he stepped in and handled it tremendously. We’re real proud and pleased with him.”

Spencer appeared to be cool and calm even though it was the first start at quarterback. He has been on the other end of passes this year as a starting wide receiver.

“I was a little nervous before the game, but once I got in there I felt really good,” Spencer said. “My team prepared for this a whole lot. They were right through it with me the whole way. They really helped me.

“I just went into the game trying to make a play to be part of the team, not trying to do too much but just trying to make sure I do my role so we could get the win. I did the jayvee games last year, but coach Dave (Cowden) and (Frank) Sisinni really helped me out with my throwing this year, getting my mechanics down and everything.”

Spencer will have to keep doing it because Filberto said Komorowski will be out a while longer, but perhaps not as long as originally thought.

It took the Red Riders less than two minutes to get on the scoreboard despite kicking off to the Vikings to start the game. That’s because Reed Reitter’s kick was misplayed with senior Jaylon Bridges hustling downfield quickly to pounce on the loose football at the Petersburg 18. It was one of two Bridges fumble recoveries in the game.

It took Weir High only four plays to score with Custer going into the end zone on a sweep to the right from five yards out. The extra point failed, but the Red Riders got that point back after they scored again just three minutes later.

The Weir High defense, which held the Vikings to only 97 total yards in the game, forced a three-and-out punt from their own 27, allowing the Riders to set up at their own 41-yard line. Custer got eight yards on first down, then Spencer found Jacob McCoy open for 40 yards to the Petersburg 6. On the first play from there, Spencer bootlegged to his right and hit Bridges in the end zone, then flipped a pass over the middle to Brody McUmar for the two-pointer that made the score 14-0 just five minutes into the game.

The Red Riders continued the touchdown parade with a 26-yard Spencer to Custer scoring pass with 1:26 left in the opening quarter.

But the first period blitz wasn’t over as the Riders got the ball right back on Reitter’s ensuing kickoff that was misplayed again, this time with McCoy pouncing on the loose pigskin. Tyler Mack pounded six yards to the 12 from where Custer raced to pay dirt again on a sweep to his right. Reitter’s kick made it 28-0 going into the second quarter.

Petersburg scored it’s only touchdown at the 7:58 mark of the second period when junior quarterback Jacob Hartman tossed a 5-yard pass to senior Trad Harman in the end zone. Dylan Alt added the extra point from placement.

After that, it was Weir High the rest if the way.

Custer scored on a 12-yard run up the middle, and Spencer faked to Mack on the belly series, kept the ball and ran untouched 20 yards to score. Reitter got the PATs after both touchdowns.

Junior Garet Hostuttler got into the scoring act with a 9-yard rumble and with Reitter’s kick, the Red Riders went to the locker room at the half with a commanding 49-7 lead.

It was more of the same in the second half, which was shortened by a running clock in the fourth quarter. That is allowed after a team has a 35-point lead in the final period.

The Red Riders put the opening kickoff of the second half in play at their own 45. On the first play from scrimmage, Custer dashed 55-yards for a touchdown.

That was his final carry of the game.

“Our line was blocking real good,” Custer said about his career high rushing and scoring. “I was real impressed with them. They did their job, and us backs came in and did what we had to do. We have more to come. We’re still working on things.”

Freshman Logan Walters stepped into the featured back role and had a big third quarter. He scored on runs of 51 and 30 yards while logging 106 yards with just six carries.

The Red Riders’ final score came with 8:08 left in the game when freshman quarterback Anthony DiMatteis picked his way through the Vikng defense for a 49-yard touchdown run.

Weir High hits the road next week to play undefeated Union Local

“It’s the same as it was last year,” Filberto said. “They were 5-0 and we were 4-1 like we are this year. We hope the outcome is the same as last year.”

Weir High 75, Petersburg 7

Petersburg 0-7-0-0 — 7

Weir High 28-21-20-6 — 75

W: Custer 5 run (kick failed)

W: Bridges 6 pass from Spencer (McUmar from Spencer)

W: Custer 26 pass from Spencer (R. Reitter kick)

W: Custer 12 run (Reitter kick)

P: Harmon 5 pass from Hartman (Alt kick)

W: Custer 12 run (R. Reitter kick)

W: Spencer 20 run (R. Reitter kick)

W: Hostuttler 9 run (R. Reitter kick)

W: Custer 55 run (kick failed

W: Walters 51 run (Jackson kick)

W: Walters 30 run (G. Reitter kick)

W: DiMatteis (Kick failed.)

RUSHING: Petersburg 32-(-66) (Hartman 12-(-27); Rohrbaugh 7-3; Keplinger 4-(-3); Hawk 1-2; Tingler 5-(-27); Adkins 2-(-5)); Weir 32-393-9 (Custer 9-175-4; McKay 2-2; Mack 1-6; Walters 6-106-2; Hostuttler 4-15-1; Cummins 1-3; Bridges 1-1; DiMatteis 4-43-1; Spencer 2-32-1; McUmar 2-10).

PASSING: Petersburg 8-13-163-1 (Hartman 8-12-1; Tingler 0-1); Weir High 7-11-203-2 (all by Spencer).

RECEIVING: Petersburg (Harman 2-17-1; Wisnewski 1-40; Rohrbaugh 1-34; Sindledecker 1-26; Wampler 1-34; Halterman 1-12); Weir (McCoy 3-121; Bridges 1-6-1; Custer 2-42-1; Reitter 1-34).

FIRST DOWNS: Petersburg 8; Weir High 18.

FUMBLES-LOST: Petersburg 4-3; Weir High 3-2.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Petersburg 4-40; Weir High 11-95.