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Weir High gets back to winning ways

Donavan Kirby

PETERSBURG — Weir High bounced back from a disappointing loss to Keyser last week with a 25-15 victory over previously unbeaten Petersburg on Saturday The game was played in perfect football weather on the Vikings’ field in the mountains of eastern West Virginia.

Donavan Kirby, who gained 178 yards in the game, scored all three of the Red Rider touchdowns, and Reed Reitter nailed a 33-yard field goal. Reitter also kicked two extra points, and junior quarterback Sebastian Spencer dove into the end zone for a two-point conversion.

After allowing Keyser to come back from a 26-point second-half deficit, the Weir High defense came up big against the Vikings, forcing seven turnovers and sacked Petersburg quarterback Jacob Hartman five times.

“Our defense turned it up,” said veteran Red Rider coach Tony Filberto by phone while returning on the four-hour bus ride home. “Turnovers are a key on defense, and we made numerous big defensive plays. We had several big stops, especially in the second half. We did what we had to do to win this football game.”

Weir High got on the scoreboard first when Kirby took the football into the end zone on a 6-yard run. Reitter’s kick was true, and then he came back later with a 33-yard field goal, his first of the season.

Petersburg came back in the second quarter with a 20-yard run up the middle by fullback Doug Morral. The Vikings made the score 10-8 when they got a bad snap on the conversion kick, but a scrambling Zach Wampler tossed a pass to Seth Williams in the end zone for the two-pointer.

The Vikings took the lead on a 58-yard pass-and-run operation from Hartman to senior Tyce Wisnewski. Ethan Anderson kicked the extra point for a 15-10 Petersburg lead.

That didn’t last long as Kirby finished a Weir High drive with the first of his two 1-yard plunges into the end zone. The speedy Spencer scampered to the 1-yard line and made a desperation dive into the end zone for two points and a 18-15 Weir High halftime lead.

The Red Riders drove again into Viking territory as time was running out before intermission, but Reitter’s 47-yard field goal attempt was off the mark. He holds the school record with two 44-yard field goals from last year.

Playing without injured defensive stalwarts Tyler Komorowski, Chris Helms and Chad Custer, the Red Rider defense shut the door on the Vikings in the second half, with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Meanwhile, the Weir High offense was amassing 226 yards on the ground and 60 more through the air. That compares to 182 stripes on the ground by Viking runners and Hartman’s 211 through the air.

“We had a nice drive in the fourth quarter to pretty much put the game away,” Filberto said. “It ended with Kirby scoring from the 1. Kirby had a 60-yard run during that drive to set up the score. The last seven drives that Petersburg had in the second half ended in turnovers forced by our defense.”

Four different Red Riders made interceptions (Spencer, Reitter, Reese Wills and Elijah Gillette). Gillette also had a fumble recovery, as did Jordan Brueck and Logan Walters.

Weir High will celebrate homecoming on Friday, playing host to Union Local at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Weir High 25, Petersburg 15

Weir High 10 8 0 7 — 25

Petersburg 0 15 0 0 — 15

W: Kirby 6 run (Reitter kick)

W: Reitter 33 FG

P: Morral 20 run (Williams pass from Wampler)

P: Wisnewski 58 pass from Hartman (Anderson kick)

W: Kirby 1 run (Spencer run)

W: Kirby 2 run (Reitter kick)

RUSHING: Weir 44-226-3 (Kirby 26-178-3, Spencer 7-26, Semedo 10-22, Hostuttler 1-0); Petersburg 33-182-1 (Wampler 13-70, Morral 1-20-1, Hartman 15-75, Rohrbaugh 3-17).

PASSING: Weir 6-14-60-0-1 (all by Spencer); Petersburg 14-27-211-1-4 (all by Hartman).

RECEIVING: Weir (McCoy 4-52, Trupiano 1-4, McUmar 1-4); Petersburg (Williams 3-14, Wisnewski 3-57, Rohrbaugh 4-58, Sindledecker 1-17, Tingler 1-40, Wampler 2-25).

PENALTIES: Weir 11-77; Petersburg 7-66.

FIRST DOWNS: Weir 13; Petersburg 7.

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