You can talk about the contributions of Midland Trail running back / linebacker Aden Isaacs in the tangible aspects of the Patriots passing game, or you can talk about the statistical success of his contributions to the running game, and both have been important to the game. team success this season. .
Isaacs has run for 280 yards and six touchdowns, and he has 15 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
You can add the fact that he’s Trail’s best defenseman as a linebacker and there’s a lot to be said when you talk about Aden Isaacs’ play.
But if you talk to the man himself, he prefers to talk about … blocking?
“Honestly, I think I’m blocking the best, of the three things I think I do for the team,” said Isaacs.
He adds that at around 6-0, 215 pounds, he also feels himself to be a good long-distance and long-distance runner.
“When it’s third and short, fourth and short, I think I can throw the ball and hit it to give us those extra few yards,” Isaacs said.
Yet it is selling the skills of the short older person.
His 15 receptions hint that the trade fullback is skilled enough to make plays in the passing game. His haste is reminiscent of that of a specialist in short films, but he can always increase if he lets himself go.
And then there’s this – he’s caught a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown in the last two games and has done it four times in the last two seasons (14 games), including a shootout loss. against St. Marys in the Class A state playoff last season.
Isaacs leaves it up to others to talk about his statistical prowess.
His father, coach Frank Isaacs, knows how important Aden has been to the team.
“People can argue with him, but he’s probably one of the most complete or talented kids I’ve ever coached,” said Frank Isaacs. “He can run, he can catch, he can block, he can block, and he can play defense. So he’s like a coach on the pitch.
He took all of these components and put them together to make a football player.
“He can do a little bit of everything,” said the coach. “He won’t be the fastest, he won’t be the biggest or the strongest, but he will be one of the best athletes in the world night after night.”
Midland Trail, which now has two-game winning streak last week on Tuesday and Friday, faces a big game this week when it makes the short drive to Charmco to take on Greenbrier West.
Midland Trail must win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
And speaking of Greenbrier, if Mercer is the county where the area teams like to broadcast – evidenced by the numbers presented by quarterbacks like Grant Cochran of Princeton, Ryker Brown of Bluefield and Peyton Greer of PikeView – then Greenbrier County is. the county where racing is preeminent. .
Look no further than the leadership rush zone for justification.
Greenbrier West junior No.14 Ty Nickell is the leader with 1,295 yards and on his heels is Greenbrier East sophomore Ian Cline, who had one of the hottest two-game streaks from the region this season.
Nickell has had a scorching second half of the season, especially when it comes to getting into the end zone.
In the last four games, Nickell has racked up 784 yards on 71 carries (11 yards per carry) and scored 11 touchdowns. In the first four games, Nickell rushed for 511 on 58 carries (8.8 yards per carry) and he scored just three touchdowns.
The former lineman-turned-lineman-back-runner has now covered more than 100 yards in seven straight games, which ties Nicholas County’s Kaleb Clark for the longest current 100-yard streak, including 267 yards Friday. , effort of 4 touchdowns against No. 11 Sherman.
Nickell is Greenbrier West’s first rusher over 1,000 yards since Noah Brown ran for 1,952 yards in 2019.
No one has organized back-to-back games better than Cline, who set the school’s record for rushing into a game when he bombarded Hampshire for 357 yards and five touchdowns.
He passed the mark of 346 set by Zayvion Lawson in 2015 against another Eastern Panhandle team, Musselman.
He became the first Spartans sophomore to go over 1,000 yards and the 16th 1,000-yard rusher in school history.
The game came a week after he had a 284-yard, 4-touchdown outing against Ripley, who was the third-tallest in school history.
Over the past two weeks, Cline has racked up 642 yards and nine touchdowns, which was more than in the first five games combined (636). He also missed a game against Mingo Central earlier this season.
These two guys are the recent winners of the Register-Herald Athlete of the Week.
Spartans head coach Ray Lee also won his 50th game in his 100th career game at Greenbrier East.
Speaking of records, they were falling on Friday, especially in Woodrow Wilson’s match against George Washington No.12 (GW won 48-35), which also broke records last season.
This time, Keynan Cook was a big winner, establishing three points in the contest.
Cook had 13 receptions against George Washington, surpassing David Allen’s mark of 10 in 2008, and he broke the record for yards in a game with 172, beating the mark set by Jace Colucci last season in the same game.
He also beat the season’s receptions mark with 38, surpassing Matt Morris’s mark set in 2001.
Maddex McMillen also broke records in the game, surpassing the career achievement mark with his sixth achievement of the night. He ended the night with 25 goals and now has 235 for his career, surpassing the 215 mark held by Phil Culicerto and Andrew Johnson.
Independent quarterback Logan Phalin also entered his school’s record books when he landed four touchdowns, giving him 17 for the season, beating the previous mark of 15 set by Mark Edwards.
His four touchdowns also tied the record for touchdown passes in a game set by Timmy Justice, a mark Phalin had also matched earlier in the year.
You can rank him in the department for what it’s worth, but Independence running back Atticus Goodson (88 carries, 1,108 yards and 20 touchdowns) averages one touchdown every 4.4 carries.
It’s trendy in this rare Mookie Collier tune.
Collier – who aptly scored the winning touchdown Saturday for North Carolina Central in a victory over Morgan State – averaged one touchdown every 4.9 races in 2017, the year he won the Kennedy Award.
And that was around the 4.4 zone during the regular season.
Like Goodson, Collier has done more with less this season.
It was a great run for Collier during the playoffs which many attribute to propelling him to the Kennedy. He still had 1,472 yards and 24 touchdowns, but was little-known commodity heading into this season, after Bluefield went 4-6 in 2016.
Goodson has remained quietly in Kennedy’s consideration after being one of the favorites at the start of the season. He has rarely played the half in a game this season.
Shady Spring coach Vince Culicerto said the Tigers will kick the ball and this season and Friday night the No.20 Tigers kept their playoff hopes going with 242 rushing yards in a 28-14 victory. against Ripley.
It is a high season.
The Tigers were led by Caleb Whittaker who had a career-high 158 yards and scored a touchdown.
Cam Manns added 40 and James Sellards added 37 and a touchdown.
Manns also had 118 and two touchdowns.
This is the kind of balance Culicerto likes to see from an offense that has traditionally been one of the more balanced offenses in the region.
Last season, the Tigers struggled on the ground, rushing for 482 and eight TDs. Shady has started hitting the ball again, rushing 50 more times this season in the same number of games (207-157) and they have 1,002 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
l Meadow Bridge quarterback Dustin Adkins amassed more than 2,500 passing yards for his career in the Wildcats’ 34-0 win over Montcalm.
Adkins was 17 of 25 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fourth straight game for 222 yards or better.
Adkins’ career numbers – 193 wins, 334 attempts, 2,505 yards and 32 touchdowns – are probably all school records.
l Westside is playing the rope but Jax Cogar, to his credit, didn’t get the memo.
The Renegades junior quarterback completed 12 of 27 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns (Hansel Bledsoe and Kaiden Vance) and ran for 154 yards on 32 carries in a 29-22 loss to Tug Valley. He ran or passed 59 of the 61 Renegades games. For the season, Cogar appeared in 299 of the Renegades’ 411 games (72.7%).