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By: John Antonik
West Virginia University
This time, Will Grier’s run into the end zone was successful – and all 10 digits on both hands came out of it intact.
Grier’s two-point conversion run with 16 seconds remaining lifted 12th-ranked West Virginia to a heart-stopping, 42-41 victory over 15th- ranked Texas before 100,703 disappointed Longhorns fans at sold-out Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Last year, Grier’s season (and West Virginia’s) ended in the first quarter of the Mountaineers’ 28-14 loss to the Longhorns in Morgantown after Grier broke his finger trying to score a touchdown.
Tonight, he didn’t need to dive because he didn’t have to. He ran across the goal line untouched.
“I knew it was going to be a crazy deal,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “When we got the ball back with two minutes left, I told our guys to go down and score and we’ll make the two-point conversion.”
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Last Friday, the Petersburg High School Vikings traveled to Baker to take on the East Hardy High School Cougars. The game was another win for the PHS team, who beat the Cougars 36-18.
The win was the final regular season game for the school, who finished with a 7-2 record and placing them 13th in the play-off line-up.
The game also held an impressive milestone for PHS quarterback Jacob Hartman, who tossed his 100th successful career touchdown. In the 2018 regular season, Hartman has averaged over 200 yard each game in passing, picking up a total 1,882 yards passed this season. He has also brought home 23 touchdowns.
Leading the team in rushing this season was Zach Wampler, who grabbed 122 carried, nine touchdowns and over 1,080 yards rushed. He averages just shy of nine yards each carry and 136 yards rushed each game.
Receiving for the Vikings was led by Tyce Wisnewski, who picked up 46 catches, 13 touchdowns and no fumbles. As a receiver, Wisnewski averaged 20 yards a catch and 101 yards passed per catch a game.
On the defensive side, the team was led by Doug Morral, who managed 96 tackles and six sacks. Of those tackles, 71 were solo and 11 were tackles-for-losses.
The Vikings (13th) will face off against the Nicholas County Grizzlies (4th) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholas County.
The team, which boasted an undefeated regular season, is a tough first match for the Vikings.
However, after an impressive season of their own, the Vikings are going in with a strengthened offense and defense.