CHARLES TOWN — What has been a traditional, season-ending, rivalry game has been moved up to this Friday.
Instead of playing on Week 10, the intra-county football game between Jefferson and Washington High School has been moved up to this Friday at Jefferson, in Shenandoah Junction, with a scheduled kickoff of 7 p.m.
The schedule change came about when Berkeley County, due to an uptick of COVID-19 cases in the extreme Eastern Panhandle, jumped from gold to orange in a period of one week.
Under guidelines established by West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Services, a county designated as orange (heightened community transmission) must confine itself to conditioning only, as defined by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletics Commission, the governing body for all public high school athletics in the Mountain State. Actual athletic events may not be held while under an orange status.
Morgan County is also an orange county on the COVID-19 map.
The map is updated at 5 p.m. each Saturday. However, if a county goes to red status (substantial community transmission) at any time during the week, the change at those county schools is effective immediately.
Washington had been scheduled to play at Musselman this Friday. Had Berkeley County remained gold, that game could’ve been played.
Jefferson (2-4), which lost a high-scoring affair on the road at Keyser last Friday, 63-44, was to have hosted four-time defending state Class AAA-champion Martinsburg this Friday. That game was postponed, and Washington moved into that slot on the Cougars’ schedule.
About the only other thing certain for the Patriots and Cougars is both teams have played enough games to qualify for post-season playoffs consideration. The West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission, the governing body for all public high school sports in the Mountain State, set the minimum number of games a football team must play to be eligible for the playoffs at four this season, given the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington Coach Glen Simpson said.
While Washington (4-3) had its way with the 1-6 Preston County in a 35-8 football win last Friday, Simpson was not happy with the high number of penalties assessed against the Patriots. Washington was penalized 13 times for 140 yards.
The Patriots also lost three of four fumbles.
“It was not a well-played game for us,” Simpson said. “We need to do better at some of the things we did in this game.”
Senior quarterback Frankie Amore, running out of the single-wing formation, had another stellar game for Washington, rushing for 173 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.
He put the Patriots on the scoreboard with 6 minutes, 31 seconds to go in the first quarter, breaking loose for a 70-yard run. At the 7:18 mark of the second quarter, Amore scooted 24 yards for another score.
Amore’s ability to read an opponents’ defense and make adjustments on the fly served him well against the Knights. On both of his scoring runs, he exploited every fault he could find for substantial yardage.
“On those two scoring plays, I saw the lanes opening up,” Amore said. “I took a quick look, saw where our line gave me hole to run through with a good block, then sprinted through it. Our line does a great job.”
Amore also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Williams in the fourth quarter.
“I wanted Jimmy to get another chance at a touchdown after he missed at Hedgesville a few weeks ago,”Amore said. Amore had hit Williams with a sideline pass in that previous game, but he was pushed out of bounds just short of the goal line.
“This time, Frankie hit me with the pass in the corner of the end zone,” Williams said.
Bryson Fleming rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown for the Patriots, scoring on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. Tommy Wogan scored on a 56-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter.
Griffin Price kicked five extra points for Washington.
Trevor Thomas completed 15 of 33 passes for 142 yards with three interceptions for Preston. Jason Lewis returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown for the Knights.