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WV High School Football Notebook: Frankfort Grinds Out Impressive Win



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In a week with plenty of impressive performances, Frankfort might have put on the best show in the state during Week 4 of the West Virginia high school football season.

The Class AA No. 3 Falcons hosted Class AAA No. 1 Spring Mills on Friday and slowed the previously high-powered Cardinals in a 21-20 overtime win in Mineral County.

Spring Mills’ No. 1 rating in the first batch of WVSSAC playoff ratings did not make the Cardinals the best team in Class AAA, but that is still a very good team Frankfort made play its game. SM came into the game averaging 54 points in each of its first three wins but needed overtime to get to 20 points against Frankfort — an even then the Falcons’ defense kept the Cardinals out of the end zone on the game-deciding two-point conversion attempt.

Frankfort was able to put the clamps on star SM quarterback Keon Padmore-Johnson, while Falcons’ junior Peyton Clark scored all three of his team’s touchdowns in the win — two on the ground and one on a long reception out of the backfield.

Offensive stars get a lot of headlines and attentions — and deservedly so — but Frankfort has now shut out two of its first three opponents, including one of the top offensive teams in the state.

“I’m so proud of our defensive coaches and the game plan they put in,” Frankfort coach Kevin Whiteman told MetroNews Game Night on Friday after the win. “There is so much athleticism on the other side of the field with [Padmore-Johnson]. I thought we did a good job. They made some plays and they had some yardage, but we took our old Wing T and we drove the ball. We had about 280 yards of offense ourselves and practiced using the play clocks all week. We wanted to milk the play clock down and keep the ball out of their hands. I felt like we had a good game plan and I just can’t say enough about the kids and their effort.”


This week we’re going to dedicated the notes section to schedule changes for the upcoming week. The West Virginia school reentry map update on Saturday opened the door for several counties to finally begin their seasons, while others are having to shuffle to get a game on the schedule. Here is what we know:

  • Cabell Midland at Poca, 7 p.m. Friday
  • Liberty Raleigh at Independence, 7 p.m. Friday
  • Man at Mingo Central, 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Greenbrier East at Berkeley Springs, 7 p.m. Friday
  • Greenbrier West at Scott, 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Chapmanville at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Midland Trail at Meadow Bridge, 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Musselman at Morgantown, 7 p.m. Friday
  • Oak Hill at Mingo Central, 7 p.m. Friday (yes, Mingo has two games scheduled this week)
  • Albert Gallatin (PA) at University, 7:30 p.m. Friday


Same deal as always here. Five results from each class last week that we haven’t mentioned yet or are worth mentioning again.


  • John Marshall 39, Parkersburg South 0
  • Musselman 42, Fairmont Senior (AA) 21
  • Wheeling Park 56, Linsly 20
  • Bridgeport 58, Robert C. Byrd (AA) 21
  • Greenbrier East 55, Buckhannon-Upshur 10


  • Bluefield 54, Princeton (AAA) 40
  • Keyser 70, Nicholas County 19
  • North Marion 41, Lincoln 20
  • Liberty Raleigh 33, Clay County 0
  • Liberty Harrison 48, Grafton 21


  • Wheeling Central 19, Man 0
  • Doddridge County 9, Ritchie County 8
  • Tygarts Valley 44, Gilmer County 21
  • Petersburg 50, Independence (AA) 24
  • Greenbrier West 73, Webster County 6
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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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