SHORT GAP - West Virginia's high school football regular season is composed of ten games. Those ten games are spread out across 11 weeks, allowing for one week of rest, the bye week. After enjoying a nine game stretch that included eight victories, Frankfort will enjoy their time of rest, in this, the tenth week.
By Chapin Jewell
SHORT GAP - West Virginia’s high school football regular season is composed of ten games. Those ten games are spread out across 11 weeks, allowing for one week of rest, the bye week. After enjoying a nine game stretch that included eight victories, Frankfort will enjoy their time of rest, in this, the tenth week.
While the Falcons certainly appear to be firing on all cylinders and have largely avoided the injury bug thus far, the week of rest, particularly the time for extra planning and preparation, could not have come at a better time, as Frankfort’s next opponent is Keyser next week in the Mineral Bowl.
Still, Frankfort coach Kevin Whiteman doesn’t particularly care too much for the bye week. “I despise it; I don’t like a bye week at any time. When Friday night comes, I want to have a game to coach in, I don’t like it. I would rather have a bye earlier, or at the midpoint of the season, but at this point in time, I despise having the bye where it is,” Whiteman explained.
Despite that outlook, Whiteman agrees that there are some benefits, including the ability to rest and heal banged up bodies. According to Whiteman, “There is that aspect of it. The kids are starting to tire at this point in the season, and the practices get monotonous. But I would rather have a game this week, to keep things going.”
Keeping things going, at this point in time, would be a good thing for the Falcons. After opening the season with two convincing wins over Moorefield and East Hardy, 35-3 and 41-0 respectively, the Falcons fell in overtime by one point at Weir (28-27).
Since that Weir loss, Frankfort is 6-0, earning consecutive wins against Berkeley Springs (48-0), Northern (28-21), Mountain Ridge (35-20), Washington (54-29), Petersburg (35-6) and Hampshire (55-20.
In total, the Falcons have outscored their opponents on the season 358-127, for an average score of 44-14 per game. Their performance has been good enough to earn them the current number seven spot in the West Virginia MetroNews Power Rankings, but more importantly, the Falcons are currently ranked number four in the WVSSAC class AA Playoff Ratings.
Frankfort’s success is due in large part to the performance of their experienced offensive line which has allowed the three-headed rushing attack of Nick Marley, JJ Blank and Peyton Shanholtz to run wild. The Falcons have rushed for a combined 3,185 yards on 381 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per carry. Frankfort has only given up 1,129 yards to their opponents on less than half their yards per carry average.
Nick Marley leads the way with 1,204 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns; Blank is second in rushing with 691 yards and 12 touchdowns; Shanholtz has 536 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, the Falcons are holding their opponents to only two touchdowns per game on average, while offensively, Frankfort is scoring nearly six.
If the season has been exciting thus far, buckle up as the intensity is sure to be amped up as Frankfort takes on Keyser in one week in the Mineral Bowl. With the exception of the one-point loss at Weir, it’s been a banner year thus far for the Falcons. Nobody in Short Gap, however, is ready to rest on their laurels. First comes Keyser, then the playoffs. The bye week serves as a bit of a respite before the most exciting action of the season commences.