Ritz, Haught Tabbed Players of the Week
This week, two Magnolia football players earned their spot in the Players of the Week, while a Pilot and a pair of Hornets each earned recognition.
Kyle Ritz had a breakout game in the come-from-behind, 29-28, win over the Weir Red Riders, along with teammate Zach Haught.
Ritz scored in three different ways in the win, scoring on a touchdown pass, a pair of two-point conversion passes and a fumble recovery in the end-zone.
He accounted for 46 yards on four catches, one touchdown, and two conversion snatches, while being the lead blocker for most of the 104 MHS rushing yards for the game. On defense he had 10 tackles, and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Haught was Mr. Steady on the offensive line, while causing havoc in the Red Riders backfield. He posted six solo tackles, assisted on three others, while adding a quarterback sack, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt that Ritz recovered in the end-zone.
Drew Wagnild of the Pilots had a nice game, playing only a half in the win over the Bridgeport Bulldogs. He had eight tackles, made a tackle for loss of yardage and had a quarterback sack for special mention.
For honorable mention, Josie Phillips collected 17 points and four service aces against St. Marys, while totaling 10 points in matches against Notre Dame, Trinity and West Greene all in one week. Also sophomore Tyler Sims came off the bench to give the Hornets a shot in the arm in the backfield when they lost a starter to an injury. Sims only accounted for 42 yards, but it was on only four carries and his very first time in the backfield. Besides the yardage, Sims was the lead blocker for teammate Andrew King who accounted for 156 yards rushing.
In the only score of the night for Hundred, Sims carried the ball four times down to the goal line leading the way for King to score a six yard TD.
The athlete of the week is given to the top area’s top athlete chosen by the sports staff at the Wetzel Chronicle. The winners can only win once in that sport throughout the season.