WVC football: W.Va. State rallies, knocks off Seton Hill
West Virginia State trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter, but the Yellow Jackets rallied for three consecutive touchdowns on the road to beat Seton Hill 21-13 on Saturday.
The Griffins (0-5, O-3 West Virginia Conference) took a 6-0 first-quarter lead on two Josh Cavalier field goals and extended it to 13-0 on a 31-yard Derrick Dyer touchdown run eight seconds into the second quarter.
WVSU (2-3, 1-1) got on the scoreboard with 8:15 to play when Ricky Phillips capped off a 74-yard drive with a touchdown run from a yard out.
Early in the fourth quarter, Phillips found Shanin Bennefield for a 35-yard touchdown through the air that put the Yellow Jackets in the lead. Ervin Kent scored State's third touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Phillips.
Phillips finished with 238 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Kent had a game-high 90 receiving yards.
For Seton Hill, quarterback Ryan Morris threw an interception with close to a minute left in the game to seal the win for State. Morris completed 31 passes for 266 yards in the loss for the Griffins.
In a contest between the last two WVC champions, 2010 title winner Shepherd (4-1, 3-0) was led by quarterback Bobby Cooper's 168-yard passing performance. The Rams' D.J. Scott scored a touchdown in the third quarter, returning a blocked Concord field goal attempt 71 yards to the end zone.
Albert Rose completed 30 passes for 376 yards and a touchdown for Concord (2-3, 1-2) while Randall Hawkins caught a career-high 16 passes for 178 yards with a touchdown. Ansel Ponder caught nine passes for 135 yards for the Mountain Lions.
The Hilltoppers (2-3, 1-2) fell behind early when Hughes hit Darian Cleckley for a touchdown. Glenville receiver Orlandus Harris caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown with Cleckley adding five receptions for 36 yards to go with his touchdown.
For West Liberty, quarterback Dylan Lagarde threw for 232 yards on 14 completions while Brandon Scroeder caught eight passes for 108 yards.
West Virginia Wesleyan quarterback Nate Montana completed 27 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while the Bobcat offense totaled 421 yards. John Maddox made 14 tackles to lead Wesleyan with Jared Fleo, Jesse Robertson and Jonas Celian all registering a sack.