Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

West Union football wins victory bell over North Adams

The North Adams and West Union football teams played in their “Battle for the Bell” game at Freedom Field on Oct. 31 with the Dragons taking home a convincing win, and with it, bragging rights.

West Union’s Devin Whiting took the opening kickoff from North Adams and went all the way to the end zone for the early touchdown and the Dragons wouldn’t look back from there. Another touchdown for West Union by Whiting after a Green Devil turnover made it 12-0 before the first quarter ended.

West Union took over at their own 25-yard-line for the first drive of the second quarter and this time drove down the field in eight plays capped off by a reverse by Zack Best for the third touchdown of the game to make it 20-0 after the two-point conversion.

North Adams finally found some offensive rhythm on their next possession with a six-play drive that got to midfield, but the drive stalled out from there and the Green Devils turned it over on downs – prompting a seven-play drive from West Union that finished with a touchdown pass from Chris Silhavy to Zack Best and the Dragons were looking at a healthy 28-0 lead.

Special teams played a big part on the next drive again as the Dragons blocked a North Adams punt, giving themselves great field position. The Dragons took advantage with a five-yard touchdown run by Jordan Hendricks for a 34-0 lead before the halftime whistle.

Two second-half drives resulted in scores for the Dragons. In the third quarter, a punt return to the North Adams 20-yard-line put West Union in position for a Jordan Hendricks touchdown for a 40-0 lead and Toby Haddox capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run of his own to put the game on ice.

With the win, West Union ended the season with a 5-7-1 overall record, an improvement from last season’s 0-10 campaign.

After the win, West Union Head Coach Scott McFarland said this was his team’s most complete game of the season.

“Our hats off to North Adams for a hard fought game,” McFarland said. “They are growing and building a nice program. I am so proud of this team for the progress that they made all season. We have seen so much improvement and played our most complete game of the year. Our goal was to send our seniors our with a win in the first annual Freedom Victory Bell Rivalry game.”

Standing out for his defensive performance was defensive lineman Tyler Egnor who racked up five sacks and was a menace to the North Adams offense all game long. North Adams Head Coach Justin Schmitz said Egnor’s play was crucial in West Union’s success.

“West Union played a great game Saturday,” Schmitz said. “Defensively, their defensive line had a great push up front. Their defensive tackle had a heck of a night up front against us.”

In their first year as program, Schmitz says he’s pleased with the results he’s seen as he continues to build the program up.

“This season was a learning experience for all of the young men in our varsity program,” Schmitz said. “I’m extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made this season. I feel like we’ve got a great foundation to build on over the next several years. I can’t help but look at the positives that we’ve seen since the inception of our programs. We’ve invested a lot in these young men and hopefully our school board has seen that and will buy-in to this thing as well.”

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

Before the game on Oct. 31, the senior from both the West Union and North Adams football programs were recognized. Front row, from left, Rocky Smith, Brandon Richendollar, Robert Lacy, and Zack Coppock; Back row, from left, Logan Trude, Jarrett Long, Cody Nehus, Hunter Hall, Billy Brannock, Devin Whiting, Toby Haddox, and Nathan Grooms.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Football1.jpgBefore the game on Oct. 31, the senior from both the West Union and North Adams football programs were recognized. Front row, from left, Rocky Smith, Brandon Richendollar, Robert Lacy, and Zack Coppock; Back row, from left, Logan Trude, Jarrett Long, Cody Nehus, Hunter Hall, Billy Brannock, Devin Whiting, Toby Haddox, and Nathan Grooms.

The final area high school football game of 2015 took place on Oct. 31 at Freedom Field in West Union as the North Adams Devils played host to the West Union Dragons.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Football2.jpgThe final area high school football game of 2015 took place on Oct. 31 at Freedom Field in West Union as the North Adams Devils played host to the West Union Dragons.
County rivalry ends football season

By Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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