READY FOR ACTION – As the Pioneers storm out of the tunnel at the start of each home contest, it is clear they are ready to play. Here, Andre Dalton (#24) leads the Pioneers out along side Head Coach Dave Hutchison.
Just minutes into the Glenville State / University of Charleston contest last Saturday, Sept. 17, things were not looking good for the GSC Pioneers.
As quarterback Dante Roberts led the offense off the field following another three-and-out possession, he pumped his fist down in frustration.
The Golden Eagles were up, 14-0, and the first quarter was not even halfway through. How did this happen?
Titan Captains B. Roberts (#55), C. Haley (#47), J. Montgomery (#77), and Trey Shuff (#3) walk to center field for the coin toss.
Senior quarterback Trey Shuff looked out from the pocket last Friday, Sept. 16.
Morris Stadium was packed for the Titan homecoming, as GCHS’s offense looked across the line at the Sherman Tide.
Both teams entered the contest (3-0), and Sherman was ranked #7 in Class A - just a head of #11 Gilmer.
Shuff stared down the Tide defense as he accepted the snap early in the first quarter. This was a defense holding their opponents to about 14 points a game. There record said this was a strong team.
E. Settles (#7) Intercepts the Bobcats Opening Play.
The Pioneer defense stared across the line of scrimmage into the faces of their Wesleyan opponents last Saturday, Sept. 10 in Buckhannon. After an intense 59 minutes of action, the Pioneers led by three points.
With the ball on the Glenville 41, a field goal would tie the game and send the two teams into overtime; something neither team wanted to experience in the 90+ degree weather. A touchdown would leave the Pioneers but seconds to answer.
On second and 19, the Bobcat quarterback Ryan Deal decided to go to the air. As receiver Ian Waddell pulled the pass in at the 30-yard line, Pioneer All-Conference Linebacker Marcus Umu was waiting.
THE GCHS OFFENSE, Led By trey Shuff (#3) Awaits the Play Call.
When the Wirt Tigers arrived in Glenville last Friday, Sept. 9 to challenge the Gilmer Titans, there was a clear tension in the air. This was not a normal game – this one was personal.
Three years ago, the Tigers had handed the Titans, who were then (2-0), a 51-16 thrashing in Elizabeth. In 2015, Gilmer took a single point victory in overtime, 21-20.
While the last few seasons have saw interesting match-ups between the two teams, to further amplify the weight of this match-up, calling the shots from the Tiger sideline in 2016 is Isac Osborne. The same man who had led the Titans for the past two seasons as Head Coach.