ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Kentre Grier stepped up his game Friday night in the absence of A.D. Cunningham as South Charleston defeated St. Albans, 35-14, at Crawford Field.
The Black Eagles improved to 3-3 this season as the Red Dragons fell to 0-6.
St. Albans played South Charleston to a stalemate at the half. The teams went to the locker room tied 14-14.
"My kids played their guts out for the first 24 minutes of this game against a pretty good football team that beat a pretty good football team last week," St. Albans Coach Steve Stoffel said.
Led by the play of Drew Kirby, who rushed 29 times for 133 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Caine (15 carries, 69 yards and a touchdown) who carried, the Red Dragons held a 7-point lead late in the second quarter.
The Black Eagles then scored 28 unanswered points behind the play of Grier, a freshman quarterback. Grier tied the game on a 15-yard run on South Charleston's second to last possession of the half. He finished the game with 87 yards on 11 carries and 16 of 24 for 210 yards through the air. He also finished with three combined touchdowns -- two on the ground and one throwing to favorite target Marquel Hampton.
Hampton finished with seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The momentum shifted in the second half when South Charleston's Rasheed Coleman picked St. Albans quarterback Noah Reed's pass out of the air and bounded 20 yards for the touchdown.
South Charleston never looked back, but Coach Jim Messinger wants more than two good quarters of football.
"We are our own worst enemy right now," he said. "If we line up and play four quarters, then maybe, just maybe, we can have the opportunity to get in and play a little football come November and December."
St. Albans continued to fight throughout the second half, but the final nail came when Ken Haynes broke an 80-yard run that set up Coleman to add his second touchdown of the day.
Haynes finished with a team-high 111 yards on eight attempts.
While Grier may have racked up most of the offense for the Black Eagles, he gave all the credit to the other side of the ball.
"Defense the second half, they came out and stopped the run a whole lot better," he said. "They just stopped them period."