CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As expected, Morgantown senior running back Chazzy Thomas surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season Friday night in the Mohigans' 44-20 win over visiting Musselman.
What was unforeseen was that Thomas would miss most of the game. He sprained his ankle on the third play from scrimmage and did not return. He carried on all three snaps and finished with 21 yards, bringing his season total to 2,010 yards on 149 carries.
Nearly three hours away from Pony Lewis Field, Class AAA's second-leading rusher was also sidelined Friday night. George Washington senior Draven Riffe suffered an ankle sprain against Hurricane on Oct. 11, and did not suit up for the Patriots' 48-40 loss at Cabell Midland in Ona.
GW senior Jacob Jackson moved to the backfield from his typical position as a starting wide receiver in Riffe's absence. Jackson ran for 250 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns as GW rallied from a 35-7 deficit to make the game interesting.
Riffe has 1,379 yards and 18 touchdowns on 155 carries. Oak Hill's Jalen Jones, who entered last week's games as the No. 3 rusher in Class AAA and who has also been nursing a leg injury, ran for 58 yards in a 27-17 win over Lewis County on Friday to bring his season total to 1,111 yards, still well behind Riffe and Thomas.
The Patriots (6-1) expect to have Riffe back in the lineup when they travel Friday night for a game at Parkersburg (2-5).
Sources in Morgantown told the Daily Mail on Saturday night that Thomas was moving around well, but might be held out of Friday's game at John Marshall.
WAYNE CONTINUED to roll Friday night, winning its 30th consecutive game with a 53-20 rout of Herbert Hoover (2-5). The Pioneers (7-0) led 41-6 at halftime, when they pulled their starters.
A newer wrinkle to the Pioneer offense has emerged this season, though. Wayne still operates out of the wing-T formation, but quarterback Grant Ferguson has lined up in the shotgun on a somewhat regular basis.
He was 10-of-13 for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against the Huskies.
"That's what's great about Wayne football. They were in the box and we came out and knew we could throw on them right off the bat," Ferguson said. "Everybody executed perfectly.
"We went out, we could run the ball and we could throw the ball. We didn't have any turnovers and everybody played hard."