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Jayce Gould growing as Cabell Midland QB

September 3, 2018

Cabell Midland's Jayce Gould (5) throws a pass against St. Albans during a West Virginia high school football game Aug. 24 at Cabell Midland High School.

At Cabell Midland, 12 attempts for 168 yards usually indicates a strong performance by a running back, but the Knights appear to be a threat via the air this high school football season.

Jayce Gould, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, took over at quarterback, replacing graduated standout Jovaun Light, who has gone on to West Virginia State University to play basketball. Gould’s debut was Aug. 25 against St. Albans and he completed 6 of 12 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Gould hit four different receivers and three caught touchdown passes.

“Jayce has grown a lot,” Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons said. “He’s done a good job. Quarterback is a hard position to play, especially for a 16-or 17-year-old, but he’s getting better every week.”

Gould is talented enough to help prevent defenses from keying on all-state tailback Ivan Vaughn.

“He has to improve on some things, but all of us do, and he will,” Salmons said. “He has a really good arm, quick feet and he’s smart.”

If the Knights, who beat Parkersburg 40-20 on Friday, can effectively throw along with their power running game, their offense could take them a long way in Class AAA.

RECRUITING NOTES: Spring Valley offensive lineman Luke Jarrell has a visit scheduled to Marietta College.... Former Huntington High School boys basketball star Mikal Dawson, now with Huntington Prep, committed to play at the University of Akron. Another former Highlanders standout, Chris Early, was selected by the St. John’s Edge in the first round, ninth overall, of the National Basketball League of Canada Draft. Early played college ball at Chattanooga. ... Wyatt Milum, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound sophomore tight end/defensive end from Spring Valley, received football scholarship offers from Marshall University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, the University of Louisville, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University last week. Milum already has a baseball scholarship offer from Marshall.... Fairmont Senior basketball star Jalen Bridges was offered a scholarship by WVU.

NOT AS BAD AS IT APPEARED: Green clobbered Hannan 86-14 Friday in high school football, but the Bobcats didn’t want such a lopsided score.

Green coach Ted Newsome offered to play with a running clock or shortened quarters, used all his players, didn’t throw the ball at all and had players take a knee as early as the second quarter. Hannan coach Kellie Thomas asked her players if they wanted to accept Newsome’s offer, but they declined and opted to play the full game, seeing it as an opportunity to improve and show they had no quit in them.

ROUNDING UP: Former Huntington High offensive lineman Billy Ross made his first collegiate start Saturday for North Carolina against California. ... Spring Valley and Ashland have signed a deal to play one another in football in 2019 and 2020. The first game will be at Spring Valley, with the second at Ashland. ... Ohio Valley Christian has a boys soccer team for the first time since 2016. ...KYtrackXC.com has ranked Boyd County’s cross country team No. 1 in the state.... Lawrence County’s first-year boys soccer team continued to roll, improving to 5-0.... Gallia Academy’s first-year girls soccer team began the season 2-0— Russell honored its 1978 state champion football team Friday. A standout wide receiver on that squad was Billy Ray Cyrus.... Fairland’s eighth-grade volleyball team started the season 3-0, continuing its success from seventh grade when it went undefeated. ...

Former Russell running back Nick Conley was named Georgetown College’s player of the game on Aug. 27 after rushing for 84 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries as the Tigers defeated Warner 49-0. ... Point Pleasant’s boys soccer team outscored foes 27-1 in its first four games, three of them shutouts.... Meigs’ girls golf team won its first Tri-Valley Conference championship last week, finishing 20 strokes ahead of second-place Waterford. Ashley Offen-berger of Waterford was the medalist, shooting 1-over-par 39 at Athens Country Club. ... Rock Hill’s boys won their own cross country Run the Hill Invitational, led by Jasson Aguilera taking the individual title. McKenna Pannell of Fair-land won the girls high school race to lead the Dragons to the team championship. Rock Hill’s Sam Simpson won the middle school boys individual race....

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission will host a girls golf tournament at Woodridge Plantation Golf Course in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, on Sept. 18. ... Boyd County girls basketball star Savannah Wheeler, who is committed to play at Marshall, needs 235 points to become Kentucky’s 16th Region’s all-time scoring leader in girls basketball. ... 2009 Kennedy Award winner Tyler Harris died last week. Harris quarterbacked South Charleston to state titles in football in 2008 and 2009.... Point Pleasant football coach Dave Darst picked up his 100th victory Friday as the Big Blacks won 58-7 at South Harrison.... Defending Ohio Division V state champion Wheelersburg saw its 16-game winning streak and 36-game regular-season winning string snapped Friday in a 51-20 loss at Columbus Hartley, a Division III power.... Fairland girls soccer star Tori Hall is out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Tim Stephens is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2759. Follow him on Twitter @sportsturtlell.

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