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Monarchs will test Oak Glen

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Oak Glen has faced two tough tests already this season and passed both with flying colors. Today’s test looks to be the hardest yet for Ted Arneault’s Golden Bears.

Coming off of big wins over fellow Class AA combatants, the 2-0 Golden Bears take on a Class AAA foe, welcoming 2-0 John Marshall to the Bear’s Den.

“There’s definitely a big difference in the depth and the physicality from your average AA team to a AAA team,” Arneault said. “We anticipate John Marshall being a challenge. We wanted to challenge ourselves this year, and John Marshall is one of the teams we added because we knew it was going to be a challenge.

“We have to earn everything that we get this year (with this schedule). John Marshall is going to give us everything we can handle. We have four AAA teams on the schedule, and this is the first of those four.”

The Monarchs are coming off of impressive wins over Weir High (48-6) and Preston (46-13).

“They are very big and physical. They control the line of scrimmage very well,” Arneault said. “They have a nice running back that runs downhill, and they were able to impose their will on Weir and Preston. They are going to be a physicality challenge for us.”

John Marshall is averaging 47 points for and just 9.5 points against per game. Meanwhile, Oak Glen’s offense looks to be a test for coach Jason Willis’ defense, averaging 35.5 points and 414.5 yards per game.

“They don’t give up big plays, they don’t give up explosive plays, and that’s how we’ve been able to run our offense so far is off of explosive plays,” Arneault said. “It’s going to be a challenge and a different type of game for us.”

Despite West Virginia being a week behind Ohio, Hunter Patterson already had 16 catches for 344 yards and two scores. He has another 168 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, while Paxton Shuman has rushed for 195 yards and three scores, averaging better than 5 yards per carry.

Nick Chaney has had a solid start to the season, throwing for 433 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while completing better than 72 percent of his passes.

The Golden Bears defense, which has been instrumental in the wins over Point Pleasant (36-13) and Keyser (35-12), is allowing just 12.5 points and 133 yards per game thus far.

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Oak Glen has faced two tough tests already this season and passed both with flying colors. Today’s test looks to be the hardest yet for Ted Arneault’s Golden Bears.

Coming off of big wins over fellow Class AA combatants, the 2-0 Golden Bears take on a Class AAA foe, welcoming 2-0 John Marshall to the Bear’s Den.

“There’s definitely a big difference in the depth and the physicality from your average AA team to a AAA team,” Arneault said. “We anticipate John Marshall being a challenge. We wanted to challenge ourselves this year, and John Marshall is one of the teams we added because we knew it was going to be a challenge.

“We have to earn everything that we get this year (with this schedule). John Marshall is going to give us everything we can handle. We have four AAA teams on the schedule, and this is the first of those four.”

The Monarchs are coming off of impressive wins over Weir High (48-6) and Preston (46-13).

“They are very big and physical. They control the line of scrimmage very well,” Arneault said. “They have a nice running back that runs downhill, and they were able to impose their will on Weir and Preston. They are going to be a physicality challenge for us.”

John Marshall is averaging 47 points for and just 9.5 points against per game. Meanwhile, Oak Glen’s offense looks to be a test for coach Jason Willis’ defense, averaging 35.5 points and 414.5 yards per game.

“They don’t give up big plays, they don’t give up explosive plays, and that’s how we’ve been able to run our offense so far is off of explosive plays,” Arneault said. “It’s going to be a challenge and a different type of game for us.”

Despite West Virginia being a week behind Ohio, Hunter Patterson already had 16 catches for 344 yards and two scores. He has another 168 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, while Paxton Shuman has rushed for 195 yards and three scores, averaging better than 5 yards per carry.

Nick Chaney has had a solid start to the season, throwing for 433 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while completing better than 72 percent of his passes.

The Golden Bears defense, which has been instrumental in the wins over Point Pleasant (36-13) and Keyser (35-12), is allowing just 12.5 points and 133 yards per game thus far.

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