Ever since David Hutchison took over as the Glenville State head football coach, the Pioneers have scheduled tough teams in the non-conference portion.
It seems as though this year, those tough out-of-conference games have paid major dividends as the Pioneers navigate their way through the WVIAC schedule.
Glenville suffered a painful 14-9 loss last week at the hands of Concord. The Pioneers were returning home for the first time in a month, and were due for some home cooking.
West Virginia State arrived in Glenville on Saturday as one of the worst teams in the conference. The Pioneers were looking to prove a statement, at home, for the first time in a while.
The first quarter was a defensive struggle as both teams had issues figuring each other out. Led by defensive end James Washington, the Pioneer defense repeatedly put pressure on the Yellow Jackets offense.
Glenville finally got on the board towards the end of the first quarter. Backup quarterback Justin Feagin connected with Rahmann Lee for a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Pioneers extra point was blocked, but nonetheless took the 6-0 lead into the second quarter.
In the second it was more defense. Both teams struggled to move the ball consistently into the opposing team's red zone.
However, Glenville found the end zone once again with less than a minute remaining until halftime. Feagin used the option play and pitched it to Lee who took it in from a yard out. Another blocked extra point gave Glenville the 12-0 lead as they went into the locker room.
West Virginia State came into the second half with something to prove after having a tough time in the opening half.
The Yellow Jackets scored on a 73-yard pass and catch from quarterback Ricky Phillips to wide receiver Ervin Kent. Glenville was able to get a push up front to block the extra point. State cut the deficit to 12-6.
But Glenville soon woke up and put the game away.
The Pioneers completed a seven play, 46-yard drive as Lee scored again from the one-yard line. Glenville went up 19-6 and seemed to derail the Yellow Jackets for good.
After a Yellow Jacket three-and-out, the Pioneers marched right back down the field. Kicker Colston Bayless capped off the drive with a 32-yard field goal to give Glenville the 22-6 lead and essentially the victory.
Both teams would add a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Glenville tailback Quin Thornton scored and West Virginia State's Ricky Phillips took it into the end zone.
In the end Glenville State came out with the win 29-12.
With the win, the Pioneers (3-1 WVIAC , 3-4 Overall) move back into a tie for second place in the WVIAC. Although they got a victory over a lesser opponent in West Virginia State, the Pioneers did what the upper echelon teams have to do, which is beat the teams they should beat.
Glenville State will be on the road next week as they head up to Buckhannon to take on conference rival West Virginia Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.