Prep football: Records fall in Midland win over Riverside
QUINCY, W.Va. - Friday was a record setting night for the Cabell Midland Knights.
The Knights (3-0) set three school records in easily disposing of host Riverside, 52-19, continuing their early season success.
Cabell Midland senior Lowell Farley set the school record for career rushing yards while the Knights' kicker, Christopher Molina, set two program marks with the most extra points as well as the school record for longest field goal in a game with a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Needing just eight yards entering the night against the Warriors, Farley acheived the record on his second carry early in the first quarter, a 13-yard scamper. The Knights fullback finished the night leading the way with 168 yards on 15 carries, and three touchdowns.
"That's great for him," Midland Coach Luke Salmons said. "When we got there last year, he was good but he didn't know how good he could be. He has gotten more confident, has gotten even better, and he deserves this."
Farley expressed appreciation for the school record. Midland opened its doors in 1994 as a consolidation of Barboursville and Milton high schools.
"To know I'm the best one of all of them in the rushing yards category, it's amazing," Farley said. "It's a good feeling. I'm so excited right now. I didn't know if I even broke it but it's an exciting moment when they told me I got it."
While Farley set the milestone, he got plenty of help. Two other running backs, Stephen Matthews (142 yards) and David Gaydosz (137 yds), also went over the 100-yard mark. As a team, Midland rushed for 477 yards.
"Everybody got the ball and that's how we do it," Salmons said. "All of the running backs ran the ball really well. You have to honor all three kids. If you play us one way, we can hit you another way. That's what makes us good. It's not just one kid, it's all three.
Matthews got Midland on the board first, catching a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Coy Petitt less than four minutes into the game. The senior added a six-yard TD run later in the first quarter.
Gaydosz got into the end-zone as well late in the first quarter with 56 seconds remaining and early in the second quarter with 10:54 left, giving the Knights a commanding 28-6 lead.
Farley was not to be outdone, running 72 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter and added two more in the third quarter on TD runs of 13 and one. The three Midland backs accounted for all seven Knight touchdowns.
For Riverside (1-2), quarterback Trevor Rumberg had a solid game for the Warriors, accounting for 238 total yards. The senior passed for 168 yards and added 70 yards on nine carries.