Prep football: Midland rushes past South Charleston
ONA, W.Va. -- Cabell Midland's rushing paved the way, though the defense cemented the victory against South Charleston on Friday night.
The Knights amassed 306 rushing yards, including three touchdowns, but the defense closed the door collecting four turnovers in a 28-13 victory.
"They played great," Knights Coach Luke Salmons of the Midland defense. "That's what we got to do to be good. We got to have a good defense and they played great. They're [South Charleston] a different team. They throw the ball a lot, so we had to make some adjustments, but we had some picks. The defensive line played great."
As Midland made the most of its opportunities, South Charleston Coach John Messinger said the Black Eagles missed chances to halt the Knights.
"The first half we get them in two third-and-long situations and let them get two first downs," he said. "If we get them two stops right there, they don't score, they don't get in the endzone. We're just shooting ourselves in the foot."
South Charleston (1-3) aided the Knights (4-0) on their first scoring drive when an offsides penalty on third-and-6, provided an easier down-and-distance to convert. Cabell Midland gained the first down on the ensuing offensive play and later scored on a 15-yard touchdown run by David Gaydosz to take a 7-0 lead.
Following a Black Eagles punt, Midland manufactured an eight-play drive capped by Lowell Farley's 3-yard touchdown run just inside the second quarter.
The Knights scored again on their third consecutive possession when Coy Petitt threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Kasey Thomas streaking down the right sideline. Cabell Midland led 21-0.
South Charleston responded to score its lone points of the first half on an 8-yard run by Trevond Reese, but the two-point conversion failed. Cabell Midland led 21-6 at halftime.
Midland returned to the ground game in the second half. The Knights scored again on a 10-yard run by Thomas to lead 28-6. It was a solid return to the lineup for Thomas who missed two weeks with a knee injury. Thomas finished with 15 carries for 45 yards and one touchdown, along with his receiving score.
The Black Eagles scored late in the third quarter on a 39-yard run by Ken Haynes to pull within 28-13. South Charleston, however, couldn't build on its momentum. The Black Eagles threw two interceptions, lost one fumble and turned the ball over on downs in their final four possessions.
"They did some things defensively that we really didn't plan on seeing, but it was there, and you have to be able to adjust to it," Messinger said.
Midland made the most of its offense with the running attack. The Knights attempted just five passes, completing two, including the 52-yard touchdown.
Farley, a senior fullback, paced the Knights with 21 carries for 146 yards.
"Lowell's always going to get his yards," Salmons said. "He runs hard. He's 210 pounds and he runs a 4.5, 4.6 (40-yard dash), so he's a physical kid. They did a good job against us, South Charleston on defense, but he did good."
Gaydosz provided a complement in speed to Farley's strong style. Gaydosz finished with 18 carries for 90 yards.
A.D. Cunningham led South Charleston with 7 carries for 80 yards, with 65 yards coming in the second half.
South Charleston next plays host to Capital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Cabell Midland will visit Huntington 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Cabell Midland 28, South Charleston 13
South Charleston 0 6 7 0 - 13
Cabell Midland 7 14 7 0 - 28
Cabell Midland South Charleston
First Downs 18 15
Total Yards 374 247
Rushes-Yards 50-306 28-143
Passing 68 104
Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0 12-22-3
Punts-Avg. 2-30.0 3-38.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 4-35
CM - David Gaydosz 15 run (Chris Molina kick), 4:45
CM - Lowell Farley 3 run (Molina kick), 10:50
CM - Kasey Thomas 52 pass from Coy Petitt (Molina kick), 8:34
SC - Trevond Reese 8 run (pass failed), 4:44
CM - Kasey Thomas 10 run (Molina kick), 2:29
SC - Ken Haynes 39 run (Jacob Gordon kick), :52.7
Rushing: CM - Farley, 21-146-1, Gaydosz 18-90-1, Thomas 15-45-1, Stephen Matthews 5-24, Petitt 1-1; SC - A.D. Cunningham 7-80, Haynes 3-38-1, Jon Alexander 12-15, Reese 5-14-1, Marquel Hampton 1-(-4).
Passing: CM - Coy Petit 2-5-0-68; SC - Jon Alexander 12-22-3-104
Receiving: CM - Thomas 1-52-1, Farley 1-16; SC - Reese 5-44, Hampton 4-40, Forrest 2-20, Cunningham 1-0.