ONA -- What started as an offensive shootout transformed into a Cabell Midland show of firepower as Hurricane failed to match the Knights' outpouring Friday night.
The teams traded touchdowns early, with Hurricane maintaining a 14-13 first-quarter advantage until Midland took control by scoring the game's next 50 points in an eventual 63-14 victory.
"They just played how they're capable. They're capable of that," Midland coach Luke Salmons said of his team. "All season they've hurt themselves, so they did a good job."
For Midland (4-1), the win marked a solid rebound from last week's 19-7 loss at Cabell County rival Huntington, a game in which the Knights committed five turnovers.
"It kind of woke us up last week a little bit and I thought we answered the bell," Salmons said. "That's what a good team will do."
The Knights employed a three-headed rushing attack of Donte Hendricks, Kasey Thomas and Teran Barnitz, who combined for 366 rushing yards as the team accumulated six rushing touchdowns. Hendricks led the way with 13 carries for 172 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while Thomas contributed 105 yards and two scores and Barnitz had 89 yards and a TD.
"They all ran good and the offensive line did great, the tight ends did great, so I'm proud of all of them," Salmons said. "This was a total team win and that's how we win here, so they did a great job."
With a 36-14 advantage at halftime, the Knights kept to the ground in the second half, adding four touchdowns against Hurricane (3-2).
Hurricane, ranked 13th in the Class AAA playoff ratings, hung close in the first half, but Midland's offense erupted after halftime and the ninth-ranked Knights' defense stymied the Redskins.
Hurricane starting quarterback Austin Hensley did not play in the second half as backup Luke Browne took control under center. It was unclear if Hensley left the game due to an injury.
The Redskins offense hurt itself with two first-half interceptions and a lost fumble.