Cabell Midland Ground Game Sparks 42-21 Win Over Big Reds
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Cabell Midland displayed an explosive three-pronged offense and remained unbeaten in three starts by rolling to a 42-21 win over the Big Reds Friday night at Stadium Field.
The Knights of coach Luke Salmons got four touchdowns from Alex Childers and had three backs rush for over 100 yards while cruising to a three touchdown win over PHS.
Showing their impressive victories and statistics in their first two outings were not flukes, the Knights rolled up 25 first downs and 549 yards in total offense while running 75 plays to just 43 for the home team. The visitors had 454 yards rushing on 66 attempts.
Childers gained 117 yards on 18 carries and caught one pass for 15 yards (and a touchdown). Caperton Humphreys ran for 157 yards on 18 attempts while quarterback Coy Pettit, who came into the game averaging an amazing 30 yards per carry, ran the ball 10 times for 140 yards and the game's first touchdown. He also completed four of nine passes for 95 yards and two scores.
PHS was held to 81 yards rushing and quarterback Josh Trembly completed just four of 12 passes for 84 yards as the Big Reds watched Cabell maintain possession for 29:53, nearly 12 more minutes than PHS.
An interception by Cabell's Josh Ellis on the game's third play gave the Knights the ball on the Parkersburg 46 yard line and three plays later they were in the end zone following a Pettit keeper for 38 yards with just 2:18 gone in the contest. Chris Heiner kicked the first of six straight extra points.
Two 15 yard penalties helped Cabell get its second score on a 62 yard drive that was capped by Childer's six yard run with 5:52 left on the clock in the first period.
Despite the return of Corey Burdette to the lineup, PHS could not generate anything offensively until its defense made a stop early in the second quarter on a fourth down play at the PHS 43. A great 30 yard pass reception by Stephen Dailey put the ball on the Cabell 13 yard line and three plays later Trembly found Burdette for the final nine yards to the end zone. Josh Roney's kick made it 14-7 with 8:37 left in the half.
A 43 yard run by Pettit helped set up the Knight's third TD just five plays later and the back breaker for PHS came when Midland took over at the Big Reds' 45 with just 1:05 left in the half. With just three seconds remaining before intermission Pettit found Childers in the left sideline corner of the end zone for touchdown number four and a 28-7 halftime advantage.
Midland scored on its first possession of the second half, going 78 yards on nine plays with Childers going the final 22.
Trailing by four scores, PHS went for it on fourth down at the Midland 25 and although Austin Life was able to gain five yards, the play was two yards short of a first down and the ball went over on downs. A 56 yard bomb to Seth Vickers ran the margin to 42-7 with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
The Big Reds tacked on two scores in the span of 1:30 early in the fourth quarter as Trembly found Dailey behind the secondary for a 40 yard pass play that was set up by Noah Weaver's tackle on fourth down. With 7:07 left in the game Burdette ran four straight times to score from the Midland 35 after a Tyler Greathouse fumble recovery.
Defensively, Jordan Colebank led the way for PHS with 12 tackles while Weaver added eight.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Cabell Midland (3-0) 14 14 14 0 - 42
Parkersburg (1-1) 0 7 0 14 - 21
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 09:42 MIDLAND - Coy Pettit 38 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 3-46 1:03
05:52 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 6 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 6-62 2:01
2nd 08:37 PHS - Corey Burdette 9 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 4-43 1:49
07:07 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 9 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 5-65 1:30
00:03 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 15 yd pass from Coy Pettit (Chris Heiner kick), 6-45 1:02
3rd 08:07 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 22 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 8-78 3:53
03:33 MIDLAND - Seth Vickers 56 yd pass from Coy Pettit (Chris Heiner kick), 6-80 2:52
4th 08:37 PHS - Stephen Dailey 40 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 1-40 0:08
07:07 PHS - Corey Burdette 3 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 4-35 1:20
FIRST DOWNS 25 6
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 66-454 29-81
PASSING YDS (NET) 95 84
Passes Att-Comp-Int 9-4-1 14-4-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 75-549 43-165
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-45 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-19 6-117
Interception Returns-Yards 1-11 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 1-27.0 8-32.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 10-93 6-74
Possession Time 29:53 18:07
Third-Down Conversions 5 of 13 2 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 6 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-5 2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-9 0-0
RUSHING: Knights-Caperton Humphreys 18-157; Coy Pettit 10-140; Alex Childers 18-117; Drew Keeton 7-33; Tre Martin 5-10; Cole Sowards 3-8; JT Saunders 1-0; Jacob Hendricks 4-minus 11. Big Reds-Corey Burdette 15-67; Ethan Airhart 1-5; Josh Trembly 8-4; Dan Fox 3-4; Chase Shank 1-1; Zavian Peacock 1-0.
PASSING: Knights-Coy Pettit 4-9-1-95. Big Reds-Josh Trembly 4-12-1-84; Ethan Airhart 0-1-0-0; Dan Fox 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Knights-Seth Vickers 1-56; Tanner Mullins 1-25; Alex Childers 1-15; Jacob Hendricks 1-minus 1. Big Reds-Stephen Dailey 2-70; Corey Burdette 1-9; Austin Life 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Knights-Devin Stapleton 1-11. Big Reds-Ethan Airhart 1-0.
FUMBLES: Knights-Drew Keeton 1-1; Alex Childers 1-0. Big Reds-None.
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:04 • Total elapsed time: 2:34
TACKLES (UA-A): Big Reds-Jordan Colebank 5-8; Noah Weaver 4-4; Ethan Airhart 8-2; Max
Chefren 7-3; Chase Shank 4-4; Nick Johnson 5-0; Tyl Greathouse 1-3; Charley Conley 2-1; Austin Brown 1-5; Zach Carroll 1-2; Austin Griffith 1-1; Josh Trembly 1-2; Austin Life 2-1; Dan Fox 1-0; Terrance Tate 1-0; Austin Mitchell 1-1; Dakoda Sims 1-0; Ben McFarland 0-1; Jarrid Winters 1-0; Stephen Dailey 1-0; Graham Nesselrode 1-0; Brannon Turner 0-1; Corey Burdette 0-1.