Oct. 13, 2017: Game

Midland Outscores PHS 63-35 In Wild, Wild Football Contest

Game Statistics/Game Pictures

ONA - To say the game between Parkersburg and Cabell Midland was a wild one would be an understatement.

To say there was some incredible statistical numbers put up would be an understatement.

To say it was a basketball type score with track meet overtones might not be far from the truth.

The final score of Midland 63, PHS 35 pretty much sums up the game.

Take a look at these numbers and form opinions yourself:

Total Points In Game: 98

Total Touchdowns In Game: 14

Total First Downs In Game: 59 (27 for PHS, 32 for Midland)

Total Rushing Yards In Game: 868 (163 for PHS, 705 for Midland)

Total Offense In Game: 1,203 (487 for PHS, 716 for Midland)

Total Plays In Game: 136 (72 for PHS, 64 for Midland)

Throw in this fact. Midland nearly had two players rush for 300 yards EACH!

The Knights tried just two passes and never had to punt.

Ivan Vaughn, Midland's returning all-state running back, rushed for 298 yards and scored five touchdowns while Isaiah Duncan added 287 yards and three scores.

Parkersburg's Kam Mace threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns while setting a single game pass completion record - for the second week in a row - by hitting 27 of 45 passes.

Brenton Strange became the Big Reds' all-time career and single-game receiving leader as he caught 12 passes (record was 11 set last year by Karson Snyder) and now has 106 career receptions (old record was 94 by Brad Johnson in 1992).

Tyler Moler ran for three PHS touchdowns while gaining 131 yards on 14 carries.

Needless to say the defenses took the night off.

Midland took the opening kickoff and went 53 yards on 10 plays with Vaughn covering the final 17 yards to give the Knights the lead for good on their homecoming.

PHS responded by driving to the Midland 12 but Mace threw the first of his two interceptions and the Knights were off the races again with a seven-play, 64 yard drive with Duncan running it in from the 14.

The Big Reds retaliated with a 44 yard scoring pass play to Jake Johnson, who caught eight passes for 140 yards on the night. But Midland was on a roll and went 65 yards in five plays with Vaughn scoring again.

The second quarter saw the Big Reds pull to within six at 20-14 when Moler broke loose for a 22 yard TD run with 9:14 left in the half but the Knights tacked on three more touchdowns in the final 4:31 as Vaughn had a three-yard run and Duncan scored on scampers of 29 and 80 yards to make it 42-14 at the half.

The Big Reds had one other scoring chance in the first half that was thwarted by an end zone interception.

PHS got the ball to start the second half and put together an impressive drive of 10 plays to the Midland 19 but came up one inch shy on a fourth down run attempt by Johnson. The Knights then covered that distance in seven plays and got another TD run by Vaughan to go up 49-14.

A 38-yard run by Moler enabled PHS to get back into scoring position minutes later and the junior tailback reached the end zone from the three with 3:18 left in the third quarter to cut the margin to 49-21.

A fumble recovery by Zion Atkinson stopped Midland for the only time during the game and the Big Reds put together a 73-yard scoring drive to make it 49-28 and keep PHS hopes of a comeback. Moler did the scoring honors again on that eight play drive.

But it took Midland just four plays to score again and make it 56-28 while the Big Reds matched that with a 49 yard scoring pass to Strange with 7:13 left in the game to make the score 56-35.

The Knights' final TD came with 3:18 remaining in the game when starting quarterback Jovaun Light ran it in from the three yard line for the final 28-point margin.

Big Reds vs Knights
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Big Reds 7 7 7 14 - 35
Knights 13 29 7 14 - 63
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 08:19 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 17 yd run (Mason Flynn kick), 10-53 3:41
02:56 MIDLAND - Isaiah Duncan 14 yd run (Mason Flynn kick failed), 7-64 2:27
02:51 PHS - Jake Johnson 44 yd pass from Kam Mace (Christian Axman kick), 5-58 0:00
2nd 11:10 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 7 yd run (Mason Flynn kick), 6-65 2:04
09:14 PHS - Tyler Moler 22 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 8-65 1:56
04:31 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 3 yd run (Mason Flynn kick blocked), 9-63 4:37
02:14 MIDLAND - Isaiah Duncan 29 yd run (Ivan Vaughn rush), 4-83 1:13
00:16 MIDLAND - Isaiah Duncan 80 yd run (Ivan Vaughn pass from Jovaun Light), 1-80 0:00
3rd 04:36 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 23 yd run (Mason Flynn kick), 7-82 2:39
03:18 PHS - Tyler Moler 3 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 6-65 1:13
4th 10:10 PHS - Tyler Moler 2 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 8-73 2:23
09:07 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 22 yd run (Mason Flynn kick), 4-61 1:03
07:13 PHS - Brenton Strange 49 yd pass from Kam Mace (Christian Axman kick), 6-65 1:53
03:18 MIDLAND - Jovaun Light 3 yd run (Mason Flynn kick), 7-80 3:55


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