MARIETTA - When West Virginia BACF head coach Bobby Burnside made it known that his team was going to run the football first Friday night in the annual game against Ohio, Parkersburg High tailback Adam Lindamood "was super excited' with the prospect of carrying the ball a lot.
And the Big Red running back didn't disappoint himself or the 3,000 fans in the stands at Don Drumm Stadium Friday by scoring three touchdowns on short bursts of 4, 7 and 1 yards in rushing for 128 yards on 21 attempts to be voted the West Virginia MVP as his team led all the way to register a 33-13 win over Ohio in the 20th BACF Football Classic.
But Lindamood gave the credit for his success toting the pigskin to the W.Va. offensive line. "The way the line blocked for me tonight was unbelievable," said Lindamood. "They opened holes for me that made my job easy. All I had to do was make a linebacker miss to get upfield."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
BACF Football Classic game most valuable players Adam Lindamood of West Virginia, left, and Korey Laffere of Ohio collide near the Ohio goal line during the first half.
On his backfield running mate, fullback Derek Barnhart from St. Marys, "Barnhart's a stud, just a big dude," said Lindamood. "I love having him in front of me to block for me.
"Everything just went well from the start and when we got rolling, it just kept going."
West Virginia led 9-0 after one period of play and 16-7 at the half before stretching its advantage to 26-7 after three quarters.
Ohio MVP, wide receiver Korey Lafferre from Monroe Central, snagged six passes from Ohio University-bound Warren quarterback Dylan Leffingwell for 124 yards, including a 55-yarder and one for a 40-yard TD with 9:07 left to play to cut the deficit to 26-13, but no further.
Despite the Ohio loss, Lafferre "felt pretty impressed with my performance. I went out and executed the way I wanted to. Things kind of didn't go the team's way, but personally, I did all right."
The soon-to-be West Liberty walk-on, who is also going to play in the OVAC all-star game next month, "didn't expect to have such a big game, but was I was confident in what our team was doing."
Burnside, from Doddridge County, gave the due for the win to "everybody on the team; they all contributed to this wherever they played."
Meanwhile, Ohio BACF head coach Eric Huck of Fort Frye acknowledged that losing several early fumbles "really kind of got us on our heels, but I thought we responded well.
"I really enjoyed coaching these players. I just wish it would have ended a little better."