Mohigans top Patriots, 31-10

Parkersburg South’s Tyee Gibson battles with Morgantown’s Ben Turner during the Mohigans’ 31-10 win over the Patriots Friday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility. Photo by Joe Albright.

PARKERSBURG — Morgantown scored the only points of the second half to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 31-10 win over host Parkersburg South Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports to drop the Patriots to 0-3 on the season.

For the now 1-2 Mohigans, Ty Kochesky rambled for 228 yards on 22 carries and tallied three TDs, while teammate Preston Fox returned an interception for a six-pointer.

On the South side, scores came on a field goal by Ahmed Ali and a 98-yard kickoff-return TD by Tyee Gibson.

The game started with Morgantown marching down the field 78 yards to paydirt, capped by a 1-yard TD smash by Konchesky at 6:18 of the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The second stanza saw South score all of its points as Ahmed Ali booted a 31-yard field goal at the 9:10 mark to narrow the gap to 7-3, then Gavin Quiocho and Brayden Kimes combined to sack Mohigan QB Aaron Alvarez on 3rd-and-3 at the Patriot 11 to bring on kicker John McConnell to bang home a 35-yard field goal at the 6:28 mark of the second period to push his team’s advantage to 10-3 before Gibson delivered the exciting lone TD of the night for the Patriots.

The Parkersburg South duo of Gavin Quiocho (23) and Marshall McPhearson (58) sack Morgantown quarterback Aaron Alvarez during the second period of play between the Mohigans and Patriots. Photo by Joe Albright.

Gibson gathered in the ensuing kickoff and raced 98 yards through the Morgantown kick defense to score at the other end at 6:13 of the second to gain South a 10-all deadlock.

But before the first half ended, right after Brett Hearn picked off pass with a diving effort for South at 4:37, Preston Fox on the very next play returned the favor by snatching off an Patriot aerial and ran it in from 43 yards out at 4:22 for a lead at intermission.

South played better overall in the second half, but couldn’t score any more.

Meanwhile, the Mohigans tacked on two TDs as Konchesky produced a pair of long TD scampers.

He burst up the middle and sped 53 yards for six at 11:43 on the opening play of the fourth quarter, then at 5:23, he followed that with a dash 33 yards to score to cement the victory.

South, which plays at 7 p.m. next Friday at Princeton still seeking win No. 1, had 69 yards rushing and 67 passing versus Morgantown, which piled up 314 rushing yards on 53 carries.