Too many mistakes

Big Reds cannot overcome miscues

PARKERSBURG — Ivan Vaughn did his thing and visiting Cabell Midland broke in the new turf at Stadium Field here Friday night by doubling host Parkersburg, 40-20, in a Mountain State Athletic Conference affair.

The injury-riddled Big Reds, now 0-2 for second-year head coach Mike Byus, played without several starters including Division I tight end prospect Brenton Strange.

After falling 2 rushing yards shy of 300 a year ago in Ona versus PHS, Vaughn got to work early on Friday night. The senior first-team all-state tailback went for 192 yards on seven totes and three TDs in just a half during the Knights’ 62-0 drubbing of St. Albans last week.

The Kennedy Award candidate finished his final game in Wood County with some gaudy numbers.

Along with scoring all six of his team’s touchdowns, Vaughn added a 34-yard reception and finished with 29 carries for 318 yards.

A third quarter goal-line stand by Cabell Midland proved huge after Big Red tailback Tyler Moler opened the second half with a 44-yard touchdown run to make it 33-20.

After the Knights had their first three-and-out and were forced to punt, PHS drove down the field and had it first-and-goal at the 1, but failed to score on four straight rushing attempts.

Of course, that eventually led to another Vaughn TD, this one from 14 yards out with 1:27 left in the third to set what proved to be the final score.

The visitors opened the game with a 21-yard quarterback sneak by Jayce Gould, who finished 4 of 7 for 148 yards and one pick thrown to Max Anderson. Vaughn’s first carry of the night went to the house from 45 yards out. Despite being bottled up in the middle of the PHS defense, Vaughn darted outside and outraced everyone to paydirt and it was 6-0 after Cameron Grobe’s PAT was no good.

Kionte Peacock, who later left the game, hauled in an 18-yard TD reception from Jake Johnson as PHS answered and led 7-6 at 9:04 of the first after Isaac Withrow’s boot.

However, the Knights took the lead for good not long after as PHS muffed a short punt and the very next play Vaughn darted 42 yards. It was 12-7 as the PAT by Grobe was blocked by Aurelius Edmonds with 6:17 still left in the first.

PHS drove into the red zone on its next possession, but turned the ball over on downs. Despite the red and white getting a Jacob Woodyard fumble recovery to end CMHS’ next drive, Johnson was picked off in the end zone by Griffin Adkins.

Isaiah Vaughn then hauled in a nifty 65-yard catch-and-run sideline route, which set up his older brother Vaughn for a 5-yard TD run as the hosts trailed 19-7 early in the second.

PHS used some trickery to score on its next series as the Big Reds called the “Philly Special” and executed it to perfection. Braeden Mason took a pitch and worked his way back toward the PHS sideline and delivered a perfect strike to Johnson, who beat the defense down the seam for a score to close the deficit to 19-14.

However, Vaughn added two more TDs before the break — one from a yard out and one from 6 yards away — as CMHS led 33-14 at the intermission. Also, Knight Carlito Carter intercepted Johnson in the red zone in the waning seconds of the first half.

Cabell Midland, which was flagged 17 times for 179 yards and now owns seven consecutive victories against the Big Reds, will attempt to improve to 3-0 next week when rival Spring Valley invades at 7 p.m. Friday.

PHS, which got 135 ground yards on 23 rushes from Moler, will seek its first triumph starting at 7 p.m. next Friday when the Big Reds travel to Woodrow Wilson.

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