Turnovers doom the Big Reds
ONA –Cabell Midland ran up 633 yards rushing behind three 100-yard rushers for the game in rolling over Parkersburg 55-13 Friday at The Castle in a Mountain State Athletic Conference contest.
Jakob Caudill paced the rushing attack for Cabell Midland (2-0, 2-0 MSAC) with 22 caries for 217 yards while Isaiah Vaughn rushed for 146 yards, and J.J Roberts for 121 yards in the win over the Big Reds (1-1, 1-1 MSAC).
Jayden Johnson was not far behind those rushers totaling 98 yards on the ground on five carries but four of his carries went for touchdowns for the Knights.
His eight-yard score at 5:45 of the first quarter started the scoring for the game.
Johnson then followed that with TD runs of 10, 42, and finally 38 yards.
The game was plagued with turnovers by both teams, including one each on the opening drives for each team.
Cabell Midland attempted to establish the running game early, driving to the Parkersburg 1-yard line on the opening drive of the game but fumbled and Parkersburg recovered.
Each team fumbled four times while the Knights lost two and Parkersburg one.
The Big Reds were unable to convert on the opportunity.
Parkersburg quarterback Bryson Singer immediately drove his team down the field, connecting with receiver Braeden Mason on a 64-yard pass that put Parkersburg deep into Knights’ territory.
One play later he was picked off — the first of three interceptions he would throw on the night — and Cabell Midland converted it into the first score of the game.
Singer finished with 146 yards passing in the game on 6 of 16 passing and Michael Owen was 3 of 4 for 78 yards as Parkersburg out passed Cabell Midland 224-34.
The Knights defense though held the Big Reds to 19 yards rushing for the game, one week after limiting St. Albans to 30 yards in win over the Red Dragons, helping the offense to control the clock.
Parkersburg attempted to overwhelm Cabell Midland with a passing attack that never got off the ground.
The Big Reds ran just three rushing plays in the first quarter to seven passing plays with two of those ending with interceptions.
The Knights also sacked Parkersburg’s passing duo three times, costing the Big Reds 16 yards of offense.