Devils scratch Cougars
ST. MARYS, W.Va. — St. Marys took full advantage of a very tough second quarter by the visiting Frontier Cougars as they rolled to a 55-20 victory in the first match-up between the two former arch-rivals in more than a decade.
Frontier turned the ball over four times in the second quarter alone and the Devils capitalized on three of them to build a 28-0 lead at the intermission.
“Any time you can have a ball game like that where the turnovers go in your favor it’s important,” said St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote. “That’s usually what it comes down to is turnovers and penalties and I felt like at least in the first half we were able to force them into making some mistakes.”
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Brennan Boron to cap a 50-yard, six-play drive.
The two teams traded punts to open the second quarter before things began to unravel for the visiting Cougars.
Darrien Bortley recovered the first of five Frontier fumbles in the game at the Cougar 13-yard line and two plays later Tre Moss scored on a 6-yard run to increase the St. Marys lead to 14-0.
Frontier fumbled once again on their very next play from scrimmage with Wyatt Norman recovering deep in Cougar territory.
This time it took the potent Blue Devil offense just one play to capitalize when Boron connected with Jason Clayton on a beautiful 34-yard scoring strike to increase their lead to 21.
The next Frontier possession ended on an interception but St. Marys was unable to take advantage as they turned the ball over on downs at the Cougar 35-yard line.
Once again the turnover bug would bite the Cougars as they fumbled yet again with St. Marys recovering at the 20-yard line with just over two minutes to play in the half.
St. Marys marched the ball down to the one-yard line where Moss scored his second touchdown of the half with just 11 ticks left on the clock to make it a 28-0 game at half.
The Blue Devils picked up where they left off in the third quarter when Boron connected with Bortley on a 25-yard pass and run and seven minutes later Boron found Ben Long for a 30-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 41-0.
Frontier finally got on the board when junior quarterback J.D. Schmidt found sophomore Lucas Cox down the middle for a 52-yard touchdown strike with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter.
Moss scored his third rushing touchdown of the night in the closing seconds of the third quarter while Sharkie Lewis recovered a Cougar fumble in the endzone to cap a big scoring night for the home team.
Frontier would score twice more as well as Schmidt teamed with fellow junior Tanner Bills on a 71-yard scoring toss and junior Slade Amos scored on a 10-yard run in the final minute of the game.
Mote was pleased with the way his team played against a team he considers a quality opponent.
“They’ve had a good year over there (Frontier) so this is a good win for us,” said Mote, whose team will travel to Tyler Consolidated next week. “We knew tonight we’d have to bring our best game and the guys did that and I’m proud of them for their effort.”
Moss finished with 121 yards rushing on 18 carries while Boron added 95 on 11 carries while completing 5-of-7 passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
Amos led the Cougars in rushing with 56 yards on 15 carries while Schmidt finished the night 5-for-15 for 185 yards and two scores.
Frontier slipped to 5-4 on the season with the loss while the Devils improved to 8-1.