Midland holds off Spring Valley rally
SPRING VALLEY — At times, the execution of the Friday night football matchup between Cabell Midland and Spring Valley was as sloppy as the field it was played on.
On a cold, muddy night at the Wolves Den, Cabell Midland was able to make a couple more plays down the stretch to thwart Spring Valley’s rally and escape with a 21-14 win.
“We battled and the kids played with a lot of heart and we found a way to win,” Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons said. “They are a good team and they always play us well. Our kids answered the bell when they had to.”
The Knights jumped out early and kept the Timberwolves at arm’s length, but Spring Valley made a late rally and had a chance to tie.
After Colby Webb’s 10-yard touchdown run had pulled Spring Valley within a touchdown, Timberwolves defensive back Adam Page forced a fumble on a run by Donte Hendricks of the Knights at midfield.
Spring Valley took possession and drove to the Knights’ 35-yard line, but Cabell Midland got a pair of sacks to force a fourth-and-20 situation. Tyler Brown’s final pass attempt fell to the turf as the Knights held on for the win.
“Our kids played hard and gave ourselves a chance to win the ball game,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said. “Our defense made some timely stops. That’s all you can ask is for a chance to win the game. We just came up short too many times.”
Salmons credited his defense for getting to Brown on the game’s final drives. Cabell Midland’s defense hadn’t been able to get pressure on the quarterback until that drive and came up big with the game in the balance.
“They made plays when it mattered and the defense won that game,” Salmons said. “A lot of those kids are banged up because we had Capital, GW and now Spring Valley, but they found a way.”
Cabell Midland took a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter after Teran Barnitz’ 3-yard scoring run with 3:08 left in the third period.
As has been the case all season, the Knights’ running game featured four rushers who each had success. Hendricks led the way with 88 yards and a score while Kasey Thomas, who once again lined up at quarterback, finished with 68 yards. Alex Childers had 61 and Barnitz ended with 56.
Barnitz’ touchdown answered the Timberwolves’ initial score, which came on a 32-yard scoring run by Webb. On the play, Webb took a handoff and cut left before outracing the defense to the end zone.
Cabell Midland led 14-0 at halftime following a defensive effort in which the Knights limited Spring Valley to just 60 yards.
Spring Valley had a chance to get on the board just before the half following a 12-play, 77-yard drive, but the Timberwolves came away with no points when Brown’s pass to Bryer Brewer on fourth-and-goal fell incomplete in the final seconds. Brown finished the game 8 of 21 for 94 yards.
Hendricks got the Knights on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run with 3:05 left in the first quarter.
That score held until a momentum swing midway through the second quarter. Thomas returned a punt more than 25 yards to set the Knights up at midfield. Two plays later, Thomas avoided a tackle and raced 38 yards to make it a two-score game.
With the win, Cabell Midland moves to 7-2 while Spring Valley drops to 6-3. Both teams are off next week.
CABELL MIDLAND 7 7 0 7 — 21
SPRING VALLEY 0 0 7 7 — 14
CM — Hendricks 15 run (Heiner kick)
CM — Thomas 38 run (Heiner kick)
SV — Webb 32 run (O’Neal kick)
CM — Barnitz 3 run (Heiner kick)
SV — Webb 10 run (O’Neal kick)
Total yards 55-289 50-185
First downs 15 10
Rushes-Yds 50-270 29-91
Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0 8-21-0
Passing yards 19 94
Penalties-Yds 11-106 4-30
Fumbles-Lost 5-1 2-0
RUSHING — CM: Hendricks 18-88; Thomas 9-68; Childers 8-61; Barnitz 14-56; Team 1-(-3). SV: Webb 15-56; Brown 11-27; Lageman 2-8; Brewer 1-0.
PASSING — CM: Thomas 2-5-0, 19. SV: Brown 8-21-0, 94.
RECEIVING — CM: Riddle 1-14; Childers 1-5. SV: Maynard 3-53; Brewer 3-22; Webb 2-19.
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