Midland beats Capital, stays undefeated
CHARLESTON — Cabell Midland faced one of its toughest tests of the season and did not lead until the fourth quarter, but remained undefeated with a 21-13 victory over Capital at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Friday night.
The Knights used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to overcome a deficit and earn the tight win.
The matchup featured a pair of teams with terrific skill players and on this night, the Knights had just a bit more firepower in the end.
Capital led 13-7 after one quarter and maintained that lead until the beginning of the fourth quarter when Stephen Matthews found the end zone on a 3-yard run. Chris Molina’s extra point gave Cabell Midland a 14-13 lead with 11:29 left.
The lead would grow a bit more comfortable just three minutes later as David Gaydosz raced 77 yards for a score that pushed the lead to its final margin.
Gaydosz, who had scored six touchdowns in each of his previous two games, led the Knights with 172 yards on 21 carries in the win as he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
He joined backfield mate Lowell Farley over the 1,000-yard plateau and the two became the first duo in Cabell Midland history to eclipse 1,000 yards in the same season.
Farley nearly had himself a 100-yard night as well, finishing with 94 yards on 17 carries.
Fellow running back Kasey Thomas finished with 70 yards on 18 carries while adding a 66-yard touchdown reception from Coy Pettit in the first quarter.
Capital (4-3) took the early advantage when Kashaun Haley raced 75 yards in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
After the Knights answered right back with Pettit’s 66-yard scoring pass to Thomas — his only completion of the game — James Richmond ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run of his own to make it 13-7 at the end of one quarter.
It appeared that the game would become a track meet after the first 12 minutes, but both defenses settled in and made plays when they needed them to keep the opponent off the scoreboard until the final period.
Cabell Midland had a chance to score late in the first half, but Farley was stripped inside the Capital 15 and the Cougars took a six-point lead to the locker room.
Richmond finished with 114 yards on 12 carries for the Cougars while Haley finished with 101 on 11 carries.
Cabell Midland returns home next week to host Princeton.
CABELL MIDLAND 7 0 0 14 — 21
CAPITAL 13 0 0 0 — 13
C — Haley 75 run (Garrison kick)
CM — Thomas 66 pass from Pettit (Molina kick)
C — Richmond 48 run (kick failed)
CM — Matthews 3 run (Molina kick)
CM — Gaydosz 77 run (Molina kick)
Total yards 62-410 50-254
First downs 17 10
Rushes-yards 59-344 34-214
Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0 7-16-1
Passing yards 66 40
Fumbles-lost 6-3 0-0
Penalties-yds 5-40 8-61