Knights ground Flying Eagles
ONA — Offensive tackle Derek Adkins and his teammates up front paved the way for Cabell Midland backs to rush for more than 300 yards in Friday night’s game against Woodrow Wilson at Cabell Midland.
Late in the second period, Adkins got a bonus for all the blocks he threw and contributed a touchdown in a 42-0 victory.
Back Teran Barnitz had run for 7 yards down to the visitor’s 1-yard line when he fumbled. Adkins, who’d helped clear a path for Barnitz, happened to be in the neighborhood when the ball came loose. The senior fell on it in the end zone to get his first career TD, a true highlight when most of the notoriety for linemen is heard when something goes wrong such as giving up a sack or a penalty.
“I blocked first and was downfield,” Adkins said. “Teran reached out, I saw the fumble and jumped on the ball. It’s a special feeling.”
Barnitz did rumble 34 yards for a score early in the second period.
Kasey Thomas added a 4-yard TD run and Tanner Chapman hauled in a 41-yard TD pass from Coy Petitt and Alex Childers added a 17-yard TD run to propel the Knights to a 35-0 halftime lead. Petitt’s 4-yard TD run in the third period secured the win.
“We had the jitters early, but picked things up on the second drive and kept it going,” Adkins said.
Barnitz finished with 95 yards on 10 carries and Thomas had 94 on 14.
With the big lead, Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons inserted backups from the middle of the third period on.
“Kind of flat early,” Salmons said “Once we got it going, we were OK. It was not the perfect game, but it was good enough to win. We ran the ball well and that’s what we ask for.”
Cabell Midland (5-1 and ranked No. 8 in Class AAA) returns to action next Friday at Capital, which lost at No. 1 Huntington High on Friday, 24-10.
Woodrow Wilson (2-3) is home next Friday against Parkersburg.
In addtion to generating 400 total yards, Cabell Midland limited the Flying Eagles to 58 total yards -- 17 rushing and 31 passing -- and just four first downs.
Barnitz and Thomas said the Knights found life after a sub-par start.
“We did the jobs we’re meant to do,” Barnitz said. “On the TD, I saw the lane outside, cut left and was gone.
“On the fumble, I didn’t protect the ball. I’m just glad Derek was there. We know the mistakes we made and we work to fix them.”
“We came out flat,” said Thomas, who has a team-high 15 touchdowns. “The second series, the offensive line got the push and we kept it going.”
Petitt’s TD pass came on a fourth-and-10 at the Woodrow Wilson 41. The Knights got the ball there after a 5-yard Woodrow Wilson punt.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Flying Eagles fumbled and Adam Stratton recovered at the Woodrow Wilson 34. After three incompletions, Petitt hit Trey Wommack for a 17-yard gain and wingback Alex Childers sprinted 17 yards for a TD on the next snap.
WOODROW WILSON 0 0 0 0 – 0
CABELL MIDLAND 7 28 7 0 – 42
CM – Thomas 4 run (Heiner kick), 1:24.
CM – Barnitz 34 run (Heiner kick), 9:05.
CM – Adkins recovers fumble in end zone (Heiner kick), 3:30.
CM – Chapman 41 pass from Petitt (Heiner kick), 1:21.
CM – Childers 17 run (Heiner kick), :40.9.
CM – Petitt 4 run (Heiner kick), 3:57.
First downs 4 20
Rushes-yards 27-17 52-316
Passing yards 31 84
Total offense 58 400
Passing 3-5-0 4-13-0
Fumbles/lost 3-2 2-0
Penalties 2-20 6-40
RUSHING – WW: Hancock 9-1, Blanks 1-minus 2, Lilly 3-5, Osborne 7-31, Creed 4-minus 15, Wilson 1-minus 5, Leopardi 1-minus 1, Holmes 1-3. CM: Petitt 3-13, Hendricks 7-43, Thomas 14-94, Barnitz 10-95, Childers 5-40, Ellis 5-17, Stapleton 4-12, Jeffrey 4-22.
PASSING – WW: Osborne 2-3-0, 8; Parker 1-2, 23. CM: Petitt 4-13-0, 84.
RECEIVING – WW: Hancock 3-33, Cole 1-minus 2. CM: Wommack 1-17, Chapman 1-41, Hendricks 1-20, Thomas 1-6.
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