Knights beat up Bruins
ONA — Time and again, Cabell Midland offensive guard Cody Ballengee and his teammates up front made their blocks and they saw backs Kasey Thomas, Teran Barnitz, Donte Hendricks and Alex Childers race by into the open field.
All that daylight led to 525 yards rushing for the Knights on the way to 48-12 win over Brooke on a chilly Friday night at Cabell Midland.
“It’s a great feeling. You strain the whole play, they go by and you say, ‘yes, I did it,’ ” said Ballengee, one of 26 seniors honored prior to kickoff on Senior Night. “We had two weeks to prepare. We watched film, had a plan and it was nice to see the backs break free.”
Cabell Midland (8-2) entered the game ranked No. 8 in Class AAA. The Knights are expected to at least stay in that spot, meaning they would have a first-round home game in the playoffs next week. Pairings for West Virginia will be announced Sunday.
“You want to play well going into the playoffs,” Knights coach Luke Salmons said. “You don’t want to limp in or leave any doubts. You want to be excited. We played the way we’re supposed to.”
Cabell Midland had three backs go over 100 yards, a school first. Kasey Thomas, who took direct snaps in the Wildcat on occasion, piled up 157 yards on 14 carries. Teran Barnitz had 139 on 11 and Alex Childers 103 on 10.
“We defintely don’t do anything without the guys up front,” said Barnitz, a transfer from Point Pleasant. “We won the battle up front. This Senior Night was special. I’ll remember it for a long time.”
Barnitz ran for two scores, Thomas for two and Donte Hendricks two in addition to catching a touchdown pass.
“We’ve had the formation. We decided to run it some tonight,” Thomas said of the Wildcat. “The play sets up and you hit the open spot.”
Thomas attempted two passes and both fell incomplete. On one, he tried to hook up with Coy Petitt, the starting quarterback who lined up at wide receiver in the formation, but a Brooke defender broke up the pass in the end zone.
“I read the safety,” Thomas said. “I was going to Coy, but found him too late.”
“We’ve worked on it and decided to go to it,” Salmons said. “It’s something teams have to think about now.”
Cabell Midland’s defense limited Brooke (3-7) to one first down in the first half. The Knights also had some big plays on special teams. In the second period, Tyler Hayes had a blocked punt and Dustin Bouck recovered a short, high-angled kickoff at the visitor’s 36 to set up a TD right before halftime.
Thomas said the Knights needed this type of game to prepare for the playoffs.
“It’s big. It gives us a confidence boost going into the playoffs,” he said.
BROOKE 0 0 6 6 — 12
CABELL MIDLAND 14 20 14 0 — 48
CM — Barnitz 21 run (Heiner kick)
CM — Hendricks 32 run (Heiner kick)
CM — Hendricks 20 run (Heiner kick)
CM — Thomas 1 run (pass failed)
CM — Barnitz 44 run (Heiner kick)
CM — Thomas 28 run (Heiner kick)
B — Cole 15 pass from Walker (kick failed)
CM — Hendricks 55 pass from Petitt (Heiner kick)
B — Staffileno 70 pass from Walker (pass failed)
First downs 10 27
Total Net Yards 318 659
Rushes-yards 26-115 46-525
Passing 203 134
Comp-Att-Int 10-19-0 5-9-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 9-55 16-136
RUSHING—Brooke, Walker 3-minus 14, Ossman 21-133, Loughrie 1-minus 3, Bowland 1-minus 1. Cabell Midland, Petitt 1-10, Stratton 3-19, Barnitz 11-139, Thomas 14-157, Jeffrey 2-9, Hendricks 5-88, Childers 10-103.
PASSING—Brooke, Walker 10-19-0, 203. Cabell Midland, Petitt 5-7-1, 134; Thomas 0-2-0.
RECEIVING—Brooke, Cole 6-93, Staffileno 4-110. Cabell Midland, Hendricks 2-56, Chapman 2-66, Barnitz 1-12.
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