Prep Notebook: Two goals earned in one victory
David Gaydosz got a 2-for-1 Friday night when Cabell Midland beat Hurricane, 31-13, in Ona.
For three years, Gaydosz played for Winfield and in that time went 0-3 against the Redskins. He transferred to Cabell Midland for his senior year, so Friday night's outcome secured for him that coveted win over his former Putnam County rival.
Gaydosz made his standard contribution, rushing for 115 yards and two scores to help the Knights, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, secure home field advantage in the West Virginia playoffs. The win completed a 10-0 season for the Knights, the first unbeaten regular season in school history. Gaydosz got to share in that, too.
"That was one of my goals," Gaydosz said of getting a win over Hurricane. "One was to go 10-0. We wrote that on the board (before the season). Coach (Luke Salmons) put us through. ... I've never been through a summer like that. This team's family. We've been through a lot. They made me feel at home from the first day."
Teams stack the box with seven or eight players to try to contain Cabell Midland's ground game. The first TD run for Gaydosz covered 33 yards and once he got past the line of scrimmage there were only one or two Hurricane defenders to outrun.
"The offensive line does a great job," Gaydosz said. "You get eight or nine (defenders) in the box, break the line, there's no one left."
Gaydosz went past 1,400 yards rushing for the season.
Knights senior linebacker Nick Boone said the school and community have been super supportive this season. There's fireworks during introductions and after scores at home games. Traveling uniforms are spiffy.
"The community's really into it," Boone said. "You're on the street, someone asks you if you play for Cabell Midland, you say yes and they say keep it up."
Boone said the 19 seniors introduced prior to the game took extra pride in being the first 10-0 team in school history.
"That was one of our goals," said Boone, who also wrestles for the Knights. "Goal No. 2 is the state. Hopefully we can say state (champ)."
The 50-50 jackpot winner got $300 Friday night and donated her share back to the football program.
NEW DIGS: Point Pleasant's wrestling boosters held an open house Nov. 2 at the school's new wrestling facility. That building is adjacent to the football building as you enter the stadium from the south end. Dr. Kelly Roush and officials from Precision Signs attended.
Ground was broken on the new facility in April and it was funded entirely through community donations and from the wrestling boosters. Estimated cost of the project was around $60,000 and includes a locker room, coaches room and large workout area with wall to wall wrestling mats.
The open house served as a way to show off the new facility and express gratitude to the community which put it there. In addition to the high school and middle school wrestlers, youth league wrestlers will now have a home of their own too.
Point Pleasant has moved up to Class AAA this season, starting a four-year run. Prior to that, the Black Knights won three straight West Virginia Class AA-A state titles.
WHAT A RUN: Bishop Rosecrans beat Symmes Valley, 23-6, in Ohio Division VI playoff football Friday night. The Vikings (8-3) got quite a bit of production from their senior class over the past four years. The seniors leave with a 35-10 overall record, four straight playoff appearances and one Southern Ohio Conference Division I title. Give credit to David Wiseman, Austin Baldwin, Jacob Graybeal, Austin Owens, Alec Herrell and Caleb Holderby, who set the bar high for future senior classes.
LOGAN FOOTBALL: Logan will have four new opponents in football in 2013. The Wildcats will take on Nitro, Greenbrier East, University and Point Pleasant. They are dropping Johnson Central (Ky.), Winfield, Hurricane and Huntington High. Logan will take on University in Morgantown and have home dates against Nitro, Greenbrier East and Point Pleasant.
David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.