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Dave Walsh: Midland's explosion a treat for Knight fans

Sep. 30, 2012 @ 11:30 PM

Cabell Midland linebacker Nick Boone enjoyed Friday's win by the Class AAA No. 1 Knights against No. 7 Woodrow Wilson, but said the defense must clamp down on giving up big plays.

The Knights (6-0) used a 35-point third quarter to whip the Flying Eagles (4-2), 70-34.

But, the halftime margin was just 28-26 after Woodrow Wilson quarterback Andrew Johnson scrambled for a 14-yard TD with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Ramon Edwards of the Flying Eagles added TD runs of 85 and 80 yards.

Woodrow Wilson actually held a 20-14 lead after Chase Hancock ran 71 yards for a score with 1:03 left in the first period.

"They're an athletic team," Boone said. "They exploited some weaknesses and busted some big plays. We made adjustments and did a better job in the second half. We have to play that way the whole game."

On the flip side, Boone said he enjoyed watching the Knights rack up 746 total yards and a school record 70 points.

The outburst proved a nightmare for Cabell Midland stat man Dennis Ball. Senior David Gaydosz, a transfer from Winfield, led the assault with a single-game record 328 yards on 16 carries with six runs ending in touchdowns. Distances covered were 31, 77, 34, 19, 77 and 25 yards. His season total now is 867 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The offense bailed us out this week," Boone said. "David's so good. Imagine what it's like seeing him all week in practice."

Cabell Midland plays visiting Winfield on Friday in an emotional game for Gaydosz against his former teammates.

STAYING FOCUSED: No. 2 Wayne (5-0) Wayne goes to No. 1 Scott (6-0) for a big Friday night Class AA football showdown.

In a Wayne season when the closest games weree a pair of 39-point victories, coach Tom Harmon said keeping the Pioneers ready to go has been all about the big picture.

"Life is short, football season is short," Harmon said Friday after Wayne pounded Mingo Central, 53-14. "There are only so many Fridays, so many Mondays, so many Thursdays that take place during football season, so don't waste a minute.

"Play as good as you can for as long as you can because it will end. You want to make the most of it."

Wayne has certainly done that to this point. Wayne is averaging 55 points per game and the starting defense has allowed just 12 points through five games.

Despite the lopsided nature of games, the Pioneers have played full throttle in the beginning of games, scoring an average of nearly 50 points in the first half alone.

Scott remained unbeaten Friday with a 37-12 win over Westside.

LOW PAYOUT: Despite a big turnout Friday at Cabell Midland, the 50-50 jackpot Friday was $69. That's the lowest total I've seen in the games I've covered.

TOUGH TRIPS: Woodrow Wilson had two rough trips to the Tri-State. On Sept. 14, Spring Valley routed the Flying Eagles, 41-12, at Spring Valley. This Friday, they'll take on once-beaten Huntington High at home.

REMBERING 100 YEARS: A celebration is in the works for the 100th anniversary of the West Virginia Boys Basketball Tournament.

The tournament scheduled March 13-16, 2013, in the Charleston Civic Center has been played every year since 1914 when Elkins defeated Wheeling, 28-13, in a one-game playoff at Buckhannon.

"There are several activities being planned to involve the many individuals who have participated over the years and our loyal fans in our great state," said Gary Ray, executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

VOLLEYBALL FOR A CAUSE: Ironton St. Joe takes on Coal Grove in volleyball at 5:30 p.m. Monday at home. It's "Volley for the Cure." Cancer survivors will be honored and cancer victims will be remembered during pre-match ceremonies. Baked goods will be available and basket raffles will be held with proceeds to benefit the Bellefonte Hospital Women's Center Boutique. Proceeds will be donated to a fund to help those in need of the items they want.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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