Morgantown ends HHS season
HUNTINGTON -- A promising start Friday night turned into a disappointing finish for Huntington High at Bob Sang Field.
After the Highlanders scored on the opening drive, No. 5 (10-2) Morgantown used the rushing ability of Shane Commodore to earn a 35-14 win in the Class AAA football quarterfinals.
Commodore finished with 241 yards and four touchdowns -- all in the first half to lead the Mohigans into the semifinals against Cabell Midland, who held on to beat Spring Valley.
With the loss, No. 4 Huntington High ends its season at 9-3.
"We hadn't faced a better football team up front all year long, and that includes everyone we played," Huntington High coach Billy Seals said. "We thought they were very good up front, we thought they were very physical and early on, we just didn't match that intensity."
Even though Huntington High's defense played much better in the second half, the Mohigans were never threatened after opening up a 14-point halftime lead.
The Highlanders had three turnovers and were shut out offensively in the second half.
Ball control was the mainstay of Morgantown's attack. The Mohigans rushed for 374 yards on 44 carries en route to picking up their first road playoff win since 1996.
Commodore was unstoppable for the Mohigans in the first half, ripping off 190 of his 241 yards and scoring all four first-half touchdowns to lead Morgantown to a 28-14 lead at the break.
"Shane played a great game tonight -- played a great game on defense, too," Morgantown coach John Bowers said. "He showed some people in the south that he can play the game pretty well."
Huntington High took the lead on an 8-play, 53-yard drive, capped by Mark Shaver's 4-yard touchdown run, but Commodore immediately swung momentum by racing 78 yards for a score on Morgantown's first play from scrimmage.
"The big run early in the first quarter was a big one," Seals said. "We went right down the field, scored that first series and had a freshman linebacker overrun it and (Commodore) was off for 77 yards."
It was not his only big touchdown run of the half.
Commodore capped a 12-play drive with a four-yard score to capitalize off a Huntington High fumble, then raced 64 yards out of the Wildcat formation after the Mohigans forced a three-and-out.
He capped the first-half scoring with 1:21 left in the half when he dove in from three yards out.
While Morgantown's rushing game got on track, the Highlanders had trouble moving the ball consistently after the first drive of the game.
After ripping off 53 yards on the ground on the opening drive, Morgantown stuffed the Highlanders for just 71 yards the rest of the half to build its lead.
Following the opening drive, Huntington High had just one run of more than five yards -- that being Shaver's 46-yard third-down run which set up Charles Crawford's 3-yard score to cut the deficit to seven before Commodore's fourth touchdown run.
Huntington High's final breath of life was exhausted at the end of the third quarter when a penalty call went against the Highlanders.
The defense had forced a Morgantown punt, but on the punt, Huntington High was called for roughing the punter after what Seals described as one of his players hitting a punt protector into the punter.
The end result was quarterback Mark Johnson's 18-yard scoring strike to Jarret Hockenberry that capped the scoring with 10:25 left.
Johnson finished the contest 6 of 10 passing for 58 yards and the score while rushing six times for 41 yards.
For Huntington High, Shaver led the team on the ground with 73 yards and a touchdown, but was just 9 of 17 for 48 yards and two interceptions through the air.
Morgantown doubled up the Highlanders' offensive output, 432 yards to 211.
MORGANTOWN 7 21 0 7 -- 35
HUNTINGTON HIGH 7 7 0 0 -- 14
HH -- Shaver 4 run (Ruley kick)
M -- Commodore 78 run (DeBastiani kick)
M -- Commodore 4 run (DeBastiani kick)
M -- Commodore 64 run (DeBastiani kick)
HH -- Crawford 3 run (Ruley kick)
M -- Commodore 3 run (DeBastiani kick)
M -- Hockenberry 18 pass from Johnson (DeBastiani kick)
Total yards 54-432 51-211
First downs 16 11
Rushes-yards 44-374 34-163
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-0 9-17-2
Passing yards 58 48
Penalties-Yds 8-66 5-54
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
RUSHING -- MORG: Commodore 19-241, Weidman 9-53; Johnson 6-41; Thomas 10-39. HHS: Shaver 13-73, Crawford 7-44, TD; Christian 9-30; Tubbs 5-16.
PASSING -- MORG: Johnson 6-of-10, 58 yards, Stewart 0-of-1. HHS: Shaver 9-17-2, 48 yards.
RECEIVING -- MORG: Hockenberry 1-18, Stewart 2-18; Thomas 2-15; Commodore 1-7. HHS: Crawford 4-27; Baker 1-13; Tubbs 3-8; Hendricks 1-0.