Midland rolls by Winfield
WINFIELD — Looking at the Cabell Midland high school football team’s faces as they took a knee in front of head coach Luke Salmons after the game with Winfield Friday night, you’d think the Knights had lost.
Salmons had to remind his players that a 63-19 shelling of the Generals on the road was a good thing, and they should be happy.
It’s the product of a program that has come to expect perfection over the past few seasons.
“We coach them to be perfect, and they hold themselves accountable the same way a coach would,” Salmons said. “Expectations are high. They expect to score, they expect to not allow a point, and that’s where you want them to be. Winfield’s a good team, they’re coached well, and this was a good win.”
The Knights scored on their first four possessions for a 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
On defense, the Knights (2-0) suffocated Winfield’s spread offense, sacking quarterback Toby Show seven times, and holding the Generals to negative 75 yards rushing, while giving up 136 yards through the air.
“That’s what we have to have to compete at a high level, is a great defense,” Salmons said. “The kids know the scheme, they execute. A lot of these guys have been playing for three years for me now, and they understand what they have to do and can think for themselves.
“I want our defense to be great because, at the end of the day, that’s what wins championships.”
On offense, Midland tailback Kasey Thomas rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns and had 27 receiving yards and a TD. pass. Thomas did have some problems with fumbles in the third quarter, which led to 13 points for the Generals. But Salmons was pleased with the overall performance.
Dontae Hendricks was lightning in a bottle for the Knights. He got the ball three times, twice on toss sweeps and once on a reverse, and took the ball all the way to the house on each play.
“Kasey is a great runner. I know going into last season I said he was one of our best backs, and he struggled with a high ankle sprain all season, but I knew he would be right at this point,” Salmons said.
“Dontae has a gear that I’ve just never seen before. All of our kids can run the ball and in our scheme, that’s what we’ve got to have.”
Winfield is 1-1.