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Turf Bowl takes stage

Nov. 13, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Ceredo-Kenova quarterback Jeremiah Milum had a performance under the gun Saturday that would have made record-setting Case Keenum of the University of Houston proud.

Milum directed a 75-yard drive late in the fourth period, capping it with a 19-yard TD pass to Mason Brubeck and subsequent 2-point conversion pass to Austin Stambaugh to give the Wonders a 16-8 win over Buffalo in the A Division title game of the Tri-State Youth Football League Turf Bowl at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The drama capped an action-packed day in which three of the four championship games were rematches from the regular season and only one -- C-K (10-1) -- was able to reverse the outcome. Beverly Hills beat Barboursville, 22-6, for a sweep and B Division crown. South Point topped C-K, 14-6, to win the C Division and go 2-0 against the Wonders. Chesapeake struck early and often and defeated Douglass/Cammack, 32-6, to claim the D Division championship.

In the regular season, Buffalo scored with 39 seconds left to edge C-K, 6-0. This time the Bisons (10-1) had five turnovers and no answer for Milum on the decisive fourth-period drive.

"We don't hesitate to throw," C-K coach Perry Morrone said. "We've got so many athletes on this team. Everyone out there is a threat. We spread them out and he (Milum) releases the ball. Jeremiah's good and he's going to get more arm strength."

Buffalo tied the game 8-8 when Tucker Watts scored on a 3-yard run and also ran in the 2-point conversion with 5:18 to play. Enter Milum.

He started the drive to victory with a 33-yard strike to Brubeck. He followed with a 21-yard pass to Stambaugh on a slant to give the Wonders a first down at the Buffalo 19. On the next play, he lofted the 19-yard scoring pass to Brubeck, who beat double coverage on the play. On the extra point, Stambaugh hauled in a pass from Milum in the back of the end zone and kept his feet inbounds to make the conversion count.

In the first quarter, Milum and Stambaugh hooked up on a 19-yard TD pass.

"This was our goal to win. Team effort from top to bottom," Morrone said.

For Morrone, this was his third straight Turf Bowl title with C-K. He got the first with the C team two years ago and the second last year with the B team. He studied the film from the first meeting against Buffalo and added a few wrinkles.

"We were able to game plan a little different," he said.

Milum threw for 132 yards. Brubeck caught three passes for 74 yards and Stambaugh four for 58. Watts led all rushers with 124 yards on 21 carries.

B Division

In the regular season, Beverly Hills fell behind, 14-0, to Barboursville, then scored twice in the fourth period -- the second TD coming on the final play -- to pull out a 20-14 win. The Blackhawks fell behind this time, too, but there was no drama at the end.

Dezmon Bradshaw's 65-yard TD run on the first play after a Barboursville score got Beverly Hills even. On the next series, Tyree Hendricks went over from 7 yards out and a 2-point pass put the Blackhawks (11-0) ahead to stay, 14-6. They capped the win with a 4-yard TD run by Bradshaw with 1:48 to play.

"The best group, coaching staff and players," Blackhawks coach Billy Dillon said. "These kids. ... they played this one for Michael (Dillon)."

Dillon was one of the four local teenagers killed in a house on Charleston Avenue six years ago.

"We dedicated it to Michael," said Trent Stewart, a player for the Blackhawks who fought back tears as he spoke. "He was a really good person."

C Division

South Point coach Jackie Hale got creative to get the sweep. The Pointers (12-0) won the regular-season encounter, 12-0, but the play they relied on Saturday wasn't in the offense then.

South Point lines up in the single wing and its two scores came when the flow started right on the play and Marquise Yancey cut back left and outran a C-K defender for the TD. The runs covered 8 yards in the first period and 7 yards in the second to put South Point ahead to stay, 14-6.

"We knew how they liked to flow to the ball," Hale said. "They hadn't seen the play on film. We put it in last night."

Cade Melville had 104 yards on 14 attempts to lead the South Point ground game. Graeson Malashevich finished with 73 on 17 attempts to pace the Wonders (10-2).

D Division

Donald Richendollar threw a TD pass and ran for two scores to help Chesapeake (12-0) cap a perfect season.

Gavin Hunt got the show started for the Panthers with a 20-yard TD run in the first period. Richendollar then tossed an 8-yard scoring pass to Trenton Dearth, and after Isaiah Smith's 1-yard TD run, Richendollar covered 3 and 57 yards for scores to wrap up the victory.

Carter Williams sprinted 43 yards for a touchdown for the Express (10-1) on the final play of the game.

Chesapeake piled up 231 yards on the ground on 27 attempts and limited D/C to 110 total yards.