North Marion 70-0
Matt Rinehart #58 and Ross Harvey #50 blocking for Damien White #25 on a touchdown run. (Photo by Melissa Riley)
Ryan Carson and Isaac Kemper run off the field after a Lewis County touchdown. Carson and Kemper combined for 4 touchdowns during Lewis County's 70-0 win over North Marion last Friday night. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
The scoreboard shows the final score of 70-0 after last Friday night's win over North Marion. The 70 points scored by the Minutemen were the most ever for a Lewis County High School football team in school history. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
The Lewis County Minutemen were at home on Friday night, Oct. 10, when they faced the North Marion Huskies in a Big Ten Conference football game. The game was the final home game of the season for the Minutemen and also their Senior Night.
For 17 players, it was the last game of their careers at Lewis County High School. The seventeen senior football players playing in their final home game were Brandon Moneypenny, Tyler Butcher, Brandon White, Matt Norman, Michael Pinkney, Ryan Watson, Isaac Kemper, Ryan Carson, Ross Harvey, Scott Goldsmith, Brenton Riffle, William Doss, Colton Jones, Austin Keesler, Jeremy Curtis, Luke Pudder and Cory Smarr. To date the Minutemen seniors have posted a record of 26-11 while at Lewis County High School and have made two straight playoff appearances.
The Huskies and Minutemen traded possessions to start the ball game. North Marion's next drive ended with them punting the ball back to the Minutemen. Isaac Kemper returned it 19 yards to the North Marion 43 yard line. The Minutemen would score 3 plays later. Ryan Carson made the touchdown from 3 yards out and Riley Gunther added the extra point to give the Minutemen a 7-0 lead.
Once again the two teams traded possessions, and after a 10 yard loss on a botched punt by North Marion, Lewis County had a first and goal to go at the North Marion 9 yard line. Carson scored on the first play from 9 yards out, Gunter came on to boot the PAT and Lewis County had a 14-0 lead that they would take into the second quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Isaac Kemper intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards to the North Marion 40 yard line. Five plays later Brandon White hooked up with Brandon Moneypenny for a 7 yard touchdown pass. After Gunter added the extra point Lewis County led 21-0. The Minutemen defense once again forced a Huskies punt and on the first play of the ensuing drive Carson raced 63 yards for his third score of the night.
Gunter added the PAT and Lewis County now led 28-0. Another hold by the stout Lewis County defense set up another score, this one by Damien White on a 41 yard run and, with another successful kick by Gunter, the Minutemen now led 35-0.
D. White would score on a 2 yard run, Gunter made the extra point and Lewis County had a 42-0 lead they would carry into the halftime break.
The second half would prove to be much the same as the first half as Lewis County's defense remained strong and the offense kept scoring. The Minutemen would score on the second play of the half when Isaac Kemper ran in from 49 yards out to make the score 49-0 in favor of Lewis County with Gunter continuing his perfect run of PATs for the season.
D. White collected his third score of the night, this one a 3 yard run, and Hunter Mitchell kicked his first extra point of the night for a 56-0 lead. Freshman Luke Dublin scored the first touchdown of his Lewis County career with a 1 yard run. Mitchell got the extra point for Lewis County and they had a 63-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Thomas Hogan scored the first touchdown of his career with a 1 yard run and this time Gunter booted the extra point to give the Minutemen their final points in a convincing 70-0 win over North Marion.
The 70 points Lewis County scored were the most points ever scored by a Lewis County team in school history. Lewis County enjoyed a big night on the ground picking 399 yards rushing. Damien White, with 133 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Ryan Carson, with 109 yard and 3 touchdowns, led the way for Lewis County in the rushing department.
Isaac Kemper added 95 yards and a touchdown to the rushing attack. Brandon White had 3 completions for 32 yards to give the Minutemen a total of 431 yards in total offense.
Brandon Moneypenny made 2 catches for 21 yards and a touchdown and Michael Pinkney made 1 catch for 11 yards, rounding out the offense for Lewis County.
The Lewis County defense recorded its second shutout of the season and allowed only 49 points for the season, an average of 7 points per game.
The Minutemen defense held the Huskies to 3 yards in total offense. The Huskies had 0 yards rushing and 3 yards passing. Isaac Kemper had an interception and Dylan Tallerito had a fumble recovery for Lewis County.
The Minutemen are now 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
The Minutemen will travel to Morgantown on Friday, Oct. 17, where they will meet the University High Hawks in a battle of state ranked teams. The Hawks are expected to be ranked # 5 and the Minutemen # 9, heading into the battle. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. in the University city.
Scoring By Quarters
North Marion 0 0 0 0 - 0
Lewis County 14 28 21 7 - 70
LC - Ryan Carson 4 yard run (Riley Gunter kick)
LC - Carson 9 yard run (Gunter kick)
LC - Brandon White pass to Brandon Moneypenny 7 yards (Gunter kick)
LC - Carson 63 yard run (Gunter kick)
LC - Damien White 41 yard run (Gunter kick)
LC - D. White 2 yard run (Gunter kick)
LC - Isaac Kemper 49 yard run (Gunter kick)
LC - D. White 3 yard run (Hunter Mitchell kick)
LC - Luke Dublin 1 yard run (Mitchell kick)
LC - Thomas Hogan 1 yard run(Gunter kick)
First Downs 3 13
Rushing Yards 0 399
Passing Yards 3 32
Total Yards 3 431
Punts Avg. 8-26.2 2-27.0
Fumbles 7 4
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Penalties Yards 1-10 1-10
Rushing: North Marion: Austin Stanley 9-43; John Michael 3-10; Noah Redmond 6-5; Andrew Lewis 2-4; Terry Starsick 3-4; Justin Wheeler 8-1; Caleb Kuhn 1-(-6); Kyle Elliott 9-(-19); Team 2-(-42) Totals 43-0
Lewis County: Damien White 11-133; Ryan Carson 8-109; Isaac Kemper 6-95; Jacob White 3-19; Jon Gum 4-17; Luke Dublin 8-15; Adam Cutlip 2-7; Ryan Watson 1-4; Austin Hughes 1-2; Jacob Moneypenny 1-0' Nathan Layton 3-(-3)
Passing: North Marion: Austin Stanley 0 for 1 with 1 interception; Kyle Elliott 1 of 4 for 3 yards; Tanner King 0 for 1; Caleb Kuhn 0 for 1
Lewis County: Brandon White 3 of 4 for 32 yards with 1 touchdown
Receiving: North Marion: Noah Redmond 1-3
Lewis County: Brandon Moneypenny 2-21; Michael Pinkney 1-11
Lady Patriots Win
The Lady Patriots volleyball team was at home on Oct. 6 taking on Elkins. The JV team won 25-17 and 25-10. Morgan Foster scored 8 points, Emily Conley added 7 points and Chiara Posey chipped in 4 points. Morgan Riffle scored 5 points in the win.
The Varsity girls rolled to a 25-10 and 25-7 win. Anna Tucker scored 15 points including 7 aces. Seanna Stump added 6 points and 4 kills. The Lady Patriots had 16 aces and 10 kills in the victory. " We volleyed and served extremely well in the win," stated Coach Pratt.
The Varsity squad would head to Kasson on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Lady Patriots would come out flat and finally won the first set 25-20. The Lady Patriots would refocus and roll in the second match 25-13 to gain the victory.
Seanna Stump scored 11 points and had 4 kills. Melea Stutler added 10 points and 3 kills. Anna Tucker chipped in 8 points with 5 aces.
" Kasson serves hard and we had no enthusiasm early," stated Coach Pratt. The second set we played Lady Patriots volleyball and rolled to the victory. When we play team ball we can play with anyone. I am very proud of these young ladies and the great season we are having.