To Hawks 16-7
Brandon Moneypenny breaks free from a would be UHS tackler. (Photo by Melissa Riley)
Brandon White rolls out to attempt a pass during last Friday night's game against University High. The Minutemen fell to the Hawks 16-7. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
Damien White eludes a tackler during last Friday's game against University High. White had 72 yards rushing to lead Lewis County and score their only touchdown of the game. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
The Lewis County Minutemen football team traveled to Morgantown on Friday, Oct. 17, to take on the University High Hawks. The Minutemen and Hawks came into the contest both state ranked and both had 6-1 records. With a large crowd on hand, especially a large Lewis County contingent, the fans were treated to an old fashioned defensive struggle between the two teams.
The Hawks got the ball first and after picking up a first down University High fumbled the snap and Ross Harvey made the recovery at the Hawks 30 yard line. The Minutemen however could not move the ball and turned the ball over on downs to the Hawks. The Hawks on their second possession would once again pick up a first down but the Minutemen defense would get tough and force the Hawks to punt.
Lewis County would start this possession at their own 34 yard line. Damien White raced 46 yards on the first play of the drive to take the ball to the University 20 yard line.
Ryan Carson took it to the 9 yard line on the next carry with an 11 yard pickup. White capped the 66 yard scoring drive on the next play with a 9 yard jaunt into the end zone and Riley Gunter added the PAT, giving Lewis County had an early 7-0 lead with 4:26 left to play in the opening quarter.
After a 36 yard kickoff return by Tristan Lucas the Hawks started this possession at the Lewis County 47 yard line. Jace Neville gained 1 yard on the second play of the drive and then Jeremy Eckels hooked with Lucas for a 41 yard pass play that put the ball at the Lewis County 11 yard line.
The Minutemen defense would then dig in and hold the Hawks to only 1 yard in the next three plays. The Hawks then got on the board when Holden Talton hit a 27 yard field goal to cut the Lewis County lead to 7-3.
That would be the score as the game entered the second quarter of play. The only scoring of the second quarter would be done by the Hawks as both defenses continued to be stingy during the second period. The Hawks got on the board at the 6:55 mark of the second quarter when Talton hit a 30 yard field goal to make the score 7-6 in favor of the Minutemen. That would be the score at halftime as neither team were able to put any points on the board for the rest of the first half.
The Minutemen had the ball first to start the second half and would drive the ball to the Hawks 39 yard line where they would turn it over on downs. The big play of the drive was a 23 yard carry by Carson that took the ball to the University High 33 yard line. University High would score it's first touchdown of the night on the next drive when Eckels would hit Lucas for a 30 yard touchdown pass. Talton kicked the extra point and the Hawks had their lead of the night at 13-7 a score that would carry over into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter was the same as the first three as the two teams would move the ball into the other's territory but each defense would not allow any more points to be put on the board. The Hawks would score the only fourth quarter points when Talton had his third field goal of the night, this one a 36 yard effort that would give University High their winning margin of 16-7 in this match up of two evenly matched state ranked teams.
With the loss, Lewis County fell to 6-2 while the Hawks improved to 7-1 with the win. Lewis County had 186 yards rushing on the night and 199 yards in total offense. Damien White, with 72 yards, and Ryan Carson, with 70 yards, led the Minutemen rushing attack. The Lewis County defense held the Hawks to 238 yard in total offense in the game with Ross Harvey recovering a fumble for Lewis County.
Lewis County will be back on the road this Friday night. Oct. 24, when they travel to Elkins for a Big Ten Conference game against the Elkins Tigers. Kickoff will be at 7:30 at Wimer Field in Elkins.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 7 0 0 0 - 7
University High 3 3 7 3 -16
LC - Damien White 9 yard run (Riley Gunter kick)
UH - Holden Talton 27 yard field goal
UH - Talton 32 yard field goal
UH - Jeremy Eckels pass to Tristan Lucas (Talton kick)
UH - Talton 36 yard field goal
Team Statistics LC UH
First Downs 10 13
Yards Rushing 186 113
Yards Passing 13 125
Total Yards 199 238
Punts- Avg. 4-33.8 3-29.7
Fumbles 0 3
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Penalties- Yards 4-30 2-10
Rushing: Lewis County: Isaac Kemper 2-2; Ryan Carson 14-70; Damien White 12-72; Ryan Watson 3-9; Brandon Moneypenny 5-20; Austin Hughes 4-18; Brandon White 2-(-2); Michael Pinkney 1-(-3); Totals 43-191
University High: Jace Neville 18-60; Michael Ramsey 6-2; Jeremy Eckels 16-51; Totals 40-113
Passing: Lewis County: Brandon White 4 of 9 for 13 yards
University High: Jeremy Eckels 8 of 16 for 125 yards with 1 touchdown
Receiving: Lewis County: Ryan Carson 2-9; Brandon Moneypenny 2-4
University High: Michael Ramsey 2-23; Tristan Lucas 5-99; Jace Neville 1-3
The Robert L. Bland Patriots football team made their final road trip of the season when they traveled to West Milford on Thursday, Oct. 16, to take on the South Harrison Hawks in a middle school football game. The Hawks had the ball first but forced them to turn the ball over on downs. The Patriots offense got started quickly when Isaiah Burciago picked 12 yards on first play of their initial drive.
Caden Rohrbough then threw a pass to Shawn Moran that picked up 41 yards and took the ball down to the Hawks 5 yard line. Two plays later Moran put the Patriots on the board with a 5 yard run, and the Patriots had the first lead of the night at 6-0.
South Harrison would answer with a second quarter touchdown that would tie the game at 6-6 a score that would stay that way for the rest of the first half.
The third quarter would be all defense as neither team was able to put points on the board. The Patriots retook the lead when they put together a 4 play 36 yard drive to start the fourth quarter.
Rohrbough hooked with Adin Post for a 31 yard pass play that put the ball at the Hawks 5 yard line. After Rohrbough picked up a 1 yard gain on the first and goal to go play, Burciago scored from 4 yards out to put Robert Bland up 12-6 with 6:32 left to play in the game. The Hawks were putting together a nice drive of their own on their next possession that ended when Rohrbough intercepted a pass. The Patriots failed to pick up a first down and turned the ball back over on downs to the Hawks.
Robert Bland's defenses would force South Harrison to turn the ball over on downs and would then run out the clock to pick up their th
ird win of the season over South Harrison by a score of 12-6. The Patriots are now 3-4 on the season and will finish their 2014 campaign with a home game on Thursday, Oct. 23 against Elkins. This will be 8th grade parents night with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.
Score By Quarters
Robert Bland 6 0 0 6 - 12
South Harrison 0 6 0 0 - 6
Rushing: Robert Bland: Isaiah Burciago 7-13; Austin Sponaugle 5-11; Shawn Moran 2-3; Caden Rohrbough 4-(-1); Dylan Lawson 3-10; Totals 21-36
Passing: Robert Bland: 3 of 6 for 77 yards
Receiving: Robert Bland: Shawn Moran 2-46; Adin Post 1-31