Polar Bears 23-7
Riley Gunter connects for one of his three field goals of the night during Lewis County's 23-7 win over Fairmont Senior on Homecoming Night. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
Ryan Watson celebrates his interception return for a touchdown during the Minutemen's 23-7game over the Polar bears last Friday night in Weston.(Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
The Lewis County Minutemen football team celebrates it's Homecoming game win over Fairmont Senior last Friday. (Photo by Molly Burkhammer)
The Lewis County Minutemen football team was back at home last Friday night to take on the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in a Big Ten Conference game at the Lewis County Athletic Complex. This game was Homecoming 2014 for the Minutemen.
Fairmont Senior got the ball first and the Lewis County defense sent them a message on the first series about what the night would have in store for them. After forcing a Polar Bears punt, the Minutemen started their possession at the Polar Bears 43 yard line and would drive down to the 16 yard line where the drive would stall.
Riley Gunter came on to kick a 33 yard field goal to give Lewis Count a 3-0 lead with 5:59 left in the first quarter.
Defense teams would prove to be stout the rest of the quarter as neither was able to put up any points and the first quarter ended with Lewis County on top by a score of 3-0.
The Minutemen would score on the first play of the second quarter when Gunter hit his second field goal of the night, this one from 28 yards out to give Lewis County a 6-0 lead with 11:56 left to play in the opening half.
From that point on it was back to the two defenses as they would once again hold each other scoreless, and after the first half horn sounded, the Minutemen had a 6-0 halftime lead.
Lewis County had possession of the ball to start the second half and started with a long drive. Using a strong running game, the Minutemen drove to the Polar Bears 13 yard line. The drive stalled and Gunter came on and booted his third field goal of the night to give the Minutemen a 9-0 lead with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The score would remain that way until the 5:03 mark of the period, when Ryan Watson stepped in front of a Dominic Smith pass and returned it 31 yard to the house. Gunter added the extra point and Lewis County had a 16-0 lead that they would carry into the final quarter of play.
Lewis County would close out a 65 yard, 7 play drive to extend their lead when Isaac Kemper scored from 27 yards out. With Gunter's PAT, Lewis County now led 23-0.
The Polar Bears would finally get on the board when Jake Abbott connected with Nick Davisson for a 31 yard scoring pass and Issac Childers added the extra point. The score was now 23-7 in favor of Lewis County.
Fairmont Senior would attempt an onside kick, but Dylan Gump would recover it for Lewis County, who would then run out the clock to give the Minutemen a 23-7 Homecoming Game win over the Polar Bears.
The Lewis County defense was strong all night long as they would hold Fairmont Senior to just 109 yards total offense during the contest. Lewis County would put up 234 total yards on offense on the night. Riley Gunter had three field goals on the night, along with two extra points to account for 11 of Lewis County's 23 points scored.
Isaac Kemper with 84 yards, Ryan Carson with 67 yards and Damien White led a balanced Lewis County rushing attack that would pick up 215 yards on the ground. With the win, Lewis County improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference. The Minutemen will be on the road this Friday as they travel to Lincoln County for a non conference game at 7:30 pm.
Score By Quarters
Fairmont Senior 0 0 0 7 - 7
Lewis County 3 3 10 7 - 23
LC - Riley Gunter 33 yard field goal
LC - Gunter 28 yard field goal
LC - Gunter 30 yard field goal
LC - Ryan Watson 31 yard interception return ( Gunter kick )
LC - Isaac Kemper 27 yard run ( Gunter kick )
FS - Jake Abbott pass to Nick Davisson 31 yards ( Issac Childers kick )
Team Statistics FS LC
First Downs 6 12
Yards Rushing 10 215
Yards Passing 99 19
Total Yards 109 234
Fumbles 1 4
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Penalties-Yards 11-70 8-45
Punts-Avg. 9-33.9 4-39.3
Punt Return Yards 2-0 7-45
Kickoff Return Yards 4-78 1-27
Interception Return Yards 1-0 1-31
Fairmont Senior: Bryson Gilbert 5-(-10); Malik Boody 6-(-2); Dominic Smith 2-2; Nick Davisson 1-12; Michael Nuzum 1-8; Totals 15-10
Lewis County: Damien White 10-62; Ryan Carson 10-67; Isaac Kemper 13-84; Austin Hughes 4-29; Ryan Watson 1-(-4); Brandon White 3-0; Team 1-(-23); Totals 48-215
Fairmont Senior: Dominic Smith 9 of 25 for 57 yards with 1 interception; Jake Abbott 2 of 5 for 42 yards with 1 touchdown; Totals 11 of 30 for 99 yards with 1 interception and 1 touchdown
Lewis County: Brandon White 4 of 10 for 19 yards with 1 interception
Receiving: Fairmont Senior: Malik Boody 3-0; Joseph Leon 5-52; Ben Taylor 1-11; Nick Davisson 2-36; Totals 11-99
Lewis County: Brandon Moneypenny 2-14; Isaac Kemper 1-4; Damien White 1-1; Totals 4-19
Punting: Fairmont Senior: Issac Childers 9-33.9
Lewis County Dylan Gump 4-39.3
Kicking: Fairmont Senior: Issac Childers 1 PAT
Lewis County: Riley Gunter 3 field goals ( 33,28,30 ); 2 PATS
Punt Returns: Fairmont Senior: Malik Boody 2-0
Lewis County: Isaac Kemper 5-45; Brandon Moneypenny 1-0;
Kickoff Returns: Fairmont Senior: Nick Davisson 4-78
Lewis County: Damien White 1-27; Dylan Gump 1-0
Maids Soccer Team Shuts Out Cougars
Hannah Dodson, boots the ball down the field for Lewis. (Photo by Melissa Riley)
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the LCHS Maids' soccer team traveled to Lincoln High School to take on the Lady Cougars. The contest began with the local girls making a determined offensive attack. LCHS controlled the ball in all aspects, except scoring, in the first half, taking shot after shot at the Lincoln goal. The defense and the keeper for the Lady Cougars were having none of it, however, as the Maids could not find the back of the net for almost the entire first period. Then, with just :49.2 ticks left on the clock, Brooklyn Perkey sent the ball from the left side and scored the lone goal of the half. LCHS went into halftime with a 1-nil lead.
With a fresh 40 minutes to play, the Maids came back ready to up the ante. Again, numerous shots were fired at the goal, this time with different results. Goals by Perkey (assisted by Taylor Kennedy), Meg Walker, Hanna Dodson, Emily Paugh, Emily Louk and Sarah Gould put Lewis up 7-nil. Lincoln was unable to generate any threatening offense, due to the diligent play of the Maids' defense. Keeper Caity Smith was only called on once for the save. The final score stood at 7-0, giving the Lewis Ladies a record of 7-1 on the season and their fifth shutout so far.
The Lady Eagles of RCB came to town on Wednesday, Sept. 17, for only the third home contest of the season. The Maids were ready for a tough rematch, as they had their only loss to RCB in the first game back in late August. Lewis got the scoring started when Savannah Chapman headed the ball into the goal off a corner kick by Grace Stalnaker, and the scoreboard read 1-0, Lewis. Just six minutes later, the Lady Eagles got their first goal, to tie things up, 1-1.
RCB would score two more times in less than nine minutes, to make the score 1-3, their favor. Shots on goal were hard to come by for each team, but with 13:21 left in the half, Taylor Kennedy scored to put the Maids back in the game. The halftime board showed 2-3, with LCHS down only one goal.
The second half began with aggressive offensive play by the Maids, but the defense of the RCB girls was spot on. However, keeper Smith and the LCHS defense were also ready and able, and kept the Lady Eagles out of the goal for the remainder of the game. The only scoring the second period would see was at 2:53, when Kennedy connected on a beautiful shot to finish things off and produce the 3-3 tie.
One of the better games of recent seasons, it was intense from beginning to end and the finish exciting. This match left both LCHS and RBC with identical 7-1-1 records. LCHS Soccer continues the season with South Harrison at home on Monday, 9/22, and road trips to Grafton on Tuesday, 9/23; Bridgeport on Thursday, 9/25; and East Fairmont on Saturday, 9/27.
A four-game home stand begins the following week with games on 9/30, 10/02, 10/06 and 10/07. The Minutemen play at 5:30 and the Maids take the field at 7:30. Come out and support these student athletes as they compete with teams from throughout the region.