MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Excessive Faculty homecoming celebrations had been halted briefly on Friday evening because the Wheeling Park Patriots marched into Pony Lewis Area and left with a powerful victory over the Mohigans, 26-16, below the lights.
Regardless of holding only a 6-0 lead at halftime, the Patriots (3-2) by no means trailed within the sport and outscored the Mohigans 20-16 within the second half to carry on for an vital victory towards a really sturdy MHS squad.
The Mohigans struggled with penalties and execution on offense whereas permitting the passing assault of the Patriots to blow up for just a few large performs that helped seal the deal.
“We didn’t execute tonight and that goes on me, I didn’t have us ready to play,” MHS head coach Sean Biser stated. “The offense didn’t execute in any respect, I assumed the protection performed properly however you may’t ask them to be on the sector too lengthy and in these type of positions they had been in. We had errors and let some issues slip via our fingers tonight.”
The primary half was a defensive battle, with neither group permitting the opposite an excessive amount of room to function within the open discipline. A number of punts for either side got here early on within the sport, and it wasn’t till the second body that the ice was damaged.
After ending the primary quarter positively, the Patriots drove the sector and punched in from three yards out with sophomore tailback Amare Johnson, who rushed for 115 yards and two scores within the sport, to take a 6-0 lead into the half.
“We stated the following rating was going to be large at halftime,” Wheeling Park head coach Chris Daugherty stated. “It was both going to be 13-0 or 7-6, and we wanted to know how large that rating is and I assumed our group actually responded properly to all the things thrown at them tonight.”
The following rating would go the way in which of WP as Johnson added his second landing of the evening to increase the result in 13-0 with 4:44 to play within the third quarter. The MHS offense didn’t reply properly, going three-and-out in simply 90 seconds of sport time.
The guests capitalized as soon as once more, this time on a 16-yard go from quarterback Aiden Davis to wideout Mykel Davis for one more landing and a 19-0 lead.
The Mohigans would lastly get on the board with below a minute left within the third body when Maddox Bowers discovered Bobby Powell for a 49-yard catch and run to chop the result in 19-8 after three quarters.
After the large landing, the Patriots’ offense responded as soon as once more because the Davis-to-Davis connection reappeared with a 65-yard landing go with 9:53 left to play.
The Mohigans scored shortly on a 17-yard run by AJ Thomas however nonetheless trailed 26-14 with 7:52 left to play within the sport.
A giant cease on protection and an honest punt return by Powell inside Park territory noticed the door cracked open for MHS to maintain the sport fascinating.
The Patriots intercepted a go from Bowers on the one-yard line however gave up a security on the very subsequent play. MHS earned the 2 factors and the ball again on offense trailing 26-16 with 4:48 left within the sport.
As soon as once more, the Park protection stepped up and compelled MHS into a third and 15 by which Bowers gave up his second interception of the sport.
The Patriots would run out the clock and head again residence with a much-needed win after dropping two straight.
For MHS, the schedule doesn’t get any simpler as they are going to journey to East-West Stadium subsequent week for a sport towards Fairmont Senior, earlier than returning residence to face Parkersburg South every week later.
“We higher get able to play subsequent week, that’s it,” Biser stated. “There’s nothing else to it.”
Wheeling Park 26, Morgantown 16
WP 0 6 13 7 – 26
MHS 0 0 8 8 – 16
WP – Johnson run 3 (kick no good)
WP – Johnson run 3 (Seals kick)
WP – M. Davis 16 go from A. Davis (2pt no good)
MHS – Powell go 49 from Bowers (2pt good)
WP – M. Davis 65 go from A. Davis (Seals kick)
MHS – Thomas run 17 (2pt no good)
MHS – Security
Particular person statistics
RUSHING – Wheeling Park: Johnson 28-115-2TD. Morgantown: Nutter 12-50; Thomas 4-24-TD; Ullom 2-(-1); Powell 1-1.
PASSING – Wheeling Park: A. Davis 12-17 188-2TD. Morgantown: Bowers 17-25 252-TD-2INT
RECEIVING – Wheeling Park: Wack 1-4; M. Davis 5-142-2TD; Johnson 2-12; Stephens Jr. 2-21; Maynard 2-9