Knights close door on Pats’ playoff hopes

ONA — Washington quarterback Matt Harris was sacked five times. Cabell Midland ground out 406 rushing yards in its first round Class AAA football playoff game against the Patriots.

Those numbers and several others told most of the story as the Knights spotted Washington a touchdown and then scored five straight themselves to power their way to a 35-6 win on Saturday in faraway Cabell County.

After Washington’s Colin Gustines had scored in the first quarter on a five-yard dash through a gaping hole, it was mostly Cabell Midland from then on.

The Knights (now 9-2 with a quarterfinal round game at Martinsburg this Saturday) scored 21 points in the second period.

Kasey Thomas opened the Knights’ scoring with his short run.

Midway through the second period, Cabell Midland was on its own four following a Bryan Bayliss punt. On first down, Donte Hendricks broke through the eight-man Washington front and sprinted 96 yards to a score.

Trailing, 14-6, the Patriots faced a fourth down-and-six at the Cabell Midland 41-yard line. A Harris pass was incomplete.

Facing a similar fourth down situation, the Knights sent quarterback Coy Pettit running to his left. Pettit wasn’t stopped. And his 52-yard run extended Cabell Midland’s lead to 21-6 just before halftime.

With Teran Barnitz getting generous running yardage between the ends, the Knights scored twice more in the third quarter. Barnitz sent the Cabell Midland lead to 35-6 with his TD runs of three and nine yards.

Washington, which was limited to 170 yards of total offense on 55 plays, couldn’t score after the first period.

Harris was 13-of-21 through the air for 138 yards. Kendell Smith had six catches for 99 yards. Gustines rushed 20 times for 43 yards.

Cabell Midland’s Hendricks had 140 rushing yards on eight tries, Barnitz rushed for another 104 yards on 14 carries and Thomas ran 14 times for 59 yards.

Cabell Midland fumbled four times and lost two. Washington had no turnovers.

The Knights are 9-2 overall and Washington’s season was closed with it showing a 7-4 overall record.


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