Knights seek improvement vs. Parkersburg

August 30, 2018

ONA - Cabell Midland High School’s football team is seeking improvement.

Not that the Knights (1-0) aren’t already good. They are, after all, coming off a 62-0 thrashing of St. Albans. Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons, though, said while he is pleased, he is not satisfied, nor are his players, heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Parkersburg (0-1).

“Sometimes you make big improvements between your first and second games, but the teams that play the best get better every week,” Salmons said. “We should improve every week.”

St. Albans didn’t present the challenge Parkersburg likely will. The Knights held the Red Dragons to fewer than 100 yards and gained more than 600. Senior running back Ivan Vaughn rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on merely seven carries, all in the first half, in a game Cabell Midland led 48-0 with 5:10 left in the second quarter.

“They all did well,” Salmons said of his team’s various units. “We only gave up 100 yards. Ivan ran well. (Quarterback Jayce Gould) threw the ball well. We have things we need to work on, but everybody does. I feel good about our team.”

Vaughn’s performance appears to bode well as Parkersburg surrendered 120 yards rushing to Morgantown’s Ty Konchesky last week in the Mohigans’ 45-35 triumph. Morgantown ran for 251 yards and gained 340 total against the Big Reds, who were without injured star senior tight end/linebacker Brenton Strange, who has 18 major college scholarship offers, including from such top programs as Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame. Strange’s status for this week is to be determined.

Even without Strange, Parkersburg’s offense was potent, gaining 310 yards. Jacob Johnson passed for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Tyler Moler rushed for 123 yards and two TDs.

“They’re a good team,” Salmons said. “They’re a playoff team and they play hard. Mistakes cost them last week, but I expect they’ll get those cleaned up. Strange is a great player. Moler is a good back They’re tough. Every game is tough.”

This week begins a rugged month for Cabell Midland, which entertains Spring Valley next week, followed by games at Hurricane and at Capital.

“Our kids understand that every game is tough,” Salmons said. “We have a good group of seniors. You’re only as good as your seniors.”

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