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Skins defeat Knights 40-10

September 15, 2018

HURRICANE, W.Va. — As the two rivals usually do, Cabell Midland and Hurricane football players met at midfield in pregame and jawed at one another.

For the next 48 minutes, the Redskins backed up their words. Hurricane (2-2) played with a sense of urgency Friday night in an astoundingly dominant 40-10 rout of the Knights (2-2) at Meeks Field.

The Redskins, 21st in the Class AAA state ratings, scored on their first five possessions to build a 33-3 halftime lead over eighth-rated Cabell Midland.

Everything Hurricane tried worked, from field goals to a fake punt. The Redskins outgained the Knights 310 yards to 245 yards and made Cabell Midland all-state tailback Ivan Vaughn work for his 181 yards on 28 carries.

After stopping the Knights in three plays to begin the game, Hurricane took a 3-0 lead on Timothy McCutchen’s 44-yard field goal. On the Redskins’ next possession, Nathan Roy threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Moses, who caught the ball at the 37 and sprinted to the end zone, making it 10-0.

Roy followed with a 25-yard TD pass to R.J. Engel with 1:05 left in the first quarter, and already the

Redskins sensed victory, as Cabell Midland mustered just minus-2 yards on nine plays to that point. The TD was set up by a 17-yard gain for a first down on a fake punt by McCutchen.

The Knights broke through with a Cameron Grobe field goal at 8:43 of the second quarter to pull within 16-3, but even that was hollow, as Cabell Midland twice was called for holding penalties inside the 20 yard line and couldn’t cross the goal line despite driving to the 8.

Any boost the Knights might have received from scoring quickly deflated as Hurricane’s Nate Barham returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to the Cabell Midland 14, and on the next play Christian Hill raced 14 yards for a touchdown to make it 23-3.

Cabell Midland lost a fumble three plays later and Hurricane turned it into a 43-yard McCutchen field goal for a 26-3 lead.

The Redskins struck again 16 seconds before halftime when Roy hit Chase Hager on a slant for a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 33-3.

Roy and Hager connected again on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 9:15 to play to boost Hurricane’s lead to 40-3.

Isaiah Vaughn scored on a 13-yard run for Cabell Midland with 1:05 left in the game to set the score.

Hill was a workhorse, carrying 29 times for 147 yards. Roy, part of a two-QB system until seizing the job Friday night, completed 8 of 10 passes for 143 yards and four touchdowns.

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