Good second half lifts Cabell Midland past WW
ONA — While Cabell Midland’s victory over Woodrow Wilson didn’t quite rival Homecoming queen Sarah Stultz Friday night, to the Knights it was thing of beauty.
Cabell Midland (4-4) defeated the Flying Eagles 28-0 at the Castle as the defense dominated and the offense overcame penalties and turnovers to turn a 7-0 halftime lead into a comfortable triumph.
“We played in the second half the way we should have played the whole game,” Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons said. “Our kids played hard. They played tough. The defense was lights out, giving up zero points, and the offense found a way.”
The Knights, 13th in Class AAA, held Woodrow Wilson (2-5) to 69 total yards, including 24 rushing on 33 carries.
Cabell Midland’s offense found a way, all right, usually straight up the middle with the football in the hands of senior tailback Ivan Vaughn or sophomore fullback Jakob Caudill. Vaughn ran for 256 yards and two touchdowns on 33 attempts. When Caudill wasn’t blocking, he carried 20 times for 112 yards and one touchdown as the Knights gained 438 yards, all rushing.
“He’s played fullback for us the last couple of weeks and has done a good job,” Salmons said of Caudill. “He blocked really well. He was on their linebackers all night.”
The Knights kept the Flying Eagles out of the end zone early, stopping them at the 2 on fourth-and-goal with 7:33 left in the scoreless first quarter.
Cabell Midland took a 7-0 lead, thanks in great part to Woodrow Wilson penalties. The Knights covered 83 yards in five plays and took advantage of three Flying Eagles’ penalties worth 34 yards to go with a 31-yard scamper by Vaughn.
Particularly troubling for the Woodrow Wilson defense was penalty flags thrown for a personal foul, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a face mask penalty on three consecutive snaps, giving Cabell Midland a first down at the 4. One play later, Vaughn bullied his way in for a touchdown as the Knights took a 7-0 lead 5:58 before halftime.
Woodrow Wilson threatened to tie it with two seconds left in the half, but Carlito Carter intercepted a Peyton Shehan pass in the end zone.
Vaughn’s 3-yard TD run at 2:32 of the third quarter boosted the lead to 14-0. His brother, Isaiah Vaughn, scored from the 11 with 7:02 left in the game to make it 21-0. Caudill’s 6-yard rumble up the middle set the score.
“The defense did a really good job,” Salmons said. ”(Cameron) Grobe kicked really well. Special teams were good. We played physical and tough. It’s a good win.”
The Knights hope to use the triumph as a springboard for next week’s 7 p.m. showdown with arch-rival Huntington High at the Castle.