Knights advance to 2nd round
INWOOD, W.Va. — No. 12 Cabell Midland advanced to the second round of the West Virginia Class AAA football playoffs Saturday with a 28-18 victory over No. 5 Musselman and will face No. 4 Spring Valley in the next round.
The Knights (6-5) took advantage of three interceptions thrown by Musselman (8-3) quarterback Chris Fox including a pass picked off with 29 seconds remaining in the game on the Applemen’s final drive that sealed the Cabell Midland win.
Cabell Midland got its offense going early with senior running back Isaiah Duncan scoring on a 52-yard run that capped the Knights’ opening drive. Duncan ran 21 times for 146 yards to back Isaiah Vaughn’s 199-yard, 35-carry effort.
Musselman answered with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Fox to Cam Medler on the ensuing drive. A twopoint conversion gave the Applemen the lead, one of four lead changes on the day. In the second quarter, Michiah Roberts scored on a 5-yard run to give Cabell Midland a 14-8 lead at halftime.
The Knights appeared poised to stretch the lead in the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs after driving from their own 1 to the Musselman 39-yard line. The Applemen then needed just five plays to regain a 15-14 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Tyler Sine.
A Cabell Midland fumble on the ensuing kickoff resulted in Ben McDonald’s 32-yard field goal and Musselman went into the fourth quarter with an 18-14 lead.
Cabell Midland, which rushed for 407 yards, regained the lead when Duncan ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the final period before Jovaun Light’s 31-yard scoring pass to Zach McCoy set the score.
Fox completed 11 of 23 passes for 121 yards.
The K nights play their next game at Spring Valley, a 31-0 winner at home Friday against No. 13 George Washington. Dates and times for second round games will be announced Sunday.
Spring Valley won an Oct. 27 regular season home game against the Knights, 56-28.