WINFIELD,W.Va. -- In an early season Mountain State Athletic Conference battle between powerful Cabell Midland and up-and-coming Winfield, the Knights used their brand of power football to roll over the Generals 63-19 before a packed house at General Stadium Friday night.
Midland, poised at another deep run in the postseason after reaching the state finals last year, ground out 589 yards of offense from their host of running backs to easily put away a confident Generals team that was coming off a big win over Woodrow Wilson.
"I told my kids coming into this game that Winfield has a good team,'' said Knights coach Luke Salmons. "They are coached well, play hard and have a system that they believe in. And anytime we play a good team, we have to get out of the gate well. And we did that tonight.''
Senior running back Kasey Thomas led the Knights with 188 yards on 19 carries, scoring five touchdowns for the game. Senior wingback Alex Childers chipped in with 147 yards on only seven carries.
"They're very physical up front,'' said Generals coach Craig Snyder. "And we certainly couldn't match their intensity. I'm proud of our guys for scoring in the second half but Midland is just a very good team and we have a lot of work to do.''
Cabell Midland began the game by scoring on every possession of the first quarter for a 28-0 lead. The General offense could not get either its passing or running game going as the Knights defense sacked senior quarterback Toby Show five times in the first half and seven for the game.
"Our defense is getting a lot better. They played great tonight and that's what we have to have to compete on a high level,'' Salmons said. "We had our schemes and our coaching staff did a good job with them tonight. They are understanding what they have to do to get better.''
The Generals showed some spark in the second half, scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the first four minutes of the second half. However, they could not match the very strong Knight offensive and defensive line play.
For the Generals, Show threw for 136 yards, hitting on 16 of 31 passes. However the running game never got untracked, producing 19 carries for a negative-75 yards.
For Midland, Coy Pettit completed 6 of 11 passes for 132 yards and two TDs to Childers and Thomas.