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Ground Game, Defense lead Cabell Midland Past Rival Huntington

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(photo: Tom Bragg)

Cabell Midland opened its season with a lopsided win last week, and on Friday the Knights’ opened their defense of the Mountain State Athletic Conference title the same way.

Midland’s running attack and defense dominated Cabell County rival Huntington in a 42-7 win in Ona as four different Knights scored rushing touchdowns and the defense held the Highlander offense to zero points.

Quarterback Jaydyn Johnson and running backs Jackson Fetty (twice), Jakob Caudill (twice) and Isaiah Vaughn each found the end zone on the ground Friday for the Knights.

Midland (2-0) jumped out to a 28-0 lead on Fetty’s second touchdown of the game before Huntington’s Devin Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. The Knights moved down the field fast on the following possession. Caudill pounded his way though the line with 10 seconds left in the second quarter for his second touchdown of the evening to give Midland a 35-7 lead at the break.

Cabell Midland ran 11 plays that gained at least 10 years in the first half Friday. Huntington, meanwhile, ran nine plays total in the first two quarters.

The third quarter started on another down note for the Highlanders (0-2) as they fumbled the kickoff. Two plays later Cabell Midland was in the end zone again, this time it was Vaughn’s turn from two yards out to set the final score early in the half.

WVSN spoke to Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons and Huntington coach Billy Seals following the game. Watch video of those interviews below.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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