Wheelersburg enjoys good Knights

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 31, 2003

WHEELERSBURG -- The players have changed, but not the production.

Gone is quarterback and Southeast District Division V Offensive Player of the Year Matt Weaver, who was almost a one-man offense. His replacement is junior Tom Kaskey and, although he might not be asked to do as much, he's trying to match Weaver's impact.

Kaskey ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 68 more yards and another score as the Wheelersburg Pirates knocked off the Cabell Midland Knights 23-7 Friday.

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The Pirates (1-1) had 175 yards on the ground and 243 overall, a jump over last week's total of 178 in an opening loss at Ironton. Still, the defense gave another solid performance by shutting down the Knights the last three quarters.

Midland had 160 yards on the ground and just 32 yards through the air for 192 total yards.

Kaskey started the scoring with a 62-yard keeper with 5:42 left in the first quarter, then booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

After holding the Knights on downs, Wheelersburg found the end zone again with 1:42 left as Kaskey hooked up with Brad Chamberlin on a 12-yard touchdown pass and it was 13-0.

It took Cabell Midland only 15 seconds to respond as John Saunders dashed 47 yards for a touchdown and it was 13-7.

Kaskey put the only points on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 25-yard field goal and it was 16-7 at the half.

While the offense bogged down in the second half for the second straight week, the defense continued to play havoc with the Knights by forcing several key turnovers to squash any comeback hopes.

Brandon Jackson added some insurance to the Pirates lead with a 9-yard touchdown run at the 5:03 mark and Kaskey kicked the point after.

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First Quarter

Wh -- Tom Kaskey 62 run (Tom Kaskey kick) 5:42

Wh -- Brad Chamberlin 12 pass from Tom Kaskey (kick failed) 1:42

CM -- John Saunders 47 run (Nibert kick) 1:27

Second Quarter

Wh -- Tom Kaskey 25 field goal

Fourth Quarter

Wh -- Brandon Jackson 9 run (Tom Kaskey kick) 5:03

Individual Leaders

RUSHING -- Cabell Midland: Saunders 13-84, Midkiff 3-33, Pittman 7-14, Keaton 2-12, Johnson 1-2, Nibert 2-minus 13, Lunsford 3-28. Wheelersburg: Tom Kaskey 22-101, Brandon Jackson 6-49, Alex Peach 1-17, Brian Peach 1-2, Brian Stephenson 9-14, Nathan Timberlake 5-minus 8.

PASSING -- Cabell Midland: Nibert 1-3-0

13, Lunsford 1-11-0

19. Wheelersburg: Tom Kaskey 5-16-0


RECEIVING -- Cabell Midland: Keeton 2-32. Wheelersburg: Chris Webb 2-31, Brad Chamberlin 2-23, Nathan Timberlake 1-3.

South Gallia 42, Green 6

FRANKLIN FURNACE -- The Green Bobcats were their own worst enemy.

Green scored first, but six turnovers helped South Gallia score often as the Rebels posted a 42-6 win Friday night.

South Gallia used the turnovers to generate 324 total yards, including 221 on the ground. The Bobcats had 140 total yards with 114 coming by rushing.

Luke Grabeman ran 12 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 on the clock to put Green ahead 6-0 in the first quarter. But it was all downhill after that as the Rebels scored twice in the second quarter to lead 14-6 at the half, then scored two touchdowns in each of the next two quarters.

Green (0-2) plays at Waterford next Friday.

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