The Times West Virginian

Sports

October 19, 2013

Byrd grinds out 21-3 win over Huskies

CLARKSBURG — Robert C. Byrd imposed its will in the second half here last night,  breaking open a tight game with a brutally basic ground attack to defeat North Marion 21-3 in a Big 10 Conference matchup on a clear, chilly evening at Eagle Stadium.

With the victory, the 18th-rated Flying Eagles moved to 5-3 overall and to 5-2 in the league. The Huskies, on the other hand, fell to 1-7 overall and to 1-6 in the conference.

The one-two tandem of junior Elias Grant (17-138), and sophomore Juwan Jones-Wright (12-87) combined for 225 yards on the ground and all three RCB touchdowns, while senior Anthony Helms chipped in with 52 second-half yards en route to a nine-carry, 58-yard performance.

Leading just 7-3 after a 28-yard field goal by Husky place-kicker Dylan Leary midway through the third quarter, RCB scored on its next two possessions, and then proceeded to run out the final 6:16 of the ball game with a kneel-down at the Husky six-yard line.

“Their backs ran with authority in the second half,” said North coach Daran Hays. “They ran with power, and they wore us down a bit in the second half.”

Plagued by poor starts and facing early deficits for most of the 2013 season, North Marion actually put together one of its most impressive drives of the year on the opening possession of the game, only to come up empty. The Huskies drove 77 yards on 19 plays, converting three fourth downs along the way, before Colton Bennett picked off a Chase Banker pass on third-and-goal play from the Byrd 16.

Bennett returned the interception 63 yards to the Husky 31 to set up the first score of the game – a five-yard run by Jones-Wright.

“We pieced together the kind of drive we need to have,” said Hays. “A slow, methodical drive that ate up most of the first quarter.”

After a nine-yard hookup from Banker to junior wideout Andrew Harker on fourth-and-five from the RCB 19 gave the Huskies a first down at the Flying Eagles’ 10-yard line, North lost six yards on its next two plays before the Bennett interception.

“We made some negative plays in the red area that cost us,” said Hays. “We needed to get on the board on that drive.”

Despite not cashing in on its impressive opening drive, the Huskies trailed just 7-0 at halftime while holding a slight edge statistically (92-79) in total yards from scrimmage.

Another momentum shift occurred on RCB’s first possession of the second half. Lining up to punt at its own 48, an errant snap from center to punter Zack Messersmith resulted in a huge loss and a turnover on downs at the Byrd 16.

The Huskies, though, gained only five yards on three running plays before settling for the Leary field goal and their only score of the night.

“That series was a real turning point in the game,” said Hays. “We couldn’t capitalize on their mistake, and they really gained a boost from it.”

Junior tailback Austin Stanley led the Huskies on the ground with 55 yards on nine carries. Banker completed 7-of-9 passes for 35 yards, while freshman quarterback Kyle Elliott completed his only pass attempt for 17 yards.

North Marion returns home next Friday on “Senior Night” to take on 5-2 Lincoln, while RCB hosts Scott on the same evening.

“We know Lincoln will be a challenge,” said Hays. “They can really spread you out with their passing game. They’re having a good year.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • NMHS #28 PITCH -TS.jpg Pitching pushes North past Monarchs in game two of doubleheader: PHOTOS

    North Marion coach Vic Seccuro wanted to send a message to his team, telling them to focus, bear down and grit out a victory.
    After falling 13-8 to Braxton County in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, the Huskies bounced back to beat John Marshall, 4-2, Saturday at North Marion High School.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • EFHS #21-OG #11-TS.jpg Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS

    Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.
    The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • NMHS #14, 21-RC #14-TS.jpg Lady Huskies fall to Ritchie County late, 5-4: PHOTOS

    It couldn’t have happened the way it did even if No. 6 Ritchie County had drawn it up.
    The bases were loaded. There were no outs. And by a swing of bad luck a fly ball was dropped in the outfield as two runs came across to score, propelling the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 9 North Marion in the final game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School Saturday.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier

    You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
    As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.

    April 20, 2014

  • Arrest warrant out for WVU recruit

    West Virginia University’s newest men’s basketball recruit, Tarik Phillip, has an order out for his arrest in North Carolina, according to a story in The Dominion-Post, which said three Gaston County Magistrate office spokespersons confirmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • WVU baseball powers past Oklahoma, 9-5

    The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The win gives the Mountaineers their second Big 12 series win of the season and improves the overall record to 19-16 and 4-7 in conference play. Oklahoma drops to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jackets edge Pens, 4-3, in double OT

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 20, 2014

  • Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over Pirates, 8-7

    Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
    Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.

    April 20, 2014

  • NMHS #14 hit.jpg North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

    A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
    Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Brewers’ Lohse beats Pirates again

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 19, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos