By Joe Sengewalt
For the Times West Virginian
It took just 19 seconds for Preston’s Josiah Nuse to make a big impact for his team against visiting North Marion here Friday night in the annual “Buckwheat Bowl.”
And the Knights’ junior running back never stopped impacting the game.
Nuse, who turned in a spectacular individual effort against the Huskies, returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to give his team the lead for good en route to a 41-14 victory.
The win, Preston’s second in a row, improved the Knights to 2-3 overall and to 2-2 in the Big 10 Conference. North Marion, on the other hand, fell to 0-5 overall and to 0-4 in the league.
Nuse, a 5-7, 152-pounder, finished the contest with an astounding 413 all-purpose yards on just 10 touches of the football. He rushed for a career-high 277 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries – an average 39.6 yards per attempt. He also returned two punts for 43 yards and had the opening kickoff return for 93 yards and a score.
In the second half Nuse touched the football just twice and scored on both of those with TD runs of 77 and 74 yards.
“We’re getting real good at making people state players of the week I guess,” said a disappointed North coach Daran Hays.