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Midland Trail tames Wildcats, 45-12

Bryan Walters bwalters@civitasmedia.com

October 26, 2013

ASHTON, W.Va. — Visiting Midland Trail racked up 422 yards of total offense and scored 32 first half points in a dozen plays Friday night en route to a 45-12 victory over Hannan in a Week 9 non-conference gridiron matchup in Mason County.


The host Wildcats (1-7) took an early 6-0 lead after Charles Mayes returned the opening kickoff 73 yards to paydirt, but the Patriots countered with four consecutive scoring drives of five, two, one and three plays — giving the guests a comfortable 26-6 advantage 14 seconds into the second quarter.


Hannan responded with its longest drive of the night, a 13-play, 78-yard series that had two successful fourth down conversions along the way. Matthew Wallace capped the drive after hauling in a 40-yard scoring pass from Adam Wilson, making it a 26-12 contest with 3:36 left until halftime.


MTHS — which scored touchdowns on its first six drives of the game — converted its fifth and final possession of the first half into points less than a minute later, as the guests rumbled 55 yards in two plays to secure a 20-point intermission edge. Christian McGuire capped the drive with a 54-yard scamper at the 2:38 mark for a 32-12 advantage.


The Patriots (4-4) accumulated 257 yards of total offense in the first half, which included a whopping 213 yards on the ground. HHS, conversely, amassed just 80 yards of total offense in 29 plays, with half of those 80 yards coming on the Wallace TD reception.


Tristan Minor hauled in a 6-yard pass from Glen Neal at the 7:13 mark of the third, capping a 7-play, 75-yard drive that gave Midland Trail a 38-12 cushion headed into the fourth. Jason Ellison tacked on a 3-yard scoring run at the 8:05 mark of the fourth, ending a 12-play, 72-yard drive that wrapped up the scoring at its final 33-point margin.


Ryan Wilson scored on a 36-yard run at the 9:35 mark of the first to knot the game up at six, then Neal found Austin Burdette on a 44-yard scoring pass at the 6:19 mark for a permanent lead at 12-6. Ellison wrapped up the first quarter scoring at the 2:22 mark following a 41-yard scamper to paydirt — making it 18-6 after 12 minutes of play.


Wilson added his second scoring run of the night on the opening play of the second canto after rumbling 64 yards for a 26-6 lead with 11:46 left until halftime.


The Patriots accumulated 310 more yards of total offense in the game, as the Wildcats produced just 112 yards on the night — including a dismal 66 rushing yards on 35 attempts. MTHS finished the evening with 372 yards on the ground in 34 attempts.


Midland Trail claimed a 13-7 edge in first downs and was penalized three times for 20 yards, while the hosts were flagged just once for five yards. Both teams also committed one turnover in the contest.


Wallace led HHS with 38 rushing yards on eight attempts, followed by Charles Mayes with 18 yards on seven totes. Wilson finished the night 4-of-8 passing for 46 yards, throwing one TD and one interception. Wallace led the wideouts with three catches for 38 yards and a score.


Wilson led the Patriots’ ground game with nine rushes for 181 yards and two scores, while McGuire added 96 yards and a score on 10 carries. Neal finished the night 2-of-3 passing for 50 yards, throwing two TDs and zero interceptions. Burdette and Minor each hauled in one pass for 44 and six yards, respectively.


Brandon Arthur recovered a fumble for the Hannan defense, while McGuire picked off a Wilson pass late in the opening stanza. Both teams fumbled five times each throughout the evening.


Hannan returns to action Friday night when it hosts Montcalm in a Week 10 gridiron matchup at 7:30 p.m.