By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Examiner –
A ground game of nearly 300 yards accompanied with 14 defensive sacks enabled Moorefield to annihilate Tucker County 33-14 last Friday at Yellow Jacket Field.
“I told them to just go out and play Moorefield Football. We were going to dominate up front. We were going to stuff it down their throats. That is exactly how we planned it. You’ve got to love football games like that,” Moorefield Coach Josh See remarked.
“The only thing you could have taken out of the script was all the fumbles. That was kind of a new thing for us and we were still able to overcome adversity. I think they got one score off that fumbled kickoff. We were able to hold them the other couple times. The onside kick got us and that’s just a mental mistake by the guys up front. We overcame it and were lucky enough to come out with a win.”
This game was a revenge for last season’s big loss.
“It’s great [win], but in the bigger scheme of things beating Tucker County tonight is huge. They are going to win a lot of football games and get us a lot of points. That is a big thing for the playoffs I wasn’t worried when they tied it, I knew all we had to do was get the ball. They hadn’t stopped us and our punt team never went on the field. I knew they couldn’t stop us, our boys were too strong up front. They made things work that we were doing and we were successful. Whatever we did, we didn’t have very many negative plays at all,” Coach See commented.
The domination of the game came later as Tucker County (3-1) started with the momentum, but the Yellow Jackets (3-1) rose from the destruction.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one. Josh [See] has a good team. We have a young team. We knew coming in we had to get past our first three and it was going to be a dogfight here. Our guys are up for it, we don’t have a true rivalry. We are up for every game, but we just ran into a buzz-saw tonight,” Tucker County Coach A.J. Rapp said.
“They had a pile of yards against us. We knew with the misdirection it was going to be trouble. Congratulations to Moorefield, Coach See had his team ready.”
The opening kickoff was fumbled and recovered by Tucker County’s Isaac Cole at Moorefield’s 39 yard line.
The Mountain Lions possession utilized only nine plays with quarterback Seth Underwood scoring on a one yard keeper with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter and Michael Callaway added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Most of those plays were carried out by Zachary Armstrong.
Moorefield’s Matt Dolan returned the kickoff 30 yards to the 42 yard line.
Wil Schoonover took the initial handoff four yards, then Colton Bramsen added two carries for 13 yards.
Shane Myers caught a pass from quarterback Dakota Vetter for nine yards.
Two plays later, Schoonover moved the Yellow Jackets into the red zone on an 18 yard carry.
Unfortunately, Bramsen fumbled the ball on the next play and the Mountain Lions recovered at the ten yard line.
Tucker County picked up two first downs including a 20 yard strike to Dusty Conrad on third and 11.
Moorefield’s Wil Schoonover sacked Underwood on the last play of the first quarter and the Mountain Lions punted to start the second quarter.
Tucker County’s Daniel Kisemore pinned Moorefield at the nine yard line with the punt.
The Yellow Jackets got breathing room quickly as Schoonover bumped off a would-be tackle on a 32 yard gain.
Another carry and an offsides call moved the ball to midfield, then Schoonover picked up 28 yards.
A carry by Vetter put the Yellow Jackets in the red zone at the ten yard line.
Two plays later, Bramsen rushed the ball into the end zone from the seven yard line and Kevin Ramirez added the extra point to knot the contest at 7-all (8:44)…