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Mohigans cruise past Tigers, 35-10

Matt Saab throws four TD passes to power Mohigans

September 5, 2009
By JOEY KITTLE Sports Correspondent

Matt Saab threw for 241 yards and four scores as Morgantown claimed a 35-10 win over Elkins Friday night in NCAC action at Wimer Field.

The Mohigans, coming off a season-opening loss to Wheeling Park, led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-3 at the intermission.

"We just had too many breakdowns in the secondary," said Elkins coach Greg Hott, whose team dropped to 0-2. "I thought our front seven (on defense) played well and we did a good job of stopping the run, but the big pass plays hurt us."

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TIED?UP?— Elkins High School Markus Cassiday gets hauled down by Morgantown’s Anthony Vecchio, left, and Tom Jaworski Friday night in North Central Athletic Conference action at Wimer Stadium. The Mohigans went on to post a 35-10 victory in the contest.

Saab started the scoring in the first quarter on a 13-yard pass to tight end Nathan Columbo, who had three catches for 70 yards on the night. Columbo had a 45-yard reception on the march.

The Mohigans struck again late in the canto when Christian Allen capped off a short 29-yard drive with a 3-yard plunge.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 14-3 in the second quarter when Cory Broughton connected on a 37-yard field goal that was set up by Jerry Wilson's 72-yard kickoff return.

But Morgantown answered with two second-quarter scores as Saab hit Derrick Griffith from 30 yards out and then found Anthony Vecchio for 23 yards with just 1:44 left in the half.

The Mohigans closed their scoring on Saab's 22 yard strike to Griffith with 5:53 left in the third before the reserves finished the game.

Elkins added a 2-yard score from Chris Boatwright with 11:16 left in the game.

"We just didn't execute on offense for all four quarters," Hott said. "We made some halftime adjustments that seemed to work well but we have to be more efficient from the start."

The Tigers finished with 107 yards rushing but just 10 yards passing as three different quarterbacks saw action. Joey Badgett had 44 yards rushing, while Nic Hammond added 37.

"We had some injuries that forced us to switch some players around in the backfield," Hott said.

Morgantown tallied 160 yards on the ground, most of which came in the second half. Vecchio had 46 yards rushing and collected another 53 yards receiving on three catches. Allen chipped in with 51 yards receiving and Evan Hamilton had 44 yards on the ground.

Badgett had an interception and fumble recovery on defense for the Tigers, while Wilson also had a pickoff.

Elkins travels to Preston next Friday.

, while Morgantown visits Fairmont Senior



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