Strong first half lifts Webster by TV
MILL CREEK — Webster County jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 39-14 win over Tygarts Valley Friday night at Bulldog Field.
The Highlanders (1-2) received nearly 400 yards rushing from their single-wing offense, added a pair of touchdowns through the air and the defense returned a fumble for a score.
Webster County build its 21-0 lead on a 27-yard pass from Toby Dillon to Luke Hardway just 2:30 into the game, while adding a 25-yard pass from Gage Rose to Caleb Milam and a 66-yard run by Hardway in the second quarter.
A 52-yard scamper by Reece Nutter and a 3-yard score from Dawson Tharp in the thid quarter extended the margin to 33-0.
Tharp then returned a fumble late in the canto to make it 39-0.
The Bulldogs’ offense came to life in the fourth quarter, finding the end zone twice.
With 6:20 left in regulation, sophomore quarterback Josh Bright found Caden Boggs for a 9-yard score. The conversion kick cut the lead to 39-7.
Then, in the final seconds of regulation, Bright connected with fullback Elijah Scott for a 69-yard score and the conversion kick made it a 39-14 final.
Bright finished with 123 yards passing.
Webster County piled up 380 yards on the ground and were led by Hardway with 179 yards on 10 carries.
Daniel White, meanwhile, went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time to open the season for Tygarts Valley.
The sophomore tallied 149 yards on the ground on 22 totes.
Zach Currence also had an interception for the Bulldog defense.
Tygarts Valley, now 1-2, will be idle next Friday before traveling to Clay-Battelle on Sept. 21.