Dunn, South Charleston too late for Morgantown | Sports
MORGANTOWN, Va. (WV News) – South Charleston quarterback Trey Dunn threw 300 yards and ran 108 yards with six combined touchdowns to lead the Black Eagles to a 37-28 victory over the Morgantown Mohigans at Pony Lewis Field Friday.
Dunn’s performance propelled the Black Eagles to 478 total yards, each of which proved crucial in helping the visitors to South Charleston overcome 139 penalty yards, and cramping issues throughout that prevented one or the other team to establish a rhythm in a match that lasted more than three and a half hours.
Like South Charleston, the local Mohigans were also victims of a multitude of yellow flags, committing 12 penalties for 117 yards in the game. The biggest mistake for coach Sean Biser’s Morgantown side, however, came in ball safety, as Morgantown put the ball on the turf six times, losing three of those fumbles, which all occurred on consecutive possessions in the second half.
It was Morgantown who set the tone as soon as Hank Marlin knocked out Dunn in South Charleston’s first possession, setting up a 2-yard TD led by Caleb Nutter to give the Mohigans a 7-0 lead after a Jack Grushecky PAT.
The Black Eagles wasted no time responding, as less than a minute later Dunn found Christopher McCorkle with a 69-yard touchdown pass to come close to one at 7-6.
As was the case with the previous possession, MHS took less than 60 seconds to respond, with Nutter providing the spark once again, galloping 53 yards for a touchdown to regain the lead at 14-6.
After both teams traded punters, the Black Eagles regained the lead as Dunn found Duane Harris with a 21-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 left in the first quarter to move closer to two to 14-12. Harris was Dunn’s favorite target that night, catching eight passes for 123 yards and three scores.
Early in the second quarter, Morgantown scored immediately with Jarrett Lawrence, who carried the ball 14 times for 99 yards, ran 51 yards for a touchdown, extending the MHS lead to 21-12 with 11:48 to play in the first half.
South Charleston missed the ensuing kick-off and MHS recovered, but the Mohigans couldn’t take advantage, knocking the ball over into SC territory.
The missed opportunity proved crucial as Dunn and the Black Eagles descended the field, Dunn finding Harris with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 6:23 on the second quarter clock to shoot SC in the three, 21- 18.
After a Morgantown punt, the Black Eagles beat the buzzer at halftime as Dunn threw his fourth TD pass of the night with 2 seconds left, this time finding Mondrell Dean 39 yards to put the Black Eagles in the lead for the first time, 24-21 towards the locker room.
Biser’s Mohigans came out on fire in the second half, scoring on their first possession as Nutter scolded from 5 yards to put MHS back to 28-24. Nutter was the Mohigans’ greatest offensive weapon, running the ball 24 times for 145 yards and three scores in the game.
From there, the Mohigans forced back-to-back punters at SC, but mistakes and missed opportunities kept MHS from putting the game aside. Morgantown returned the ball on the downs and lost fumbles on three straight possessions – the last of two coming into the red zone – and allowed South Charleston to hang around.
The Black Eagles have done more than that, scoring two touchdowns in their last four possessions, Dunn hitting Harris from nine yards to regain the lead at 31-28 with 53 seconds left in the third quarter, then shooting one into himself. eight yards away with 4:35 left in the fourth to seal the deal.
In the game, Morgantown directed the ball effectively, gaining 305 yards on 60 carries. In addition to Nutter’s 145, Lawrence won 99 in 14 races and Broderick Washington rushed for 57 in 12 races.
Quarterback Maddox Bowers completed 3 of 5 passes for 30 yards in the loss.
For South Charleston, Dunn completed 18 of 35 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing the ball 13 times for 108 yards and one score. Alongside Harris’ 123 yards, McCorkle caught six balls for 117 yards and one score, while Mondrell Dean rushed for 68 yards to go with the 39-yard touchdown.
Morgantown will travel to Bridgeport for week 2, while South Charleston will travel to Capital.