Strong second half propels Golden Knights past Bobcats

Summers County's Christian Pack (14) is tackled Mount View's Elijah Barner (30) and Jasauni Sizemore (12) during their high school football game Thursday in Hinton. (Chris Jackson/The Register-Herald)

hinton — Larry Thompson knew his top-rated Mount View squad had the ability to outlast Summers County.

It was just a matter of staying close early.

The Golden Knights did just that, overcoming two first-half touchdown passes before dominating the rest of the way for a 34-13 victory Thursday night at Garten Stadium.

Summers belied its winless start early with some impressive drives. But it was all for naught as Mount View (4-0) established complete domination.

“Summers has guys who are tough as nails — big name players like Christian Pack and Marcus McGuire who can play,” Thompson said. “We have a little more depth and were in a little better shape, and it showed at the end of the game.”

While many questioned whether Summers could handle the Golden Knights’ speed, early on it appeared the bigger question was could Mount View handle Pack.

Quarterback Tim Persiani found Pack twice with passes on its opening 54-yard drive, for 18 and 12 yards. The second, combined with Jonathan Angell’s PAT kick, put the Bobcats up 7-0 at the 6:33 mark of the first quarter.

Mount View began to fight back early in the second period. One drive ended with an interception, but the other found paydirt on a 20-yard run by Tyyoun Powell. Justin Haggerty’s kick tied the count at 7-7.

Summers wasted little time in answering the score. Persiani passed his way downfield, then after some runs went nowhere, found Pack again from 18 yards out. A failed 2-point run left the score at 13-7.

Thompson made some changes at halftime.

“Our linebackers started getting back into coverage and getting into those windows,” he said. “It made a big difference.”

That was an understatement.

Pack caught just one more pass, Persiani had just two completions in seven tries and was intercepted once.

Meanwhile, Mount View’s front line wore down the Bobcats and stopped their running game cold.

Pack ran for just 21 yards in the final two periods and had just 47 for the game. Running backs McGuire and Sam Wykle both ended with zero yards, and Markis Crawford had just 16.

Mount View got rolling with 12-, 10- and 56-yard TD runs by Elijah Barner and a 25-yard run by Powell.

Barner ran for 165 yards while Powell gained 165 yards. Teammate Terry Headen added another 104 yards.

“We had a good game plan, but it wasn’t quite enough,” SC coach Chris Vicars said. “It was the story of our season so far. We play pretty good in the first half, but can’t seem to hold on.

“We played hard. A lot of guys play both ways and it creates some issues for us.”

Summers will travel to Greenbrier West next Friday. Mount View will play its first home game of the season that night, hosting Webster County.

MV (4-0): 0 7 8 15 — 34

SC (0-3): 7 6 0 0 — 13

First quarter

SC: Christian Pack 12 pass from Tim Persiani (Jonathan Angell kick), 6:37

Second quarter

MV: Tyyoun Powell 20 run (Justin Haggerty kick), 6:54

SC: Pack 18 pass from Persiani (Run failed), 3:32

Third quarter

MV: Elijah Barner 12 pass from Jesse Rose (Run failed), 7:33

MV: Powell 10 run (Kick failed), 2:21

Fourth quarter

MV: Barner 57 run (Micah McLaughlin pass from Rose), 7:26

MV: Powell 25 run (Haggerty kick), 1:42

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING: MV Barner 17-160, Powell 11-104, Terry Headen 9-92, Rose 2-(-4); SC: Pack 10-47, Persiani 6-(-22), Marcus McGuire 7-0, Samuel Wykle 4-0, Markis Crawford 6-16.

PASSING: MV Rose 5-7-1, 77; SC: Persiani 10-18-1, 142

RECEIVING: MV Marquis Ray 2-54, Barner 1-13; SC: Pack 5-87, Keandre Sarver 2-33, Trent Meador 1-12, Wykle 1-10, McGuire 1-5

TAKEAWAYS: MV Matthew Thompson (int.); SC: Brandon Adkins (int.)

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