The 2017 Lewis County Minutemen hit the road on Friday; Sept. 15, when they traveled to Flatwoods for a non conference match up against the Braxton County Eagles.
The Minutemen came into the contest at 0-3 were seeking their first win of the 2017 season while the Eagles came in with a record of 1-1.
One of the four sections of lights blew out and would not come on again until in the first quarter. Braxton County received the opening kickoff and saw their initial series last just one play as they would fumble and Ryan Metzgar would recover the pigskin for the Minutemen.
Lewis County ran just three offensive plays in their opening drive and Jared Griffith came on for a 39-yard field goal attempt. Griffith’s attempt was no good and the game remained scoreless.
It would remain that way until the second quarter when Lewis County got on the board first when Jacob White raced 61 yards for a touchdown and Griffith addedd the PAT and Lewis County had a 7-0 lead with 9:40 to play in the opening half.
Braxton County would answer right back when they score on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Heath Cottrill to Tayton Stout and when Cottrill hit Aidan Watson for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 8-7 lead with 8:41 seconds left to play in the first half. After forcing a Lewis County punt Braxton County was on the move again and the section of lights would go out again would go out again.
So the game officials took the ball to the lighted end of the field and Braxton County would score again when Seth Arnold ran in from 17 yards out and Braxton County had a 14-7 lead after the two point conversion was no good. That was the score as the two teams went into the halftime break.
As the halftime activities ran down there was good news as the lights that were out came back on and another section would go out and would not come back on the rest of the game.
Lewis County had the ball first but were forced to punt the ball back to the Eagles. Cottrill would set up a first and goal to go when he hit Stout for a 35 yard completion.
Arnold would extend the Eagles lead with a 5-yard run to make the score 20-7. Levi Brown had big kickoff return to put Lewis County in Braxton County territory and they took advantage of it as White would gain all 42 yards on the drive and score on a 6-yard touchdown run and when Griffith booted the PAT Lewis County was now down just 20-14.
Lewis County’s defense would then hold the Eagles to a punt which they would fake and attempt a pass that was incomplete and Lewis County had great starting field position at the Braxton County 28 yard line.
The Minutemen however could not capitalize and the Eagles would hold on to take a 20-14 win to improve to 2-1 on the season while Lewis County fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Braxton County held the edge in total offense with360 yards to 209 yards on total offense. Braxton County had 211 yards rushing and 149 yards passing. Lewis County had 200 yards on the ground and 9 yards through the air.
Jacob White led the Minutemen with 164 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. Lewis County will be back in action this Friday night as they will travel to Preston County for a Big Ten Conference game against the Preston Knights at 7:30 p.m.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 0 7 7 0 - 14
Braxton County 0 14 6 0 - 20
LC - Jacob White 61-yard run (Jared Griffith kick)
BC - Heath Cottrill pass to Tayton Stout 10 yards (Cottrill pass to Aidan Watson)
BC - Seth Arnold 17-yard run ( run failed)
BC - Arnold 5-yard run (run failed)
LC - White 6-yard run (Griffith kick)
Team Statistics LC BC
First Downs 7 19
Rushing Yards 200 228
Passing Yards 9 149
Total Yards 209 360
Passing 12-3-0 23-10-0
Punts- Avg. 5-37.4 5-33.6
Penalties- Yards 3-30 6-30
Individual Statistics: Rushing: Lewis County: Jacob White 24-164; Isaiah Burciago 6-28; Cole Barker 2-7; Joseph Alfred-Rubio 3-6; Caden Rohrbough 2-(-5); Totals 37-200; Braxton County: Seth Arnold 24-189; Aidan Watson 2-15; Heath Cottrill 8-24; Justin Paletti 2-(-1); Team 2-(-16); Totals 38-211
Passing: Lewis County: Caden Rohrbough 3 of 12 for 9 yards; Braxton County: Seth Cottrill 10 of 23 for 149 yards with 1 touchdown
Receiving: Lewis County: Isaiah Burciago 2-7; Joseph Alfred Rubio 1-2; Braxton County: James Green 1-19; Tayton Stout 3-52; Seth Arnold 2-48; Chris Truesdale 1-20; Aidan Watson 2-14; Marcus Cooper 1-6