The Lewis County Minutemen traveled to Liberty High School in Clarksburg on Sunday, Oct. 23, to take on the Clarksburg Panthers in a Mountaineer Youth Football game.
The Minutemen came into the contest looking to snap a five-game losing streak and end the season on a high note. Lewis County had the ball first but a fumble that was recovered by the Panthers would give them the ball.
Clarksburg then went in for a touchdown and conversion run to take a 7-0 lead. Clarksburg then recovered the onside kick and regained possession of the ball. On their first play of this drive, the running back had the ball stripped by Jacob Padgett, who then raced 64 yards for a touchdown. When Ben Putnam ran in for the conversion, the game was tied at 7-7, with 4:17 left to play in the game.
The rest of the first was a defensive struggle, as neither team found the end zone.
Clarksburg had the ball first to start the second half and put together a long drive that came to an end at the Lewis County 17-yard line.
The Minutemen then put together an 11-play, 83-yard drive that was capped off when Putnam ran from 7 yards out, and after the conversion try was no good, the Minutemen had a 13-7 lead, with 5:46 left to play in the game.
The big play of the drive was a 35-yard run by Putnam, while Jesse Kemper set up the goal to try with an 11-yard pick-up.
In an attempt to drive to tie the game, the Panthers made it to the Lewis County drive, but their hopes were ended when Garrett Moats stopped their runner for a 2-yard loss and Lewis County ran the clock to gain the hard-fought 13-7 win, improving their record to 3-6 for the season.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 7 0 0 6 - 13
Clarksburg Panthers 7 0 0 0 - 7
Individual Statistics: Rushing: Lewis County: Jesse Kemper 4-22; Logan Boyce 4-(-6); Ben Putnam 16-89-TD- Conversion Run; Jorrin Baxter 3-3; Totals 28-98
Passing: Ben Putnam 1 of 2 for 3 yards
Receiving: Logan Boyce 1-3
Defense: Ben Putnam 7 tackles 1 assist; McKennon Paugh 1 tackle; Brayden Helmick 3 tackles 1 assist; Damien Smith 2 tackles 1 2 assist 1 fumble recovery; Jacob Padgett 5 tackles 6 assists 1 fumble recovery 1 TD; Lukas Moodispaw 5 tackles; Garrett Moats 4 tackles 2 assists; Logan Boyce 8 tackles 4 assists; Hunter Taylor 2 tackles; Jorrin Baxter 1 tackle 1 assist; Jesse Kemper 3 tackles 1 assist; Jacob Mick 1 assist; John McKibben 3 tackles; Colby Snyder 1 assist; Jacksen Cogar 1 assist; Timmy Ryder 1 assist; Darian Ash 1 assist; Seth Kemper 1 assist; Trevor Padgett 1 assist; Timmy Daugherty 1 tackle 1 assist