On Friday, Sept. 29, the Lewis County Minutemen, fresh off their first win of the season, welcomed the Robert C. Byrd Eagles to South Weston for the 2017 Homecoming game.
Lewis County had the ball first and after gaining five yards on their first two plays faced a third down and five yards to go.
Caden Rohrbough then hit Isaiah Burciago for a 6 yard pass play and a first down. Jacob White then gained 41 yards on the ground the next two plays and Joseph Rubio-Akfred added another 12 yards to set the Minutemen up with a first and goal from the Eagles 8 yard line. Two plays later Burciago found the end zone from eight yards out and after Jared Griffith added the PAT Lewis County had a 7-0 lead with 8:33 left to play in the first quarter.
RCB scored on their possession of the game when Norman Junkins ran in from 30 yards and after the PAT the game was tied at 7-7.
Lewis County was forced to punt on their next possession and RCB made them pay as Malcom Johnson raced 85 yards for a score and after the PAT the Eagles now had a 14-7 lead.
Lewis County pulled close behind two field goals from Griffith one from 27 yards and another from 23 yards and with 3:57 left to play in the opening half the Minutemen were now down 14-13.
Robert C Byrd then would cap off their next drive when Francis Lopez hit Junkins with a thirty three yard scoring strike but the PAT was blocked and Byrd now enjoyed a 20-13 lead with just 44 seconds left to play.
The Eagles then executed a squib kick that Junkins would pounce on and give them good starting position.
Lopez would then find Bryson Lucas for a 28 yard pass as the first half buzzer sounded and when the PAT was added the Eagles had a 27-13 halftime lead.
RCB opened the second half with the ball first and promptly drove down the field and when Ghovan Davidson ran in from 4 yards out and after the PAT Byrd now had a 34-13 lead.
Lewis County took their first possession of the second half 80 yards on 11 plays and scored when Rohrbough hit Joseph Alfred-Rubio for a 10-yard pass and after Griffith added the PAT to make the score 34-20 in favor of the Eagles.
Byrd once again used a big play to answer the Lewis County score when Junkins ran in for a 77 yard touchdown and after the PAT the Eagles were now up 41-20.
The Minutemen would not quit as they scored on their next possession when Cole Barker scored from one yard and Griffith once again added the PAT Lewis County had cut the lead to 41-27.
Byrd kept the scoring going as Johnson ran in from 9 yards out and after the PAT they had a 48-20 lead with 8:27 left to play in the game.
The Minutemen came right back when Jacob White ran in from 10 yards out and after the two point conversion failed the score was now 48-33 RCB with 5:41 left to play.
A successful onside kick got the Minutemen the ball back and they scored again when Rohrbough and Rubio would hook up for a three yard touchdown pass and after another failed PAT the score was now Robert C. Byrd 48 Lewis County 39.
That ended the scoring for the night as Lewis County fell to 1-5 with the loss. Byrd held the edge in total offense 568-383. Byrd had 419 yards rushing and 149 yards passing.
Lewis County had 239 yards rushing with Jacob White gaining 160 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
The Minutemen had 144 yards passing as Caden Rohrbough completed 15 of 25 passes and two touchdowns. Joseph Alfred-Rubio had 6 catches for 66 yards and two scores.
Lewis County will hit the road this Friday night October 6 when they travel to Upshur County to take on their arch rivals the Buckhannon Upshur Buccaneers with a 7:00 pm kickoff.
Score By Quarters
Robert C. Byrd 14 13 14 7 - 48
Lewis County 7 6 14 12 - 39
LC - Isaiah Burciago 8 yard run (Jared Griffith kick)
RCB - Norman Junkins 30 yard run (kick)
RCB - Malcom Johnson 85 yard run (kick)
LC - Griffith 27 yard field goal
LC - Griffith 23 yard field goal
RCB - Francis Lopez pass to Junkins 33 yards (kick blocked)
RCB - Lopez pass to Bryson Lucas 28 yards (kick)
RCB - Ghovan Davidson 4 yard run (kick)
LC - Caden Rohrbough pass to Joseph Alfred-Rubio 10 yard (Griffith kick)
RCB - Junkins 77 yard run (kick)
LC - Cole Barker 1 yard run (Griffith kick)
RCB - Johnson 9 yard run (kick)
LC - Jacob White 10 yard run (run failed)
Team Statistics RCB/ LC
First Downs 22 21
Yards Rushing 419 239
Yards Passing 149 144
Total Yards 568 383
Passing 14-8-0 25-15-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-1
Individual Statistics: Rushing: Robert C. Byrd: Malcom Johnson 12-166; Ghovan Davidson 15-107; Norman Junkins 5-148; Francis Lopez 2-(-2); Totals 34-419; Lewis County: Isaiah Burciago 6-39; Jacob White 24-160; Joseph Alfred-Rubio 4-12; Cole Barker 11-38; Caden Rohrbough 2-2; Team 2-(-12); Totals 49-239
Passing: Robert C, Byrd: Francis Lopez 8 of 14 for 149 yards with 2 touchdowns; Lewis County: Caden Rohrbough 15 of 25 for 144 yards with 2 touchdowns
Receiving: Robert C. Byrd: Andrew Sponaugle 1-23; Bryson Lucas 2-33; Norman Junkins 5-93; Lewis County: Isaiah Burciago 4-22; Jacob White 4-53; Joseph Alfred-Rubio 6-66; Nic Kuhn 1-16