Lewis County couldn't have had a more fitting moniker on Friday night.In fact, the Minutemen needed much less than 60 ticks of the clock to seize control at Joe Eddie Cowley Field in Falling Rock.On its opening drive, Lewis' Caleb Butcher scored on an 8-yard run, and after Hoover's first offensive play resulted in an interception, Chris Gum galloped in from 34 yards out as the Minutemen scored 13 points in 19 seconds and rolled to a 48-7 win over Herbert Hoover.It wasn't just the Minutemen's penchant for quick-strike scores that led to the dominating win. Lewis rolled up 345 yards of offense in the first half while limiting Hoover to 14 yards, one first down and three turnovers."We were able to jump on them," Lewis coach Ed Vincent said. "I know Herbert Hoover is young and they're going to be good, but we were able to get on them early and that's tough for a team to come out of that hole. We had field position, they had some turnovers, but we were able to capitalize on them."In fact, several Lewis County players were able to capitalize as five different players found the end zone, including four members of a balanced backfield that impressed all evening long.Butcher and Gum accounted for the speed while bruising fullbacks Mark Metzgar (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) and Ryan Carson (5-10, 200) brought the thunder.Gum had 68 yards on four carries, all in the first half, and added a 14-yard scoring run while Butcher ran for a game-high 118 yards on 12 carries. Metzgar was next in line with 91 yards on 11 carries, including scoring runs of 3 and 1 yard. Carson chipped in with 50 yards on six carries with a 1-yard touchdown scamper.Add it all up with some late contributions from a few backups and the Minutemen rolled up 351 yards on the ground on just 39 carries, or nine yards a pop."We've got a little bit of speed and we've got some experience there," Vincent said. "We've got the ability to run sideline to sideline with some speed and we've got a fullback that can run up inside, too."
Meanwhile, Lewis' defense matched the offense step-for-step, play-for-play, especially in the first half. Of the Huskies' 16 first-half rushes, eight went for zero or negative yards and Hoover was held to no completions through the air.It's been a tough year for Hoover (0-5), which has lost its last three games by a combined 119 points."That's a real good football team over there," Hoover coach Tim Meyer said of Lewis County. "They have a lot of seniors, they're a big, strong physical football team - you can tell they've been in the weight room."We're down there 41-0 coming out and we came out the second half and played pretty well defensively, and offensively we moved the ball a little bit. Our kids didn't quit and they didn't hang it up. They're good kids and they're going to work hard."To Meyer's point, Hoover outgained Lewis County 151-129 in the second half, culminating in Tyler Americo's 1-yard TD run in the third quarter to end the scoring.
As for Class AAA Lewis (3-2), the Minutemen have only lost to No. 7 Point Pleasant and No. 4 University, both undefeated AAA teams."We were able to execute on offense, block right - we just did everything right the way our coaches told us to do," Metzgar said. "We've just got to get better every week, that's our main goal."Lewis quarterback Braden Montgomery hit on 5 of 9 passes for 123 yards, including an 18-yard scoring throw to Skylar Carlton with just 18.6 seconds left in the first half.Tyler Hoffman led the Huskies with 40 yards on nine carries.Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.