SPRING MILLS — The lights went out at Spring Mills prior to kickoff between Morgantown and the Cardinals, causing about an hour and a half delay in what was one of the most important Class AAA on the schedule Friday night with both teams fighting for their playoff lives.
When it was all said and done, it was Spring Mills’ lights that remained out as the Mohigans (5-5) were able to get out with a 49-13 blowout road win to likely secure a playoff spot.
Coming into the game at No. 14, MHS needed a win to hold off SMHS, which was right behind the Mohigans in the WVSSAC playoff ratings at No. 16.
Originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m, the game was delayed until about 8:30 p.m. due to a power outage at the football stadium. Once the lights came back on, the teams decided to skip warmups and get right to it. Halftime was also reduced from 20 minutes to 10 to speed things up.
Peyton Johnson scored his first of three touchdowns in the first quarter to put MHS up 7-0 early, but the Cardinals (4-6) answered immediately with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Jameer Hunter.
Bobby Powell scored later in the first quarter to put the Mohigans up yet again at 14-7, but Alex Eaton was about to score for Spring Mills. However, the Cardinals missed the extra point and were never able to tie or gain the lead again.
MHS scored the next 35 points, all on touchdown runs from Caleb Nutter, Jarrett Lawrence, Johnson and James Hoskins.
As a team, the Mohigans ran for 384 yards, led by Johnson’s 147. Nutter had 85 yards, while Lawrence at 56.
Defense, MHS held the Cardinals to just 172 yards of total offense — 62 on the ground and 110 through the air. SMHS quarterback Max Anderson completed just 5 of 19 pass attempts.
Next for the Mohigans, they await their playoff seeding and will likely play a road game to open the postseason next week. They missed the playoffs last season in coach Sean Biser’s first year with the program.