ONA, W.Va. - David Gaydosz found yards tough to come by Friday night against an inspired, physical Spring Valley team, but the Cabell Midland star couldn't be kept penned up all night.
With two long runs, he essentially took down the Timberwolves. He had lots of help from his fellow Knights, but his 48-yard touchdown run and 57-yarder to set up another gave Midland a 28-26 victory in a thriller before an overflow crowd at "The Castle."
Top-seeded Midland (12-0) survived 155 yards by Spring Valley's Ryan George and 152 yards by Elijah Wellman, with Wellman scoring three times and George once on a 34-yard run.
Both teams scored four touchdowns, but Nicholas Boone blocked an extra point and Tyler Hayes stonewalled Wellman on a 2-point conversion with 6:48 left. After that, defensive lineman Cameron Gould led a charge that didn't give the Timberwolves (9-3) another chance.
But the highlight reel belonged to Gaydosz, who rushed for 179 yards despite having an early 58-yard TD run called back by a penalty.
Midland was down 20-14 after Wellman's 5-yard run, set up by consecutive George runs of 16 and 24 yards, and had to respond.
On third-and-5 at the Spring Valley 48, Wellman turned a toss sweep into a winding journey through the Wolves' defense. He appeared to be finally penned in inside the 10-yard line, but made a juke to change directions to the left.
Or so a defender thought. As quick as Gaydosz looked left, he went right instead for the score.
That gave Midland a 21-20 lead, and Spring Valley started driving again, thanks to a 22-yard pass from Tyler Brown to William Evans - a trick play in a game with just eight passes. But the Wolves committed a holding foul to negate a long George run, and Brown threw an interception to Stephen Matthews on third-and-18.
Midland took over on its 7 and picked up a first down to end the third quarter. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Gaydosz struck for his 57-yard run to the Spring Valley 17, pinballing his way through at least six frustrated defenders.
"Oh, man, if I would have cut it back one more time, I would have scored," he said. "I should have planted my foot, but I kept my legs moving. The guy grabbed my jersey and I kept my legs moving. These are my money-makers [points to legs], and I've got to take care of them."
Lowell Farley, who had his own 58-yard TD run early in the game, covered the final yard for his third touchdown, giving Midland a 28-20 lead with 9:30 left. Farley finished with 127 yards.