HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Shane Commodore has kept Morgantown's playoff ship afloat.
The 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior tailback turned in 243 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns to lead the No. 5 Mohigans past No. 4 Huntington 35-14 Friday night in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
A crowd of about 800 at Bob Sang Stadium watched Morgantown win its first game on the road in the postseason since 1996.
Morgantown (10-2) will take on another Cabell County school in next week's semifinals, playing at No. 1 Cabell Midland (12-0) with the date and time to be determined Sunday. The Knights edged No. 8 Spring Valley 28-26 Friday night.
Commodore has carried more of the rushing load since top back Chazzy Thomas was injured in the next-to-last game of the regular season. Commodore, who played wide receiver and only had a handful of carries on the season, was the leading ground gainer in last week's 49-28 opening-round win over Point Pleasant with 153 yards and three scores.
Commodore had 190 yards on nine carries with four TDs at halftime of Friday's win over Huntington. (9-3). He also came up with an interception in the second half from his safety position.
"I honestly didn't think it would be this great,'' said Commodore, "but I give all the credit to the offensive line. They are unbelievable. Their holes were just unbelievable. The first touchdown I had I was untouched and right up the middle. You put anybody behind them and they'll get 100 yards.''
After Huntington took the opening kickoff and moved right down the field to take a 7-0 lead on senior quarterback Mark Shaver's 4-yard run, Commodore scored on the first play from scrimmage for Morgantown, a 78-yard jaunt up the middle, to knot the game at 7-all.
"It just shifted momentum back in our favor,'' Commodore said. "We came back and responded so well. That's why we won that game.''
After the defense forced a fumble, Commodore capped off a 12-play drive with a 4-yard TD as the Mohigans took the lead for good at 14-7. Morgantown's defense then forced the Highlanders to punt on the ensuing possession and Commodore ripped off a 64-yard scoring scamper on the first play from scrimmage for a 21-7 advantage with 7:15 left in the opening half.
Huntington junior running back Charles Crawford's 3-yard TD cut the deficit to 21-14, set up by Shaver's 46-yard run.
Commodore added a score from 3 yards out just before halftime to conclude a 10-play, 70-yard drive as the Mohigans went up 28-14 and carried the momentum with them into the locker room.