Midland recovered the ensuing onside kick and Childers zipped down the left sideline from his own 48 to the end zone, allowing Knights fans to finally breathe a sigh of relief.
"I don't know if they adjusted or what,'' Salmons said. "That's just how it went. We came out strong, then they came back. It's just a good high school football game.''
GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. wasn't downbeat following the game, as his players nearly made up the 28-point deficit in a stirring comeback despite allowing 410 rushing yards, a pick-six and eight quarterback sacks.
"That's the name of the game,'' Edwards said. "That's why they coach them and why we coach ours. We made a game of it. The kids did a good job.
"We gave up a few early points and made it real tough on ourselves, but I'm really proud of the effort we gave tonight. We did a nice job of hanging in there. We had our chances, but we kept giving them things too many times, too often. They're too good a team to give things to.''
Alexander hit on 6 of 16 passes for 173 yards, including the two TDs to Giacomo. Thomas attempted only one pass, but completed it for a 30-yard touchdown to a wide-open Childers standing in the end zone.
Also for Midland, Justin Leggett intercepted an Alexander pass in the flat and returned it 26 yards for a TD in the first quarter and also blocked a Reed Deer 25-yard field goal try.
The Knights led 35-14 at halftime, fueled by TD bursts of 67 yards by Hendricks and 72 yards by Barnitz and a 64-yard gallop by Thomas to the GW 1-yard line, which set up the game's first score.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.