Jackson's 6-yard TD run with 1:48 remaining in the game lowered the lead to 42-40 and GW called a timeout to set up a potential tying 2-point play. Alexander pitched the ball to Jackson heading right and Jackson pulled up and floated the ball to Giacomo in the end zone, but Midland's Adam Stratton intercepted the ball to end the threat.
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.