"Penalties and turnovers killed us, I'm aware of that,'' said Mohigans coach John Bowers with a sigh.
"Give our kids a ton of credit, though, and give their kids a ton of credit. It was a great football game. Both teams played so hard. I'm just so happy to share this night with our youngsters.''
Momentum swayed wildly back and forth in the first half as Morgantown took a 21-14 lead at the break with three huge plays - a 60-yard TD burst by Commodore, a 31-yard interception return by Alex Weidman and a 44-yard pass to Blaine Stewart by Johnson.
Midland churned out 65 yards on 13 plays, shaving almost five minutes off the clock to go up 7-0 on a Farley 5-yard run. It took the Mohigans 10 seconds to reply as Commodore shot up the middle and into the clear for his TD run.
The Knights got a 63-yard sprint by Gaydosz to the Morgantown 1 to take their second lead at 14-13 on Farley's 1-yard run.
Morgantown went back in front after Jordan Malone picked off a Coy Pettit pass and returned it 13 yards to the Knights 46 in the second quarter.
After each team was hit with a penalty, it took just one play for the Mohigans to take the lead - a 44-yard hookup from Johnson to Stewart, who had worked his way well behind the entire Midland secondary.
Midland missed a golden opportunity to catch up just before halftime.
After a 47-yard Gaydosz punt pinned the Mohigans at their own 1-yard line, Midland got it back and drove 55 yards to the Morgantown 2 - aided by a 29-yard pass from Pettit to Kasey Thomas tip-toeing the sideline - and faced second-and-goal with two seconds, time for one play.
After a timeout, the Knights opted to toss the ball to Gaydosz on a short-side sweep, but he was forced out of bounds inches shy of the pylon by Malone as the half ended.
Midland led in time of possession 16:40-7:20 in the first half and ran 44 plays to Morgantown's 14.
"I'm not lying, I was a little nervous at halftime,'' Farley said. "But we came out in the third quarter and scored and I felt the momentum just rising. I knew we could take it over. I didn't get nervous after that.''
Farley ended with 97 yards on 25 carries as the Knights rolled up 449 yards on 58 rushing plays.
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