SHINNSTON - This Harley Davis runs low to the ground, has the ability to weave in and around traffic and can take whatever bumps the road to paydirt has to offer.
The Philip Barbour version, a 5-feet, 5-inch senior who is just being just a few letters short of the American classic motorcycle, rumbled for 143 yards and three touchdowns to help his team get its first win of the 2012 season Friday, a 43-14 triumph over Big 10 Conference rival Lincoln.
Of course, no one runs alone, and Davis had his share of company in the rushing column.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Philip Barbour’s Harley Davis, right, escapes the grasp of Lincoln’s John Seibel Friday night in the Colts’ 43-14 win in Shinnston.
Quarterback Dillon Newman ran for 70 yards, Brodon Carpenter added another 50, Dylan Johnson had 20 and Morgan Stalnaker rushed for 15.
"We distributed it well to those backs," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. "If they play together, block for each other and buy into this concept, I think we are pretty good."
The Colts, 1-1, had a fairly simple game plan have long, sustained drives that eat up a lot of time so that Lincoln's talented sophomore quarterback Jarrod Kellar doesn't have a chance to display his talents.
"That was definitely our goal," Bodkins said. "We didn't want him out there with those explosive receivers. Our boys did a great job of putting pressure on him."
The Colts sacked Kellar three times, and at other times forced him to hurry his throws or tuck the ball and run. Kellar completed 11 of his 22 attempts.
After watching Philip Barbour rumble out to a 29-0 halftime lead on touchdown runs by Carpenter, Stalnaker and two from Davis, Lincoln came out of the locker room firing. Kellar threw for 61 yards and ran for another 22 yards to start the second half. He culminated the drive by sneaking in from a yard out to erase the zero off the scoreboard.
Philip Barbour's next series fizzled out, forcing a punting situation. Lincoln's Tyler Drainer blocked the punt, giving his team the ball just 15 yards away from the goal line. The Cougars drove down to the 2-yard line, but Newman pressured Kellar into a bad throw to end the scoring threat.
"That was a nice stop for us," Bodkins said. "That could have been a big momentum swing, putting them down just two touchdowns with a lot of time still left."
With the adrenaline rush of a goal-line stand still pumping in their veins, the Colts used 17 plays and about nine minutes of clock to go 98 yards downfield. Davis plunged in from two yards away to put the game out of doubt.
Johnson added Philip Barbour's final touchdown, a two-yard run with 2:47 remaining in the game, and kicker Tyler Schiefelbein converted his sixth extra-point of the evening to close out the scoring for the Colts. Lincoln added a touchdown in the final 40 seconds, as a scrambling Kellar found Anthony Gemondo at the goal line for an 18-yard scoring pass.
"We played like our backs were against the wall tonight," Bodkins said. "This is one we had to have tonight."
The Colts will return next Friday to host Braxton County. Lincoln, 0-2, travels to Clarksburg the same night to take on Robert C. Byrd.