PARSONS- Class A, No. 5 Tucker County controlled both lines of scrimmage to roll past No. 10 Moorefield 44-13 Friday night at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field.
The Mountain Lions held a 381-176 advantage in total yardage and took control early against their PVC rivals, scoring on four of their first five possessions in building a 24-7 halftime edge.
Austin Zirk rushed for 128 yards and scored three touchdowns to pace Tucker County.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Tucker County’s Mikhail Lewis celebrates with his teammates after the Mountain Lions’ 44-13 win over Moorefield.
Quarterback Derek Nestor added 75 yards on the ground on 14 attempts, while completing 9-of-12 passes for an additional 132 yards.
Nestor started the scoring by hitting Nathaniel Goldstein for an 18-yard connection on the Mountain Lions' opening drive of the evening to make it 7-0.
Zirk then scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 2-yard burst, extending the lead to 14-0.
Tucker County made it 21-0 with 6:15 left in the first half as Nestor found Goldstein for 10 yards. Goldstein finished the game with three receptions for 48 yards.
The Yellow Jackets answered on their ensuing possession when Adam Snyder found Logan Taylor for a 9-yard connection, cutting the deficit to 21-7.
The Mountain Lions tacked on a 26-yard field goal by Michael Callaway as time expired in the first half to take a 17-point cushion into the intermission.
The third quarter was scoreless but Tucker County blew the game open in the fourth quarter on a pair of big plays and a special teams miscue by Moorefield.
After the Yellow Jacket punter was brought down on his own 26-yard line after a low snap, Zirk scored six plays later on a 6-yard run just 12 seconds into the final quarter, making it 31-7.
Zirk, who also had two catches for 47 yards, later sprinted past the Moorefield defense for a 68-yard touchdown run to break the game open at 38-7.
Mike Pultz added a 4-yard touchdown run for the Yellow Jackets.
Mikhail Lewis ended the scoring in the contest when he broke free for a 57-yard scamper for Tucker County.
Colton Bramsen led the visitors with 71 yards on 16 attempts. Pultz added 65 yards on 12 tries.
Moorefield (2-2) returns home next Friday to face Warren County. Tucker entertains Philip Barbour on the same evening.