SOUTH WESTON - It took Lewis County a while to get moving, but when the Minutemen got going they lit up the scoreboard for 30 second-quarter points en route to a 55-0 Homecoming win over North Marion Friday night in Big 10 Conference action.
The impressive Lewis defense posted another stellar performance, holding the Huskies to minus 28 yards on the ground, and only 109 yards of total offense. Since giving up 35 points in the season opener against University, the Minutemen have allowed just 40 points in six games.
Getting the offense moving was an issue early in the contest for Coach Eddie Vincent's squad. They did not tally their initial first down until the second quarter.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Lewis County running back Caleb Butcher (10) stretches his way free from the grasp of North Marion’s Levi Cyphers, left, during Friday’s game in Weston.
"We have always been fine with letting our players participate in Homecoming activities, and this is the second-straight year we've come out flat," Vincent said. "But I think the biggest factor was North Marion's staff with Coach (Darin) Hays. He came in with a strong game plan to stop our perimeter running game."
Fullback Mark Metzger scored the first two touchdowns early in the second quarter, crossing the goal line each time from two yards out.
After a safety by the Lewis defense pushed the score to 16-0, Caleb Butcher scored on a 9-yard run.
Quarterback Braden Montgomery hit Skyler Carlton in stride with a 43-yard pass to put the lid on the 30-point quarter.
Butcher added a third quarter score from seven yards and the defense scored when Cam Golden raced 65 yards with a recovered blocked field goal on the final play of the third quarter.
In the final stanza, Butcher scored his third touchdown of the night on 56-yard sprint down the sideline. Dustin Martin's 25-yard interception return as time ran out ended the blowout victory.
"That is the 28th and 29th touchdowns we have had with either defense or special teams over the past five years," Vincent said. "That is something we emphasize and those guys made some plays tonight."
Each team closed the night with 12 first downs, but Lewis County won the total yardage battle 291-109. Butcher led all rushers with 98 yards on 11 carries, while Metzger collected 66 yards on 11 totes. Montgomery closed the night 3-for-6 for 53 yards.
North Marion quarterback Levi Cyphers completed 19-of-36 passes for 137 yards. He worked under heavy pressure, as the Minutemen sacked him eight times. His primary target for the aerials was junior Chase Banker, who hauled in ten catches for 64 yards.
Lewis County improves to 5-2 and will entertain Oak Hill Red next Friday.