Mountaineers rush over FalconsTuscola scores seven times on the ground, finishes with 500 yards in total offense
MILLS RIVER — The winless West Henderson Falcons managed to score the first touchdown of the game and it may have quickly sobered up the Tuscola varsity football team from its hangover from the County Clash.
Confronted with a 6-0 deficit, the Mountaineers’ infamous ground-and-pound rushing attack scored the next 49 points to crush the Falcons, 49-13, in WNC Athletic Conference action Friday night.
The road win improved Tuscola to 7-2 overall, 7-1 for playoff purposes and 4-1 in the WNCAC. West Henderson sunk to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
The Falcons took their only lead of the game after Taylor Geyer hauled in a 35 touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Ball with 8:11 left in the first quarter.
Five minutes later (3:02), senior running back Michael Herbertson plowed in from the one 1 run and Logan Lambert kick the PAT to give Tuscola a 7-6 lead.
From that point, the rout began.
In the second quarter, junior running back Bryce Myers scored on runs of eight and two yards to give the Mountaineers a 21-6 halftime lead.
After the break, senior quarterback Woody Cornwell (4:39) used his legs instead of his arm and scored on an 18-yard run (4:39) and Myers scampered for a two-yard touchdown run to give Tuscola a commanding 35-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers took a 42-6 lead when Herbertson scored on a nine-yard run and junior Houston McCracken (3:54) rushed for a 16-yard touchdown before West Henderson’s Cody Jackson scored on a 40-yard run with 54 seconds left in the game.
For Tuscola, Myers rushed for 167 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, while Cornwell added 123 yards on the ground, 97 yards passing and a rushing TD, and Herbertson contributed a pair of scoring runs and 62 rushing yards.
Tuscola rushed for 403 yards and finished with 500 yards in total offense compared to West Henderson’s 189 yards.
The Mountaineers travel back to Henderson County on Friday, Nov. 1, to play the East Henderson Eagles (0-9, 0-5 WNCAC) before hosting Franklin for the regular season finale at Weatherby Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8.