Even in an all-star game such as the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis football classic, the game of football all comes down to who wins those battles in the trenches.
Unfortunately for Ohio head coach Eric Huck and his team, it would be the West Virginia squad that won those battles Friday night in the 20th annual BACF classic as they rolled to a 33-13 victory.
"West Virginia had a very good football team and we just couldn't stop the run," said Huck, the head coach of the Fort Frye Cadets.
JEFF BAUGHAN Special to the Times
Ohio’s Dylan Leffingwell (18), a Warren graduate, looks to pass during Friday’s Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic against West Virginia at Don Drumm Stadium. The West Virginians won 33-13.
"They were just able to control the line of scrimmage and that was the difference."
West Virginia rushed for 253 yards on 46 carries in the game including 128 yards on 21 touches by West Virginia Most Valuable Player and Parkersburg High School graduate Adam Lindamood.
Lindamood scorched the Ohio defense for three rushing touchdowns of four, seven, and one yard respectively.
20th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis
At Don Drumm Stadium
West Virginia 33, Ohio 13
W.Va. 9 7 10 7 - 33
Ohio 0 7 0 6 - 13
W.Va. - Codey Roney 22 field goal 1:33, 1st
W.Va. - Adam Lindamood 4 run (kick failed) 39.5, 1st
Ohio - Chas Miller 3 pass from Dylan Leffingwell (Miller kick) 10:02, 2nd
W.Va. - Lindamood 7 run (Roney kick) 3:12, 2nd
W.Va. - Roney 39 field goal 6:54, 3rd
W.Va. - Lindamood 1 run (Roney kick) 12.1, 3rd
Ohio - Korey Lafferre 40 pass from Leffingwell (kick blocked) 9:07, 4th
W.Va. - Devon Jones 2 run (Roney kick) 4:48, 4th
West Virginia: First downs: 20; Rushes-yards: 46-253; Passing yards: 68; Total yards: 321; Passing: 3-10-0; Punts-average: 2-30.5; Fumbles-lost: 0-0; Penalties-yards: 6-52
Ohio: First downs: 11; Rushes-yards: 18-49; Passing yards: 227; Total yards: 276; Passing: 15-26-0; Punts-average: 4-33.8; Fumbles-lost: 2-2; Penalties-yards: 9-70
West Virginia: Rushing: Team 1-(-1), Tyler Bolen (Parkersburg South) 1-(-2), Adam Lindamood (Parkersburg) 21-128, Jordan Quiocho (Parkersburg South) 13-91, Derek Barnhart (St. Marys) 8-29, Hunter LeMasters (Tyler Consolidated) 1-6, Devon Jones (Ritchie County) 1-2; Passing: Bolen 2-8-0, 29 yards; Trevor Shepler (Ritchie) 1-2-0, 39 yards; Receiving: Alex Doak (Tyler Consolidated) 1-39, J.T. Stephens (Wirt) 1-4, Daniel Plaugher (Doddridge) 1-25
Ohio: Rushing: Team 1-(-9), Chas Miller (Warren) 1-(-7), Dylan Leffingwell (Warren) 8-47, Max Alsbach (Fort Frye) 4-8, Spencer Lang (Fort Frye) 4-10; Passing: Leffingwell 15-26-0, 227 yards; Receiving: Justin Massey (Fort Frye) 2-25, Andrew Vincent (Warren) 3-24, Miller 3-32, Korey Lafferre (Monroe Central) 6-124, Lang 1-22
MVPs: Ohio - Monroe Central's Korey Lafferre; W.Va. - Parkersburg's Adam Lindamood
Fumble recoveries: W.Va. - Barnhart, LeMasters; Forced fumbles: W.Va. - Barnhart, Mack White (Parkersburg South); Blocked extra point: W.Va. - White
Note: Parkersburg's Codey Roney had five unreturned kickoffs.
Overall series: West Virginia leads the all-time series, 13-7.
"Lindamood is a special player and they had several other special players as well," said Huck.
"Turnovers kind of got us behind but we came back and made some big plays. It was just too little too late."
Ohio turned the ball over twice in the opening half setting up a 22- yard field goal by PHS graduate Codey Roney and Lindamood's first score of the game.
A pair of former Warren Warriors got Ohio on the board for the first time when Dylan Leffingwell connected on a three-yard pass to Chas Miller to trim the lead to 9-7 with 10:02 to play in the first half.
Lindamood answered with his second score of the half to send WV to the intermission with a 16-7 lead.
Roney added to the West Virginia lead with a 39-yard field goal with 6:54 to play in the third and Lindamood's 1-yard scamper increased the score to 26-7.
Ohio got it's biggest play of the night when Leffingwell connected with Monroe Central grad Korey Lafferre on a 40-yard touchdown strike to close the lead to 26-13 with just over nine minutes to play in the game.
The combination of Leffingwell to Lafferre was lethal all night long as Lafferree pulled in six receptions for 124 yards to win the Ohio MVP of the game.
Huck, who has witnessed the speedy Lafferre make big play after big play the past four years as rivals in the Pioneer Valley Conference, was glad to benefit from his quickness in the classic.
"He (Lafferre) was quite a weapon out there tonight and having Leffingwell throwing to him the two made quite a pair," said Huck. "It was definitely nice to have him on our side for a change."
Lafferre was thrilled to be chosen to play in the game that featured the best talent in the Mid Ohio Valley.
"It's just such an honor to get to play with all of these great athletes," said Lafferre, who plans to walk on at West Liberty this fall.
"It was a very competitive game. We had a good night and Dylan (Leffingwell) seemed to hit me every time I could get open and it seemed to work well."
West Virginia put things away for good late in the final quarter when Ritchie Countie's Devon Jones burst into the end zone from two yards out to make it a 33-13 game.
Parkersburg South's Jordan Quiocho complemented Lindamood by rushing for 91 yards on 13 carries while St. Marys grad Derek Barnhart rushed eight times for 29 yards.
Leffingwell paced the Ohio side in rushing as he gained 47 yards on just eight carries while completing 15-of-26 passes for 227 yards.
Miller and former Warrior teammate Andrew Vincent caught three passes apiece, while Fort Frye's Justin Massey hauled in a pair of catches for 22 yards.
Huck, though disappointed with the loss, was pleased to have the opportunity to be the head coach of the classic for the first time in his young coaching career.
"It was a fun week and a great opportunity to coach a great bunch of kids," said Huck, who had four former Cadets on the BACF roster.
"For them to keep this game going for 20 years and to be able to get to be a part of it is just quite an honor for a very good cause."
West Virginia now leads the all-time series by a 13-7 mark.