Patriots Clobber Bobcats
Wheeling Park improves to 4-0
CAMBRIDGE — Wheeling Park lit up the scoreboard again Friday night. Alex Dunlevy threw four touchdown passes and Kenya Robinson had another standout game at tailback racking up 194 yards and a score as the Patriots defeated Cambridge, 56-29, at McFarland Stadium.
The Patriots scored every time they had the football, with the lone exception being when time expired in the game.
“Well with the emotional win last week. I was a little worried about an emotional letdown and not taking anything away from Cambridge — I thought Cambridge did a lot of great things,” Wheeling Park coach Chris Daugherty said. “Offensively, I was happy because we executed. It wasn’t beautiful, but we were executing. We were able to create offense and make plays. Defensively, you have to play defense with emotion. You can’t play it without emotion and (Friday), we were just flat.”
The Patriots came out of the gates hot as they scored on an opening drive that was capped off by a Robinson 7-yard score.
However, the Bobcats matched the Patriots. Playing in an up-tempo offense, Cambridge marched right down the field and scored on it opening drive on a Logan Tuttle 7-yard touchdown run. Cooper Kerns’ 2-point conversion made the score 8-7 in favor of the Bobcats with 4:46 left in the first quarter.
“They definitely did,” Daugherty said of Cambridge’s offense catching the Patriots off-guard a bit. “And it slowed us down a bit. And it slowed our D-linemen down. We were a little confused on the back end. We made some changes on the fly. Once we settled down I thought we played better defense, but we had allowed some yardage and some points in the meantime.”
The Patriots got right back to work on their ensuing possession as Dunlevy threw his first touchdown to Devaughn McWhorter from 38 yards out.
It didn’t take long for Wheeling Park to get the ball back as the defense forced and recovered a fumble.
The Patriots made the Bobcats pay as on the first play of the second quarter, Dunlevy found tight end Dustin VanSickle for a score to make it 21-8.
But the Bobcats didn’t throw in the towel. On their ensuing possession, they drove 62 yards on 10 plays and took advantage of three offsides penalties on Wheeling Park to score. Kerns rushed in from 2 yard out.
However, within a blink of an eye, it was a two-score game again. McWhorter took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the house to make the score read 28-15 with 7:21 left in the first half.
“A lot of it has to do, and I told the kids, ‘at times, we’re not doing our jobs,’ “ Cambridge coach Josh Lowery said. “They (Park) do a great job and they’re well-coached. But look how big they are.
”They’re huge. And later as the game went on, their physicality wore on us and they were able to run the ball on us. I know that’s what they wanted to do anyways and they did a good job of it.”
The Patriots tallied 336 yards on the ground, led by Robinson with 194 on 22 attempts. Steven Mitchell also had a solid game with 65 yards and a score right before halftime. Dunlevy racked up 64 yards on nine attempts.
Through the air, Dunlevy completed 10 of 14 passes for 137 yards and the four scores. His final two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as he connected with Carson Namack (15 yards) and Xavier Morris (16 yards).
The Bobcats, though, came out swinging in the third quarter. On the first play of the second half, Trent Valentine scampered in from 68 yards out make it 35-22.
“Like I told the boys, all I ask from them is attitude and effort,” Lowery said. “Just go out there and show you can play. And the way they play their man coverage, I told them, ‘all you have to do is beat one person.’ (Friday), you know, I think we caught them off-guard a little bit because we really haven’t shown any empty formations yet.”
After the Patriots defense stiffened following the Bobcats recovering an onside kick, it was business as usual for the Wheeling Park offense.
Yet another scoring drive ended with McWhorter recovering a fumble in the end zone. As Dunlevy dove and tried to reach over the goal line, the ball was stripped from his hands, but McWhorter hopped on it to widen the margin at 42-22.
Kerns scored the last touchdown for the Bobcats with a 33-yard run. He led the way for Cambridge on the ground (58 yards) and through the air (18 of 34 for 194 and an interception). Valentine hauled in eight receptions for 109 yards to pace the receiving core.
For the Patriots, VanSickle had four catches for 34 yards and a score while McWhorter had two for 49 and a touchdown.
The Patriots improve to 4-0 and have Parkersburg up next.
“It’s special,” Daugherty said. “I don’t think we’ve been 4-0 since 2013. That was a big year for us. We got a tough stretch coming up. We’re going to find out who we are in these next games.
”Next week is a big game and they’re going to continue. I told the kids this whole week, ‘the more you win, the bigger the Friday nights become. If you’re playing poker, we have all the chips on the table now. So every week, every win makes things a little more important.’ ”
Wheeling Park 56, Cambridge 29
Wheeling Park 14 21 7 14 — 56
Cambridge 8 7 7 7 — 29
W — Robinson 7 run (Glass kick), 8:44
C — Tuttle 7 run (Kerns run), 4:46
W — McWhorter 38 pass from Dunlevy (Glass kick), 3:11
W — VanSickle 10 pass from Dunlevy (Glass kick), 11:54
C — Kerns 2 run (Hannon kick), 7:38
W — McWhorter 90 kick return (Glass kick), 7:21
W — Mitchell 5 run (Glass kick), 1:30
C — Valentine 68 run (Hannon kick), 11:40 p.m.
W — McWhorter fumble recovery in end zone (Glass kick), 2:58
C — Kerns 33 run (Hannon kick), 11:31
W — Namack 15 pass from Dunlevy (Glass kick), 8:18
W — Morris 16 pass from Dunlevy (Glass kick), 3:20
Rushing: Wheeling Park 45-326-2td (Robinson 22-194-td, McWhorter 1-10, Mitchell 13-65-td, Dunlevy 9-64, Heller 1-3). Cambridge 26-115-4td (Kerns 21-58-2td, Valentine 4-50-td, Tuttle 1-7-td).
Passing: Wheeling Park 11-15-144-4td (Dunlevy 10-14-137-4td, Heller 1-1-17). Cambridge 18-34-194-x.
Receiving: Wheeling Park (VanSickle 4-34-td, McWhorter 2-49-td, Morris 2-31, Mitchell 1-7, Namack 1-15-td, Hairston 1-7). Cambridge 18-194 (Valentine 9-109, Barlett 3-29, Tuttle 2-21, Moore 2-7, Whaley 3-28).
First Downs: Wheeling Park 21, Cambridge 16.
Penalties: Wheeling Park 2-10, Cambridge 1-5.
Fumbles: Wheeling Park 3-0, Cambridge 3-1.