Fort Gay, W. Va. — Tolsia senior running back John Wilson scored three touchdowns and the Rebel defense was outstanding in a 32-0 home victory over Richwood in the season opener Friday night at Wilt Salmons Field.
John Wilson breaking into the open field on his way for a 49 yard gain.
The Rebels opened the scoring when Junior QB Jesse Muncy hit Senior Zack Ball for an 11 yard touchdown strike on 4th and 8 with 3:20 to go in the first quarter.
After Tolsia recovered a fumble Senior John Wilson scored from 12 yards out as time expired in the first quarry and then tacked on the two point conversion to make it 14-0.
#66 JoJo Vanhoose, #13 Tanner Copley and #1 Zack Ball lead the Rebels into the field.
Senior Gavin Meadows made it 20-0 after a one yard touchdown with 8:50 left in the first half.
John Wilson scored from 5 yards out to make it 26-0 with :48 seconds left before halftime.
Wilson scored his third of the ballgame when he bulldozed his way in from 1 yard out to set the final score of 32-0 with 2:27 left in the third period.
#22 Devin Stull along with Tanner Copley and John Wilson bring down the Lumberjack ball carrier.
Senior Devin Stull blocked two Lumberjack punts, Meadows recovered two fumbles, Junior Carson Campbell intercepted a pass and the Rebel defense allowed under 100 yards of total offense.
John Wilson carried 19 times for 123 yards, Gavins Meadows 7 times for 63 yards, Freshman Jacob Litton 4 times for 25 yards, Senior Tanner Copley 3 times for 13 yards, Freshman Cameron Ratcliffe 2 carries for 3 yards.
Tolsia was scheduled to go on the road to Braxton Co. this upcoming Friday but as of now the game is off because of the restrictions in Wayne Co.
Tolsia Head Coach Eric Crum
“… This should be our second scrimmage game and usually after the second one you have a lot to work on. We had a lot of mistakes, we will work on that to get it corrected. Our defense was very good tonight, thought we played hard and did a good job communicating to each other as well. We didn’t know a whole lot about that him. It was the first ever meeting between the two schools that I know of so we weren’t familiar with each other. The field was in rough shape after all the rain this week and it affected both teams. It didn’t hurt John Wilson as much because he is a muffed anyway. He runs so hard along with our other backs.”
“… I think the mud slowed them down a little, they try to use bubble screens and get out into the open field, their QB is a good player, and middle linebacker is as well, I think one of their lineman got hurt early on. They have some good pieces to work with and could make some noise this year.”
“… Supposed to go on the road next week but you never know with everything going on. We are just taking it day by day at this point.”