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Blue Devils top Waves, 35-20

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Inman rushes for 183 yards to lead Devils

By Brownie Rose

In a  closer game than some expected, the Harriman Blue Devils used a second half rally to pull away for a 35-20 victory over Midway.

Midway had the game tied at 14 at halftime and came up inches short of taking the lead in the third quarter, but Harriman stopped Midway at the three-inch line and then turned the game around when they punched the ball out of the hole and scored on a 76-yard run by Dimitrique Inman. 

Midway drove again to the Harriman 28 after the kickoff, but ran out of downs. Harriman scored again early in the fourth quarter to take control at 28-14.

The two teams traded late touchdowns to leave the final score of 35-20.

Midway head coach Craig Moser had the right game plan in place when he tried to control the ball as long as possible. The plan worked perfectly after the opening kickoff.  

Midway struck first Friday as the Green Waves used a 30-yard kick return from Larry Risner to set up shop at the Blue Devil 39 yard line.

Nine plays later, Midway QB Thomas Viar scored on a three-yard run to give the Green Waves the early lead.

Viar had kept the drive alive earlier by finding Dillon Davidson for a 21-yard gain on fourth-and-seven.

Risner added the PAT to make the score 7-0.

Harriman, however, answered with a score on their first drive as the Blue Devils put together a nine-play, 69-yard drive that ended with Brandon Williams scoring from six yards out. 

Williams carried three times in the drive for 38 yards.

Tyler Dishman added the PAT to tie the score at 7-7 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.

Harriman's defense forced a Midway punt following the score then the Blue Devils took the lead with another long drive as this time the Devils marched 84 yards in nine plays with Inman scoring on a four-yard run to give the Blue Devils a 14-7 lead with 6:39 left in the opening half.

QB Mark Chesser had a couple of big plays in the drive as he completed a 24-yard pass to Williams and a 16-yard pass to Lucas Lunsford.

Midway made a their only mistake of the game on the first play after the kickoff as Viar tried to pass, but was picked off by Harriman's Hunter Crass.

Following an exchange of punts, Midway got that turnover back as Green Wave DB Jake Parkison picked off the pass and gave the Green Waves the ball at the Harriman 47.

Viar and Davidson went to work quickly as they hooked up on a pair of passes that moved the ball to the Harriman five. Harriman added to the drive with a personal foul penalty then after Viar spiked the ball to stop the clock, Risner rammed into the end zone from two yards out with 3.6 seconds left in the half.

Risner hit the PAT to tie the game at 14 at halftime.

Harriman kicked off again to begin the second half after a pre-game miscue during the coin toss. 

Midway began this drive at their 36 and again moved steadily down field. Aaron Collins had six runs for 50 yards in the drive. 

Midway moved the ball the way to just inches away from the goal line, but the Green Waves couldn't punch it in following a bobbled snap on fourth down.

Harriman then quickly turned the game around. Harriman moved the ball out to the 24 after two plays then Inman found a opening on the left side, split a pair of defenders and turned on the jets. Seventy-six yards later, Inman had scored the go ahead TD. 

Dishman added the PAT to put the Blue Devils up 21-14 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.

Harriman was guilty of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the touchdown and that allowed the Green Waves to start at the Blue Devils 44 after another solid return from Risner.

Midway used the rest of the quarter on the drive, but would get only to the 22 before running out of downs. 

Harriman used the momentum to score again. From the 22, Inman had runs of 27 and 18 to get the Blue Devils into scoring position. After a Midway personal foul penalty pushed the ball to the nine, Lunsford picked up the touchdown after runs of four and the final five.

Dishman booted through the point after for a 28-14 lead with 8:56 left in the game.

After Midway went three-and-out on their next possession, Harriman tacked on their final touchdown on a 27-yard run from Williams. Inman set the Williams run up with an 18-yard sprint earlier in the drive.

Dishman again hit the PAT to make the score 35-14 lead with 4:31 left in the game.

Midway scored the game's final points two minutes later when Viar hit Davidson for 28 yards and the points. Davidson had two more catches in the drive for 16 yards. Kaleb Butler also had a catch for 16 yards.

Harriman put up big numbers on offense gaining 376 yards total offense. 

Most of the yardage came on the ground with 42 runs for 324 yards. Inman led the way with 183 yards and two TDs on 16 carries while Williams added 86 yards and two TDs on 12 carries.

Chesser completed 3 of 5 passes for 52 yards.

Midway was a little more balanced as they gained 139 yards on the ground and 137 through the air for a total of 276 yards.

Collins led Midway's ground attack with 73 yards on 11 carries. Viar completed 9 of 19 passes with Davidson hauling in eight passes for 121 yards and a score.

The Green Waves (0-2) and the Blue Devils (1-1) will both be on the road next week for non district games. Harriman will be at Wartburg while Midway travels to Bledsoe County.