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Defense leads Cherokee past Midway, 26-0

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By Brownie Rose

The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets win streak against Midway reached five games following a 26-0 win over the Green Waves last Thursday at Midway.

Midway held a four-game winning streak against Cherokee during the middle of the decade, but Cherokee has reversed those losses the past few years. Almost all the games between the two close rivals have been tight and Thursday’s game was close for a while before Cherokee pulled away for a 26-0 victory.

Cherokee improved to 3-0 with the win and Midway dropped to 0-3. Cherokee will try to keep the winning streak going when they visit Jefferson Middle this Thursday. Midway will host Oakdale in search of their first win of the year.

Cherokee jumped out to the 14-0 lead quickly. 

Rhett Jones scored in the first quarter on a 50-yard run and Jones scored again from 24 yards out on the first play of the second quarter. Malcolm Lane added the two-point run after the second Jones TD run for the 14-0 lead.

However, the Yellow Jackets were slowed down some the rest of the half. Midway’s Mason Woody intercepted a Cherokee pass to end the next possession. 

The Green Waves weren't getting much done on the offensive end. They punted twice and lost the ball once on a fumble. They ran out of downs after reaching the Cherokee 46 on the third possession of the half.

Midway’s first possession of the second half ended in a punt and Cherokee quickly scored touchdown that put the game on ice. 

Jones gained 22 yards from the 39. Jones scored from the Midway 39, but a penalty brought the ball back to the 20, but Austin Davis scored easily on the next play for the 20-0 lead.

Midway put together a long drive after the kickoff but still could not find the end zone. Jonathan Beason had a 10-yard run in the drive added Jason Gaus added a 16-yard pickup, but the drive would end on the Cherokee eight yard line when Gaus fumbled and Cherokee recovered.

Cherokee drove from the three yard line and used up the rest of the clock before Maurice Lane scored on a 48-yard run to end the game.

 Davis had a nine-yard run in the drive while Malcolm Lane picked up 16 more to keep the drive alive.