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About the only good thing that can be said about Midway's visit to Grace Christian Academy Friday night was that they may have found a good breakaway back that can score from long distance as junior Aaron Collins scored both Midway touchdowns in the 55-13 loss to the Rams.
Both of Collins' runs came in the third quarter with one covering 70 yards and the second 45. After Collins broke free from the first line, he easily outdistanced any would be tacklers to the end zone. Collins finished with 131 yards on 11 carries and the two touchdowns.
Other than that it was pretty much all Grace Christian. The Rams scored twice in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead and went on to a commanding 27-0 lead by halftime.
As most everyone knows, the Grace program was put on probation last spring and they are not allowed to compete in any post season playoffs or tournaments. But with the probation restrictions on them, they seem more than ready to prove to the rest of the district that they will take no prisoners in regular season competition. Their first two games against district competition have been one-sided with a 48-8 win over Tellico Plains coming in week two.
Trailing 7-0 after the first Grace possession, Midway did fire off two good plays.
Senior back Larry Risner gained 11 yards on the first play and Collins followed up with a 10-yard run on the next play.
But the next three plays saw a penalty, a loss of eight on a Risner run, and a loss of three more when QB Thomas Viar hit Risner with a short pass.
Trailing 14-0 after the second Grace touchdown, Midway rallied again, but could not score.
Risner gained 12 on two runs then Viar hit a streaking Dillon Davidson for 39 yards to the Grace 13. But the drive stalled as the Rams took over on downs.
That would about do it for Midway till the third quarter.
Midway’s Jake Parkison did pick off a Grace pass with less than a minute left in the quarter, but Viar threw an interception on the next play.
On the final play of the half. Grace’s Will McKamey fumbled and Midway’s Hayden Boone recovered. Boone got a few steps toward the end zone before being tripped up.
The third quarter didn’t begin well for the Green Waves as they lost 17 yards on the first possession. A sack on Viar lost 13 of the yards.
The rest of the quarter went well as Collins took charge running the ball with the 70 and 45 yard TD runs.
Viar also chipped in with five runs for 25 yards while Risner was hobbled somewhat with an ankle sprain.
Grace matched Midway with two touchdowns in the third quarter and added two more in the fourth quarter to get the 55-13 win.
Unlike last week at Bledsoe County, the stats weren’t very close as the Rams nearly doubled Midway’s offensive production.
Midway had 204 yards rushing and 36 passing for a total of 240 while Grace had 318 yards rushing and 156 passing for a 474 total.
Next up for Midway will be county rival Oliver Springs Friday at Midway.