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Green Wave clips LaFollette, 26-6

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The American heavy metal band Trivium once released a song called “In Waves”.

The Midway Green Wave might have been outmanned in numbers, but more than made up for it with a lethal combination of offensive efficiency and a powerful trio of running backs by scoring “in waves” to earn a smash-mouth 26-6 win over the Owls.

Midway Assistant Coach Scott Mason was elated to see his Midway Middle Waves earn their first win of the season. “It was a good game on both sides,” he said.

It’s always good to win that first game of the season, especially when we have sixteen kids compared to them (LaFollette) having over thirty.

“These kids played four quarters of ball tonight. We looked pretty good in scrimmages, but I wasn’t sure how it’d translate to the games. Tonight, however, we played a disciplined, basically error-free game.”

The football gods shone down early on Midway when an 82 yard kickoff return that went for a LaFollette touchdown was called back after a costly block in the back by the Owls return team.

The Owls subsequently turned the ball over on downs, handing Midway possession at the Owls 31 yard line.

The Waves methodically moved down the field with surgical precision offensive, taking nine plays to cover 31 yards to score when Seth Gordon barreled his way into the end zone on a quarterback keeper from one yard out.

A two point try fell incomplete as Midway took the early 6-0 edge with 45.2 left in the opening quarter.

LaFollette got the ball back at their own 31 yard line, but went three-and-out to punt the ball back to the Waves early in the second quarter.

Midway set up shop at the Owls 43 yard line. Nine plays later, Seth Gordon flashed past the defense into the end zone on a quarterback sweep from five yards out to put Midway on the scoreboard again. This time, the two point run fell short as the score was now 12-0 with 2:56 left in the first half.

The Owls got the ball back at their own 10 yard line following another costly penalty on the kickoff.

The Owls did get deep into Midway territory on a big run from Caleb Robertson, but even that run produced a less-than-anticipated result when another misfortunate LaFollette penalty wiped a potential 92 yard touchdown run off the board and reduced to a comparatively disappointing 84 yard run deep in Midway territory.

Unfortunately for their Owls, their drive and opportunity fizzled out at the Midway 21 yard line as Midway took a knee and left the half with a 12-0 lead.

Midway recovered an onside kick attempt at their own 45 yard line and embarked on a barn-storming nine play and 55 yard drive wrapped up with another Seth Gordon touchdown, this time from 7 yards out.

Ty Mason stormed into the end zone for the two point conversion to make the score 20-0 with 2:46 left in the third quarter.

LaFollette, however, responded with a little extra vim and vigor on their next offensive series, journeying to the end zone in five plays and 84 yards, scoring when Robertson lumbered into the end zone on a 24 yard draw. Eli Shavers recovered the fumbled two-point conversion try for Midway to make the score 20-6 at the end of the third quarter.

After successive Midway drives ended with fumbled pigskins and LaFollette couldn’t capitalize, the boys from “South of the River” saved their best for last as they covered 54 yards in five plays on their final drive to score on a one-yard Ethan Sorrell touchdown plunge.

The two point play fell short and with 2:19 left, this put the score at 26-6 in favor of Midway as that was how the game would end.

“We balanced the ground game well tonight with the passing game.” Coach Mason reflected post-game, adding, “We were undersized up front compared to the kids from LaFollette, but we were still able to run up the field on them even despite that. That was a good thing to see.”

Midway was led in passing by Seth Gordon (2/3, 27 yards). Gordon (15 carries - 63 yards – 3 TD’s), Ty Mason, (8 carries – 59 yards), and Ethan Sorrell (10 carries – 31 yards – 1 TD) comprised of the Midway ground game. The Waves were led defensively by Sawyer Pelfrey (5 tackles), Devon Maxwell (4 tackles), and Eli Shavers (3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery).

LaFollette was led offensively by the arm of #9 (5/10, 74 yards). Robertson (7 carries – 121 yards – 1 TD) led the Owls ground game. Tyler McCullah and Caleb Carroll each had 5 tackles with McCullah having a fumble recovery. Robertson also had a fumble recovery of his own.

The Owls had more total yardage than Midway by a 182-180 tally. LaFollette out-gained the Waves 82-27 through the air, but Midway had a 153-103 edge on the ground. But LaFollette’s costly rash of penalties at inopportune times proved to be the pivotal point of this contest.

“I told the kids at the beginning of the year that we’re playing “iron man” football out there with just 16 kids.” Coach Mason quipped post-game, also adding, “They knew they’d have to play on all three sides of the ball. We’re not the flashiest team at all three positions, but we’re an efficient team and tonight proved that.”