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In the 48-year history of the Midway-Greenback series there have not been may one sided games. But there was one Friday when the Cherokees rolled past the Green Wave 49-0 to remain unbeaten.
Greenback now leads the series 31-15-3, and have won four straight against the Green Wave.
One of the main reasons for the latest greenback winning streak is running back Richard Seymour. Seymour has been a thorn in Midway’s side since he was a freshman. Seymour scored twice that night four years ago and as a senior, added three more touchdowns to the total with 168 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The plan was to try to hold on to the ball and keep it away from Seymour. But Midway would tally only 59 yards rushing in the game on 37 carries. Quarterback Mason Woody threw three times without a completion. The Green Wave had only two possessions that gained enough yards to cross midfield.
One of the possessions came late in the first half when they were down only 21-0.
Starting from the 15, Midway would eventually reach the Greenback 49. A series of short runs moved the ball steadily up field, but they would get no further when Shandon Lyle gained zero on third and fourth down runs. Lyle did pick up nine yards on a run earlier in the drive.
Even moving lineman Jacob Shanahan into the backfield didn't help much. Shanahan was the leading rusher on the night with 28 yards on 10 carries, but he had only one long run of eight yards.
A Midway possession in the third quarter reached the Greenback 45, but they would lose a yard on the next four plays and punted.
The Cherokees continued to romp after Seymour and company went to the bench in the third quarter. Another Cherokee senior Justin Edwards came in and turned in touchdown runs of 78 and 59 yards.
The Cherokees did have another weapon of sorts. Female kicker Masey Fox booted through all six extra points and only one was close to miss splitting the uprights.
Midway will try to get win number two next week when they host Jellico for Homecoming.
Shanahan was the leading rusher with 28 yards on 10 carries. Lyle was next with 25 yards on 10 runs. Woody gained eight yards on four runs. Senior Josh Brummitt had three yards on two carries.
Brummitt did have one of the better defensive plays of the night when he sacked Greenback quarterback Eric Anderson for a loss of 10 in the second quarter. Shanahan was also in on the sack when he helped pin Anderson.