Ground game leads OSMS past Coalfield, 32-16

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By Marty Maston

Oliver Springs Middle School kept things simple and it worked to perfection last Thursday evening in a 32-16 win over the Coalfield Yellow Jackets.
The Bobcats took the opening drive and started a theme that would continue all night. Coalfield would see a dose of Landon Everett and Logan Kelley right at them and they had no answer.
The ’Cats drove all the way to the Coalfield three yard line before shooting themselves in the foot with two huge penalties. This forced Oliver Springs to throw on fourth down and Yellow Jacket 8th grader Tyler Keathley intercepted Hunter Melton’s pass at the 2 yard line. This would be the only time all night that Coalfield would stop the Cats.
The Yellow Jackets would then march 98 yards in 13 plays in their only possession of the first half.
Eighth grader Parker Mckinney was basically unstoppable on the drive as he had four runs on the drive for 56 yards and he also had a 20-yard reception on the drive.
Mckinney also hit Keathley on a diving catch to the Bobcat one yard line before Mckinney snuck it in from one yard out.
Keathley hit Mckinney on the two-point try and Coalfield had an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter.
It didn’t take the Bobcats long to answer as the Kelley-Everett combination overpowered the Yellow Jackets to the tune of an eight-play drive that chewed up nearly five minutes off the clock.
Everett would plunge in from two yards out to cut the Coalfield to 8-6, as the two point try failed with 34 seconds left in the half.
The Yellow Jackets made their first big mistake of the night when they let the kickoff bounce instead of falling on it and the Bobcats Bobby Farr fell on it at the Coalfield 29.
It only took two plays for Oliver Springs to take the lead they would not relinquish as Everett plowed in from seven yards out for the score. Kelley had a 22-yard run to set up the score.
Melton ran the two-point conversion in and Oliver Springs had a 14-8 lead at the half.
Coalfield took the second half kickoff and marched into Oliver Springs territory before their second big mistake of the night gave the Bobcats the ball back in great field position. Mckinney on a second and maybe even a third effort fumbled the ball and the Bobcats recovered at the 45.
The next drive was a whole lot of Kelley as he tallied four carries on the drive, the final one from 24 yards out for the score.
The two-point try failed and Oliver Springs led 20-8 late in the third quarter.
 The Yellow Jackets offense had some success, but mistakes continued to be their demise. After marching to midfield, Mckinney caught a pop pass and took it 50 yards for an apparent touchdown, but a blocking in the back penalty would bring it back and stall the drive.
It took only one play for the ’Cats to apply the knockout after the ball went over on downs. Everett raced 56 yards to put Oliver Springs up 26-8.
Coalfield would find the end zone one more time before the night was over when Mckinney took a pass from Keathley and raced 42 yards for the score.
Mckinney then hit Jake Kilby for the two-point try to cut the lead to 26-16 with just over three minutes left.
The Yellow Jackets needed to recover the onside kick to have a chance, but the ‘Cats recovered at the 37 and all that was left was to run the clock. Five straight runs by Kelley had the ‘Cats down to the Yellow Jacket three yard line with 30 ticks left. Melton finished off the drive with a three-yard run to give us the final score 32-16.
The night belonged to the tandem of Landon Everett (13 carries for 170 yards, 3TDs) and Kelley (15 carries for 149 yards and 1 TD).
Parker Mckinney led the way for Coalfield (5-10 passing for 50 yards, 4 receptions for 87 yards, 69 yards rushing and 2 TD’s). Tyler Keathley had 50 yards receiving and 87 yards passing on the night.
Oliver Springs (2-0) returns to action Thursday with a road game at Spring City. The Bobcats return home next Thursday when they take on Norwood.