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Halftime adjustments boost Midway past Oakdale

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By The Staff

By BROWNIE ROSE

Roane Newspapers

It really wasn’t the kind of a game in the first half that Midway head coach Craig Moser wanted to see, but after some halftime adjustments, Moser’s Green Waves sped past Oakdale 41-21 to pick up region win number one.

Moser was happy to get out of Oakdale with the win especially after the two teams were tied at halftime 14-14.

"We really weren’t playing as bad as it looked in the first half,” said Moser. "We were able to do almost everything that we planned to do, but Oakdale picked up the pace a little on us after we got up 14-0 in the first quarter. They hit a couple of passes and we missed a couple of interception attempts in the second quarter and they got back in the game. After we adjusted at halftime, especially our offensive scheme, we were able to get the momen-tum back and do what we needed to do."

Midway's speedy running duo of Ray Robinson and Will Poe both got on track for the first time this year. Robinson picked up 137 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns. Poe added 117 yards on only six carries and scored a touchdown rushing. He also caught a short pass form QB Quinton Pressley that turned into a 50-yard touchdown.

Pressley got in on the rushing attack with 70 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Pressley also completed two more throws to tight end Steven Blasko for 34 yards.

Oakdale QB D. J. Currier was hot in the first half completing 10 of 13 passes to lead the Eagles to the 14-14 tie at halftime. Currier was seven of nine in the second quarter and had TD tosses of 41 yards to Ryan Young and four yards to Isaiah Turner to tie the game at 14.

Overall Currier was 14 of 26 for 205 yards with three touchdowns.

The Eagles were shut down on the ground picking up only 52 yards on 26 carries.

Midway got off to a quick start after an Oakdale punt to start the game. Robinson picked up 30 yards on the first Green Wave play. Poe added 34 yards on three runs then Robinson eventually capped the drive with a five-yard scoring run.

Mark Childers tacked on the point after for the 7-0 lead with 5:50 left in the opening quarter.

Oakdale punted Midway back to the 15 on their next possession, but the Green Waves didn't stay there long as Poe’s speed would come into play. After a five-yard gain on first down, Poe went streaking down the sideline for an 80-yard score that made the score 14-0 lead with 3:26 left in the first quarter.

However, while the Green Waves appeared to be on their way to a romp a funny thing happened as Oakdale soon battled back to tie the game.

Oakdale began to shift the momentum late in the first quarter when Currier hit Young for a 24-yard gain. Currier later hit Ryan Powers for 20 and had another completion for 19 yards. He found Young for a 41-yard TD pass to end the drive.

Korbin Turner picked up a muffed snap and ran in the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 14-8 with 8:20 left in the second quarter.

On Oakdale's next drive, Currier led the Eagles 85 yards in 12 plays to tie the game at 14. Currier completed four passes in the drive and also scrambled for a 15 -yard gain. Currier capped the drive with a four-yard pass to Isaiah Turner.

The PAT was no good to leave the score 14-14 with 22.6 seconds left in the half.

After the halftime adjustments, the Green Waves returned with a renewed sense of urgency. They scored three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the third quarter and added a fourth with less than a minute left in the quarter to take a commanding 41-14 lead.

Robinson scored the first touchdown at the nine minute mark on a 16-yard dash. Childers missed the extra point for a 20-14 lead with nine minutes left in the quarter.

After an Oakdale punt, Robinson went the distance on the first play scoring from 51 yards away. Robinson ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-14 lead with 7:36 left in the third.

Charles Binger intercepted Currier to end the next possession and returned it to the 43.

Four plays later, Pressley hit Poe with a short pass near the sideline and Poe again turned on the jets. Fifty fast yards later, the Green Waves had increased the lead to 34-14 after Childers' PAT was blocked.

Oakdale punted again on their next possession and would leave Midway just enough time to tack on the fourth touchdown of the quarter.

Midway needed just four plays to cover 45 yards with Pressley scoring from 30 yards out. Childers added the point after for a 41-14 lead with 25.6 seconds left in the third.

Oakdale had a couple of shots at the end zone in the final period, but wouldn’t find it until only three seconds were left in the game.

Midway's J. T. Gibson ended one Oakdale possession with an interception at the 12 and got as 10-yard return to the 22.

Currier hit Isaiah Turner on the final Eagle play of the game for the touchdown. Korbin Turner hit the PAT to cut the final score to 41-21.

Oakdale (1-1) will play Grace Christian Friday night.

Midway (2-1) is off this week and will host Coalfield next Friday.