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HMS tops Oliver Springs, 30-0

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By NICK WILLIAMS

Roane Newspapers

Football season is in full swing as we are half way through the middle school season.  

The Harriman Blue Devils and the Oliver Springs Bobcats squared off Thursday night for bragging rights on the field, and on this night it would be the Blue Devils owning those bragging rights with a 30-0 victory.  

Harriman got the ball first and started the drive from their own 46 yard line.  

The Blue Devils came out clicking on all cylinders as they moved the ball down the field and took an 8-0 lead with a 12-yard  touchdown from their running back, T.J. Phipps. 

Oliver Springs was next, but was struggling on offense, so they were set to punt and regroup on defense.  Harriman had other plans, blocking the punt and returning it to the 15 yard line of Oliver Springs to close out the first quarter.  

Harriman, looking to go up another touchdown, fumbled on the first play of the second quarter and the Bobcats recovered returning to the Oliver Springs 17 yard line. 

Oliver Springs was showing flashes of offense with some big pass plays, but just could not string those flashes together. The Bobcats had four fumbles in the first half which led to another Blue Devil touchdown from Phipps to end the first half.

Oliver Springs set to return the second half kickoff and was looking to turn things around quickly, but fumbled and Harriman recovered on the 50 yard line.  

On the first play from scrimmage, Phipps took the ball up the gut for 50 yards and a Blue Devil touchdown, stretching the lead to 24-0.  

Oliver Springs once again started to move the ball down the field and started to threaten when Harriman’s defense came up big to stop the Bobcat’s drive short. 

Harriman’s safety, Isaiah McClain, intercepted a pass on the Harriman 20 and returned it to the 50 yard line, setting up the final touchdown, a 27-yard scamper from Phipps.  

The Bobcats fought hard but in the end it just was not enough and the Blue Devils enjoyed a clear victory by final score of 30-0.

 Both teams will be in action on Thursday as Oliver Springs hosts Midway while Harriman travels to Wartburg to take on the Bulldogs.