Late punt block leads MMS past Harriman, 16-8

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By Brownie Rose



The Midway Middle School Green Wave improved to 2-1 and left Harriman Middle winless following a hard fought 16-8 win Tuesday evening at Midway.

The powerful Midway running attack was slowed considerably by the Harriman defense and the Blue Devils turned loose a solid ground game of their own in a game that seemed headed for destined for overtime before a late blocked punt by Midway set up the game winning score.

Harriman scored on the fourth play of the game and it appeared as if another track meet was about to start.

Nathan Arrowood scored from the 33 after picking up 18 additional yards on the first three plays of the drive.

Sheldon Anderson threw to Arrowood for the two-point conversion to give the Blue Devils an 8-0 lead with 5:55 left in the opening quarter.

Midway responded with a drive of 71 yards in 10 plays to tie the game at eight. The one-two punch of Skyan Lyle and Zane Moser were slowed even early in the game, but another player, Gabe Moore, came to the rescue. 

Lyle had an 11-yard run and Moser got loose for 12, but it would be a pass frm Lyle to Moore that picked up 31 yards. Moore hauled in another Lyle toss for 17 yards and the touchdown. 

The two players reversed positions as Moore hit Lyle for the two-point conversion to tie the game at eight with 1:51 left in the opening quarter.

Just when it appeared that the game would be high scoring, the defenses kicked in and the 8-8 tie would hold till halftime.

Harriman punted from the 44 to end the next possession then Midway fumbled it back on the first play from the 50. Harriman gained only 12 yards before running out of down at the 38. Midway drove to the Harriman 19 where Lyle was intercepted by Mark Treece. 

Moser had a 14-yard run in the Midway drive while Lyle found Moore twice for 20 yards in the possession.

Arrowood gained 42 yards on three carries in the last Harriman possession, but suffered a penalty when he mistakenly hit a lineman, Eli McAbee, on a pass attempt.

Midway punted after four pkays to begin the second half. Harriman pushed to the Midway 41 but gave up possession when Arrowood gained only two yards on a fourth-and-six.

Midway drove to the Harriman eight, but ran out of downs. Lyle had a 22-yard run to highlight the drive, but he was thrown for a four-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the eight.

Harriman pushed out to the 28 thanks to a 13-yard pick up by Dakota Cocka, but on fourth down from the 24, a Blue Devil punt attempt was blocked by Midway’s Coleton Garrett and recovered by Moore at the 14.

That would be the break the Green Wave needed as Moser scored from 10 yards out three plays later.

Lyle hit Ryan Clark for the two-point conversion and a 16-8 Midway lead with 2:40 left in the game.

Harriman fumbled the ball on the first play after the kick off and Devin Cheatman recovered for Midway. 

Midway tried to run out the clock, but would only reach the Harriman 30 before running out of downs. 

Arrowood lost seven yards on the first play, but gained 27 on third-and-17. 

Anderson spiked the ball to stop the clock, but Arrowood would only get five yards on the last play.

Lyle led Midway on the night with 91 yards passing and 73 yards rushing. Moore added 50 yards receiving and 30 yards passing. Moser chipped in 46 yards on the ground.

Arrowood had a big night for Harriman with 138 yards on 21 carries.

Harriman and Midway will both be in action again next Thursday. Harriman will be at Oliver Springs while Midway travels to Oakdale.