Lyle, Moser leads MMS past Sunbright, 40-22

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By Marty Maston


The Sunbright Middle School Tigers had no answer for the duo of Skyan Lyle and Zane Moser and fell to the Midway Green Wave Tuesday evening 40-22 to spoil 8th grade night for the Tigers.

The Tigers, who fell to Midway 40-34 earlier this season, struck first as Dillon Woodward went for 43 yards on four carries to set up Alex Trent’s 17-yard touchdown run to give Sunbright their only lead of the night 6-0.

The Green Wave answered in only 25 seconds as Skyan Lyle went 50 yards on their second play from scrimmage to knot the score at 6-all. 

Dawson Branstetter stopped the two-point conversion to keep the game tied midway through the first quarter.

Midway went back to work after their defense forced a punt. It took three plays on this drive for Midway, but the results were the same as Lyle went 66 yards up the middle and outrun the Sunbright defense for his second score of the night. A minute remained in the opening quarter and it was 12-6 Midway.

The Tigers offense had success moving the ball on their next drive and seemed poised to tie the game after recovering the onside kick at midfield. Dillon Woodward had runs of 15 and 4 yards before breaking free and down the sideline on his third carry of the drive. As he was fighting for yardage on second and third effort, Woodward fumbled and Midway recovered at the Tiger 21.

The combination of Lyle and Moser teamed up for all six carries and 79 yards as the Green Wave continued to roll up big chunks on the ground. 

Moser carried the final 33 yards for his first score of the night to increase the Green Wave lead to 18-6 with 4:53 left in the half. 

Trent brought the Sunbright fans to life with a nice return on the ensuing kickoff all the way down to the Wave 34. Woodward was bottled up on first down and after consecutive incomplete passes, Hunter Bunch was sacked by Gabe Moore all the way back at the 45 to give Midway the ball with just under two minutes remaining in the half.

Midway moved 55 yards in seven plays to add to the lead with 33 seconds in the half. C.J Huff made an electrifying over the shoulder catch to set up the score. The catch covered 28 yards to set up a three-yard run by Moser for the score. 

Huff hauled in the two-point conversion to give the Green Wave a 26-6 lead.

The Tigers also showed they could score in a timely manner just before the half. Trent carried for 10 yards and then 15 yards was added to the end of the run as Trent was hit out of bounds. Woodward then scampered 30 yards on the next play for the Sunbright score. 

Bunch ran the two-point try in and the Midway lead was cut to 26-14 at the break.

The Green Wave took the second half, but fumbled on second down to give the Tigers a great opportunity to get right back in the game. 

Branstetter recovered and Sunbright started the drive at the Midway 30. Woodward carried on first down, but then disaster struck for the Tigers when Huff stepped in front of a Bunch pass to give Midway the ball back. 

The Green Wave started at the Tigers 40 with Moser carrying three straight times moving, the chains to the Tiger 27. With the Tigers expecting Moser to carry, the Green Wave ran Gabe Moore up the middle for a 27-yard score to end any hopes of a Tiger comeback. 

 The Green Wave would add one more on the first play of the fourth quarter as Moser scampered 20 yards for the score. 

Huff had a 21-yard reception to set up the score. 

On the final drive of the night, with the reserves in, Sunbright’s Levi Daniel scampered 45 yards for the score to make the final score 40-22 Midway.

The Green Wave were led on the ground by Skyan Lyle (9 rushes for 159 and 2 TDs all in the first half). Lyle suffered an injury late in the first half and did not return. Zane Moser (12 carries for 115 yards and 3 TDs) also had a great night for Midway. Gabe Moore had 40 rushing yards and a touchdown also. C.J Huff added acrobatic catches for 49 yards and also had a pick on defense. 

Midway finished with 377 yards on the night. 

Sunbright was led by Dillon Woodward with 97 on 12 carries and a touchdown. Alex Trent had 32 yards on four carries and a touchdown. He also had two catches for five yards. Levi Daniel had 50 yards on three carries with a touchdown. 

These two teams will meet again on Thursday, Oct. 10 for the Clinch Valley Conference A Championship.