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Midway falls in double overtime, 20-14

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By Brownie Rose

After a last second win against Knox Christian last year, the Midway Middle Green Waves lost a close non-conference game Thursday to the Knghts. The Green Waves fell 20-14 in double overtime after the two teams scored three of the game’s five touchdowns in the extra periods.

After a scoreless first quarter, Knox Christian scored the first touchdown just before halftime.

The Knights had Midway backed depp in their own territory and forced a short punt. Taking over on the Midway 40 they needed six plays to get the TD. 

Quarterback Thomas Hockenberry hit Peyton Self for a 22-yard gain on the third play of the possession. Two plays later, a personal foul face mask penalty on Midway moved the ball to the five. Zack Burkett scored from there. 

Hockenberry hit Reagan Amos for the two-point conversion to put the Knights up 8-0 at halftime.

Midway did cross midfield before halftime. 

On a punt from the 27, the Knights fumbled and it was recovered by Midway’s Jason Gaus. Dylan Clark gained 11 more yards on a run to the Knights 40, but the drive ended there.

Midway knotted the game at eight late in the third quarter. 

After holding the Knights to three plays and a punt, the Green Waves drove 63 yards in seven plays for the tying score. 

Gaus had a 24 yard scamper in the drive and Clark added a 15-yard run. Zach Hearon scored the touchdown on an eight-yard run. 

Gaus punched in the two-point conversion to tie the game at eight.

Knox Christian’s next possession stalled near the 50 and they were thrown for an eight-yard loss on a fake punt attempt. Midway tried to take advantage of the good field position, but ran out of downs at the Knights 20.

Knox Christian drove 77 yards and used up the rest of the clock, but could not score. 

Burkett had runs of 20 yards and 19 yards in the drive while Hockenberry hit Austin Green for a 30-yard gain. 

After reaching the three, however, Burkett was thrown for a loss of 10 yards on the final play after a fumbled pitch.

The Knights scored first in the first overtime period as Burkett pushed in from the one on second down. The two-point conversion was no good, leaving the score 14-8.

Midway almost didn't answer, but on fourth down from the 12, Gaus swept right and found pay dirt to tie the game at 14

Midway’s two-point try was also no good.

Midway got the ball first in the second overtime, but did not score.

Knox Christian would score quickly to end the game as Hockenberry found Zack Ashworth for the game winning touchdown on the first play.

Midway will spend the final two weeks of the season on a quest to get into the conference championship game. 

 The Waves host Norwood this Thursday and visit Oliver Springs a week later. Wins over these two opponents would put them into the championship game later in October.