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It was close but no cigar for the Midway Green Waves Friday night as Craig Moser’s squad lost on the road at Grundy County, 35-20.
With a season full of statistical anomalies this game provided another one. While Midway stayed close on the scoreboard, the stats seemed to show the game wasn't very close as Grundy County out gained Midway in total yardage, 376-211.
Most of Midway’s yardage came in the first quarter and early second quarter when they jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Most of Grundy County’s yards came in the last seven minutes when they pulled away.
Midway may have lost more than just the game. Junior quarterback Thomas Viar stayed on the field until halftime, but sat out the second half with hopefully only a sore shoulder. Viar will find out Monday if the injury is too severe to play the rest of the year.
Senior Larry Risner filled in ably for Viar. Risner was moved to the backfield this year, but had spent the previous three seasons as the backup quarterback along his other duties.
Once again Midway looked great early in the game. Risner returned the opening kickoff to the 35 and the Green Waves scored quickly as Risner scored six plays later on an eight-yard run.
The two-point conversion failed to leave the Green Waves on top 6-0 with 9:46 left in the first quarter.
Grundy County appeared to respond very quickly when back Kevin Nolan appeared to score form 80 yards out, but a block-in-the-back penalty nullified most of the run. Nolan was credited with a 49-yard gain to the Midway 31. The Yellow Jackets eventually ran out of downs at the 18 seven plays later.
Midway couldn't get out of the hole and punted. This time Grundy County did respond and scored on a 38-yard run by Destin Nunley.
The extra point put the Jackets up 7-6 with 4:12 still left in the first quarter.
Dillon Davidson returned this kickoff 33 yards to the 48 and the Green Waves would go on top again after a 52-yard scoring drive.
Aaron Collins was the workhorse gaining 35 yards on six carries. Risner had 14 yards on three runs and Viar plunged in from the one with 10:24 left in the half.
Collins added the two-point conversion to put the Green Waves up 14-7.
Grundy County tied the game in the final seconds of the half when freshman quarterback Hayden Holland scored from the four with only 25 seconds left in the half.
Each team had only one possession in the third quarter and both scored touchdowns.
Grundy County scored first to take a 21-14 lead.
After receiving the kickoff, the Jackets drove to the Midway 49, but were faced a fourth-and-10 and elected to punt. Midway fumbled the punt at the 16 and the Jackets scored three plays later on an eight-yard run from Holland.
Midway followed with a 16-play, 56-yard scoring drive that cut the Jackets lead to 21-20.
With Risner under center, sophomore back Josh Brummitt stepped up and gained 25 yards on four carries. Brummitt also scored the TD from the eight with 7.5 seconds left in the quarter.
Brummitt was stopped a yard short on the conversion to leave the Green Waves down, 21-20.
The fourth quarter belonged almost entirely to Grundy County as Midway picked up only 10 yards in the quarter.
Yellow Jacket fullback Johnny Cook became their workhorse and scored both touchdowns. The first came with 7:16 left in the game on a 44-yard run. Cook scored again from six yards out with 3:02 left to play.
The Green Waves (0-7) will be back at home next week hosting district and county rival Rockwood (4-3).