Midway Middle downs Sunbright, 40-34

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By Brownie Rose


One day before Midway High School was involved in an 103-point game, Midway Middle and Sunbright put up some big numbers themselves, as the Green Wave held on late to get a 40-34 win over the Tigers to improve their record to 1-1. 

The Green Wave ran only nine plays in the first half and scored on four of them as they led 28-8 at intermission. The lead was pushed to 40-14 late in the third quarter, but the Green Wave had to hang on when Sunbright scored 20 unanswered points late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter.

Midway ended the first Sunbright possession with a blocked punt that Midway's Mark Byers recovered at the Tiger 39. 

The Green Wave needed only one play to score the first touchdown as Skyan Lyle swept right and raced 39 yards for the score. 

Zane Moser tacked on the two-point conversion run to put Midway up 8-0 with 3:09 left in the first quarter. 

The next Sunbright possession ended on a fumble that Midway's Derek Littleton recovered at the Tiger 35. 

Again Midway needed only one play to score as Lyle hit Moser in stride for the 35-yard touchdown strike.

Lyle ran in the two-point conversion for a 16-0 lead with 1:47 left in the opening quarter.

Sunbright did shake off the early jitters and scored on the first play of the second quarter. Dillon Woodward raced in from 51 yards away for the touchdown.

Woodward added the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 16-8.

It took Midway six plays to score after the kickoff. Lyle and Moser controlled the ball for the entire drive with Moser scoring from 14 yards out.

Lyle missed the throw on the two-point try to leave Midway up 22-8 with 5:10 left in the half.

Sunbright appeared ready to answer, but on third-and-goal from the Green Wave 11, Midway’s Gabe Moore picked off a Tiger pass at the one and was horse collared down to push the ball out to the 16 on the penalty.

Lyle needed only one play again to score when he again swept right and raced 84 yards to the end zone as time expired in the half. 

Lyle again couldn't complete the two-point pass to leave Midway up 28-8 at halftime.

Midway scored their fifth touchdown 20 seconds into the third quarter when Moser finished a two-play drive with a 50-yard touchdown sprint to give the Green Wave a 34-8 lead.

Sunbright wasn't quite finished, however, as they put together a nine-play, 55-yard drive after the kickoff to close to 34-14. Alex Trent scored the touchdown from the one. 

Lyle returned the kickoff 60 yards and was shoved out of bounds at the Sunbright one. Moore poked in the touchdown on the first play to put the Green Wave up 40-14 with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

Sunbright responded with a two-play drive as Trent scored from 55 yards out. Trent also added the two-point run to trim the lead to 40-22 with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

Midway turned the ball over on downs at their 42 on their next possession then Sunbright drove for the touchdown. 

Woodward punched in the touchdown from the three to cap the eight-play drive. 

The Tigers failed to convert on the two-point try, but had cut the lead to 40-28 with3:32 left to play.

Midway recovered the onside kick at the Tiger 49. The Green Wave tried to run out the clock, but turned the ball over on downs at the Sunbright 42.

Sunbright used four plays and scored on a 42-yard pass from Hunter Bunch to Trent to cut the Midway lead to 40-34 with 16 seconds left to play. 

Lyle recovered the onside kick and this time was able to run out the clock on a kneel down.

Lyle led Midway on the day with 207 yards and three TDs on the ground. He added 35 yards and a TD through the air.

Moser chipped in 116 yards and a TD on 10 carries. He also had a 35-yard TD reception.

The win was a district win for the Green Wave in the Clinch Valley Conference Class A division. The Green Wave still have conference games against Oakdale and Norwood. The Oakdale game will be at Oakdale Thursday night.

Thursday’s game at Oakdale will be the second of the week for the Green Wave. Midway (1-1) hosted Harriman (0-2) Tuesday.