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By BROWNIE ROSE
The playoff scenario for Region 2-A began to clear up somewhat following Midway’s 21-9 win over county rival Harriman last Friday night at Midway.
Although Harriman dropped to 1-3 in region play after the loss to Midway, the Blue Devils can still claim fourth place and a playoff berth with wins over Coalfield and Oakdale or a victory over Coalfield and an Oakdale loss to Sunbright Friday night.
Midway’s scenario is a little murkier, but they did claim a spot in the play-offs with the win over Harriman.
With a victory over Greenback this Friday and a Greenback win over Oneida the following week, the Green Waves would share the region title with the Indians and Cherokees. Midway, however, has been mathematically eliminated from being the No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Waves will either be a No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
“We haven’t been dominant all year, but we have worked our way back into this race and could get a co-championship out of it,” said Midway head coach Craig Moser. “We just have to work hard this week and get ready for a much improved and unbeaten Greenback team.”
However the scenario plays out, everyone will be aware of Midway’s Will Poe. Poe piled up 223 yards rushing on only 10 carries and scored two of the three Midway touchdowns. Poe also caught two passes for 35 more yards.
Ray Robinson gained 76 yards on 14 carries, but would not get into the end zone.
QB Quinton Pressley completed 6 of 12 passes for 59 yards and had a nine-yard touchdown toss to Mark Childers.
Harriman lost the total yardage battle 345 to 258, but they did put together several long drives.
QB Travis Gann was the leading rusher with 47 yards on 10 carries. Gann also completed 10 of 21 passes for 114 yards. Gann hit Dimitrique Inman with a nine-yard touchdown for Harriman’s only TD in the game.
Bruising FB C.J. Anderson gained 45 yards on eight carries while Inman had 28 yards on eight runs and had five catches for 53 more yards including the Harriman TD.
The way the game began was very reminiscent of the game two years ago at Midway when Harriman pulled out a 42-41 win after neither team was able to slow the other down one down.
Both teams scored to end their very first possession.
Harriman got the ball first and marched 61 yards in six plays with Gann hitting Inman from nine yards out for the touchdown. Gann completed two passes in the drive for 28 yards and he added two carries for 21 more.
The PAT was no good, leaving the score 6-0 with 8:47 left in the first quarter.
Midway retaliated with a five-play drive that covered 57 yards.
Robinson had the big play of the drive with a 37-yard run then Pressley found Childers on third down for the nine-yard touchdown pass. Childers also added the extra point to give the Green Waves a 7-6 lead with 6:21 left in the opening period.
A funny thing happened on the way to the shoot out this time as each team settled down and the score stayed 7-6 until halftime.
Harriman punted after three plays on their next possession then Midway drove to the Harriman 20 before a fumble gave the Blue Devils the ball back.
Harriman drove from the 18 to the Midway 38, but Roberson intercepted Gann and returned it to the 28.
After a Midway punt, Harriman used 12 plays and most of the second quarter clock to drive from the 26 to the Midway 35 before running out of downs.
After a Midway punt to start the second half, Harriman put together an 11-play drive that culminated in a 25-yard field goal by Parker Freeman to make the score 9-7 with 5:30 left in the third period.
Anderson had the big run in the drive with a 22-yard pickup that moved the ball to the Midway 39.
Up until this point, Poe had been relatively quiet, but the rest of the game would belong to the “Raven”.
After the kickoff, Poe took a pitch right and made a dazzling run against the grain before finding open territory. When Poe is in open territory not many catch him and 71 yards later he scored to put the Green Waves back on top.
After a Harriman encroachment penalty, Midway decided to go for two and Pressley scrambled into the end zone to put them up 15-9 with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
A short kick off gave Harriman the ball on the 35 and they moved to the Midway 43 before Charles Binger picked off a pass.
Starting from the 40, Midway moved the ball to midfield on a 10-yard run from Robinson then on second-and-13, Poe ripped off 39 yards to the 14.
Midway would get as close as the four, but a botched handoff helped kill the drive as Childers missed a 25-yard field goal attempt.
Harriman was unable to mount a drive and Midway took over at their own 31 after a punt.
Midway ran five plays and had it at the Harriman 41 before Poe took flight again, this time he took a sweep left this time and it was clear sailing as he blazed 41 yards to put the Green Waves up 21-9.
Pressley tried to convert the two-point try but was stopped short with 2:33 left in the game.
Harriman’s last possession was almost all passes. Gann did complete a 23-yarder to Diego Martin and he hit Inman for 10 yards, but the drive died at the Midway 32.