Midway scores 53 again in victory

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By Brownie Rose

 The Midway Green Wave improved to 3-0 and put up 53 points for a second straight game Friday night with a 53-21 win over Hancock County at Midway.

This game would also be the biggest margin of victory that Midway has had in the four- game series against the Indians. Midway has won three of the four games played, but Friday’s game was the first that was decided by more than a touchdown.

After holding Hancock County to one first down after the kickoff, the Green Wave started quickly, scoring on their second play when Shandon Lyle hit Jonathan Beason with a 45-yard throw for the touchdown.

Caleb Splawn kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 8:29 left in the opening quarter.

A rash of penalties slowed Midway through the rest of the quarter, but Splawn would nail a 26-yard field goal to put the Green Wave up 10-0 heading into the second quarter. Lyle hit Zach Qualls for a 31-yard gain leading up to Splawn’s field goal.

The Green Wave went up 17-0 after scoring to end their first possession of the second quarter.

Lyle plunged in from the one for the TD at the 8:07 mark. Lyle hit Qualls with a 20-yard pass in the drive. Qualls also had an 11-yard run in the drive.              

The Indians did pick up some momentum late in the quarter as they drove the ball to Midway’s 14, but they would turn the ball over on downs.

On the second play of Midway’s possession, however,  Lyle lost the handle on the ball and Hancock County’s Wilson Smyth scooped it and returned it 15 yards for the touchdown.

Midway blocked the extra point, but the Indians had trimmed the lead to 17-6 with four minutes left in the quarter.

Four minutes was a lot of time for Midway as they scored again 63 seconds later when Lyle hit Christian Moore for a 20-yard scoring strike. Lyle also picked up 14 on a run and hit Mason Woody for an 11-yard gain in the drive.

Splawn added the point after for a 24-6 lead with 2:57 left before halftime.

Hancock County answered quickly as the Indians drove the field and scored on a 6-yard pass from Smyth to Cody Easterday to make the score 24-13 with 1:13 left in that half.

Seventy-three  seconds was way too much time to give the quick hitting Green Wave as Lyle hit Beason with a 30-yard toss for the touchdown with 13 seconds left till halftime.

Splawn added the extra point for a 31-13 halftime lead.

The third quarter belonged to Midway as they stretched the lead to 53-13 with three more TDs.

Qualls got the first one with a 37-yard gallop to pay dirt on the second play of the possession.

The Woody brothers teamed up for the two-point conversion with Jake hitting Mason for the points and a 39-13 lead with only 22 seconds gone off the third quarter clock.

Midway would score to end their next two possessions as well.

Lyle hit Beason for 23 yards and the score with 7: 13 left in the quarter. Splawn hit the extra point for a 46-13 lead.

A 21-yard punt return by Moore put Midway at the Indians 24. Lyle scored three plays later on an 11-yard run to make the score 53-13 after the PAT.

Hancock County scored the game’s final points on a 17-yard pass from Smyth to Dakota Trent with 6:38 left in the game. Smyth added the two-point run to make the final score 53-21.

Lyle had another big night for the Green Wave rushing for 94 yards and 2 TDs while passing for 203 yards and 4 TDs. Qualls added 50 yards rushing and 1 TD to go along with 74 yards receiving. Beason caught three passes for 98 yards on the evening. All three catches were touchdowns.

Through three games, Midway is averaging 46.7 points per game, but they know that the meat of the schedule lies ahead, and that will start Friday night at Tellico Plains for the first District 3-A game of the year for the Green Wave.

Midway Statistics

Rushing- Lyle 14-94 with 2 TDs, Qualls 3-50 with 1 TD, Longmire 5-18, J. Woody 5-16, Matthews 1-16, Narramore 2-4, Beason 1-(-7).

Passing- Lyle 9-17 for 203 yards with 4TDs, J. Woody  1-2 for 3 yards.

Receiving- Beason 3-98 with 3 TDs, Qualls 4-74, M. Woody 2-14, Moore 1-20 with 1 TD.