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By BRODY JONES
A fabulous playoff run for the boys from South of the River fell short of glory as the Green Waves dropped a 24-0 loss Saturday to the Grace Christian Academy Rams for the TMSAA Class A East Tennessee Championship.
Midway opened the season with six straight losses before closing out the regular season with two straight wins and winning two playoff games.
Grace got things going on their opening drive on the very first play with a 72-yard touchdown run from Trent Waters.
The two-point try failed, making the score 6-0 with 7:33 to go in the opening quarter.
After recovering a Midway fumble, the Rams rammed the pigskin past the goal line on a three-play, 44-yard journey. Micah Hall ran in the touchdown from one yard out.
The two-point try again fell short, making the score 12-0 with 6:10 left in the opening quarter.
Midway was forced to punt on their next drive, and Grace Christian scored once again, this time taking only two plays to find the promised land when Waters connected with Adarius Wilson from 71 yards away for another Rams touchdown.
The two-point attempt fell short, making the score 18-0 with 5:07 left in the opening quarter.
Midway moved the ball a bit on their next drive before being forced to punt.
Grace then got a drive going around midfield when the opening quarter came to a close with the score at 18-0.
The Rams were eventually forced to punt it to the Waves then Midway started to get the wheels in motion briefly, but got inside Rams territory before being unable to convert on fourth down.
The Rams also wound up turning the ball over on downs.
The Waves got a couple of plays off before the end of the half, only to get picked off by the Rams’ Geoffrey McReynolds with the score at 18-0 going into the half.
Midway was forced to punt on the opening drive of the second half and the Rams took possession. Eight plays and 50 yards later, Trent Waters scored on an 18-yard touchdown run.
The two-point try failed, making the score 24-0 with 1:23 left in quarter number three.
The Waves got picked off on their next drive by Bill Dixon of Grace Christian to close out the third quarter.
Grace wound up punting to Midway, who was determined to try and make something happen. Despite their best efforts, they turned the ball over to the Rams on a fumble and Grace Christian ran the clock out to preserve a 24-0 TMSAA Class A East Tennessee State Championship.
Trent Waters (6-16, 106 yards, 1 TD) led the Rams in passing and in rushing (6-93- 2 TDs).
Also chipping in for the Rams ground attack was Micah Hall (4-72-1 TD) along with Eli Hutchison (11-58). Adarius Wilson led the Rams in receiving (2-85-1 TD) while Hall (8 tackles, 1 FR) led Grace on defense.
Midway was led on offense by Logan Davidson (5-13, 63 yards, 2 INTs) and in rushing by Josh Brummitt (8-48). In receiving, Ben Rose (1-20), Dalton Davidson (1-15), Brummitt (2-14) and Cody Moore (1-14) all pitched in for the receiving tally for the Waves.
Brandon Lemons (4 tackles, 1 sack), Rose (3 tackles), Tyler Gibson (3 tackles, 2 TFL), Cameron Gaines (3 tackles, 2 TFL), and Brummitt (13 tackles, 1 sack) all had stellar games for the “Gang-Green” defense.