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“It was just good to get a win,” said a relieved Joe Campbell after his Midway Green Wave rolled to a 38-14 win over Pickett County Friday in Byrdstown.
Midway rolled up an impressive 402 yards rushing on 62 carries, but the best news though was the lack of fumbles for the Green Wave. The only turnovers were a fumble on the last play of the first half and an interception in the third quarter. The Green Wave averaged 5.5 turnovers in the first two games.
Midway went up 8-0 by the end of the first quarter. They stopped the Bobcats on the first possession at the 38. Midway then drove 62 yards for the opening score.
The drive got off to a rough start when an apparent 62-yard scoring pass from Shandon Lyle to Jonathan Beason was called back on a penalty. But the penalty didn’t slow the Green Wave as a 27-yard run from Lyle and 22 yards from Tyler Clark set the stage for a nine-yard TD run from Lyle.
Clark added the two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead with 4:11 left in the opening quarter.
The Midway offense sputtered somewhat in the second quarter, but did manage to put up another touchdown with 7:21 left in the second quarter when Lyle hit Mason Woody with a 42-yard strike for the touchdown and it would stay 14-0 by halftime.
Lyle was intercepted to end the opening drive of the third quarter then the Bobcats opened up their own passing game and cut the lead to 14-8 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
Midway responded to the threat quickly and would score twice in the last five minutes of the quarter to lead 30-8.
Beason started the first drive with a 50-yard pickup to the Pickett County 15. He scored two plays later from the four for the touchdown. Lyle added the two-point run for a 22-8 lead.
Lyle ended the next Bobcat possession with an interception and two plays later he exploded for a 71-yard sprint to the end zone with only .8 seconds left on the clock.
Lyle also ran in the two-point conversion for a 30-8 lead.
The Green Wave controlled the ball for most of the final quarter with a 78-yard drive on 14 plays.
Zack Hearon scored from the 10 yard line with 1:35 left to play. Jacob Shanahan, a converted lineman for just this one play, added the two-point run for a 38-8 lead.
Pickett County tacked on a final touchdown with 56 seconds left to cut the final margin to 38-14.
Lyle gained 194 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns rushing and had a TD throw to Woody. Lyle was three for five passing with an interception for 71 yards.
Beason ran for 93 yards on only seven carries, Clark had 59 yards on six carries while Hearon had 54 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown run.
Woody caught both passes that weren't called back for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The Green Waves have their off week next week and will return on Friday, Sept. 14 when they host red hot Greenback. They will play host the following two weeks against Jellico and Tellico Plains.