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MMS downs Harriman, 28-6

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By Brownie Rose

After scoring on the first play of the game, Harriman Middle School appeared as if they were going to have a big night against Midway. But the Green Wave gained control and won the final 31:20 to take home a nice 28-6 win over the Blue Devils Monday night in Harriman.

The loss dropped Harriman to 2-2, but the Blue Devils are still in contention in the Clinch Valley Conference AA classification due to the wins against Rockwood and Jefferson.

Midway improved to 3-1 with the win and are in undefeated in the A classification. 

Total yardage in the game was closer than the score indicated. Harriman gained 154 total yards to Midway’s 234. Midway picked off two Harriman passes and had a kickoff return for a touchdown that helped to even up the total yardage somewhat. 

Harriman’s T.J. Phipps returned the opening kickoff 50 yards to the Midway 17. Hhe scored on the next play for the first points of the game. 

The Devils missed on the two-point try to lead 6-0 only 20 seconds into the game.

After the kickoff, the Green Wave drove 72 yards in 14 plays to take the lead.

Jake Woody carried seven times in the drive for 45 yards while Drake Romines ran four times for 16 yards. QB Skyan Lyle punched in the touchdown from the one. 

Woody added the two-point try for an 8-6 lead with two ticks off the clock in the second quarter.

Midway came up with their first interception of the night as Quentin Parton picked off a pass on Harriman’s next possession.

The next play would see Woody race almost untouched for a 77-yard touchdown. 

Lyle hit Woody for the conversion and a 16-6 lead with 4:25 left in the half.

After a Harriman punt, Midway needed only five plays to score again. 

The score came on fourth-and-11 as Woody took a pitch from Lyle and hit a streaking Zane Moser in the end zone. The ball deflected off a Harriman defender and easily landed in Moser’s waiting arms. 

Harriman drove past midfield on their final possession of the period, but Midway’s Luke Caquelin picked off a pass to end the half. 

Moser opened the second half with a huge play, as he returned the kickoff 75 yards for a score.

The two-point try failed, but the Green Wave held a commanding 28-6 lead 13 seconds into the second half.

Harriman drove into Midway territory twice in the second half, but one drive ended on downs and the second in a missed field goal.

Woody was the leading rusher for the Green Wave, picking up 137 yards on 13 carries. Romines added 48 yards on eight carries.

Harriman was led by Phipps with 104 yards on 13 carries. Jo Jo Luna had 44 yards on 10 runs. 

 Both teams play on Thursday as Harriman hosts Oliver Springs while Midway entertains Oakdale.