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Playing its third game in seven days, the Midway Middle Green Wave picked up their first win of the season when they pulled away from Wartburg for a 28-14 victory at home Thursday night.
The win was also a Clinch Valley Conference win for the Green Wave, who are now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Wartburg dropped to 1-3 with the loss and the Bulldogs are 0-2 in the conference.
Midway will play again next Tuesday at Birchfield in Scott County for their fourth game in the last 12 days. The Green Wave will then get a bit of a break before traveling to Rockwood on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Wartburg will host Spring City on Thursday for Homecoming.
Both teams offenses were sluggish in the hot opening half and they went into the break tied at six.
Midway made a few adjustments and scored three touchdowns in the second half to go up 28-6. Wartburg scored in the game’s final seconds to trim the final margin to 28-14.
Neither team did much offensively to start the game, but Midway took advantage of the great field position on its second possession and scored the game’s first touchdown.
The Green Wave marched 45 yards in seven plays with Derek Littleton scoring on an 8-yard run to put Midway up 6-0.
Wartburg responded on the next possession as they put together a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended in a 15-yard run from Jake Hamby that tied the game at 6-6.
Wartburg converted two first downs in the drive.
Wartburg kicked off and quickly got the ball back when Hamby picked off a Taylor pass and returned it to the Midway 21. The Bulldogs, however, couldn’t covert on the turnover as the teams went to halftime tied at 6-6.
After dodging the Wartburg bullet to end the half, Midway dominated the second half.
The Green Wave opened the third quarter with a 3-play, 40-yard drive that ended in a 20-yard pass from Jason Taylor to Hunter Mims that made the score 12-6.
Midway’s next drive also covered 40 yards and lasted seven plays with Taylor scoring on a 1-yard run.
Andrew Burton tacked on the 2-point conversion on a run to put the Green Wave up 20-6 late in the third quarter.
Wartburg did put together a good drive after the kickoff, but after reaching the Midway 36, Taylor picked off a pass and returned it to the Bulldog 40.
From the 40, Taylor quickly put the finishing when he scored two plays later on a 36-yard run.
Sjohn Ross Lyle ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Green Wave up 28-6 with 3:36 left in the game.
Wartburg’s last drive produced the games final touchdown. Josh Moore got the score on a 50 yard run with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.
Branstetter added the conversion run to make the final score 28-14.
Taylor led Midway with 90 yards rushing an 2 TDs while adding 34 yards and a TD through the air.
Moore led Wartburg with 69 yards and a TD.