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MMS rallies past Harriman, 20-16

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By Brownie Rose

The Midway Middle School Green Waves picked up their second win of the season over Harriman Thursday at Midway, 20-16.

While Midway improved to 2-3 with the win, the loss would leave Harriman winless on the year. 

Midway scored early, then fell behind by 10 points before rallying in the last four minutes for the win.

“We fell behind by 10, but we never gave up,” said Midway coach Gabe Patterson. “Harriman should be proud also because they never gave up either and it went down to the final play.”

Midway scored on their fourth play from scrimmage when Zach Hearon dashed 40 yards to put Midway up 6-0.

However, the better part of the next three quarters belonged to Harriman. 

On their fourth play after the kickoff, QB Brantley Taylor hit Jacob Nelson with a 19-yard touchdown pass. Travis Kirkland pushed in the two-point conversion to put Harriman up 8-6.

Harriman’s touchdown was set up by a 50-yard kickoff return from Austin Barnett to the Midway 23.

Midway put together a long drive after the kickoff, but came up empty. 

From the 28, the Green Waves used 15 plays to reach the Harriman two yard line. Hearon had runs of seven, six, and four in the drive, but the big gainer came on a fourth-and-13 at the Harriman 27 when QB Jeremy Woody hit Jonathan Beason for a 23-yard gain. 

From the four, Midway had four shots at the end zone, but came up short when Woody bobbled the fourth down snap and Harriman’s Garrett Greene recovered at the seven.

Harriman used most of the rest of the half pushing out to the 31 before punting.

Midway got off two plays before halftime, but gained nothing from their own 49.

Harriman received the second half kick and Barnett had another good return to the Midway 49. 

From there, the Blue Devils scored quickly again to push the lead to 16-6.

On third-and-three from the 42, Michael Roberts broke free for the touchdown. 

Garrett Greene added the two-point conversion for the 10-point lead with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

After a three-and-out, Harriman drove to the Green Wave 11, but they also came up empty. Roberts had runs of six and five while Taylor hit Hunter Clark for an 18-yard gain in the drive before they turned the ball over on downs.

With time beginning to slip away, Midway finally came to life. 

Jason Gaus ripped off a big 31 yard run early in the drive then a 15-yard penalty on Harriman pushed the ball past midfield.

Three plays later, Midway’s Dylan Clark came up big for the Green Waves. Clark took a pitch right and raced 38 yards for the touchdown. 

Hearon tacked on the two-point run to pull Midway within two at 16-14.

After a three-and-out from Harriman’s offense, Midway put together the game-winning drive.

Starting from their own 48, Midway needed three plays before Clark took another pitch and rambled 38 yards for the go ahead TD with 1:07 left in the game. 

The two-point attempt failed, leaving the Green Waves up 20-16.

Harriman, however, almost pulled the game out.

Starting inside Midway territory after a short kick, the Blue Devils used a pair of pass interference penalties to move down the Green Wave 12 yard line.

Harriman would get no closer though as a sack moved them back to the 20 and a late throw into the end zone fell incomplete.

 Midway will be looking to even their record this Thursday when they host Knox Christian Middle School. Harriman will be looking for their first win when they visit Cherokee at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field in Kingston.