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OSMS blasts Coalfield, 42-14

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By Brian Langley

Pride is on the line any time Coalfield and Oliver Springs meet on the gridiron. The Bobcats were very proud following their convincing 42-14 win at Coalfield last Thursday night in middle school football action.

Oliver Springs (2-0) used a powerful running attack (264 yards) and three fumbles to rout their biggest rival, who had beaten the Bobcats by a 38-8 margin last season. The Bobcats appear poised to challenge for the district championship once again this season. 

"They (Oliver Springs) have a great team and they are well coached. We put one on them (last year) and we expected them to try and get us back. We told the kids all week that we were going to get their best shot, and we just didn't respond. We came out of the gate a little flat and they played better than us tonight," said Coalfield head coach Shawn Basler.

The Yellow Jackets, who do not return a starter off last season's undefeated East Tennessee Championship Team, got down 34-0 in the first half, but outscored O.S. 14-8 in the second half.      

"Any time you've got to replace 22 starters on a football team, you expect some growing pains. This one hurts, because it is our biggest rivalry game on our schedule. There is only a couple of teams, when you play for Coalfield, that you want to beat like Oliver Springs. We didn't get it done this year. Last year we did, but this year we didn't. This game hurts our hearts, because it is a big rival, but it is not a district game and we're still in the district race," said Basler.

Oliver Springs wasted little time taking control of the game as they marched 70 yards in four running plays with Markus Miller scoring on a 38-yard run around the left end for a 6-0 lead.

Miller had a 39-yard run later in the first quarter to set up a two-yard scoring run by Derek Tinker and Brandon Taylor added a two-point run for a 14-0 advantage with 1:13 left in the quarter.

Miller then came up with a fumble recovery on the ensuing kick and five plays later, Oliver Springs QB Brandon Buck snuck it in from the one for a 20-0 lead.

Miller made his presence known on the defensive side of the ball and stripped Coalfield QB Logan Fadnek of the football two plays later and went 45 yards for six to push the lead to 26-0 with 6:09 left in the first half.

Another Coalfield miscue on their next drive turned into another score for the Bobcats. After a blocked punt was scooped up by Oliver Springs' Howie Lineberger. On the very next play, Jacob Pope took a reverse 43 yards into the end zone. Taylor added the two-point run to push the halftime lead to 34-0.  

Coalfield came out a different team in the third quarter and put together a nice drive all the way from their 43 down to the OS 19 where it ended on downs. 

Coalfield's defense then acme up huge on the Bobcats' next possession and forced a fumble with J.T. Underwood recovering at the three. Two plays later, Coalfield's Peyton Hensley found the end zone on a two-yard plunge to snap the shutout. 

Peyton Tinker scored the two-pointer to narrow the margin to 34-8 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.

Oliver Springs came right back and used two long runs by Tinker to answer. Tinker scored on a 22-yard run after he ha a 39-yard scamper. Buck hit Pope for the deuce to build a 42-8 advantage with 7:09 left in the game.

The two teams then emptied their bench during the final seven minutes of the game. Coalfield's Russell Henry broke loose for an exciting 44-yard run around the right end with just over five minutes left in the game for the final score of the night to shave the final deficit to 42-14.   

Coalfield's 100-yard offensive attack was led by the rushing trio of Russell Henry (3-42, 1 TD), Peyton Hensley (8-23, 1 TD) and Cameron Godwin (2-22). Logan Fadnek was 2-4 for 6 yards through the air. Peyton Tinker (2-6) was the top receiver.

The Bobcats' 264-yard rushing effort was powered by the 1-2 punch of Markus Miller (8-128, 1 TD) and Derek Tinker (8-95, 2 TD). Jacob Pope (1-43) and Brandon Buck (1-1) each added a rushing touchdown.

Coalfield (1-1) hits the road this Thursday when they go face Burchfield in a key district game.

 Oliver Springs opens up their home schedule this Thursday when an undefeated Rockwood team come to town.