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The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats narrowly avoided an upset Thursday when they got a last minute win over Midway, 14-8.
Midway scored first and held an 8-0 lead till the 3:08 mark of the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats would put together a late rally to pick up the victory.
The game started with both defenses coming up big.
Oliver Springs drove to Midway’s 36 to start the game, but the Bobcats would come up empty on fourth-and-one. Midway answered by driving to the Bobcat 5, but the Green Waves would fumble with Brandon Taylor recovering for the Bobcats.
After a Bobcat punt, the Green Waves drove to the Bobcat 7, but they would again come up empty as Oliver Springs’ Eric Noe picked off a pass.
With time running out in the half, the Bobcats did reach midfield when Derrick Tinker burst loose for a 41-yard gain. QB Brandon Buck then hit Marcus Miller for a six-yard pick up on the final play of the half.
Midway opened the second half on offense and would score the game’s first touchdown.
Starting from their own 27, the Green Waves drove to the Oliver Springs 46 and that’s when Zach Hearon broke loose for the score.
Jonathan Beason ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
After the ensuing kickoff, it was Oliver Springs’ turn to put together a long drive that would come up empty. Behind the running of Miller and Tinker, the Bobcats drove all the way to the Green Wave 6 before Hearon recovered a fumble to end the scoring threat.
Midway was forced to punt three plays later and that’s when Oliver Springs came up big on special teams as a bad snap forced Midway’s punter to run and he was stopped at the Midway 5.
Miller scored three plays later on a one yard run. Buck then hit Tinker with the two-point conversion pass to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:08 left to play.
Oliver Springs’ defense then came up with a huge turnover as Shelby Morgan recovered a Midway fumble at the Green Wave 49 after Midway crossed midfield.
With time becoming a factor, Tinker broke free for a 26-yard gain to the 23. A personal foul late hit penalty moved the ball even closer to the 12. Miller smashed in from the six two plays later to put the Bobcats up 14-8 with 45 seconds left in the game.
Oliver Springs’ two-point try was no good.
With time very short, Midway went to the air, but two sacks helped end the contest.
Midway finishes the season at 2-6 while Oliver Springs improved to 6-2 and has one more game, a big rematch against Sunbright for the conference championship this Thursday at Oliver Springs.