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The Rockwood Middle School Tigers opened the 2010 season with a rousing 42-8 win over Midway Thursday night in Rockwood.
“We came out expecting to do well and we wanted to do well in the first game because of who we play next,” said Rockwood head coach Scott Harvey.
The Tigers next opponent will be Jefferson. The last time Jefferson and Rockwood met was last October when the Eagles picked up a controversial win in the Clinch Valley large division championship game. Jefferson scored on the final play of the game after a penalty on Rockwood just before.
The Tigers did serve warning that they are ready for all comers by easily outdistancing the Green Waves. The Tigers scored on five of seven first half possessions and led 34-0 by halftime.
The Tigers took control of the game quickly and never looked back.
Rockwood’s first score came only five plays after the opening kickoff.
Kyron Inman set up the first touchdown up with a 40-yard run to the Midway 17 yard line. Brant Mitchell rumbled in from the 17 on the next play.
The two-point try was missed to leave Rockwood up 6-0.
After an exchange of fumbles and a Midway punt, Rockwood scored quickly again as Inman capped a three-play, 33-yard drive with a 29-yard run.
Drake Long punched in the two-pointer for a 14-0 lead with 2:03 left in the first quarter.
Midway failed to come up with a bouncing kickoff and Dallas Strader recovered for the Tigers. Long needed only one play to score from 24 yards out and put the Tigers up 20-0 after the missed two-point try.
After a Midway punt, Rockwood went 64 yards in two plays with Inman scoring from 51 yards out. Long pushed in the two-point try for a 28-0 lead with 7:12 left in the half.
Rockwood’s fifth touchdown of the half came after a Midway fumble. This time Inman capped a two-play, 35-yard drive with a 15-yard run.
Midway fumbled the kickoff return, but the Tigers failed to score this time when they rushed a new lineup into the game.
Midway quarterback Mason Woody hit Zach Edwards with a 35-yard bomb on the last play of the half. Edwards was shoved out of bounds on the five as time ran out.
Rockwood’s first points of the second half came on a safety when Midway snapped the ball through the end zone on a punt to make the score 36-0.
Midway booted the ball to Rockwood’s Logan Abbott on the safety kick and Abbott almost scored as he returned it to the Midway 20.
After a penalty on first down, Corbin Van Patten raced in from the 25 for the last Tiger touchdown of the night.
Midway got their touchdown on the first possession of the fourth quarter. Jason Goss carried three times in the drive for 29 yards. Jonathan Beason carried twice for 34 yards including the last 29 yards for the touchdown.
Goss tacked on the two-point run to trim the final score to 42-8.
Midway will be on the road again Thursday when they travel to Sunbright while Rockwood hosts Jefferson.