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RMS rushes past Wartburg, 46-22

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By Brody Jones

The Rockwood Middle School Tigers used 327 rushing yards to defeat the Wartburg Central Bulldogs Thursday night, 46-22.

“We knew that Wartburg was going to spread us out defensively,” Rockwood head coach Scott Harvey said. “We knew if we controlled the line scrimmage on both sides of the ball we could win and I feel like we did that.”

The game’s first offensive play was a harbinger of things to come as Corbin Van Patten ran 55 yards for a Tiger touchdown. 

Van Patten punched in the 2-point play to make the score 8-0 with 7:37 left in the first quarter. 

Wartburg responded with a 7-play, 58-yard run, scoring on a 6-yard Thomas Carroll to Bronson Beasley touchdown strike.

Carroll ran in the conversion and the game was tied at 8-8 with 4:20 left in the first quarter. 

Rockwood bounced back with a 5-play, 58-yard drive, scoring on a 23-yard run by Van Patten. 

Logan Abbott ran in the conversion to make the score 16-8 with 2:05 left in the first quarter. 

After recovering a botched kickoff return by the Bulldogs, Rockwood took two plays to cover 56 yards to score on a 43-yard run by Van Patten. 

Van Patten ran in the conversion to make the score 24-8 with 1:22 left in the first quarter. 

After hanging on to the kickoff, Wartburg responded with a 2-play, 37-yard drive, scoring on a Carroll to Peyton Nichols 36-yard touchdown pass. 

The Carroll 2-point play was good to make the score 24-16 with 47.3 seconds left in the first quarter. 

Van Patten scored again early in the second period on a 6-yard run that capped a 6-play, 60-yard drive. 

Abbott ran in the conversion to make the score 32-16 with 5:37 left in the half. 

After both teams failed to score the rest of the quarter, the game went into halftime with Rockwood holding the 16-point advantage.

Wartburg got within 32-22 after an 8-play, 59-yard drive to start the second half. Carroll scored the touchdown as he punched in a one yard run. 

The 2-point conversion was incomplete as Wartburg trailed 32-22 with 5:22 left in the third quarter. 

Wartburg’s defense couldn’t stop Rockwood, however, as the Tigers would put together a 6-play, 74-yard drive and score again on an 18-yard run by Van Patten.

The 2-point play fell short, making the score 38-22 with 2:16 left in the third quarter. 

Rockwood would get their final points on the board with a 4-play, 37-yard drive, scoring on a 2-yard run by Abbott.

Tristan Mayton ran in the conversion to make the score 46-22 with 7:35 left in the game, which was what the final score ended up being. 

Rockwood was led on the ground by Van Patten (14-208, 5 TDs), Abbott (8-77, 1 TD) and Will Warner (6-31). Warner (1-1, 43 yards) led the team in passing with Jarrod Neerman making the catch. 

Abbott (6 tackles) and David Wilson (4 tackles) led the Rockwood defense.

Wartburg was led on offense by the arm of Thomas Carroll (16-23, 138 yards, 2 TDs) .

Rockwood lost the battle through the air, 138-43, but used a 327-27 advantage on the ground to win the yardage battle 370-165.

Up next for the Tigers will be a home game against Cherokee on Thursday.

 “I was proud of our guys effort tonight,” Harvey said. “Now we have to get ready for a really good Cherokee team.”