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The Midway/Wartburg scrimmage set for Friday turned into a three-way affair when Kingston joined the mix after York Institute canceled a date with the Jackets.
All three teams looked fair on offense on the day, but all three teams defenses played well as one might expect early in the year.
Midway led the way offensively with 235 yards total offense. More than half (129) of those yards came on the ground on 18 carries and 106 yards came through the air, completing five of 11 attempts.
Wartburg was next with 158 total yards with 150 coming on the ground and only eight through the air. The Bulldogs attempted and completed only one pass. The 150 ground yards came on 27 carries.
Kingston had a balanced attack and ended the day with 148 total yards. They ran for 95 yards on 27 carries and picked up 53 more passing on six completions in 11 attempts.
Midway’s defense picked off a tipped Jacket pass late in the scrimmage.
Each team had three possessions of 10 plays each in the varsity portion of the scrimmage, and all three teams scored one touchdown each. Midway added a second touchdown on their last possession in the JV part of the scrimmage.
Kingston scored the first touchdown in their first possession against the Wartburg defense.
Maurice Lane scored the touchdown when he plunged in from six yards out.
Rhett Jones set up the TD run with a 39-yard sprint on his first carry of the game. Jones would be the leading gainer for Kingston with 50 yards on four carries.
Yellow Jacket quarterback Paul Bolden was five of 11 for 48 yards with an interception.
Midway scored their first touchdown on their third possession and seventh overall possession of the game.
Mason Woody scored on a two-yard run on the Kingston defense after he had ran for 37 yards and completed a 28-yard pass to Jonathan Beason.
Woody was Midway’s leading runner with six carries for 59 yards. Beason was second with five runs for 36 yards. Beason also caught two Woody throws for 38 yards.
Wartburg scored is TD on their third possession and ninth overall in the scrimmage. The Bulldogs scored on a 10-yard run from Justin Durham against Midway.
Chasen Jones set up the TD with a 20-yard pick up earlier in the series. Durham was the leading Wartburg runner with 15 carries for 60 yards.
The Green Wave topped off the scrimmage with an electrifying catch and run from Zane Moser. Skyan Lyle hit Moser with a short pass in the flat and Moser did the rest with a 50-yard sprint past most of the Wartburg secondary for the score.
With two scrimmages under their belt, Midway and Kingston will use this week to get ready for the Roane County Jamboree Friday at Oliver Springs. Midway will take on Union County while Kingston battles Oneida.