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Waves tie Tigers, 2-2

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By The Staff

By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

The Midway Green Waves hosted Meigs County Thursday evening in their final scrimmage of the fall and Craig Moser's squad tied the Class AAA Tigers 2-2 in touchdowns scored.

However, despite tying the bigger school, the Green Wave skipper wasn't pleased as he felt too many mental breakdowns hurt his team on the both sides of the ball.

“We've got a long way to go,” Moser said following the two hours of work. “We're making way too many mistakes on offense. We'll move the ball well at times, but then a penalty or sack will back us up.

“We didn't play smart at all defensively. Our defensive line didn't play with any technique tonight and that hurt us. We made mistakes that we hadn't been making in the spring or fall so far.”

Midway's varsity squad had the ball eight times on the evening, but found the end zone only once thanks to a seven-yard pass from sophomore QB Thomas Viar to senior RB Jack Henderson.

Viar finished the evening completing 13 of 21 passes for 121 yards with the one touchdown.

“I don't think Thomas threw it as well tonight as he did in our first scrimmage,” Moser said. “But he faced a lot more pressure tonight, and he's going to have to get used to that. He'll be able to use tonight as a learning experience.” 

Viar's completions were spread around to four receivers with Henderson (5-40-1 TD) leading the way. Wakon Roberson (4-49) was next in line with Kevin Alison and Aaron Collins catching two passes each.

Midway ended the evening with 62 yards rushing on 29 carries. Those numbers would have been better if not for four sacks of Viar that resulted in 25 yards lost.

Collins led the Green Wave with 31 yards on 10 carries while Henderson added 15 yards on five attempts.

In all, Midway amassed 183 yards offense in 50 plays.

Midway's defense started slowly, but did play better as the day wore on.

Meigs County put together a pair of 70-yard scoring drives on their first three possessions.

Midway's defense, however, scored a touchdown of their own on Meigs' fourth possession when Roberson returned an interception 34 yards for a score.

Three of Meigs County's next five possessions ended in turnovers as Tyler McMahan recovered a pair of fumbles while Steven Wallace fell on another loose ball.

A fourth Tiger possession ended thanks to back-to-back sacks from Alison and Joseph McGuckin while a fifth drive ended with Midway holding the Tigers out of the end zone from the four yard line on fourth-and-goal.

Meigs County ended the evening with 231 yards rushing on 47 carries and 35 yards passing, completing two of 10.

In junior varsity action, both teams scored a touchdown with Midway's score coming on a 61-yard run from freshman Jacob Miller.