Bledsoe County pulls away from Midway, 42-14

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By Brownie Rose

Injuries, lack of depth, and several big Bledsoe County plays all contributed to the 42-14 Midway loss last Friday night in Pikeville. 

The Green Waves were close in statistical battle against the Warriors, but would still drop to 0-3 on the season with a couple more tough games on the horizon.

Midway dominated the first quarter and most of the first half, but would find themselves tied 14-14 at  halftime with the Warriors. 

The two teams traded punts to start the game, but Midway’s second possession would cover 92 yards on 17 plays to give them a 7-0 lead. 

Senior back Larry Risner had a big 38-yard run in the drive that ended with sophomore Jacob Miller scoring from four yards out.

Risner added the PAT to give the Green Waves a 7-0 lead.

Bledsoe County hit their first big play early in the second quarter when quarterback Jody Holloway hit Brandon Smith for a 65-yard TD pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Midway responded with a good kickoff return by Aaron Collins, but a penalty would move the ball back to the 18.

The Green Waves were used to going long distance and they did again with an 82-yard drive on nine plays. 

Risner again had a big run on the second play that gained 37 to the to the Bledsoe 40.

The scoring play came on fourth-and-14 when QB Thomas Viar found Dillon Davidson in the end zone from 30 yards out.

Risner again hit the PAT for a 14-7 lead with 7:27 left till halftime.

Bledsoe tied it with their only long drive of the night, moving 69 yards on eight plays. 

Michael Gibboms scored from the 14 to tie the game at 14-14.

Viar did throw an interception on the next Midway possession, but the Green Waves got it back on the first Bledsoe County play when Jacob Shanahan intercepted Holloway.

The turning point in the game came in the third quarter when Bledsoe’s Smith returned the kickoff 86 yards for the go ahead touchdown. 

Midway used almost the rest of the quarter on a drive that started at the 36 and ended at the Bledsoe three with no points scored.

Viar completed four passes in the drive for 43 yards and almost had another scoring pass to Davidson, but Davidson was ruled out of bounds on the play.

Midway got as close as the Warrior three on the dive, before running out of downs.

Bledsoe County took the momentum completely away when the pushed out from the three to the 28 as the quarter ended. 

The Warriors eventually scored on a 39-yard run to go up 28-14. 

Bledsoe County tacked on two more late TDs against a very tired looking Green Wave defense to get the 42-14 win that was much closer than the score indicated.

Midway out gained Bledsoe County running and was close passing. The Green Waves piled up 181 yards rushing on 44 carries. They were eight of 17 passing for 86 yards. The total yardage was 267.

Bledsoe had 154 rushing and 128 passing for 282 total yards.

Risner led Midway’s ground attack with 91 yards on 13 carries. 

Viar completed 8 of 16 passes for 86 yards with Davidson  hauling in five catches for 56 yards with 1 TD.

 Midway will be at Grace Christian next Friday then return home against Oliver Springs the following Friday to end the three-game road trip.