RMS downs Harriman, 38-8

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By Goose Lindsay

The Rockwood Middle School Tigers picked up their fourth easy victory of the season Thursday night as Scott Harvey’s squad rolled past rival Harriman, 38-8.
“We knew coming in that Harriman had a young football team, but you never want to take a rivalry game lightly,” Harvey said following the game. “We wanted to come out and play hard.”
Rockwood needed less than 15 seconds of game time to take the lead Thursday as Corbin Van Patten returned the opening kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown.
Kyron Inman added the two-point conversion to give the Tigers an early 8-0 lead.
Scoring fast was the them of the first half for Rockwood as the Tigers scored touchdowns four of the first five times they touched the ball.
Rockwood’s second scoring drive of the night was a quick two-play, 62-yard drive that ended in a 24-yard scoring run from Inman. Inman also added the two-point conversion to make the score 16-0 with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers defense scored next for the Tigers as R.J. Matyjasik picked off a Harriman pass to make the score 24-0 with 2:08 left in the opening period.
Rockwood scored again on their next possession as the Tigers needed only one play for Drake Long to race 41 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Inman again added the two-point conversion to make the score 32-0 with 7:43 left in the second quarter.
Head coach Harvey rested his varsity offense the rest of the evening, and that kept the score from getting out of hand.
Rockwood would score only one more time on the evening as Van Patten capped a six-play, 37-yard drive with a two-yard run that made the score 38-0 with 2:23 left in the contest.
Harriman avoided the shutout when Travis Kirkland scored from three yards out to finish off a six-play, 33-yard drive.
Harriman’s two-point conversion was good to make the final score 38-8.
Rockwood ended the evening with 153 yards of offense on 17 plays. The Tigers did not complete a pass and were led on the ground by Long (2-79-1 TD).
Harriman amassed 99 yards on 32 plays. Kirkland led the way with 62 yards rushing and one TD on 13 carries.
Rockwood looks to remain unbeaten Thursday night when they travel to Sunbright to take on another group of unbeaten Tigers.
“Right now we want to continue to work hard at practice,” Harvey said. “We play an undefeated Sunbright team next and still have some big conference games left to play.”
Harriman will try to bounce back when the Blue Devils visit Midway on Thursday.