Tigers take care of Green Wave, 44-8

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By Brownie Rose

The Rockwood Tigers took advantage of six Midway turnovers en route to a 44-8 District 3-A win Friday night at Midway.


Midway's turnovers along with Rockwood holding a 339-111 advantage in total yards led to an easy night for the Tigers.

Rockwood racked up 264 yards on the ground and had a short field most of the night. Collin Smith (12-79) and Dillon Deardorff (5-78) did most of the damage for the Tigers on the ground  while Tiger QB Lucas Jolley added 75 yards and two touchdown passes to Josh Boles and Smith. 

With starting QB Thomas Viar out due to an injury, Midway had only 111 total yards on the night. Seventy-one of the yards came on Midway's only touchdown of the night when Jacob Miller scored early in the fourth quarter. 

The turnover parade started early for Midway. After receiving the kickoff and picking up one first down on an Aaron Collins 14 yard run, but QB Larry Risner was picked off by Rockwood's Cameron Webster at the Tiger 44 yard line.

Rockwood drove 56 yards in nine plays to score the game's first touchdown. 

Jolley hit Boles for a 23-yard gain in the drive then Jolley and Boles hooked up again for a 14-yard touchdown pass. 

Jared Breazeale hit the point after to put the Tigers up 7-0 with 5:42 left on the first quarter.

After the kickoff, Midway was charitable again when they fumbled on the second play with Boles recovering at the Midway 44.

Rockwood did not score this time as the teams exchanged punts.

Rockwood, however, did score on their third possession as they drove 62 yards in nine plays to score the second TD of the game. This time the Tiger running game kicked in. Deardorff had a run of 12 yards in the drive and the touchdown run of 17 yards.

Breazeale hit the point after for a 14-0 lead with 9:58 left in the half. 

Midway fumbled again on their next possession, but the Tigers didn't take advantage as they punted the ball back.

Rockwood would score on their next possession as they drove 38 yards in eight plays with the scoring play coming on an eight-yard pass from Jolley to Smith.

Breazeale smacked through the point after for a 21-0 lead with 2:52 left in the half. 

Midway coughed up the ball again on the second play after the kickoff as Deardorff recovered for the Tigers at the 30.

However, Jolley would be picked off by Davidson on the first play. 

At the nine, Midway needed to run out the clock and regroup, but after three Rockwood time outs, Risner would punt again. This one went only 17 yards to the 26. 

The Tigers needed only two plays to score their fourth TD of the half. Smith gained 23 yards on the first play then FB Everett Campbell bulled in from the three on the next play. 

Breazeale popped in the point after for a 28-0 lead with 1:12 left in the half.

Risner would fumble on the first play after the kickoff and again set the Tigers up at the 29, but with no time outs left, Deardorff gained nine but the clock would runs out on the next play.

Rockwood received the second half kick and quickly scored the 35 points required for the mercy rule to go into effect. From their own 34, the Tigers needed only four plays to score with Deardorff finding the end zone from 40 yards out.

Breazeale hit the point after for a 35-0 lead with still 10:30 left in the quarter.

Midway's only possession in the third quarter resulted in a 10 yard loss when Risner was sacked by Campbell. 

Following a short punt, the Tigers put together a short drive before Breazeale booted through a 27-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Tigers up 38-0.

Midway finally responded on the first play after the kickoff when Jacob Miller bolted 71 yards for the touchdown. 

Miller added the two-point conversion to trim the lead to 38-8.

A short Midway kickoff was returned to the Midway 38 by Kyler Hagler. A personal foul penalty on the Green Waves pushed the ball to the 23.  

The Tigers scored their final TD after Headrick gained 17 on first down then Tyler Skidmore scored two plays later on a two-yard run.

Rockwood improved to 5-3 with the win and are 3-1 in the district. The Tigers host Bledsoe County  next Friday night and then will play Harriman in the final regular season game in two weeks.

A victory over Harriman in week 10 along with a Greenback loss to Grace Christian will give the Tigers the District 3-A title.

 Midway is still in search of their first win of the year and they will visit Hancock County Friday then host Tellico in the last regular season game of the year.