http://www.morgancountynews.net/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Coalfield can’t be stopped http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/coalfield-can%E2%80%99t-be-stopped <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0810.jpg" alt="Coalfield’s Parker McKinney (21) looking for a target." title="Coalfield’s Parker McKinney (21) looking for a target." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Yellow Jackets took the lead early and never looked back in their last county rivalry game of the season against Oakdale, easily winning 55-8.</p> <p> The Jackets racked up 42 points in the first quarter alone, beginning with an 11-yard touchdown rush by Logan Kelly. Wyatt Withrow&rsquo;s extra point kick was good to give Coalfield a 7-0 lead at the end of the opening drive.</p> Sunbright wreaks havoc on Blue Devils defense http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/sunbright-wreaks-havoc-blue-devils-defense <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/21731359_1471872659571091_4678738225253471390_n.jpg" alt="Sunbright’s Levi Daniel (5) running the ball." title="Sunbright’s Levi Daniel (5) running the ball." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Senior quarterback Thomas Hall dashed for four touchdowns and gained over 150 yards on the ground as the Sunbright Tigers came to Harriman and annihilated the Blue Devil defense that gave up nearly 500 yards on the ground.</p> <p> Harriman Coach Travis Tapp was not happy with his team&rsquo;s defensive effort. &ldquo;We flat out got whipped, but hats off to Sunbright who executed the triple option well,&rdquo; he said.</p> Middle School Eagles show signs of progress in loss to Jellico http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/middle-school-eagles-show-signs-progress-loss-jellico <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0177.jpg" alt="Oakdale’s Eloy Vera (24) finds a gap in Jellico’s defense." title="Oakdale’s Eloy Vera (24) finds a gap in Jellico’s defense." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Jellico Middle School Blue Devils picked up a big 32-16 win over the Oakdale Eagles on the road last Thursday thanks to a huge first half from their offense.</p> <p> The Blue Devils started off strong with a 60-yard touchdown run on their opening drive to put Jellico ahead 6-0.</p> <p> Oakdale had the opportunity to answer on their first drive after a big pass to Eloy Vera put the Eagles on the 17-yard line, but ended up turning the ball over after a series of incomplete passes and penalties.</p> Wartburg falls to Harriman in straight sets http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/wartburg-falls-harriman-straight-sets <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/21740609_1469254996499524_3956806118271068424_n.jpg" alt="Tessa Wright digs in to bump the ball to teammates." title="Tessa Wright digs in to bump the ball to teammates." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For the third time in three weeks the Harriman Lady Blue Devils traveled to Morgan County and left with big wins with the latest victim being the Wartburg Bulldogs. It was three up three down for Harriman as they overpowered the &ldquo;Dawgs&rdquo; by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-20.</p> <p> Harriman coach Angela Monkhouse was enthusiastic about the way her team played in the first set.</p> <p> &ldquo;We started out awesome but the last two sets we were trying different players in new positions and were not communicating as well as we did at first,&rdquo; she said.</p> Welcome to winning Wartburg http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/welcome-winning-wartburg <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/1img_9749_1.jpg" alt="Wartburg’s freshman quarterback Tyler Davis (15) avoiding Oakdale’s Tyler Hinds (5)." title="Wartburg’s freshman quarterback Tyler Davis (15) avoiding Oakdale’s Tyler Hinds (5)." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &ldquo;Welcome to winning.&rdquo;</p> <p> That was the first thing Wartburg head coach Kevin Human said in the huddle after the Bulldogs defeated the Oakdale Eagles 41-0 to end the 25-game losing streak was.</p> <p> After three more disappointing losses to start the season, things finally came together at Oakdale on Friday night, proving that the times are changing for the Bulldogs.</p> Jackets improve to 4-0 with win over Tigers http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/jackets-improve-4-0-win-over-tigers <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/1img_0744.jpg" alt="Coalfield’s Ashton Jones (carrying ball) running the ball and trying to get around Sunbright’s defense." title="Coalfield’s Ashton Jones (carrying ball) running the ball and trying to get around Sunbright’s defense." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> From the opening snap, the Coalfield Yellow Jackets knew what they wanted to do.</p> <p> Quarterback Parker McKinney launched a 34-yard bomb to Ashton Jones on the game&rsquo;s first play. From that point forward, Coalfield (4-0) seized control of its game over Sunbright, winning convincingly, 53-7.</p> Keith Longmire, Ducky Jones inducted into Wartburg Speedway Hall of Fame http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/keith-longmire-ducky-jones-inducted-wartburg-speedway-hall-fame <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7018_5.jpg" alt="Left to right: Raymond Shepherd, Keith Longmire, Donald “Ducky” Jones, and Keith Adcock." title="Left to right: Raymond Shepherd, Keith Longmire, Donald “Ducky” Jones, and Keith Adcock." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Keith Longmire and Donald &ldquo;Ducky&rdquo; Jones were inducted into the Wartburg Speedway Sept. 3 as part of the Gus Chilton Memorial Race for their contributions to the track and racing in Wartburg over the years.</p> <p> Longmire and Jones are a huge part of the reason Wartburg Speedway reopened and has remained open for so many years.</p> <p> Longmire, who was born and raised in Joyner, got the racing bug at a young age. His father never raced, but helped a friend with his car and would take Longmire out to drive it.</p> Middle school Jackets defeat middle school Eagles http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/middle-school-jackets-defeat-middle-school-eagles <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8290_3.jpg" alt="Oakdale’s Eloy Vera (25) escaping a Coalfield defender." title="Oakdale’s Eloy Vera (25) escaping a Coalfield defender." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp; &nbsp;Coalfield brought the kind of effort and intensity Shawn Basler has wanted to see out of the middle school Jackets against Oakdale, defeating the middle school Eagles 46-8.</p> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;The last couple weeks, we&rsquo;ve been slow out of the gate,&rdquo; Basler said. &ldquo;We preached all week about starting fast and taking their will away early and that&rsquo;s what we did tonight.&rdquo;</p>