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Coalfield Middle shuts out Sunbright 30-0

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By Taylor Crombie

The Sunbright Middle School Tigers just could not get anything going against the Coalfield Middle School Yellow Jackets last Thursday night at home and lost their first district game 30-0.

“Any time you can jump on somebody early, they kind of go shell shocked and it takes them a while to figure things out,” Coalfield head coach Shawn Basler said. “That’s what we were able to do and fortunately we were able to hold on.”

The Tigers’ biggest problem was that they could not hold onto the ball. Coalfield’s Coalton Henry forced the first of three Sunbright fumbles within the first minute of the game. Cole Hines recovered and returned the ball 23 yards to give the Jackets’ excellent field position.

Henry was stopped just short of the goal line with a 25-yard run once Coalfield took over, but was able to push through on the next play for the Jackets’ first score. Hines connected with Isaiah Duncan for the 2-point conversion to give Coalfield an 8-0 lead.

The Tigers fumbled the first snap of their next drive and Coalfield’s Logan Bunch recovered on the 38-yard line.

Eli Roberts ran in a 24-yard TD and Henry carried in the 2-point conversion to extend Coalfield’s lead to 16-0.

Again, Sunbright fumbled on the first play of the next drive and Elijah Malone recovered for Coalfield.

It took four plays for the Jackets to reach the end zone this time, but Henry made it in with a three-yard run. Coalfield failed to convert, leaving the score at 22-0.

The Tigers did not allow the Jackets to score in the second quarter, but were still struggling to get things going on offense and never made it farther than Coalfield’s 49-yard line.

Roberts ran 10 yards for Coalfield’s fourth and final touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 30-0 after Rommel Conlon caught Hines’ pass for the 2-point conversion.

Both teams will play home games this Thursday.

Coalfield will take on Fairview, while Sunbright will play Winfield.