Middle School Eagles fall in tight contest at Midway

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By The Staff

The Midway Middle School Green Wave withstood a late push by Oakdale to win 14-12 Thursday evening at Midway High School.

“We overcame a lot of adversity tonight,” Eagle Coach Jeff Kidd said. “I’m proud of these guys.”

Midway owned a narrow 8-6 lead going into the final quarter of play.

Chase Letner gave the Green Wave some breathing room when he barrelled into the end zone from 26 yards out.

“We moved Letner from tight end to tailback last week at halftime,” Brummitt said. “He’s showed what he can do along with Isaiah Stone.

“Those two showed what they can do and did really well.”

After the conversion failed, Midway had a 14-6 lead as time ticked away.

The outcome was all but ensured as Oakdale had trouble keeping control of the football throughout the contest.

“We suffered a defeat last week against Dayton,” Kidd said. “I was worried on how we’d do tonight. 

“As the game went on I realized that we’re growing as a team and we are still very much a work in progress.”

A number of bobbled snaps and fumbles kept the Eagles from gaining any momentum in the first half.

Penalties were the woe of Oakdale in the second half as that served to kill rhythm for them then.

A long pass from Braden Robinson to Nehemiah Cooney that would have injected much needed life into the Eagles during the third quarter was called back due to holding.

When Oakdale took possession in the fourth quarter, it looked like it was going to give the Green Wave something to worry about. 

The Eagles started on their 45-yard line and used nine plays to move to the Midway 24.

Oakdale’s drive fizzled out though after the Green Wave defense stiffened up.

On third-and-six, Midway’s defensive front had a jail break through the Eagle offensive line and disrupted a pitch to running back Jeremy Fitzpatrick. 

Fitzpatrick was able to fall on the ball to avoid a turnover but a play later Oakdale turned the ball over on downs.

The Eagle defense shocked the Green Wave on the next series.

Isaiah Stone was stopped twice in a row for no gain and a fumble by Midway was recovered by Oakdale on the home team’s 20-yard line.

With 32 seconds left in the game, Robinson’s pass fell incomplete.

Time was running out.

Robinson dropped back on the next play. 

As a wall of the Green Wave defensive line rushed Robinson, the quarterback lofted the ball high into the air.

The pass fell into the hands of Cooney and he was able to fall forward for a 19-yard pass, just short of the end zone.

Two plays later, Robinson rolled out and found Fitzpatrick open in the end zone for a scoring pass. 

With no time left on the clock, the score was 14-12.

Oakdale attempted the two-point conversion, but couldn’t convert.

After Chase Letner rumbled into the end zone to give Midway an 8-0 lead in the second quarter, the Eagles spent the rest of the game catching up.

Oakdale was able to get on the board in the third period when Fitzpatrick capped a three-play drive with a 50-yard sweep that ended in the end zone.

Oakdale will travel to Jellico on Thursday.

“I feel bad for the guys and hurt with them,” Kidd said. “But at the same time I like seeing that emotion.

“I have a feeling they’re going to get after it in practice.”