The opening day of the middle school football season was good for Gleason, but not so good for Dresden and Greenfield.
Gleason opened the season with a 28-16 Reelfoot Conference win over South Fulton. The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns after overcoming two turnovers in the first quarter.
Dresden opened at home against McKenzie, with the Rebels beating the Lions 26-24 in two overtimes.
Greenfield also began the season with a conference game against Lake Road at home. Two fourth-quarter touchdowns gave the Generals a 28-6 win.
Martin Middle School girls’ soccer team fell 2-1 in the home opener to Crockett County.
Gleason will be on the road Thursday at Bruceton, while Greenfield is at Hillcrest, and Dresden is at Lake Road. Martin Middle School season opener at Milan has been moved from today to Thursday due to the excessive heat, and the Lady Chargers’ soccer squad will be at home on Monday against Trinity Christian School.
Gleason 28, SF 16
The Bulldogs began the season by fumbling the ball away twice at the South Fulton 20-yard line before the offense settled down and scored four times in the last three quarters.
A shanked punt by the Red Devils put the Bulldogs in business at the 41-yard line. Drake Lovell put the home team on the scoreboard on a four-yard sweep around the right side of the field.
That came after he picked up 17 yards on a run, and Kursin Gustafson got the ball inside the five with a 15-yard scamper.
South Fulton had an answer to Gleason’s touchdown with a 52-yard scoring run on its first play after the ensuing kickoff. The Red Devils made good on the two-point conversion to lead 8-6.
That only lasted two plays as Gleason quarterback Kyser Crochet hooked up with Gustafson for a 75-yard touchdown to lead 14-8 after Lovell ran for the two-point attempt.
The Red Devils regained the lead on the first play of the second half with a 51-yard quarterback keeper. The Bulldogs came right back once again with a 64-yard touchdown run by Lovell on another sweep. Gustafson’s run was good for a 22-16 lead.
Lovell scored his third touchdown of the game later in the third quarter on another sweep with this one from three yards out for the final score of 28-16.
Both teams fumbled three times, with each turning the ball over twice. The Bulldogs outgained the Red Devils 294 yards to 261. Lovell finished with 106 rushing yards on seven carries and three touchdowns. Gustafson had 70 yards on 10 carries and one receiving touchdown.
Harley Todd ran the ball six times for 32 yards, and Crochet went 2-for-2 in the air for 85 yards and a touchdown.
McKenzie 26, Dresden 24
It took a two-point conversion in the second overtime for the Rebels to spoil Nicholas Cobb’s first regular-season game as a head coach.
The Rebels actually won the game on a busted play on the two-point conversion. A high snap went over the quarterback’s head, and he finally scooped it up at about the 15-yard line, scrambled around, and he magically got the ball in the end zone.
Both teams scored in the first overtime but neither made the point-after to make it an 18-18 game. McKenzie used a quarterback sneak before the Lions ever got set for the play. Tristan Jett then scored on a play Cobb drew up in the dirt to tie the game at 18-18.
The Lions got the ball first in the second overtime with quarterback Cameron Schlicht scoring from eight yards out on the second play to make it 24-18. The Rebels then scored and made the conversion on the busted play.
Dresden put the first points of the game on the scoreboard on a broken play with Jett taking the ball to the house. The Lions went into the half leading 6-0, and they never got to touch the ball in the third quarter, as the Rebels ate up the clock on a long drive and scored with five minutes left in the game to tie it 6-6.
Schlicht had a pass picked off by the Rebels on Dresden’s next play, as they went down the field and scored to lead 12-6. There were 40 seconds left with the Lions at the McKenzie 40-yard line when Schlicht found Reece Bell at the 10-yard line and scored to send the game into overtime.
LR 28, Greenfield 6
The Yellowjackets got on the scoreboard first on an end-around with Tallon Reddick going 15 yards for the touchdown. Reddick had a long run before his touchdown.
Lake Road took over the game after that and scored 28 unanswered points. The Generals scored on their first possession and then the game got into a stalemate until the Generals took the lead right before the end of the first half to make it 16-6.
The game was still 16-6 early in the fourth quarter when the Yellowjackets fumbled the ball and the Generals scored on a long run to lead 22-6. Greenfield was driving the ball down the field when the Generals intercepted a pass from Austin Griffin and turned it into a pick-six.
Griffin had about 75 yards passing the ball with Quay Yarbrough being his favorite receiver.
Crockett Co. 2, Martin 1
The only score of the game for the Lady Chargers came on a penalty kick by Gryphon Rowland. The Lady Chargers had chances to score more points with Maddie Horton and Selena Hernandez taking several shots at the goal, but they could not get one to go into the net.
Martin goalkeeper Chloe Peevyhouse played very well as she kept the game within reach by making several saves.
This was the third game of the week for the Lady Chargers as they fall to 1-2 on the season. Fatigue may have come into play with this being their third game to in four days.