|Late rallies good for Twisters, Hillcrest
|Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:00 pm
Better late than never.
Union City Middle School came from behind to beat Martin 28-20 Tuesday night in middle school football.
The Jr. Tornadoes scored three times over the final two periods with the aid of three Panther turnovers.
UCMS is now 2-0 after winning its West Tennessee Athletic Conference opener and spoiling that of Martin.
In other middle school sports results from Tues-day, Hillcrest edged South Fulton 4-3 in softball.
The following is a recap.
UC 28, Martin 20
Union City’s finish was much better than its start.
Converting three Martin fumbles into touchdowns, the Golden Tornadoes rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to win in middle school football action Tuesday night at Martin.
Jeremy Bumpus scored on runs of two, 45 and 11 yards with Cooper Hurt and Taeshawn Allen each adding a two-point conversion in the second half.
Bumpus’ first TD came at 1:19 of the third quarter after Austin Meadows pounced on a Panther fumble.
Hurt then rolled left on a bootleg and stretched out for the pylon to convert the two-pointer, bringing UC within 20-14.
Another fumble recovery led to Bumpus’ 45-yard scamper at 6:58 of the fourth quarter, and then Meadows forced a fumble that Jaylen Crumble recovered deep in Panther territory with 52 seconds remaining in the game.
Bumpus scored on an 11-yard run, and Allen squirted in for the two-pointer with 28 seconds remaining.
UC was anything but special in the first half, muffing a punt return and allowing Martin to recover an onside kick that the home team converted into a couple of TDs to grab a 20-6 lead at the half.
Union City’s score came on a 76-yard run by Allen with 7:47 to play in the second quarter.
Crumble had seven tackles, both Hurt and Bumpus had six stops, and Allen added five tackles for UC.
Meadows had an interception and three fumble recoveries.
UC hosts Lake County next Tuesday, kickoff at 6:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 4, SF 3
Lauren Ivy went 3-for-3 and the Lady Cougars scored twice in the fourth to break a 2-all tie, then held on to defeat SF.
Mollie Johnson went 2-for-3 and Macey Cox singled and drove in a run for H’crest, which improved to 2-1.
McClain Bell and Alyssa Straughan also had hits for the victors.
Cox fanned seven and walked two to get the pitching victory.
For the Red Devilettes, (1-2), Kennedy Sisson, Katie Clapper, Abby Fulcher and Summer Britt all had hits.
Clapper was the losing hurler with three strikeouts and three earned runs allowed.
Both teams next play again Tuesday, Hillcrest at home vs. Hickman County, and South Fulton at Lake Road.
Published in The Messenger 8.29.12