Martin can’t hold on after ‘special’ start
Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 12:00 pm
Martin’s start was very special indeed.
The end, however, was not.
Converting three Martin fumbles into touchdowns, Union City rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 28-20 win in their middle school football showdown 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.
UC’s strong second half came after a “special” first half for the Panthers.
Held to a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, Martin was granted a second chance when UC muffed the punt return.
The Panthers then converted on 4th-and-1 and followed up with the first score of the game when DJ Coffman scored on a 10-yard run with 1:01 to play in the opening period.
Coffman had earlier converted the fourth-down.
UC’s second offensive snap of the game opened the second quarter, and it proved to be big as Taeshawn Allen sprinted 76 yards for the tying score at 7:47.
Martin answered with two more TD drives before Union City got the ball back, starting with Joe Perry’s 4-yard run at 6:42.
The Panthers then pulled off an onside kick and capitalized with Coffman’s second score of the game, a one-yard run with 2:30 to play in the half. Tavien Holland pulled in the conversion pass from McKinney Baker for a 20-6 lead.
Union City’s third snap came with just 2:18 to play in the half, and the Golden Tornadoes drove deep into Martin territory before losing a fumble with 24 seconds to play.
Everything changed in the second half, mainly on UC’s ability to force and recover three Panther fumbles.
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.
Martin travels to Crockett County on Tuesday.
Union City, meanwhile, will play its home opener Tuesday vs. Lake County. Published in The WCP 8.30.12
Martin can’t hold on
after ‘special’ start