|Martin manages a jamboree win, while Lions leave on a good note |
|Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:10 am |
On a night filled with the electricity of heat and threatening thunderstorms, two Weakley County middle school teams took to the gridiron in McKenzie to put theory into practice and practice into a game. The Martin Middle School Panthers prevailed over Lexington, 16-6, while the Dresden Middle School Lions came up just a hair short to the Huntingdon Jr. Mustangs, 14-8.
A little help — Martin’s J’Von Cavitt (right) provides a downfield block to allow teammate Ledrell Starnes to gain a few extra yards during their jamboree victory over Lexington Saturday night in McKenzie. Martin brought a 16-6 win back to Weakley C
Action was hectic due to a time change necessitated by the severe heat. The later starting time meant two games took place at once with four teams on the field, two each on either side of the 50-yard line.
The Panthers took the second slot and the Lions played afterwards.
Martin started on offense at the 40 and picked up four yards on an Andrew Chavis carry and two on a Ledrell Starnes run. Landon Pitcher was stopped on third down, but Lexington jumped offsides on fourth down, giving MMS the break and new life. Panther quarterback Houston Haag surged forward with his line for four yards, Chavis ran ahead for one and Starnes gained five before Haag took it himself the final 20 yards for the score. Starnes tacked on the conversion and Martin took the early 8-0 lead.
The Tigers went to the ground game and soon faced fourth down. They picked up the first down on a pass play, but were slapped with a holding penalty eventually leading to a turnover on downs early in the second half.
The Panthers quickly took advantage as Haag completed a 23-yard pass on the run to J’Von Cavitt. Chavis sped up the middle for 10 and Tyler Smith picked up four. Starnes was stopped on his carry, but Chavis netted the three-yard touchdown run. Starnes picked up the two-point conversion and the Panthers led 16-0.
After swapping fumbles, Lexington put six points on the board fueled by a 28-yard run, but Martin left with the 16-6 win.
In the second contest, Huntingdon started on offense and the Lion defense looked impressive in forcing a turnover on downs.
On offense for the first time, Dresden’s Joey Smith found a little running room for two yards and veteran Dillon Jolley picked up eight and a first down up the middle. The Lions fumbled away the ball, however.
Again, the Lion defense came through, though, holding strong on a fourth-and-long.
Back on offense, Dresden gained 13 yards on a Smith carry and four yards on a Jolley run. Tyler Hutcherson completed a seven-yard pass to Nathan Gibbs and Jolley gained six before the end of the first half. Hutcherson was sacked to open the second half and threw incomplete on third down. Gambling on fourth down, Dresden’s Kyle Williams gained nine on a reverse, but the Lions were forced to turn the ball over on downs.
The Mustangs immediately took advantage and put six on the board on the very next play.
The Lions were held to zero yards on the next series and again, Huntingdon scored on the very first play of its ensuing series. With a conversion, the Mustangs increased the lead, 14-0.
On the last series of the game for the Lions, Dresser Winn was inserted at QB and found Williams downfield for a 38-yard touchdown. Jolley picked up the two points at the buzzer and the Lions left with a 14-8 loss, but on a positive note Winn’s TD toss is what the fans will remember.
The Martin Panthers will return to the gridiron on Saturday night when they trek north to Lone Oak. There they will face Graves County with kickoff set for 7 on Saturday night.
For their official season debut, Dresden’s Junior Lions will make a return trip to McKenzie on Thursday night, this time to take on the host Rebels. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.