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Knee touch keeps Milan atop league

Knee touch keeps Milan atop league
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
By a nose, Milan edged Covington in what was likely the District 13AA championship game.
Make that a knee.
Sheldon Lyons’ game-tying two-point conversion with less than three minutes to play for the Chargers was called good by one official, then overruled by another, allowing the Bulldogs to escape with a 28-26 victory Friday at Johnnie Hale Stadium.
With what is expected to be an easy win over hapless Haywood (1-8) this week, Milan will claim the league title with a perfect 7-0 record.
The battle of third-ranked (Milan in 3A, Covington 4A) went down to the wire as expected.
Lyons’ three-yard touchdown run drew the Chargers within the final margin with 2:38 left, but his knee was finally ruled down on the ensuing conversion try after a meeting of the officials.
Covington head coach Marty Wheeler told The Messenger the line judge on his sideline gave the “good” signal before the one on the Milan side came in and wiped the conversion off.
Wheeler said several law enforcement officials came to his sideline after he objected demonstratively.
Fullback Arkel Coleman ran for three TDs for the Bulldogs, who were outgained by more than 100 yards all totaled by Covington.
In other games of local interest from Friday:
Humboldt 35, Lake Co. 7
The fifth-ranked Vikings (Class 2A) remained the lone team in 14A without a district loss by forcing six LC turnovers and will now play Union City for the league championship in Week 10.
Ryeon Wedley and C.C. Moody both rushed for more than 100 yards, Medley scoring twice and Moody hitting paydirt once for the victors (8-1, 5-0), whose only loss this season came vs. rival Milan.
Devon Jones had 73 yards rushing and another 63 receiving on four catches for the Falcons.
    LC is now 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the district.
Westview 56, Gibson Co. 14
Collins Alexander ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries as the Chargers extended Gibson County’s long losing streak to 32 games with a District 13AA romp.
Alexander had scoring jaunts of 13, 6 and 59 yards to help Westview (5-4, 3-3) to a commanding 49-0 halftime lead.
Wyatt Zarecor contributed two TD runs to the Charger cause.
Gleason 36, Scotts Hill 7
Ian Legens ran for 148 yards and scored twice and Conner Verdell threw two touchdown passes to Thomas Fowler to keep the Bulldogs alive in their hunt for a Class 1A playoff berth.
Another victory in Week 10 against fellow 4-5 entry Bruceton will get Gleason into the postseason.
The Bulldogs piled up 522 total yards against Scotts Hill and surrendered a lone score via Blake Boring’s long interception return.
Fullback Blake Taylor ran for 100 yards to give Gleason two rushers over the century mark.
Bruceton 14, TCA 7
The Tigers did their part to line up a District 13A showdown with Gleason for a playoff spot by holding off TCA.
Haden Williams ran for a TD and threw to Elijah Phillips for another score for Bruceton vs. the Lions.
Crockett 29, So. Gibson 28
Jonathan Jurnett’s two-point conversion run in overtime lifted CC to an upset over 6-3 and playoff-bound South Gibson.
Jurnett’s PAT followed his four-yard touchdown run. He rushed 161 yards and also caught a 30-yard TD pass.
Carlos Walden ran for three scores for the Hornets.
Adamsville 38, McKenzie 22
Dalton Plunk threw two touchdown passes and Zak Neary rushed for 170 yards and two TDs to help the seventh-ranked Cardinals to their ninth straight win and past No. 10 McKenzie.
Adamsville’s only loss was a 12-6 setback vs. state-ranked (Class 4A) Chester County in its season opener.
Lexington 27, Bolivar 20
The second-ranked Tigers clinched the District 14AA championship, rallying from a 20-12 fourth-quarter deficit to remain the state’s lone unbeaten Class 4A team.
Ryan Halliburton ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns for Lexington. Published in The Messenger 10.24.11

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