Midway Middle edges Hobbton in ‘Mud Bowl’


By David Johnson - Sports Writer



Jacob Lee gets a long gain early in the first quarter. He would later score on a 5-yard run.


The Hobbton Wildcats and the Midway Raiders Middle schools finished the season Wednesday afternoon with a hard fought, hard hitting football game. Midway got away with a 12-8 win.

Midway Middle coach Jody Ellis said, “The first half they had us. They beat us all up and down the field. It was a muddy, dirty ball game but we had some things go our way. The defensive stop at the end of the second quarter was probably the turning point for us. That changed our momentum. They are a really good team. This was a game I was afraid of but we held on.”

“This football team will turn things in a great direction for the Hobbton Wildcat football program, said Hobbton coach Jackson Temple. “Many of them will be moving up to the high school next year and they have a tremendous amount of heart. I’m so proud to have been able to coach them. We are really proud of them. They did everything we asked them to do. We got to play our kind of game today. It just came down to a couple of plays that didn’t go our way. I appreciate the players and the parents for believing in what we are doing here at Hobbton. We are playing hard nose football and this was 1 hard nose football game. Both teams played great football. They hit hard on both sides of the ball on a muddy field. It was one of the hardest hitting football game I’ve seen this year,” he concluded.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first taking control of the game from the outset. They scored from 5 yards out completing a 62-yard drive with 4:49 left in the first quarter. The scored the point after on a run to take an 8-0 lead.

The Raiders came right back scoring seconds into the second quarter on a 5 yard run completing a 62-yard drive. The point after failed on a fumble. The score was 8-6 and held to the half.

Hobbton was threatening late in the half when they missed a pass on 4th down with 29 seconds left. A Midway defender knocked the ball down in the end zone.

Midway’s final score was set up when they recovered a Wildcat fumble at the Wildcat 20-yard line just under 2 minutes into the 4th quarter.

The whole second half was a defensive battle with both teams losing a couple of fumbles.

By David Johnson

Sports Writer

Jacob Lee gets a long gain early in the first quarter. He would later score on a 5-yard run.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Jacob-Lee.jpgJacob Lee gets a long gain early in the first quarter. He would later score on a 5-yard run.
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