Big Reds Outlast Iroquois To Advance in D10
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 14th, 2015
At Fairview High School Friday night, it was a wind storm that halted all hopes of a pass game for either teams. According to the statistics you would think it was Iroquois who managed the wing. Outgaining West Middlesex 305-194 and having possession of the ball for the majority of the game. But it was the Big Reds who pulled off a 27-20 comeback victory by the help of big plays and turnovers.
The Braves started the scoring in the seond quarter after a scoreless first by Nate Kightlinger hitting pay-dirt from 26 yards out. Before the first half ended WM Jason Ash score from 20 yards out. A failed 2point conversion attempt resulted in a 7-6 Braves lead at the half.
West Middlsex opened the scoring in the second half on one of their several big plays when Mitchell Murray scooped up a fumble and returned it 40 yards to the house to give the Big Reds a 12-7 lead. However the Braves answered right back after a failed onside kick attempt when Kightlinger again scored from 59 yards out to make the count 13-12. After that it was all Big Reds. The ensuing drive for West Middlesex the seldom used scat back Joshua Poterfield took the ball 76 yards for a touchdown and then ran in the 2 pointer after. Giving WM a 20-13 lead. The Braves punter caught a low snap with his knee in on the ground in their own territory and the Reds scored again this time from Ash 1 yard out. The kick was good to make the score 27-13.
However the braves did not go away quietly. On their first pass attempt of the game Tarrell Clack found Tyler Barrone on a swing pass out of the backfield that the back took 39 yards to score, making the count 27-20. Unfortunetly for the Braves they ran out of time and the last play of the game WM’s Donnie Huffman picked off Clark as time expired.
Ash and Poterfield led the way for WM gain 59 yards and 2 TDs and 83 yards and 1 TD respectively. Kightlinger had 174 yards and 2 scores for the Braves who finished the year 8-3. West Middlesex moves on to play their Rival Sharpsville who is ranked third in the state next.
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