Middle School Football Kicks Off
By David Grindstaff
Middle School football action got underway last week with a full slate of games in the Toe River Conference. Yancey County teams both opened the season at home but came away with different results.
East Yancey-44 Cranberry-14
A very deep Panther team took it to a 7th grade dominated Cranberry squad in the TRC opener in Burnsville on Tuesday night where East Yancey opened up a 30-8 halftime lead and was never threatened in a 44-14 win over the Wildcats.
Panther QB Trey Robinson got the scoring barrage underway when he broke loose for a 28 yard TD run early in the first quarter. The two point pass from Robinson to Austin Randolph was true and the Panthers were on top 8-0 early.
The lead grew to 16-0 after a 23 yard Derek Thomas touchdown run and two point conversion carry by Dathan Robinson, still in the first quarter. The score was set up by a nice punt return by Austin Randolph that gave EY a first down at the Wildcat 40 yard line.
Another TD long run, this time a 68 yard jaunt by Dathan Robinson, posted the Panthers to a 22-0 lead early in the second and by halftime the lead had swelled to 30-8 following a 40 yard Derek Thomas touchdown run and two point conversion by Austin Randolph.
East Yancey continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring to go up 38-8 on a Dathan Robinson 20 yard run and tow point conversion run by Trey Robinson. The score came after Austin Randolph returned a Wildcat onsides kick to the Cranberry 20 yard line.
The lead exploded to 44-8 following a Dathan Robinson punt return down to the Wildcat 30 yard line. Jake Autrey ran the football to the Cranberry five e on the next play and Dawson Branton carried it across from there to put the Panthers on top by 36 points.
CMS scored on a long run early in the 4th quarter and added the two point conversion to make the final 44-14.
East Yancey will travel to Avery Middle this week.
Avery Middle-38 Cane River-6
The Rebels found the going tough in their opener against visiting Harris which dominated the line of scrimmage in a 38-6 win.
“Harris was a big physical team that took it to us,” first year Rebel Head Coach Cody Tipton said. “We look to play better this week against Bowman here at our place,” Tipton said.
A five yard touchdown run by Issac Shuford that climaxed a 65 yard drive in the 4th quarter accounted for all of the points for the Rebels in their 2013 debut.