From Staff Reports
Fayetteville Middle School overcame stiff resistance offered by Ansted Middle School last Thursday to earn a 30-14 football victory.
Behind the running of Noah Minor, Ansted bolted to a 14-0 lead before Fayetteville fought back.
For the Pirates (2-2), Micah Bates scored on a 60-yard kickoff return to trim the deficit to 14-6, and Jonathan Malay caught the two-point conversion from Jordan Dempsey to make it 14-8.
Bates then reached the end zone from 10 yards out, and Trent Pullens tacked on the conversion run for a 16-14 FMS lead.
Fayetteville’s last two six-pointers came on an 8-yard run by Dustin Bailey and a 40-yard pass from Dempsey to Pullens. Bailey had a two-point run after his TD.
Dempsey rushed five times for 40 yards, in addition to going 5-of-7 through the air for 130 yards, a TD and a conversion pass. In addition, Christian Lively had four carries for 25 yards.
Malay had two receptions for 50 yards, Pullens one for 40 yards and Bates two for 40 yards.
The Fayetteville line play was led by Jeffery McKnight, Lebron Carr, Gabe Mack, Sammy Pullens and Sam Criss.
The Pirate defense was led by Bates, who registered 15 tackles, and Bailey, who had four tackles for loss. According to coach John Mark Kincaid, the FMS prevent unit also received strong play from Logan Frantz, Kris Wilson, Jude Browning, David Durgan, Jarred James and Darrick McDowell.
Fayetteville travels to Valley at 6 p.m. tonight.