The Fayetteville Middle School Pirates got a fourth-quarter safety Thursday to defeat visiting Valley 2-0.
“(It was a) well-played and evenly-contested game,” said Fayetteville coach John Mark Kincaid. “We were able to capitalize on the blocked punt.
“We moved the ball OK during the game, but penalties and turnovers stopped the chances we had to score. I was very pleased with the effort. I thought we played hard all game.”
Dustin Bailey and Jonathan Malay teamed up to block a Valley punt in the fourth quarter and Kris Lively made a tackle in the end zone for Fayetteville, according to Kincaid. Also, Logan Frantz supplied two key sacks during Valley’s last drive.
For the Pirates, Jordan Dempsey rushed seven times for 30 yards and was 2-of-2 through the air for 28 yards. Bailey collected 68 yards on 10 carries. Micah Bates had 10 rushing attempts for 30 yards and caught an 8-yard pass. Christian Lively had five carries for 9 yards, and Trent Pullens hauled in a 20-yard reception.
The offensive line was led by Sammy Criss, Sammy Pullens, Jeffrey McKnight, Caleb Harlan and Gabe Mack.
The defense was spearheaded by Bailey, who registered four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Other key defensive contributors included Bates, Harlan, David Durgan, Jarred James (two fumble recoveries), Lebron Carr, Jude Browning and Darrick McDowell. Lively powered the strong defensive line play.
In a 16-8 loss to Eastern Greenbrier to open the season, Bates scored on a 12-yard run and Malay caught the two-point conversion.
Dempsey and Trent Pullens had interceptions.
Eastern Greenbrier scored on a kickoff return and capitalized on a fumble for a 2-yard scoring drive in the first quarter.
Fayetteville plays at Meadow Bridge on Thursday.
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