In a middle school football game on Oct. 22, the Midland Trail Patriots prevailed over the Valley Greyhounds, 20-12, on eighth grade night despite having six starters out with injuries.
Several younger players stepped in to help the Patriots overcome the absence of the injured players.
For the Midland Trail offense, Kaden Lephew had 27 carries for 141 yards. He logged touchdowns runs covering 15, 2 and 3 yards, as well as catching two passes for 8 yards.
Juan Pecina carried nine times for 33 yards, and Maximus White provided nine rushing yards.
Quarterback Aiden Maichle was 2-of-2 for 8 yards.
Kaiden Nuckols had five tackles and a sack for the defense. Robert Guthrie had eight tackles, Elijah Canada had six stops, and Lephew logged five tackles and deflected a pass.
Also for the Patriots, Zander Ooten forced a crucial fumble on a pass completion to a Valley wide receiver late in the fourth quarter. The loose ball was covered by Trail's Colton Walkup, which allowed MTMS to run out the clock.
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