Midland Trail cruised to a 46-12 defeat of host Fayetteville in a middle school football game on Thursday.
Jayden Roop rushed 10 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns to power the Patriots' offense. All but 15 of his yards occurred in the first half.
Colton Walkup logged 112 yards and a TD on eight carries, in addition to providing a pair of two-point conversions. Also, Gage Johnson had seven carries for 39 yards, a six-pointer and a conversion run, Aiden Weis had 16 rushing yards and a two-pointer, and lineman Cash Barnhouse got in on the offensive surge with two carries for 2 yards, a TD and a two-point run.
On the prevent side, Roop and Kordell Brown led the way for the Patriots. Roop registered six tackles, including four for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Brown also had six tackles, including four for loss, a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack.
Also for the Trail defense, Zander Ooten had five tackles, including a tackle for loss, Weis recorded five stops, Kaiden Nuckols had three tackles (all for loss), Jacob Ewing logged three tackles, Ray Stephens had two tackles and returned an interception 10 yards, Walkup had two stops, and Barnhouse and Johnathan Shumaker had one tackle each.
Fayetteville got a rushing TD from Xavier Sherman. Also Jamison Swafford reached the end zone after taking a pitch from James Coffey.
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Also last week, Oak Hill Middle got off to a strong start and earned a win over visiting Beckley-Stratton Middle, which was missing several players because of Covid-19.
It was Oak Hill's first game of the 2021 season.
The Red Devils are slated to visit Independence on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
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In a middle school game in Smithers on Tuesday, Sept. 14, Sherman came from behind to defeat Valley PK-8, 20-8.
Logan Nelson had a 30-yard touchdown which staked the Greyhounds to an early lead, and Tavion Woods supplied the conversion run.
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