LMS fights hard, falls to Whitthorne
Lewisburg Middle School opened the 2015 football season with a home game against neighboring county rival Witthorne Middle School and came away a hard-fought loss against the Lions 24-6.
"It seemed like the entire game we just couldn't gain the momentum but our team kept fighting," Coach Elliot Cook said. "I was proud that our kids didn't give up. We just have to find a way to put on more steam even when things are bad."
Witthorne got on the scoreboard with 4:38 left in the first quarter to go up 8-0.
The Lions regained control of the football after a Tigers three-and-out and promptly scored another touchdown and 2-point conversion on the first play of the second quarter to extend the lead to 16-0.
Javarria Rucker put the Tigers in good field position on the kickoff return, but they suffered a quarterback sack and two bobbles they recovered to punt the ball back to the Lions.
Despite several good plays, including a tackle for a loss by Christian Stacey and a third-down stop by Andrew Gold, the Lions completed a 24-yard pass for a touchdown on fourth down gamble to stretch the lead.
Tigers warm up
The Tigers offense finally warmed up behind Gold, who rushed for 20 yards on four straight plays, before turning the ball over on downs with 20 seconds left in the half.
The Tigers controlled the ball for most of the third quarter with Javarria Rucker rushing once for 20 yards and Stacey connecting on a 35-yard pass to Zack Graves on a fourth-and-17 play the highlights. Stacey then teammed with Preston Shelton for the only Tigers TD of the night.
"For the West Wilson game we have to eliminate mistakes and win the field position battle," Cook said of the Tigers next opponent. "All night against Withorne we gave them a short field, thats hard to overcome at any level of football.
"If we can find a way to eliminate turnovers and mental mistakes we can be a really good football team. We outgained Withorne in the first half but lost on the scoreboard due to mistakes."
LMS will be back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday against West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet.