LMS suffers large defeat against Harris
One of the hardest feats to accomplish in the game of football is stringing together two productive contests with minimal down time in between and that rule was proven once again on Tuesday night as the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers fell big, 44-14, to Harris Middle School just four days after a two point loss to West Wilson.
"Generally you have two-to-three days of practice and then put stuff in for whoever you are playing, but we played Thursday, we watched film on Friday, and then (Monday) we had kind of a half practice," LMS coach Elliot Cook said. "It kind of messes up our schedule but there's no excuse not to come out and play and fight."
Harris jumped on Lewisburg from the get go, scoring 16 points in the first quarter.
The Tiger began to show signs of life in the second period when cornerback Kaden Witson picked off a Harris pass, but the home team failed to make any progress on the offensive side of the ball.
Harris running back DeMarcus Smalls capitalized on the change of possession, taking a hand off 18 yards to end zone and catching a screen pass from Maliek Lottie and racing 62 yards to the house on the next Eagle series for the 30-0 lead at the half.
"We challenged them at halftime to come out and put some points on the board and make a respectable showing for our fans, their families, and everybody here," Cook said. "We've just got to get them to focus on every play. You can't take a play off, you can't have a play where you forget what to do, and you've got to be consistent."
The young Tigers heeded their coach's advice after another Harris touchdown to open the half when Dravin West hit A'Ky Howard for a 25-yard catch on third and 17 and Whitson scored on a 30-yard touchdown run with 20 left in the third quarter.
LaMarion Pierce scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with a minute remaining in the game to cap off a productive second half.
"We're a better team than our record shows," Cook said. "We're 0-3 but we are a lot better than that. We keep killing ourselves with bad snaps, fumbles, or stepping the wrong way, or leaving our gaps open for blitzes. Just mental mistakes that if we cleaned them up we could move the ball and win ball games."
The Tigers will get another shot at the elusive first win when it opens up a three-game road trip at Tullahoma next Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
A trip to Dickson County will be followed with a road game at Spring Hill before the Tigers return to Preston Hopkins Field on Thursday, September 22 for a Homecoming matchup with E.A. Cox.
Harris 16 14 8 6 44
Lewisburg 0 0 8 6 14