Middle School Football: Mountaineers stay unbeaten
MORGANTON – The Mitchell Middle School Mountaineers remained undefeated after a 44-26 win Wednesday, Sept. 5, over Table Rock in Morganton.
Mitchell (3-0) was down early after Table Rock scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of the game. The Mountaineers responded on their first drive when quarterback Ty Turbyfill ran in for a score from 11 yards out to cap a 62-yard drive. A Gage Young two-point conversion tied the game 8-8.
Stout defense from the Mountaineers forced Table Rock to punt on its next drive and Mitchell capitalized when wing back Enrique Huaroco scored on a nine-yard run to put Mitchell up 14-8.
Table Rock soon regained a 16-14 lead after completing a 64-yard touchdown pass and a successful conversion of the two-point try on its next possession.
The home team’s lead was short-lived, however, as Turbyfill scored on a seven-yard run then passed to tight end Joe Conley for the two-point conversion on the Mountaineers next possession to give Mitchell a 22-16 lead.
Table Rock’s ensuing drive ended after an interception by Mitchell cornerback Austin Styles helped the Mountaineers hold on to its 22-16 at halftime.
The Mountaineers got the ball to begin the second half and scored on the drive when Conley caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Turbyfill. A successful two-point conversion put Mitchell up 30-16 early in the third quarter.
Another defensive stand by Mitchell forced Table Rock to punt and the Mountaineers took advantage when Young scored on a 10-yard run and Turbyfill found wide receiver Dalton McMahan for the two-point conversion to increase the lead to 38-16.
Mitchell scored its final touchdown when Turbyfill connected with McMahan on a 40-yard touchdown.
Mitchell had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game. Turbyfill carried 13 times for 154 yards and Young gained 108 yards on nine carries. Conly grabbed five receptions for 89 yards receiving and McMahan had two receptions for 43 yards.
Huaroco led Mitchell’s defense with seven tackles and two tackles for a loss.
Mitchell traveled to Avery Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will close out the season with four home games.