JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL: Mountaineers cruise to third-straight win
LEDGER Mitchell High School’s junior varsity football team took an early lead and never looked back this past Thursday in a 43-14 rout of visiting R-S Central.
The Mountaineers (4-1) have won three-straight games.
Mitchell jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 10-yard run in the first quarter by freshman Ty Sparks. The 2-point conversion was no good.
Less than a minute later, Sparks returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown to push Mitchell’s lead to 12-0 after another failed 2-point conversion.
R-S Central got on the board with a 58-yard rushing touchdown, but the extra point was blocked and Mitchell led 12-6.
Mitchell’s Logan Hudgins plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter. After a successful 2-point conversion, the Mountaineers led 20-6 at the end of the first.
Mitchell and R-S Central traded touchdowns with successful 2-point conversions in the second quarter and the Mountaineers led 28-14 at halftime.
Freshman quarterback Troy Hoilman scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third and sophomore Mitchell Blevins scored from a yard out in the fourth quarter to allow Mitchell to coast to the win.
Sparks finished the game with 108 yards on 11 carries to lead the Mountaineers. Hoilman was 5-of-9 passing for 87 yards and had 53 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
Hudgins paced the Mitchell defense with six tackles while Hunter Zheng, Tristen McNinch, Lathan Atkinson and Cole Sparks added four each.
The Mountaineers stay home Thursday, Oct. 5, and host conference rival Mountain Heritage. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Ledger.