MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mitchell defeats East Yancey 46-6 to remain unbeaten
LEDGER – The Mitchell Middle School Mountaineers improved to a perfect 7-0 Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a 46-6 win over Toe River Conference foe East Yancey.
Both teams came into the contest undefeated, and the Mountaineers controlled the game on both sides of the ball from the beginning.
East Yancey went three-and-out on its first series and Mitchell scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 34-yard touchdown run by running back Gage Young. Quarterback Ty Turbyfill added the conversion to give Mitchell an 8-0 lead. Mitchell scored on the next series as well on a 10-yard run by Turbyfill to make the score 14-0. Mitchell increased its lead to 22-0 on a 43-yard touchdown run by Young.
An interception by linebacker Joe Conley thwarted an East Yancey drive and led to Mitchell’s next score on a 25-yard touchdown run by Turbyfill. Already leading 30-0, Young broke free for a 31-yard touchdown run before halftime to give Mitchell a 38-0 at the break.
Turbyfill hit Conley for a 42-yard touchdown pass on the first series of the second half to make the score 46-0.
Young led all rushers with 108 yards and three touchdowns on just three carries, which is an average of 36 yards per carry. Turbyfill added 46 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and was 4-of-7 passing for 71 yards and a touchdown. Conley caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Mitchell offense amassed 276 yards on just 13 plays.
Enrique Huaroco anchored the Mountaineer defense with six tackles (four for a loss), and Chandler Horney recorded five tackles (three for a loss). Nate Stamey had six tackles, and Conley had four to go along with his interception. Turbyfill was a force on defense as well with three tackles, and an interception and Marley McCourry also had an interception.
Mitchell has won 14 games in a row dating back to this past season and finishes its season at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at home against Avery. Mitchell is not eligible for postseason play as a result of being a combined team.