MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mitchell pounds Avery, improves to 5-0
NEWLAND – The Mitchell Middle School Mountaineers remain unbeaten after traveling to Newland Tuesday, Sept. 11, and handily defeating the Avery Vikings 52-14.
Mitchell quarterback Ty Turbyfill took the Mountaineers’ first play from scrimmage 58 yards for a touchdown and Gage Young added the two-point conversion to set the tone early against Avery.
The Viking offense could do nothing on its first drive against the Mitchell defense, and the Mountaineers capitalized when Young scored on a 3-yard run to extend the lead to 14-0. Young again scored on Mitchell’s next possession on a 19-yard touchdown run. Dalton McMahan added the conversion and Mitchell had a 22-0 lead early in the game.
Mitchell took to the air on its next possession when Turbyfill connected with Enrique Huaroco on a 23-yard touchdown pass. Joe Conley caught a Turbyfill pass to convert the two-point try, and Mitchell took a 30-0 lead.
Avery got on the board on a 56-yard touchdown pass to make the score 30-6, but Young scampered in from 20 yards out on Mitchell’s next possession, and after Conley added the two-point conversion Mitchell was up 38-6 at halftime.
The second half was more of the same as Mitchell scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 43-yard pass from Turbyfill to Conley. Huaroco added the two-point conversion and the Mountaineers were up 46-6.
Mitchell scored its final touchdown on a 12-yard run by Chase Duncan to make the final 52-14.
Young led all rushers with 118 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Turbyfill added 97 yards and a touchdown on three carries and was 4-for-11 passing for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Rylan Cooper added 43 yards on just four carries for the Mountaineers.
Conley caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes on two-point conversions.
Turbyfill led the Mitchell defense with six tackles while Chandler Horney had five tackles (two for a loss) Huaroco had five tackles (one for a loss) and Young had five.
Conley recorded an interception in the win.
Mitchell begins its stretch of four straight home games at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, against Johnson County, Tennessee, at Mitchell High School.