LEDGER – Wins over T.A. Dugger and Cane River have the Mitchell Middle School Mountaineers at a perfect 6-0 with two regular season games remaining.
The Mountaineers traveled to Elizabethton, Tennessee, Tuesday, Sept. 18, and notched a 44-22 win over the Cyclones then cruised Tuesday, Sept. 25, to a 46-12 win over Cane River in Ledger.
Mitchell jumped out to an early 8-0 lead against Cane River on a 10-yard run by quarterback Ty Turbyfill and a two-point conversion by Dalton McMahan.
The Mountaineers stopped Cane River on its next drive and Turbyfill scored on a 36-yard run on the Mountaineers’ next possession to increase the lead to 14-0. Running back Gage Young scored on a 21-yard run as the first half came to an end and Mitchell led 22-0 at halftime.
Turbyfill hit tight end Joe Conley for a 46-yard score to put Mitchell up 30-0 early in the second half. Cane River finally got on the board on its first drive of the second half, but Turbyfill returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown and Enrique Huaroco rounded out the scoring in the game for the Mountaineers on a 3-yard touchdown run.
Young led all rushers with 104 yards in just six carries. Turbyfill finished the game with 101 yards on five carries and was 5-of-7 passing for 77 yards. Mitchell’s offense racked up 384 yards of offense in the game.
Young also led the team on defense with eight tackles, followed by Nate Stamey with seven tackles and Turbyfill with six.
Mitchell had a home game scheduled Thursday, Sept. 20, against Johnson County, Tennessee, but the Longhorns decided not to play the undefeated Mountaineers. Mitchell instead traveled to Elizabethton, Tennessee, Tuesday, Sept. 18, to play the T.A. Dugger Cyclones and came away with a 44-22 win.
Mitchell built a 36-8 halftime lead behind an offensive onslaught from Turbyfill, who scored four touchdowns in the first half on runs of 12, 57, 38 and 7 yards, respectively. Young scored on a 3-yard run to round out the first-half scoring for the Mountaineers.
Running back Rylan Cooper scored Mitchell’s only touchdown of the second half on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to make the final score 44-22.
The Mountaineers amassed 471 total yards on offense, with 426 coming on the ground.
Turbyfill finished with a game-high 166 yards on 10 carries. He also completed a 45-yard pass. Chase Duncan racked up 85 yards on eight carries and Cooper gained 57 yards on nine carries.
McMahan led the Mitchell defense with seven tackles, while Conley had six, Huaroco had five (one for a loss and a fumble recovery) and Turbyfill had five.
Mitchell played at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, against East Yancey in Ledger. Results of that game were not available at press time.