LEDGER – The Mitchell Middle Mountaineers wrapped up a perfect regular season with a 40-0 win over the Avery Middle Vikings.
The Mountaineers were a perfect 8-0 this season and going back to the 2017 season have won 15 games in a row.
Mitchell got the scoring going on its third play from scrimmage against Avery on a 41-yard touchdown run by Enrique Huaroco. Quarterback Ty Turbyfill hit tight end Joe Conley for the two-point conversion to give Mitchell an 8-0 lead.
Turbyfill scored on a 52-yard TD run to move the score to 16-0 and, after an interception by Huaroco, Turbyfill scored on an 11-yard run to increase Mitchell’s lead to 24-0.
Mitchell’s defense forced a safety before halftime to make the score 26-0 at the break.
The Mitchell defense held tough on the opening possession of the second half, which led to a turnover on downs by the Vikings and an ensuing 3-yard touchdown run by Huaroco to make the score 32-0.
Mitchell added its final touchdown of the game on a pass from Turbyfill to Rylan Cooper from 21 yards out to make the final score 40-0.
Middle school head coach Mike Slagle said he is proud of his team and his players’ work ethic.
“We had only two eighth-grade returning starters from last year,” Slagle said. “We began work in the weight room in January and had 18-to-22 kids each time we lifted, which led right into our summer workouts. We became a lot stronger, which allowed us to dominate other teams at the line of scrimmage physically.”
Mitchell’s offense amassed 210 yards of offense on 15 plays in the win over Avery. Turbyfill led all rushers with 76 yards on five carries and was 2-of-5 passing for 24 yards. Huaroco gained 61 yards on three carries, and Gage Young carried the ball three times for 44 yards.
Turbyfill led the Mitchell defense with five tackles followed by Young and Nate Stamey with four tackles each.
Huaroco had three tackles for a loss and an interception in the win.
Mitchell outscored its opponents 338-96 this season and averaged more than 42 points per game while allowing an average of 12.
“Quarterbacks and running backs get all the attention, but our offensive line play was what allowed us to do special things on offense this year,” Slagle said. “I would like to recognize our lineman, who are center Jorge Barajas, guards Chandler Horney and Nate Stamey, tackles M.J. Ledford and Dawson Forbes, and tight end Joe Conley. Combining schools for football has been the best for Bowman and Harris programs, as well as for the high school.”
The Middle School Mountaineers were not eligible for postseason play because they are a combined team.
SEASON STAT LEADERS
Ty Turbyfill – 841 yards
Gage Young – 697 yards
Enrique Huaroco – 166 yards
Chase Duncan – 85 yards
Rylan Cooper – 57 yards
Dalton McMahan – 26 yards
Ty Turbyfill – 25-for-47, 473 yards, 4 TDs
Joe Conley – 13 rec., 220 yards, 4 TDs
Dalton McMahan – 2 rec., 43 yards
Rylan Cooper – 1 rec., 21 yards, 1 TD
Ty Turbyfill – 38 tackles, 1 int.
Enrique Huaroco – 35 tackles, 1 int.
Nate Stamey – 24 tackles, 1 int.
Gage Young – 23 tackles
Joe Conley – 10 tackles, 1 int.
Chandler Horney – 10 tackles
M.J. Ledford – 5 tackles
Dalton McMahan – 7 tackles
Marley McCourry – 1 int.