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Middle school football teams have tough time in openers

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By Dwane Wilder

It’s been a tough week for Campbell County middle school football teams, all three of which lost season-opening games.

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LaFollette suffered a 12-6 setback Thursday night to visiting Eastern Division foe Horace Maynard.

Blake Wallace scored both touchdowns for the Red Devils, who capitalized on numerous mistakes by the Owls.

Wallace put HMMS on the scoreboard first with a 45-yard touchdown run almost halfway through the second quarter.

LaFollette snuffed out a two-point try by the Red Devils.

The Owls tied it 6-6 just before halftime on Chris Stone’s 17-yard halfback pass Kaleb Jarrett. Stone failed to reach the end zone on a two-point try.

The Red Devils recovered a fumble on LaFollette’s side of the field late in the third quarter to set up their last touchdown, which came with 3:40 remaining in the fourth.

LaFollette got the ball back on Horace Maynard’s side of the field, but the Red Devils stopped the Owls on four downs. LaFollette will be off this week.

Also Thursday night, Jellico dropped a 38-22 decision to Burchfield. Running back Josh Lay and quarterback Austin Hunley scored the Blue Devils’ touchdowns. Burchfield led 20-6 at intermission. Jellico will travel to Harrogate tonight (Thurs.) for a game against H.Y. Livesay.

Jacksboro’s game at Clinton was postponed Thursday night because of thunderstorms and rescheduled for Monday. The Eagles fell 30-6 after trailing by a touchdown at halftime.

Paul Courdle returned the opening kickoff to the Clinton 8-yard line, where, on the following play, Andrew Evans ran up the middle for a touchdown to get Jacksboro on the scoreboard first.

Clinton rallied with two scores in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead at the half. Jacksboro will host Grace Christian Academy tonight (Thurs.) at 7 p.m.