The county middle school football teams clashed Wednesday evening displaying some great talent on both sides.
The Washington Blue Lion seventh and eighth grade football teams hosted their Miami Trace counterparts at Gardner Park.
The muggy evening began with a triumphant victory over Miami Trace by the Blue Lions with an impressive score of 42-0. The game displayed some great talent coming through both middle schools within Fayette County.
“It was a big victory, but every time you come out here against Trace you know it will be a struggle,” Dusty Ruth, the Washington middle school teams head coach said. “That being said, I think our boys came here tonight knowing their opponent and really wanting to play. Trace has a long history of great football and still have great football. Joe Henry does a good job leading that squad and we were very glad to have played.”
The eighth grade followed with another victory for the Washington Blue Lions, but the Panthers did not let them have it easily. By halftime both teams had scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion, tying it 8-8.
Coming out of halftime, Washington rallied to push against the defense and scored an additional three touchdowns and an additional two, two-point conversions. The final score: Washington 30, Miami Trace 8.
“It was a game hard fought from the beginning, they took it to us and controlled the ball for almost the whole first quarter,” Ruth said. “Our kids didn’t get down despite a couple of turnovers in the first half, we were able to move the ball, but those killed us. We made a few adjustments and really carried the ball the second half. Hats off to Trace and the job they did coaching their teams. I give all of the credit for this victory to my assistant coaches.”
The community support for the game was large and it made one thing abundantly clear; the crowd loves them and can’t wait for the next match-up.
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