The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -


The Gen­er­als added another score on a 36yard con­nec­tion from Bryan to Grant. Grant fin­ished with nine catches for 187 yards and three touch­downs, with a 57-yard touch­down re­cep­tion late in the fourth quar­ter.

Bryan, who paced the of­fense with his arm and his legs, amassed 275 yards and five touch­downs through the air and an ad­di­tional 84 yards rush­ing.

The Moun­taineers (1-2) held Her­itage score­less for chunks of the game, but gave up nine plays of 20 yards or more.

“We just gotta do a bet­ter job up front on both sides of the ball,” North Murray coach Preston Poag said. “I thought they were the more phys­i­cal team. They hurt us some over the mid­dle on the throws, ran the ball good and the quar­ter­back played good, but it’s the same deal. We have to cut down on our mis­takes.”

Down 21-0 in the mid­dle of the sec­ond quar­ter, North Murray started to fight its way back. They used a seven-play, 54-yard scor­ing drive, capped by a 28-yard pass from Poag, Jr. to Ladd McCon­key, who fin­ished with eight catches for 89 yards and the score.

How­ever, Her­itage marched an­swered with a 10-play, 78-yard drive, cul­mi­nat­ing in a seven-yard Carter touch­down re­cep­tion on the fol­low­ing drive.

North Murray didn’t have much sem­blance of a run­ning game in the first half, al­low­ing Her­itage to dial up the blitzes without much hes­i­ta­tion.

The Moun­taineers to­taled just five yards rush­ing on seven at­tempts in the half. In the sec­ond half, it was much of the same as Her­itage held North Murray to mi­nus-9 yards on the ground for the en­tire game.

North Murray fresh­man run­ning back D’ante Tid­well pro­vided a spark in the third quar­ter on a 94yard kick­off re­turn for a touch­down fol­low­ing a Her­itage touch­down, but by then, down 35-7, it was too late.

The Gen­er­als will en­joy an off week be­fore head­ing to El­li­jay to face win­less Gilmer in the Re­gion 6-AAAA opener on Sept. 22.

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