Mid­dle School Foot­ball: Rossville, LaFayette road pitch shutouts

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The Rossville Bull­dogs em­ployed their usual steady ground game and got a big af­ter­noon from their de­fense to move to 3-0 after a 30-0 road win at Lake­view this past Thurs­day.

After forc­ing a punt, Rossville drove 91 yards on seven plays, high­lighted by De­wayne Thomas’ 42yard scam­per. Chase Watkins would score from two yards out and Thomas ran in the con­ver­sion to make it 8-0.

Both teams would spend the rest of the half turn­ing the ball over. Rossville would get an in­ter­cep­tion from El­li­jah Langston and a fum­ble re­cov­ery by Dy­lan Cur­tis. Late in the se­cond quar­ter, Chris Mad­deaux came up with the Bull­dogs’ se­cond pick of the half, re­turn­ing it 54 yards for a score. Thomas closed out the half by re­cov­er­ing a se­cond War­rior fum­ble.

Rossville’s ini­tial drive of the third quar­ter ended in a fum­bled snap at the Lake­view 5-yard line, but Watkins came up big for the de­fense, knock­ing the ball free and al­low­ing Lan­don Tap­ley to recover. A short 15yard march ended on a 1-yard Gor­don Cas­teel dive, while Thomas tacked on the con­ver­sion for a 22-0 lead.

The Bull­dogs would later stuff Lake­view at the Rossville 33-yard line on fourth down and coun­tered with a 67-yard drive. A 32-yard run by Watkins helped set up Thomas for a 12-yard scor­ing run. He also added the con­ver­sion.

Rossville’s de­fense would then hold on the War­riors’ fi­nal pos­ses­sion be­fore the of­fense took a knee and ran out the clock.

“Our de­fense was out­stand­ing es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the short­ened week,” Rossville head coach Steve Lewis said. “Of­fen­sively we are still work­ing at putting to­gether a com­plete game.”

Watkins paced the ground at­tack with 70 yards, while Thomas picked up 62 yards and led the de­fense with 11 tack­les. Cur­tis came up with six stops, in­clud­ing two for a loss, to go with his fum­ble re­cov­ery.

Rossville will host Trion for Home­com­ing this Thurs­day, while Lake­view (0-4) will face Chat­tanooga Val­ley in Flint­stone.

LaFayette rum­bles past Trion

The duo of Jay­lon Ram­sey and Trey Tay­lor com­bined for just 12 car­ries on Thurs­day, but the run­ning back combo used those dozen car­ries to amass 398 yards on the ground as the LaFayette Ram­blers blasted Trion, 46-0, for an NGAC road vic­tory.

Ram­sey had seven car­ries for 225 yards, scor­ing on runs of 65, 79 and 30 yards, while Tay­lor had 173 yards on just five rush­ing at­tempts, find­ing the end­zone on touch­down runs of 61 and 10 yards.

Ross Martin also had a 3-yard TD run for LaFayette, while quar­ter­back Cade Fisher threw for three 2-point con­ver­sions and rushed for two more.

On de­fense, Ethan Adams had 13 tack­les for Ram­blers. Ja­cob Moses had 11 tack­les and forced a fum­ble. Martin had 10 tack­les, while Lane White recorded eight. Evan Williams fin­ished with five tack­les, a quar­ter­back sack and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Ja­cob Zwiger also had a sack and Fisher came up with a pick on de­fense.

The Ram­blers (3-0) will host Her­itage this Thurs­day at 4:30 p.m.

Jay­lon Ram­sey rushed for 225 yards on just seven car­ries in LaFayette’s 46-0 shel­lack­ing of Trion last Thurs­day. (File photo by Scott Herpst)

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