Model suf­fers tough loss to Moun­taineers, 44-7

The Standard Journal - - LO­CAL SPORTS - MOUN­TAINEER 44, MODEL 7 By Jeremy Ste­wart jstew­[email protected]

The Model Blue Dev­ils worked through a string of in­juries but in the end were un­able to hold back a po­tent North Mur­ray team on Aug. 31, los­ing 44-7 at Woodard-Tug­gle Sta­dium.

North Mur­ray run­ning back Dante Tid­well ran for 210 yards and two touch­downs while quar­ter­back Pre­ston Poag Jr. ran for two more as the Moun­taineers spoiled the first home game for new Model head coach Rick Ross.

The trou­bles for Blue Dev­ils be­gan ear­lier this week when start­ing quar­ter­back Jabari Burge was ruled out for the game due to con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

Run­ning back Coco Dublin scored on a 75-yard run with 2:21 left in the open­ing quar­ter and worked in tan­dem with quar­ter­back Sam Sil­ver be­hind cen­ter, mov­ing in to take di­rect snaps at times. But Dublin hurt his right arm in the se­cond quar­ter and did not play af­ter half­time.

Sil­ver also came out af­ter tak­ing a hit late in the third quar­ter and did not re­turn.

“I feel like our kids played hard, but our prob­lem is we’ve got six kids out right now. And when you have a ros­ter of our size with six starters out play­ing against a pretty good team, and then you lose three more dur­ing the game, you’re go­ing to have some concerns,” Ross said.

“And ev­ery­body can make ex­cuses all they want, but that gets down to a cou­ple of things. We’ve got to get stronger to stay healthy, and we’ve just got to be re­silient so the next man up knows what to do and can be ready to go.”

North Mur­ray (1-1) had 447 yards of of­fense, while Model fin­ished with 156 as Dublin led the Blue Dev­ils with 86 yards on nine car­ries. The Moun­taineers lost two fum­bles in the first half, both of which were re­cov­ered by Model’s Drew Tan­ner, but nei­ther led to points for the home team.

Af­ter Poag Jr. hit Hay­den Hulett on a 12-yard touch­down pass to end the game’s open­ing drive, the two teams traded punts un­til North Mur­ray’s third pos­ses­sion. Tid­well was caught in the back­field for a 14-yard loss, but re­cov­ered for a 36-yard gain on the next play.

A penalty then set the Moun­taineers up on the 20 and Noah Lunsford broke free of a few de­fend­ers and ram­bled into the end zone on the next play with 3:30 left in the quar­ter.

Model (0-3) then had its lone scor­ing drive of the night as Dublin took the di­rect snap to the left and bolted down the side­line on third-and-15. Matthew Syver­son made the ex­tra point to put the Blue Dev­ils on the board, 14-7.

Poag Jr. led a two-play scor­ing drive early in the se­cond quar­ter as he com­pleted a 33-yard pass to Lo­gan Viars be­fore fak­ing the hand­off on the next play and pick­ing up a 47-yard TD run. North Mur­ray added one more score in the half as Tid­well found a path down the side for a 48-yard touch­down with 5:13 to go.

North Mur­ray trav­els to Ring­gold this week, while Model is off.

/ Jeremy Ste­wart

Model’s Coco Dublin (2) tries to break away from a North Mur­ray de­fender on a run dur­ing a game Fri­day, Aug. 31, 2018, at Model High School.

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