It just wasn’t the Yellow Jackets’ night in the 50th District championship game against Oneida Baptist Institute on Wednesday.
OBI got two quick goals from Itune Lawani and Darryn Tagune to put Middlesboro on the defensive and pulled away in the second half for an 8-0 win.
Lawani finished with three goals and was named the tournament’s MVP. Tagune scored two goals and assisted on another.
Despite getting down early, the Jackets had some opportunities to get on the scoreboard. Seniors Josh White and Tyshon Kincade were both able to place some long passes into the Mountaineer side, but the OBI defense was able to collapse and shut down the passing lanes once Middlesoro got close close to the net.
Freshman Evan Brock ran down a long pass from White into the corner late in the half. He sent a cross toward the middle but it was headed away. Senior Ty Bledsoe won possession back near midfield but was later called for a high kick attempting to get a shot off near the top of the box.
The Mountaineers were able to counter with several long runs during the match. Midfielder Paul Chin made the most profitable one with just over eight minutes to play in the half. He got free along the right sideline and angled in toward the goal. MHS keeper Bryce Scott came way out to cut him off and nearly smothered his shot attempt from just inside the goal box, but Lawani was there to score in the empty net as the ball trickled to left side. OBI took that 3-0 lead into the half.
Middlesboro opened the second half on the attack, but Mountaineer keeper McKevin King was able to turn away the few shot attempts that got through the OBI defense. The Jackets’ best scoring chance of the match came midway through the second half when Kincade won a ball near midfield and sent it in toward the goal. White had a bead on it, but King was able to dive on it just before White got there.
By then the Mountaineers were up 6-0 and they went on to the 8-0 win.
Joining Lawani on the All-Tournament team for OBI were Tagune, Chin, King, Mubark Bargicho and Sam Elendu. Middlesboro was represented by White, Kincade, Scott and Bledsoe.
Oneida Baptist (8-6-2) and Middlesboro (0-11) will both play in next week’s 13th Region Tournament.