Last updated: September 28. 2013 1:26AM - 1299 Views
By - jcompton@civitasmedia.com



Jay Compton|Daily NewsMiddlesboro senior Donnie Foister runs with the ball during action earlier this season. Foister filled in admirably for injured quarterback Major Edwards on Friday. He ran for one touchdown and hooked up with Austin Poindexter for two more, but the Jackets were undone by eight turnovers in a 77-46 loss at Pikeville.
Jay Compton|Daily NewsMiddlesboro senior Donnie Foister runs with the ball during action earlier this season. Foister filled in admirably for injured quarterback Major Edwards on Friday. He ran for one touchdown and hooked up with Austin Poindexter for two more, but the Jackets were undone by eight turnovers in a 77-46 loss at Pikeville.
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Middlesboro turned the ball over eight times and just never could stop the Pikeville offense on Friday in a 77-46 on the road.


A high scoring game was expected, but nothing like that. It went back-and-forth early as the Panthers scored on their opening possession and Middlesboro answered when Austin Poindexter hauled in a Donnie Foister pass for a touchdown. The extra point was no good so Pikeville led 7-6.


Pikeville scored again and Ryan Pittman returned the following kick 75 yard for a touchdown to make it 14-12. The Panthers scored again on a long touchdown pass to go up 21-12 on the last play of the first quarter.


That’s when the turnover bug bit the Jackets hard. Three straight times they either lost a fumble or failed to cover a squib kick and Pikeville took advantage of short fields to score three quick touchdowns and take a 42-12 lead before the midway point of the second quarter.


The Jackets battled back with short touchdown runs by Pittman and Foister to get as close as 42-26. Pikeville scored again and Middlesboro lost another fumble before halftime and they went into the locker room down 49-26.


Pittman capped a strong drive to open the second half with a one-yard plunge and the two-point conversion got MHS within 15 points, at 49-34 early in the third quarter.


Middlesboro nearly got that elusive defensive stop as Pikeville faced a fourth and 11 at the Jacket 43. They converted when Austin Charles hooked up with Cody Estep for a 32-yard gain. Two plays later Chase Hall scored from four yard out and L.J. Allara’s kick made it 56-34 with 4:39 left in the third quarter.


The Jackets lost another fumble and the Panthers scored on a 74-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach at 63-34.


Foister connected with Poindexter for a 16-yard touchdown before the end of the third quarter, but 63-40 was as close as Middlesboro would get and Pikeville went on to the 31-point win.


Pikeville (5-1) had an open date next week and will host South Floyd on Oct. 11. Middlesboro (4-1) host Union, Va., on Friday.

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