Middlesboro went to war with the 1A state runners-up on Friday in the SEKC Gridorama. The game was so close that it ended in a 14-14 tie.
“I thought neither team was real crisp, especially offensively,” said Middlesboro head coach Zach Massengill. “I think we did some things well that we can build off of. The main thing is we got some stuff on film we can teach them with.”
The Jackets scored their first touchdown on a quarterback iso from Chase Elliott. He made his way 60 yards down field behind key blocks.
The second touchdown came behind the legs of freshman Isiah Williams. He broke free on a 45-yard run.
Massengill said he saw some positive things from his team.
“You never know in your first live look how the kids are going to respond to contact and the speed of the game,” said Massengill. “Overall, I was pleased with our effort. Execution we got to straighten some things out, but I thought we gave great effort tonight.”
Middlesboro opens up the season Friday on Log Mountain against Bell County. Last year, the Jackets came away with a 17-14 victory.
“Log Mountain is a tough place to play,” said Massengill. “Anytime of the year it’s a tough place to play and get a win. We’ve got to come to play football.”
The coach said at the end of the day, the game is a rivalry.
“It’s our season opener, and it’s important for that reason because we need to set the tone for our season,” said Massengill. “At the end of the day, it’s a rivalry game and it’s over and we move on.”
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