Last updated: September 16. 2013 10:06AM - 957 Views
Tony McGuire — Sports Editor

Perry Middle's Braxton Whitaker is upended just before he gets to the end zone. (photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald)
Perry Middle's Braxton Whitaker is upended just before he gets to the end zone. (photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald)
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The Perry Middle School Commodores took on Whitesburg Middle School last week in football action. The Commodores jumped out to the early lead, and held on for the 22-12 win.

Perry Middle scored easily on their first possession, keeping the ball on the ground. Corey Smith finished off the drive with a 26-yard touchdown run through the defense. Matt Francis ran in the conversion for the 8-0 lead.

Colton Walker took the ball away from Whitesburg Middle on the ensuing possession, jumping on a fumble. The turnover led to a three-yard Braxton Whitaker run. The conversion failed, setting the score at 14-0.

Whitesburg Middle scored in the second period, but failed on the conversion. This put the Commodore lead at 14-6. The score would hold until the fourth quarter.

Corey Smith found the end zone for the second time in the fourth quarter (four-yard run), and Jacob Woolum carried in the conversion (22-6). Whitesburg Middle would collect another touchdown, but could not pull off the comeback bid (22-12).

Perry Middle stats: Passing: Jacob Woolum 4 of 7 for 25 yards and Noah Back 1 of 1 for 38 yards. Rushing: Matt Francis 6 carries for 44 yards, Corey Smith 6 carries for 55 yards and 2 tds, Braxton Whitaker 7 carries for 30 yards and 1 td, Ronnie Long 3 carries for 6 yards, Jacob Woolum 5 carries for 6 yards, and Noah Back 2 carries. Receiving: Braxton Whitaker 2 catches for 39 yards, Matt Francis 1 catch for 2 yards, Ronnie Long 1 catch for 21 yards, and Noah Back 1 catch for 1 yard. Tackles: Corey Smith 12, Braxton Whitaker 10, Ronnie Long 8, Austin Combs 4, Ben Adams 4, Jacob Woolum 3, Cameron Jones 2, Austin Smith 2, Kenton Noble 2, Matt Francis 2, Noah Back 2 and Colton Walker 1.

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