Grainger Today Correspondent
MORRISTOWN – The 2017 edition of the Rutledge Middle School Pioneer football team opened their season with an impressive 40-7 thrashing of the West View Indians in a game played at Burke-Toney Stadium last Tuesday night.
A big 60-yard touchdown run by the Pioneers’ Jake Hill, who totaled 125 rushing yards, and a two-point conversion run by Landon Patterson put Rutledge up 8-0. The Indians then responded with a touchdown and a point-after-kick to cut the Pioneer margin to 8-7.
From that point on, the Pioneers dominated the game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football.
A 30-yard touchdown pass from Ian Dortch to Ty Overbay and a second two-point conversion run by Landon Patterson stretched the Pioneer advantage to 16-7.
Overbay then scored again on a 55-yard touchdown run and added the two-point conversion for a 24-7 lead.
Overbay, who had 80 yards rushing, then picked up two additional touchdowns on a pair of 20-yard receptions, with Patterson converting another pair of two-point conversions, as Rutledge scored a 40-7 victory. In addition to scoring four two-point conversions, Patterson also had a 20-yard run and punt returns of 50 and 35 yards.
The Rutledge offensive line dominated and allowed the Pioneers to be successful on all five of its points after touchdown attempts.
In addition to scoring the first touchdown for the Pioneers, Hill played a very strong defensive game as he recorded a pair of quarterback sacks and forced a fumble, as well as recording multiple other tackles.
The Pioneers also got a quarterback sack from Jett McAnally and fumble recoveries from Cainnan Long and Josh Price, as well as numerous quarterback hurries from Dylan Fowler.