Photo by Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Last Tuesday, the Rutledge Middle School Pioneers took on the Jefferson Middle School Elks and held eighth grade night to honor the eighth-graders on the team.
A slow start on both sides of the ball allowed Jefferson to take the opening kickoff in for a quick touchdown. After holding the Pioneer defense, the Elks then scored a second touchdown and added two points on a successful conversion for a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Pioneers scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ian Dortch to Ty Overbay but failed on the two-point attempt to cut the Jefferson lead to 14-6. Jefferson’s strong-passing attack allowed the Elks to put another touchdown on the board, with a 40-yard touchdown for a 20-6 lead. After holding the Pioneers and regaining possession, Jefferson then scored a touchdown as time ran out in the half for a 26-6 lead.
After taking the second-half kickoff, the Pioneers put the ball in play at their own 40-yard line. A big catch by Landon Patterson and a 26-yard run by Overbay moved the ball to the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Overby scored on a 1-yard run and caught a two-point conversion pass from Dortch to cut the Jefferson lead to 26-14. Although that score gave Rutledge some hope, the Pioneers were unable to stop the Elks or to add additional points as Jefferson scored a 40-14 victory.
Rutledge Middle at North View
Last Thursday, the Pioneer football team traveled to North View in Kodak to take on the Cougars in a nonconference game.
The Pioneer’s offensive woes continued as the Cougars scored a touchdown on their first drive. However, the defense, sparked by the play of Chris Payne, Andrew Roberts and Ian Dortch, did not give up another touchdown until the Cougars returned a punt to the 1-yard line and then added a touchdown for a 14-0 win.