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October 18, 2017

Rutledge Middle School’s Ty Overbay pulls in a pass for a touchdown for the Pioneers in their game against the Jefferson Middle School Elks.

Photo by Elmer Smith

Pioneer football battles Jefferson on eighth grade night

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.

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