Matthews Field saw its’ first official football action of 2013, when the Upson-Lee Middle School Knights football team dominated the Greenville Patriots in a 26-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights started their scoring on a four-yard rushing TD from Ty Montford. Quarterback Cameron Traylor got the Knights in great field position, finding Tanner Crews on a long pass early in the game. Crews made several great catches in the contest. After Montford found pay dirt from four yards out and Jordan Massey added the PAT, the Knights led 7-0 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
The Knights defense stifled the Patriots offense, holding them to just one first down on 10 plays in the first half. ULMS linebackers Travon Walker and Lazavier Moore were seemingly in on every tackle in the first quarter. The Knights scored their second touchdown of the game with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Upson-Lee QB Cameron Traylor threw a nice screen pass to wide out K.J. Richardson. With great blocking from Tanner Crews and Jayden Barron on the perimeter, Richardson scooted into the end zone for the score. Massey added the PAT, and the Knights led 14-0.
Later in the second quarter, the Knights struck again through the air. This time Traylor found Jayden Barron streaking down the middle of the field for a 42-yard TD pass. The extra point was no good, and the Knights led 20-0 with 3:29 left in the first half.
UL added six more points in the first half, as they drove down the field methodically. Traylor capped the drive off with a quarterback sneak from 1 yard out. The Knights went for two, but the conversion failed. At the half, the two teams headed into the locker room with the Knights holding a 26-0 lead.
In the second half, the Knights’ defense continued to dominate the patriots. UL’s Dillon Kirschmann came up with a big interception, as the Knights cruised to a 26-0 victory.
Upson-Lee will host the Blue Devils from Manchester Middle School next Wednesday at Matthews Field. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.