After a tough 30-8 loss to Manchester Middle School last week, the Upson-Lee Middle School Knights football team squared off with a gritty Pike County Middle School team at Matthews Field on Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately for the Knights, they were able to hold off the Pirates for a 27-26 victory.
The Knight started off the scoring with a 4-yard TD run from running back Ty Montford. The Knights extra point failed, and with 5:30 left in the first quarter UL held a 6-0 lead.
The Knights defense had some trouble stopping the Pirates running attack, as the Pirates responded with a 6-yard TD run of their own. The Pirates went for the two-point conversion which was no good, and the two teams were tied 6-6 with 1:58 left in the opening frame.
With just 52 seconds left in the first quarter, one of the more stranger plays took place. Upson-Lee quarterback Cameron Traylor dropped back and found Jayden Barron over the middle with a 10-yard pass. Barron continued to run down the middle of the field but once near midfield, a Pirates defender punched the ball out of Barron’s arms. Fortunately ULMS wide receiver K.J. Richardson was there to catch the ball in mid-air and run 54 yards for a touchdown. The Knights’ PAT from Jordan Massey was good and the Knights led 13-6.
Each team scored a touchdown in the second quarter, with Barron catching a touchdown pass from Traylor for the Knights. The Knights’ two points conversion failed, while Pike County scored a TD and converted their two-point conversion. When the two teams entered the locker room at halftime, UL held a 19-14 lead.
The two teams each had problems with turnovers in the third quarter, as the score remained 19-14 in favor of UL at the start of the fourth quarter. With 5:49 left in the game, the Pike County quarterback scrambled for a 32-yard TD run, but the Pike County conversion was no good and Pike County led by a 20-19 score.
On the ensuing kick off Upson-Lee’s Ashton Reviere fielded the ball at the Knights’ 28-yard line and proceeded to sprint 72 yards for a touchdown. UL went for two and the conversion was good, giving the Knights a 27-20 lead. However, the Pirates fought their way back with a touchdown with just 1:12 left in the ball game. The Pirates decided to go for the win rather than tying the game up and went for a two-point conversion. The Knights stopped the Pike County two-point conversion at the 1 yard line and held on for the 27-26 victory.