Middlesboro routes Lynn Camp in mismatch

Published 1:17 pm Monday, September 12, 2022


Contributing writer

The scenery may have been different, but the results were similar.

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Last season the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets beat Lynn Camp 40-0 in Crater City. This season the matchup was moved to Knox Central Middle School’s field in Barbourville due to the Lynn Camp stadium receiving a new turf surface.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Middlesboro brought their offense with them, having their way with the undermanned and outmatched Campers 57-0.

After an early completion from Cayden Grigsby to Jack Yoakum, the Jackets would score on a 23-yard screen pass from Grigsby to Rylee Foster. Petra Sin’s kick was true and the Jackets led 7-0.

After a stop on downs and a misfire by the Lynn Camp special teams, the Jackets wasted little time scoring again, this time on a 15-yard touchdown run by Vincent Smith. Sin’s kick was good and MHS built their lead to 14-0.

After another hold by the MHS defense, Grigsby took the LC punt and sprinted 60 yards to the Lynn Camp 4-yard line. Smith took the pigskin the rest of the way for the score. Sin’s third extra point made the score 21-0 Jackets.

A sack by MHS’ Terrance Brooks pinned the Cats deep and the Jackets blocked the LC punt for a safety and increased the lead to 23-0 in the first quarter.

An altercation between the teams led to the ejection of an MHS player and a Lynn Camp defender.

When the game resumed, the Jackets would drive and score again on a two-yard score by Yoakum. Sin’s fourth extra point was no good and the Jackets increased their lead to 29-0.

Terrance Brooks busted through the line and blocked the Lynn Camp punt and scooped and scored for the Jackets. Sin’s kick was true and the Jackets started a running clock with a 36-0 score.

Smith went 38 yards on the next series for Middlesboro for another score. Sin added the extra point and the Jackets had a commanding 43-0 lead in the second quarter.

Grigsby opened the second half with a 17-yard touchdown run. Sin’s extra point was good again and the Jackets led 50-0.

The Jackets’ reserves would make a big play as Joseph Killion recovered a Wildcat fumble and closed the night’s scoring with a Mekhi Young 17-yard touchdown run. Sin’s seventh extra point ended the scoring at 57-0.

The 2-2 Jackets will play host to Harlan Green Dragons on Friday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.