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TSSAA Class 1A State Football Playoffs

War Eagles Win at Middle College, Advance to Playoff Quarterfinals

Posted 11/20/19

MEMPHIS (November 15) — The West Carroll War Eagles advanced to the TSSAA Class 1A State Football Quarterfinals with a 28-14 win Friday over the Middle College Bulldogs at Fairgrounds Stadium. …

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TSSAA Class 1A State Football Playoffs

War Eagles Win at Middle College, Advance to Playoff Quarterfinals


MEMPHIS (November 15) — The West Carroll War Eagles advanced to the TSSAA Class 1A State Football Quarterfinals with a 28-14 win Friday over the Middle College Bulldogs at Fairgrounds Stadium. The War Eagles shut out the Bulldogs in the first half and managed the clock well in the second half to cruise to the victory.

They will travel to Tiptonville Friday for a rematch against the undefeated Lake County Falcons. In the October regular-season contest, West Carroll held their own for much of the first half before succumbing 60-14 to the high-powered Falcon offense.

West Carroll won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick.

Starting at the far 26, War Eagle quarterback Jeremiah Bryant kept the first snap for a short gain. Jarrius Weatherford ran for three, then Bryant earned enough for a first down. A Middle College defender jumped offside for a five-yard penalty, then Bryce Bolton ran it down to the Bulldog 12. Bryant kept for five, then Weatherford lost two. Bolton gained a pair on third down. On fourth-and-five, Bryant ran seven yards for the touchdown. Bryant threw to Jacob Blankenship for two points, and the War Eagles led 8-0.

The West Carroll defense forced a three-and-out on Middle College’s first possession. The punt was downed at the War Eagle 40.

A first-down penalty backed West Carroll up, but Weatherford carried for 14 yards. Bryant then kept for 41 down to the 20. Bolton ran for eight, then Weatherford got a pair to move the chains. Weatherford repeated for a short gain, then Bryant was stopped at the line of scrimmage. On third-and-goal, Bryant’s first pass of the game was picked off by Bulldog Kennedy Wilbert.

Middle College took over at the 11. Quarterback Benjamin Calvin threw incomplete, then Keeveon Ransfer ran for 13 and a first down. On the final play of the first frame, Bulldog Joyner Stephens recovered his own fumble. A personal foul penalty to start the second backed Middle College up to the 10. Antonyus Moore gained ten, but fourth-and-long meant another punt.

The War Eagles took over at their own 42. Bryant lost a yard, then Weatherford gained six. Bryant earned four yards to bring up fourth-and-one at the Bulldog 49, then kept again for a long touchdown. He threw to Jack Barrow for two points, and West Carroll led 16-0 with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs started at their own 30, then advanced to the 44 on a War Eagle penalty. A ten-yard run moved the ball across midfield, followed by a seven-yard carry. The next play resulted in a fumble recovered by War Eagle Cody Wildridge.

West Carroll failed to capitalize on the turnover, going three-and-out. Bryant’s punt took a fortunate roll and was downed at the Middle College 21.

The Bulldogs moved the ball well, earning two first downs, but Calvin threw an interception to War Eagle Wyatt Baker near midfield.

With just under three minutes before intermission, the War Eagles earned one first down, but then quickly faced fourth-and-three. Bryant dove forward, but was stopped a yard short and turned the ball over at the Bulldog 25.

Ransfer ran for two consecutive Middle College first downs before time expired on West Carroll’s 16-0 halftime lead.

The War Eagles’ second half kickoff was a squib, and the Bulldogs fell on it at their own 49. Middle College found traction with three first downs into the red zone, but a big penalty made it first-and-long at the 35. Ransfer made two good gains, then Calvin threw to Eli Teal for 14 yards to bring up fourth-and-two at the 8. Stephens got Middle College on the board, but the two-point try failed and West Carroll still lead 16-6 with 5:40 to play in the third.

The ensuing Bulldog kick went out of bounds to start the War Eagle drive at the 35. Bryant kept for 28 yards across midfield to the 37. Weatherford gained five, but a false start on the next snap negated the gain. Bryant then carried twice to move the chains and repeated for four yards. A fumble on the next play was scooped up by Bryant for a gain of 12. On first-and-goal at the 6, Bolton ran it in for the score. Weatherford was stopped short on the two-point conversion, but West Carroll’s lead was up to 22-6 with two and a half minutes left in the third.

Middle College started at the 38 with Moore losing five yards to War Eagle Timothy Gilford. Stephens gained 12, then Ransfer earned the first down. The teams traded penalties, then War Eagle Zach Perry stripped the ball and Bryant recovered it at the West Carroll 30.

Bolton fell on a fumble as the third ended, but Bryant started the final frame with a 34-yard keeper. Weatherford gained five, the Bryant threw to Barrow for 34 yards down to the 2. Weatherford crossed the goal line, but a holding penalty negated the score. Bryant kept for five, then Weatherford carried for three. Bryant punched it in from the 4. A two-point pass fell incomplete, and the War Eagle lead was 28-6 with 9:31 remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs started at their own 34 and quickly faced fourth down. An incomplete pass turned it over to West Carroll at the 37.

The War Eagles, led by new quarterback Xander Moon, drained the clock to just over two minutes before turning the ball over on downs.

Middle College scored on three plays, the latter a 24-yard keeper by Calvin. Stephens ran for two points, and the West Carroll lead was cut to 28-14 with just over a minute left.

After the kick, Moon kneeled twice, and the game was over.

West Carroll ran for 352 yards on 44 carries, led by Jeremiah Bryant with 19 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Bryce Bolton ran seven times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Jarrius Weatherford had 51 yards on 14 rushes.

Cody Wildridge led the War Eagle defense with ten total tackles, followed by Zach Perry with seven and Jacob Blankenship with six.


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