One of middle school sports’ yearly treats is coming tonight when the Henry County and Inman football teams battle at 6:30 p.m. at Barton Field.
The Bulldogs (3-0) scored a 30-22 come-from-behind victory over Dyersburg on Thursday while Henry County dropped to 0-2 after a 24-6 loss at Martin.
BULLDOGS PUT UP GOOD NUMBERS
Inman pulled out the victory when eight-grader Martez Rack ran 8 yards to score a touchdown to tie the game and dived into the end zone to score the 2-point conversion to put Inman on top 24-22 with less than a minute to play at Barton Field.
Inman’s Lavon Tharpe ran an interception back for a touchdown in the closing seconds to cap the 30-22 victory. Inman rolled up 219 yards in total offense while Dyersburg gained 190 yards.
Rack ran 16 times for 126 yards. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 46 yards after replacing an injured Ashton Kemp at quarterback in the first quarter. Peyton Littleton caught two passes for 23 yards.
Tharpe led the defense with six tackles.
“Our assistant coaches did a great job with the kids in practice and they made some great adjustments during the game that helped put us in a position to win,” said Inman head coach Bob Markum.
Inman’s assistant coaches include Steven Harrison, Joey Brush, Skylar Haley, Tom Cate and Dustin Smith.
PATRIOTS CONTINUE TO BATTLE
Henry County got strong play on the defensive line by Shane Barrick. Barrick chased down a Chargers’ runner to force a fumble into the end zone and stop a Martin scoring drive.
“He just did a phenomenal job of hunting the ball and stopping the run up the middle,” said Henry County head coach Paul O’Neal Jr.
O’Neal said the Patriots struggled to establish their run game at Martin, but Adam Townsend and Carter Moody fought for yardage when they found openings. The Patriots scored on a touchdown pass from Rush Cox to Colby Stallings.
O’Neal said the Patriots have fought very hard in both losses to Camden and Martin. He said the Patriots have several seventh-graders starting. They continue to improve and gain experience.