The middle school fall sports season is starting to wrap up in the Foothills Conference. Here is a recap of action from last week:
West McDowell 12, East Burke 6 (football)
The West McDowell Spartans football team took advantage of a late turnover and stunned East Burke Middle School, winning 12-6 in overtime Wednesday at Titan Stadium.
East Burke dominated the low-scoring affair for about three-and-a-half quarters. Running back Austin Sellers accounted for the only score up to that point, a 3-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
However, with 2:48 left in regulation and the Raiders trying to run out the clock, West (4-2) pounced on a missed handoff and recovered a fumble at its own 16-yard line.
From there the Spartans quickly marched down the field. Tailback Braden Dickey (14 carries, 93 yards) broke down the left sideline and gained 34 yards, getting West quickly to midfield.
Shortly after that run, quarterback Gabe Marsh and receiver Kobe Nolan connected on a pair of crucial plays.
The first came on a fourth-down conversion when Nolan caught the ball at the East Burke 26.
After a motion penalty and two plays in the negative, Marsh rolled to his left and tossed a game-tying, 34-yard pass to Nolan, who made a spectacular diving catch with 45 seconds left.
In the overtime period, West grounded out four plays, eventually scoring the game winner. Dickey picked up three yards on first down. A holding penalty on the next play backed the Spartans up to near the 16.
From there, Marsh took over as he gained 11 yards on a zone read. On third down, he forged three more yards and then, on fourth down from just outside the 1, Marsh barreled the rest of the way, putting West in front 12-6.
From there, the Spartan defense closed the deal by snuffing out the East Burke run game, allowing no gain on two of the four plays in the Raiders possession and just five yards total.
East McDowell 3, Walter Johnson 0 (volleyball)
The East McDowell Lady Trojans wrapped up a very solid 2017 campaign, winning three of their last four matches to end the season with a 9-3 mark behind undefeated conference champion Liberty Middle School.
One of those victories down the stretch was a three-set dismantling of Walter Johnson.
Savannah Banks served nine aces and led the team with eight kills. Kelsy McPeters had a dozen aces, three kills and one block.
Riley Jo Holland tallied seven assists and four aces. Sydney Strode (four aces, four assists) had three digs in the match.
East McDowell 3, West McDowell 0 (volleyball)
The Lady Trojans swept county rival West McDowell in three sets, earning the season sweep.
Savannah Banks recorded 26 kills in the match for East McDowell. Kelsy McPeters added five kills. Emily Crisp (nine aces) and Karissa Sanders compiled three kills each.
Sydney Strode once again did a great job setting up the outside, dishing out 16 assists.
East McDowell 3, Heritage 2 (volleyball)
On the road, East McDowell had to battle through a couple rough sets, but still prevailed by holding off Heritage in a match that went the distance.
Savannah Banks again had a big outing, recording 25 kills and nine aces. Kelsy McPeters (seven aces) finished with eight kills and Sydney Strode had 15 assists.
NOTE: The fall sports season in the middle school ranks will be reaching its conclusion next week. East McDowell will host Liberty in football action on Wednesday (4 p.m.). East (2-3) was victorious this week on the gridiron, shutting out Walter Johnson 30-0. West McDowell will have its finale on the gridiron the same day at home against R-S Central Middle School (6 p.m.) in a non conference tilt.