The McDowell Titans junior varsity football team put together a complete effort and earned its first win of the 2018 season, beating the Mitchell High School Mountaineers 35-14 Thursday evening at Titan Stadium.
After suffering a 33-0 loss in Week 1 to R-S Central, McDowell (1-2) has gradually improved with each passing week and now has some momentum going into the start of Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play in two weeks.
The Titans offensively featured a balanced attack, accumulating 338 total yards in the game. The team pushed across three first-half scores enjoying a 21-0 lead at the half.
Quantavian Moore punched the ball in from 2 yards on the first possession to give McDowell a 7-0 lead.
Then, after McDowell forced the Mountaineers into a turnover on downs, Moore broke a long, 96-yard touchdown run, avoiding several tacklers along with fellow teammates downfield to increase the lead to 14-0.
Then, late in the first half, quarterback Riley Moore connected with Brycen Effler on a 24-yard touchdown pass play to go up three scores.
Mitchell, after forcing a turnover, got on the board midway through the third quarter when Grant Phillips crossed the goal line from a yard out making it 21-6.
McDowell responded promptly, pushing the ball downfield again.
Running back Preston Dennison scored from 3 yards out at the 2:54 mark in the third, pushing the lead back to 28-6.
Gabe Marsh forced a fumble on the defensive side of the ball on the next Mountaineer possession and scored from 42 yards on the recovery, giving the Titan jayvees their largest advantage of the night at 35-6.
Mitchell did score one last time on a touchdown pass from Carter Hoyle to Gabe Brandt with 6:49 left in the fourth, making it 35-14.
Quantavian Moore finished with 138 yards on the ground with the vast majority coming on the long touchdown run in the first half. Riley Moore finished 7-of-9 passing for 115 yards and one touchdown pass. He also finished with 67 yards on the ground. Effler made four receptions for 43 yards.
McDowell will be on its bye week next Thursday but will return home to play Hickory in the Northwestern 3A/4A opener on Sept. 20.