The Lake Belton Middle School 8th grade Tigers hosted the Midway Middle School Blue Panthers on Wednesday afternoon at Wilson-Kerzee Field.
The games were postponed to Wednesday after torrential rains and flooding hit Central Texas on Tuesday, which hindered travel and playing conditions.
The teams split the two-game set, as the LBMS 8B (White) squad shut out the Blue 8B 6-0 and the Blue 8A squad defeated the LBMS 8A (Red) team 28-13.
In the 8B game, the teams traded possessions early before Lake embarked on a drive that bridged into the second quarter. The Tigers capitalized on a short punt that landed at the Midway 20. Emerson Foutz connected with Nicholas Sebedra for an 11-yard pass play to set up first down and goal. Three plays later, Ahmoni Hearn scored on a four-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, which kept the Tigers in a 6-0 lead with 4:20 left in the first half.
Hearn intercepted a pass at the Lake 10-yard line towards the end of the first half to derail a Panther scoring opportunity.
Jayden Mendez-Espinoza recovered a fumble on the second play of the third quarter.
After an interception stopped Lake’s fourth down attempt, Priest Peterson recovered a fumble at the Midway 45.
Following a turnover on downs, Cooper Flory intercepted a pass to stop Midway’s attempt at a tying score.
Faced with a fourth down and one yard to go at the Lake 48 with 1:01 to play, Foutz ran for a 24-yard gain to clinch the ball game.
In the 8A game, turnovers marred the first half for the Tigers, as they fumbled on their first three possessions. Midway parlayed the turnovers into 21 points, as they scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass, five-yard touchdown run and 28-yard touchdown pass respectively.
Keshawn Baptiste took a deflected kickoff off of his own man, sprinted to the right side and sprinted 73 yards for a Lake Belton score. The point-after try failed, which kept Midway with a 21-6 lead with 1:45 to play in the first half.
In the third quarter, Midway scored on its first possession of the second half. A six-yard touchdown run and extra-point conversion put the Panthers up 28-6 with 3:26 to go in the third quarter.
Baptiste’s 25-yard kickoff return set the Tigers up for a touchdown pass of five yards from Corey Bush to Cooper Staton. Bush found Adrien Garza in the end zone for the conversion and Lake Belton reduced the deficit to 15 points with 4:43 to play.
After Midway recovered an onside kick, LBMS recovered a fumble at midfield.
Midway intercepted a pair of passes late in the game, with Lake Belton attempting a comeback.
The Lake Belton 8th graders will take to the road to play at North Belton on October 16.