Knox Doss 54
Portland West 0
Tuesday night's 54-0 shutout exceeded Knox Doss' expectations and shined a light on many things for Portland West Middle School to focus on.
"We've never had a first game like that," Knox Doss Mustangs' head coach Bryan Dupree said. "Our defense was stout, and we're playing with confidence."
Knox Doss' defense kept the shutout by controlling the downs. The Panther's first completion for a first down came late in the fourth quarter, only after most of the backups were in the game. Jaden Lyles scored two touchdowns earlier in the game for the Mustangs and had a return touchdown to accompany his performance.
"We need to learn how to be more consistent, and we need to know the fundamentals, the basics," Portland West head coach Kyle Lane said.
Portland East 28
The third shutout game of Tuesday night, Portland East dominated Hawkins Middle School in a 28-0 win.
"Our secondary really stepped up tonight, and I'm tickled for our building defense," Portland East coach Wes Inman said. "All around our team performed really well tonight."
Panthers' fullback Hunter Hicks had two touchdowns, both for longer than 40 yards. Portland's quarterback Mason Elliot performed well in long passes for big yardage, leading his team to an even higher score. Preston Chamberlin, a veteran tailback for Portland, ran the football well tonight, securing yards and plowing through defensive linemen.
"They [Hawkins] outplayed us (Portland East) in every way," Hawkins coach Christopher Bain said, visibly upset following the loss. "We need to work on our effort as a team."