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Hal Morris|Danville Advocate-MessengerMiddlesboro junior running back Ryan Pittman heads outside as Danville's Olyjawan Ford gives chase during Friday's game. Pittman ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Jackets' 42-17 win.
Hal Morris|Danville Advocate-MessengerMiddlesboro junior running back Ryan Pittman heads outside as Danville's Olyjawan Ford gives chase during Friday's game. Pittman ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Jackets' 42-17 win.
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The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half for 42-17 win at Danville on Friday to move all alone in first place in District 7.


“We played extremely hard. It wasn’t mistake-free football, there a lot of things that we’ve got to clean up like turnovers, but our defense held them and forced some turnovers as well,” Jacket coach Randy Frazier said. “You’ve got to be tickled to death to be able to come to Danville and beat them.”


The Jackets rolled up 422 yards on the ground led by junior Ryan Pittman’s 291 yards on 27 carries.


Pittman’s 39-yard run opened the scoring with 6:27 to play in the first quarter and Tanner Hoskins added the kick for a 7-0 lead.


The Admirals answered on the following drive and Zach Dampier’s 1-yard run and Corey Steber’s kick made it 7-7 with 2:38 left in the first.


Seth Barton, who ran for 68 yards on 14 carries, capped the next Jacket drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and Middlesboro carried a 14-10 lead into the half after Steber’s 25-yard field goal.


Both teams battled turnover problems in early in the third quarter. Middlesboro’s Jake Brock intercepted a Dampier pass in the end zone and Barton also had an interception deep in Jacket territory.


Middlesboro got a big insurance score late in the period when Tyler Prater recovered a Pittman fumble in the end zone for a 21-10 lead with 1:23 on the clock.


Pittman added a 70-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and Barton scored again from five yards out as the Jacket lead grew to 35-10.


“I think (Danville) got a little tired. Our running game was outstanding, Ryan Pittman and Seth Barton ran hard and even Donnie Foister got going,” Frazier said. “The team gained confidence as the game went on. You know, they were athletic with two very good backs and a big line. They were intimidating to look at, but as the game went on we knew we could play with them.”


Danville’s Jawan Grey had a 60-yard run and Foister scored on a 10-yard run for Middlesboro to complete the scoring.


Middlesboro (7-1, 2-0) is all alone in first place in the district. They’ll play at Somerset next Friday. Danville (4-4, 1-1) visits Lexington Christian.


“It feels great. Now we want to go out and finish what we’ve started,” Frazier said.


The Jackets are guaranteed to host a home playoff game and may not even need a win next week to secure home field through the playoffs. It’s something Frazier has been building toward since he was hired four years ago, but he said he hasn’t been just looking at this season.


“It wasn’t so much that we were building for this year, we had to play a lot of these kids when they were freshmen and sophomores because we just didn’t have older kids that came out. We didn’t go to a youth movement by choice, we had to play young,” he said.”Those kids have worked in the weight room and you can see that making the difference in the last three games. We’ve been a lot stronger in the second half.”

Middlesboro 7 7 7 21 42
Danville 7 3 0 7 17


M- Ryan Pittman 39 run (Tanner Hoskins kick)


D- Zach Dampier 1 run (Corey Steber kick)


M- Seth Barton 4 run (Hoskins kick)


D- Steber 25 FG


M-Typer Prater 0 fumble recovery (Hoskins kick)


M- Pittman 70 run (Hoskins kick)


M- Barton 5 run (Hoskins kick)


D-Jawan Grey 60 run (Steber kick)


M-Donnie Foister 10 run (Hoskins kick)

TEAM STATISTICS
MHS DHS
First downs 24 12
Total yards 522 257
Rushes-yards 50-422 37-188
Passing yards 100 69
Comp.-Att.-Int. 9-17-1 2-10-2
Fumbles-lost 3-2 5-3
Penalties-yards 7-52 9-65
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Middlesboro, Ryan Pittman 27-291, Seth Barton 14-68, Donnie Fositer 7-41, Jake Brock 2-22. Danville, Jawan Grey 12-98, Olyjawan Ford 11-45, Zach Dampier 9-27, Nolan Spann 2-13, Tyrek Bradshaw 2-10, Ace Ray 1-minus 5.


PASSING—Middlesboro, Fositer 9-17-1-100. Danville, Dampier 2-10-2-69.


RECEIVING—Middlesboro, Brock 3-42, Austin Poindexter 3-33, Barton 3-12, Cole Frazier 1-13. Danville, Kyron Warren 1-39, Ray 1-30.


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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Middlesboro, Ryan Pittman 27-291, Seth Barton 14-68, Donnie Fositer 7-41, Jake Brock 2-22. Danville, Jawan Grey 12-98, Olyjawan Ford 11-45, Zach Dampier 9-27, Nolan Spann 2-13, Tyrek Bradshaw 2-10, Ace Ray 1-minus 5.


PASSING—Middlesboro, Fositer 9-17-1-100. Danville, Dampier 2-10-2-69.


RECEIVING—Middlesboro, Brock 3-42, Austin Poindexter 3-33, Barton 3-12, Cole Frazier 1-13. Danville, Kyron Warren 1-39, Ray 1-30.

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