Middlesboro’s junior varsity team struggled to find ways to stop South Laurel on Monday. Big plays by the Cardinals helped lead the team to a 30-0 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
The Middlesboro offensive attack revolved around freshmen Caleb Bogonko and Riley Gent. The two combined for 28 rushing attempts. Gent led the way with 41 yards on 15 attempts. Bogonko finished the game with 31 yards on 13 carries.
Christian Hubbard, who was used mainly for short yard situations, finished the game with 3 yards on two carries. Both runs ended with the Jackets getting a first down.
South Laurel’s big play ability gave the Middlesboro defense problems throughout the game. The Jackets allowed 160 yards on the ground with 147 yards coming off four runs of 20 yards or more.
South Laurel also competed five passes for 109 yards on the night.
The Cardinals found the scoreboard on their first play from scrimmage. After forcing Middlesboro to a three-and-out, South Laurel scored on a 60-yard run with 5:24 remaining in the first. The two-point conversion gave the Cardinals an 8-0 lead.
A fumble helped set up South Laurel’s next touchdown. After the Middlesboro turnover, the Cardinals drove 38 yards in three plays. The drive was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown plunge that gave South Laurel a 14-0 lead.
The game remained silent until the opening drive of the third quarter. The five-play drive was capped off by a 43-yard touchdown run with 5:31 remaining in the third. The two-point conversion increased the Cardinal lead to 22-0.
Middlesboro finally found themselves in enemy territory on the ensuing drive. After a short gain by Gent, Bogonko gained 14 yards on two runs that moved the Jackets to the South Laurel 48. A 1-yard gain by Hubbard kept the Jackets’ drive alive.
The drive ended short of the goal line after the Cardinals recovered a Bogonko fumble.
South Laurel scored their final touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the fourth quarter. The eight-play drive — which started in the third quarter — was capped off by a 23-yard touchdown run with 6:33 remaining in the game. The two-point conversion gave the Cardinals a 30-point victory.
Middlesboro JV will play at Harlan on Monday.
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