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HCMS gridders roll over Lunenburg

There were only two minor blemishes on the Halifax County Middle School football team in Wednesday’s game here against Lunenburg Middle School. But those blemishes, a near-interception and a fumble, were of little consequence.

The Lions’ Justin Logan ran for four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 30-12 win over the Blue Devils in the Southside Middle School Conference game.

“Outside of those mistakes, I was very happy,” said Halifax County Middle School Head Coach Frank Shealy.

“Running the ball inside was working and that’s what we did all night. They (Lunenburg Middle School) were double-covering our wide-outs, which gave us a little more room inside. We took what they gave us.”

Wednesday’s win improved the Lions’ record to 6-1 on the season and kept the Lions in contention for the Southside Middle School Conference championship.

Lunenburg Middle School threw a scare into the Lions early. After recovering a Lions fumble on the Lions’ opening possession of the game, the Blue Devils scored in four plays, cashing in on a 19-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.

Halifax County Middle School answered with a nine-play, 70-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 3-yard run by Logan with 36.1 seconds left in the first quarter. Logan raced into the end zone on a successful two-point conversion attempt to put the Lions up 8-6.

The Lions never trailed after that.

Halifax County Middle School took a 16-6 lead after Logan raced 71 yards for a touchdown with 5:33 left in the second quarter. Jarvis Owens ran in the two-point conversion attempt.

Logan wasn’t finished, though.

Logan sprinted 43 yards for his third touchdown of the first half with 11.6 seconds left in the second quarter. An attempted two-point conversion failed, leaving the Lions with a 22-6 lead they held at halftime.

The second half started the way the first half ended. Logan scored his final touchdown of the game on the first play of the second half, racing 56 yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 7:49 left in the third quarter. James Smith Jr. successfully ran in a two-point conversion attempt to put the Lions up 30-6.

Lunenburg County Middle School capped the scoring in the game with a 26-yard touchdown run with 2:27 left in the contest to make the final 30-12 score.

The Blue Devils had been expected to give the Lions a strong tussle. However, Lunenburg County Middle School had only 15 players for the game, and the Blue Devils were worn down by being handily out-numbered by the Lions.

“I was looking for a really tough game,” Shealy said.

“They got on us quickly, and I was a little worried to start with. The fact we outnumbered so badly worked in our favor. They were playing a lot of people on both sides of the ball.

“I hand it to them,” added Shealy.

“They came out here with just a few players. They didn’t give up. I give them credit for sticking with it.”

Halifax County Middle School will be back in action Wednesday when it hosts Nottoway Middle School at Tuck Dillard Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m.