Neither team was able to accomplish much with their ground games — Comer netted only 100 yards rushing in the game, and Midfield only 97 yards – but the Patriots’ air attack got the job done with 13 completions for 176 yards. Four of Midfield’s five touchdowns coming on passing plays. Each team earned 10 first downs in the game.
Comer used a short kick on the opening kickoff and recovered the ball, and the Patriots gave up five yards on an off-sides penalty before the Tigers even ran a play. But then the visitors stiffened to force a punt, and stingy defenses kept the first quarter scoreless.
The Patriots scored twice in the second quarter.
The first score came on an 80-yard drive highlighted by a 26-yard pass from Aaron Gaines to Dameon Smith and a 25-yard run by Akeem Cook. The points came on a 15-yard pass to Ladarius Young. Ethan Williams kicked the extra point.
Later in the quarter, Midfield’s Ahmad Isaac intercepted a Comer pass and returned it to the end zone, only to have the ball called back to the 11-yard line on a penalty. Gaines passed to Isaac on first down for the touchdown, giving Midfield a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Comer took the opening kickoff of the second half, but punted after failing to make a first down. Midfield drove 51 yards to pad the lead, with the touchdown coming on a 15-yard pass to Smith.
Comer failed to convert on the next possession, but regained the ball when Houston Ford recovered a fumble on the punt reception. The celebration was short-lived as Midfield’s Derrick Morse Jr. picked off a Comer pass on the next play, and Midfield drove 43 yards to score again. Young carried from the 5-yard line for the touchdown, and the Patriots used a fake PAT play to pass to Jerek Bolling for a two-point conversion.
Comer’s next possession ended on a fumble with Midfield’s Marcus Bonfim getting the recovery.
The Patriots scored two plays later with a 23-yard pass to Nigel Younger in the end zone for the final score of the game.
Comer’s biggest offensive plays of the night were a 24-yard pass from Tyler Holmes to Daniel Caldwell and a 37-yard run by Martayvous McElrath.
“It was a tough game for us,” said Comer coach Anthony Jacks. “We played well in the first quarter, and then that pick (interception) got us out of what we wanted to do. That call was probably my fault. Then in the second half, they’re so physically strong, we started getting some injuries and started depending on some guys we haven’t been depending on, and we didn’t have a good week in practice. We’ve just got to get ready for another region game next week.”
Midfield coach Roderick Isaac said, “I was really proud of my boys. This is a really good team, and our kids came and played hard. They’re doing a decent job winning on third downs, but penalties are still an issue.”
Midfield was penalized 10 times for 95 yards, almost matching the team’s rushing yardage.
Isaac said his team needed the shutout, and it was no surprise to him, but he did play a lot of younger kids in the second half to try to get them some game experience.
The teams went into the game tied for third place in the region with matching 4-3 (3-2 in the Region) records. Each team has one region game left.
Comer travels to Thorsby next week. Midfield hosts Tarrant. Thursday’s game was Midfield’s third straight win and Comer’s third straight loss this season.