Perfect end

Special to the DemocratOctober 31, 2013 

Midway stayed undefeated in the regular season with a 52-6 victory over Sherwood Oct. 25 at Midway.

“I felt like we worked on our passing game and had pretty good success with it,” Midway head coach Larry Burchett said. ‘We felt like we needed to work on that and we also felt like they were big up front and that was a thing we could probably do to them so we worked a lot on that.”

The first possession for the Vikings started on Sherwood’s 28-yard line and ended in a touchdown by Peyton Semsch from two yards out. Colin Hayes making the extra point brought the score to 7-0 with 7:20 on the clock in the first quarter.

The second possession for the Marksmen was marred by a fumble by Brett Nigh at the Viking 42-yard line. The Vikings capitalized on good field position with Semsch scoring from 12 yards out.

In the second quarter, the Marksmen struck back when Nigh recovered a Midway fumble and ran 56 yards to reach the end zone. The extra point attempt was missed, however, bringing the score to 14-6 with 8:33 left in the first half.

“There’s not much you can do against a team like that,”:Sherwood head coach Jim Gurney said. “They’re well coached, they’re disciplined, they’re athletic, they’re solid in every position. We knew we had a tough chore ahead of us and I thought our kids came out and gave it all they could. We came up short but I think our kids can be proud knowing they played with heart and we will take that into next game.”

That would be the extent of the noise the Marksmen could make in this game, though, as Midway’s Tanner Yahnig scored. Semsch scored again with less than a minute left in the second quarter, putting the Vikings up 28-6 at halftime.

The Vikings started the second half with a drive from the 27-yard line. In the first of two pass plays, Semsch hit Luke Boyer for 34 yards and then Clay Dahman for 46 yards and the touchdown.

The mercy clock went into effect on the next Midway score when Dahman crossed the goal line from 21 yards out. The extra point by Hayes made the score 42-6 with 8:50 left in the third quarter.

The Marksmen allowed an interception that would set up the next Viking scoring drive ending with a 28-yard field goal by Hayes.

At the start of the fourth quarter, coach Larry Burchett began rotating junior varsity players into the game. A Marksmen fumble on the Viking 27-yard line set up the next Midway points, with a touchdown by Tucker Wyzard.

Midway, 9-0, hosted winless Archie in the first round of district play Oct. 31, while Sherwood, 0-8, travels to St. Paul Lutheran at 7 p.m. tonight.

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