KERMIT — The Lenore Middle School football team had no trouble with winless Kermit on Thursday night as the Rangers won 46-16 over the Blue Devils at the Kermit football field.
Five different players scored touchdowns for Lenore (4-2), which led 38-0 at halftime and then coasted.
Kermit, fielding its first team in three years, dropped to 0-6 with the loss.
Rangers’ quarterback Joby Sorrell tossed three touchdown passes in the win and also picked off a pass on defense. Caleb May scored two touchdowns for Lenore.
For the Blue Devils, Tyler Chafin tossed a touchdown and ran for another.
Lenore scored on its first possession of the game with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sorrell to May at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter. Sorrell then hooked up with May again on the two-point conversion as Lenore led 8-0.
Kermit then turned the ball over on a muffed punt as Lenore’s Kyle Ellis tackled the Blue Devil punter on the KMS 4-yard line.
Then on the very next play, Ethan Varney ran in from 4 yards out for another Lenore touchdown. Sorrell then fired to Easton Davis on the two-point conversion play as the Rangers led 16-0.
Lenore was soon in business again as Kermit fumbled the ball away and Davis fell on the pigskin at the Kermit 24-yard line.
Sorrell, however, was intercepted by Kermit’s Robert Spurlock, who returned it all the way to the Rangers’ 41-yard line.
Later in the second quarter, Lenore’s Austin Rahe set up a Rangers’ score with a 34-yard run to the outside to the Blue Devils’ 8-yard line.
On the very next snap, Sorrell fired an 8-yard TD pass to Israel Canterbury at the 5:47 mark of the second period. The conversion play failed but Lenore led 22-0.
The Rangers got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff as May recovered an on-side kick at the Kermit 45-yard line.
Seven plays later, Parker Brewer bulled his way into the end zone with a 5-yard touchdown run. Sorrell’s pass to Varney on the two-point conversion was good as Lenore upped the margin to 30-0 with 3:55 left until halftime.
Sorrell then picked off a Kermit pass to set up another score as he later tossed a 7-yard strike to Randall Horn with just 4.2 ticks to go until the intermission. Sorrell then hit Davis on the two-point conversion pass as the Rangers led 38-0 at halftime.
The Blue Devils showed some life in the third quarter but putting up a pair of touchdowns and two-point conversions on the scoreboard.
With 4:37 left in the third, Tyler Chafin ran in from 20 yards out, then tacked on the two-point conversion run as Kermit trailed 38-8.
Then with 1:00 remaining in the quarter, Chafin connected with Cade Thompson on a 15-yard TD pass and then added the conversion run as Kermit got to within 38-16.
Lenore then put many of its starters back into the game and reached pay dirt with 6:50 left with May’s 35-yard touchdown run. Rahe ran in the two-point conversion and the Rangers closed out the 46-16 win.
The Rangers are scheduled to get back into action with this coming Thursday night’s clash with Madison Middle School. It will also be the annual Lenore Middle School homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The following week on Oct. 22, Lenore is slated to take part in the Mingo County middle school playoffs.
The top four teams in Mingo County are slated to meet.
Lenore is currently the No. 3 seed and is tentatively slated to play at No. 2 Gilbert in a rematch of the season opener which was won by the GMS Lions 20-19 with a touchdown on the final play of the game.
No. 1 seed Burch is tentatively scheduled to host No. 4 seeded Matewan in the other semifinal.
The two winners are set to meet in the county championship game on Oct. 29.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).