Line Mountain defeats Halifax

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HALIFAX - Line Mountain got great defensive and offensive performances, not necessarily together, October 5 to defeat feisty Halifax, 33-14, in a Tri-Valley Conference game.

The Eagles (5-1, 4-1 TVL) played dominating defense in the first half, holding the Wildcats (2-4, 2-3) to 43 total yards, but couldn't build more than a 7-0 lead on a Codi Morris one-yard touchdown run.

Then came half number two. Line Mountain scored three touchdowns on its first four offensive plays after the break to build a 27-0 lead before the defense became a little sluggish and gave up some late yards and two scores.

"We looked to do some things over the middle a little more after halftime," said Line Mountain coach Rodney Knock. "The kids really executed the adjustments well. The defense played great in the first half. We had some more opportunities in the first half but it was probably bad play calling by the coach that cost us."

Line Mountain's only score in the first half capped a 12-play, 90-yard drive which took almost six minutes off the clock. Dillan Michael had two big runs, a 25-yarder and a 14-yarder, which both came on good cutback moves. He finished with 98 yards on 12 carries.

"Dillan's really just learning to play tailback," Knock said. "He has the ability to do what he did tonight, using his vision to see plays develop."

A 41-yard pass from Codi Morris to Jeremy Renn had Line Mountain at Halifax four but the Eagles went backward before Austin Snyder missed a 26-yard field goal attempt.

The Eagles recovered a fumble at the Halifax 14 on the Wildcats' first drive of the second half, and Michael went that distance on his first carry of the half to score.

The Wildcats, after getting just two first downs in the first half, equaled that on the next series but Nick Strohecker had a seven-yard sack to force a punt. Taking over at Halifax's 45, Michael ran for 12 yards and fullback Cory Warford then went 33 yards around the left side for another touchdown.

A Renn interception and 23-yard return of the only long pass Halifax quarterback Robbie Moretz attempted set up the next score, which came on a 42-yard pass from Morris to Erik Smeltz.

Halifax recovered a fumble to set up its first score, with 6-2, 230-pounf fullback Joey Kauffman scoring on a 26-yard run.

Michael scored on a six-yard run to cap an eight-play, 57-yard drive to make it 33-7.

Halifax scored again when Moretz broke off a 52-yard midway through the fourth quarter. Halifax had about two-thirds of its 186 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. Kauffman had 117 yards, 71 of which came in the fourth, and Moretz finished with 71 yards, with 52 coming on the touchdowns after he had just 19 yards on his first 17 attempts.

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