By Austin Eads SWT Sports Writer
Sometimes things just don’t go your way.
The Pulaski Middle School Orioles football team hit the road on the Thursday to take on the Blue Demons of Christiansburg Middle School. The Orioles started the evening off with a strong defensive stand.
They epitomized the “bend but don’t break” mentality, forcing a turnover on downs deep in their own territory. Unfortunately, that momentum did not carry over to the offensive side of things, as the Orioles fumbled the ball back to Christiansburg on second down. The Demons then followed their fumble recovery took a dive play 12 yards for a touchdown, making the score 6-0 Blue Demons.
The Orioles looked poised to put a strong drive together, as quarterback Alex Dalton completed a 20-yard pass to Caleb Kirkner, but the momentum slipped away yet again as the Demons recovered another Oriole fumble. After a second Christiansburg score, the Orioles took over and gained some positive yards on first and second down, but threw an interception inside their own territory on third down.
On the following play Alex Dalton made up for his errant pass by sacking the opposing quarterback and forcing a fumble that the Orioles would recover. Dalton would continue to make amends for the interception on the next play, as he ran a naked bootleg for a 64-yard touchdown. The Orioles failed to convert the extra point attempt, making the score 13-6 in favor of Christiansburg.
The Orioles would give up one final score in the second quarter, as the Christiansburg fullback proved to be tough to take down, making the score 20-6 at the halfway point.
At the start of the second half, the Demons came out firing, as they scored on their fifth play of the half. The point after was good, which made the score 27-6 in favor of Christiansburg.
The Orioles came out eager to respond, but a tipped Dalton pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, putting the Demons on top, 34-6. The Orioles following drive again looked promising, as they gained more than 20 yards in their first 4 plays, but a few simple mistakes cost them dearly and they were forced to punt. That punt was returned for a touchdown, making the score 41-6 at the end of the third quarter, in favor of Christiansburg.
Pulaski’s following drive showed flashes of greatness, as they drove inside the Demons’ 15 yard line with ease. The drive was capped off by Donavan Decosta, as he took a six-trap 12 yards for a touchdown. The Orioles failed again to complete the extra point attempt, making the score 41-12 in favor of Christiansburg. The Demons would go on to score one more touchdown and extra point, making the final score Christiansburg 48, Orioles 12.
“We’re just an inexperienced team, and we’ve got a lot to work on,” said Orioles Head Coach Pierce Viers. “We will correct the mistakes, and get back to what Pulaski football is all about.”
The Orioles are off next week, but will return to action on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. as they travel to take on Andrew Lewis Middle School.