RMS tops NAMS in OT

Stephanie King

Middle school football was in full swing on Wednesday as the NAMS Comets hosted the RMS Tigers in the third game of the season. NAMS came into Wednesday’s game 1-1 on the season, while the Tigers were undefeated at 2-0.

The Comets received to start the first quarter and quickly began to move the ball up field. NAMS picked up two first downs including one on a run by Elias Alston. The Comets would eventually turn the ball over on fourth down. RMS took over and could not get much going on their first possession. They tried for a fake punt, but ended up getting tackled by the Comets’ defense and turned the ball over on downs. As the first quarter was winding down, the Comets got stuck on their side of the field for a couple of plays after back to back penalties were called. NAMS broke through to the other side of the field as Alston picked up 25-yards and a touchdown for the Comets with just 27.7 seconds left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion attempt by the Comets was no good as they took a 6-0 lead over the Tigers. The quarter would end with NAMS still leading 6-0.

RMS had the ball to start the second quarter and quickly found themselves on fourth down. A smart play by quarterback Bryson Sweatt forced an offsides call on the Comets to give the Tigers an automatic first down. Bryce Derry broke free on the next play for a big gain for the Tigers. RMS had the ball in the red zone, but could not find a way passed the NAMS’ defense and ended up turning the ball over on fourth down. NAMS moved the ball up the field in a hurry as Taijuan Matthews picked up a first down. Alston would take the hand off on the next play and juke his way to another first down for the Comets, while picking up fifteen yards. Moments later Alston would score his second touchdown of the afternoon to give the Comets a 12-0 lead. Matthews completed the two-point conversion to put the Comets in front 14-0. The Tigers tried to put a touchdown on the board before halftime, but the clock was being very unkind. Sweatt’s last through of the quarter ended up being picked off by Steven Harris as time expired. At halftime, the Comets led 14-0.

Neither team could put any points on the board in the third quarter of play as NAMS still led 14-0. RMS did however turn things around in the fourth quarter as they scored two touchdowns to tie the game. Sawyer McCollum came up big, forcing a fumble on the ten-yard line just as the Comets were about to score with under two minutes remaining in the game. McCollum would score both fourth quarter touchdowns for the Tigers. He scored one on the ground and then caught a pass from Sweatt for touchdown number two. Time would expire as this one was all tied up at 14.

In overtime, the RMS defense stood their ground and kept the Comets from scoring. On their first play in overtime, RMS’ McCollum ran the ball in for the game winning touchdown. The Tigers improved to 3-0 with a 20-14 victory over NAMS.

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