Thomas leads NERMS past SWRMS

Stephanie King

It was the second to last game of the season on Wednesday as the NERMS Huskies hosted the SWRMS Wildcats. Both teams came in at 2-3 on the season.

NERMS was the first to receive the ball to start the game. SWRMS elected to go for the onside kick, but the Huskies’ Chase Whitaker made the recovery. The Huskies moved the ball a little way up the field before being forced into a fourth down situation. NERMS would convert on fourth down with a big run from Caleb Rogers. Zander Smith picked up a few yards on the next play and would be tackled by a host of Cougars.  The Huskies would be forced into another fourth down situation, but this time Bryson Reid would intercept Luke Thomas’ pass. Jacob Lassiter and Adam Cole picked up yardage for the Cougars on the following drive and SWRMS would end the first quarter on second down. After one quarter the game was still tied at 0.

Lassiter got the call early in the second quarter as helped the Cougars move the ball into scoring position. Quarterback John Maness found Ethan Gravely for a ten-yard touchdown pass to put the Cougars on the board first. SWRMS tried for the two-point conversion, but Maness was sacked by Dakota McDaniel of NERMS. The Cougars led 6-0. Thomas would recover the ensuing onside kick for the Huskies to set up their drive. NERMS needed just three plays to put their first touchdown on the board.

Thomas found Rogers twice on back to back play for big yardage and the he handed the ball off to Smith who made the short run in for the touchdown. Rogers would get the call on the two-point conversion as he caught a pass from Thomas to put the Huskies in the lead 8-6. SWRMS would be unable to get anything going on their next drive and would be forced to punt on fourth down. NERMS tried to put another touchdown on the board before halftime, but time expired before they could. At halftime, the Huskies led 8-6.

The halftime lead would hold until the end of the game as neither team could score in the second half. Whitaker made a game saving interception for the Huskies with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. The Cougars would control the ball for 21:30 of the 32 minute game. Luke Thomas finished the game with 136 passing yards, while Caleb Rogers recorded 112 receiving yards and 63 rushing yards. NERMS is now 3-3 on the season, while SWRMS drops to 2-4.

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