LENORE — The Matewan Middle School football team was shouting “May Day! May Day!” on Tuesday night in its game at Lenore.
The Lenore Middle School Rangers beat the Tigers 34-18 at the Lenore football field, led by Caleb May, who scored four out his team’s five touchdowns in the win.
May reeled in touchdown passes of 70, 40 and 19 from quarterback Joby Sorrell and also had a 5-yard TD run. Sorrell fired four TDs on the night. May has scored seven out of the Rangers’ eight TDs on the season.
The Rangers tallied its other touchdown on a pass from Sorrell to Randall Horn.
Lenore (1-0) led 14-0 after one quarter and 22-12 at the half and also after three. The Rangers then outscored the Tigers 12-6 in the fourth to put the game away.
Lenore was able to bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking 20-19 season-opening loss at Gilbert in a game the Rangers lost on the final play of the contest
Matewan (0-1), playing in its season opener, also had several big plays but turned the ball over numerous times.
The Rangers jumped on top first at the 6:22 mark of the opening quarter as Sorrell connected with May for a 70-yard bomb. The two-point conversion failed but Lenore led 6-0.
Matewan fumbled the ball away on its first series and Lenore capitalized with Sorrell’s 14-yard TD pass to Horn. Sorrell ran in the conversion as Lenore led 14-0 after one.
The Tigers fumbled the ball away again as the Rangers’ Parker Brewer recovered at the Matewan 47-yard line.
Matewan, though, got the ball back and Tanner Cisco reached pay dirt on a 50-yard touchdown run to make it 14-6. The two-point conversion failed.
Then with 3:21 left until the half, Sorrell found May again for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Brewer crashed into the end zone on the conversion play and it was a 22-6 ballgame.
Matewan responded on the ensuing kickoff with Brandon Allen’s 80-yard return for a TD, cutting the Lenore lead to 22-12 late in the second period.
Late in the second, Matewan fumbled the ball away but got it back with an Allen interception just before halftime.
The Tigers looked to trim the deficit even closer in the third quarter but Lenore’s defense tightened with a goal line stand. Matewan was stopped at the Ranger 3-yard line and turned it over on downs.
Lenore then went on a multi-play, 97-yard drive, capped off by May’s 5-yard sweep to the end zone with 7:16 left in the game. The two-point conversioned failed but Lenore led 28-12.
Matewan got it back but another mistake, this one on a muffed punt, gave the Rangers the ball at the Tigers’ 24-yard line.
Then on fourth-and-five, Sorrell found a wide open May on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 left in the game to put Matewan away. The extra point kick was blocked but Lenore led 34-12.
The Tigers, though, didn’t quit as Tyrell Hollis ran back the ensuing kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining to finish out the scoring.
Lenore, coached by Fred Russell and assisted by G. Gregory, is scheduled to get back into action on Thursday, Sept. 17 as Lenore travels to Seth to take on the Tide of Sherman Middle School. Matewan plays at Gilbert the same night.
Both games have 7 p.m. kickoff times.
(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).