Midview Middies defense shuts down Lakewood Rangers

LAKEWOOD — For the second time in as many games, Midview dug itself another hole.

This time, though, its defense bailed the Middies out.

After giving up 28 points and 268 yards rushing a week ago, Midview bounced back Friday night and brought a stingy defense with it in a 24-7 win over Lakewood.

Midview (7-1, 4-1) yielded 190 yards of total offense to the Rangers (3-5, 1-3), allowing just 77 yards on the ground.

“We bounced back a lot from Avon,” said defensive lineman Andrew Carlson, who had two sacks. “We took a lot of leadership.”

Midview’s defense played helper early on for an offense that struggled to get going.

The Middies punted on their first two drives of the game before getting a 41-yard field goal from Brendan Matcham early in the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead.

The Middies could’ve been up by more, however, had it not been for an ineligible receiver downfield that took away a 34-yard TD pass from Cody Callaway to Eric Lauer.

The costly penalty was one of five in the first half and 10 total for Midview.

“That first half we shot ourselves in the foot,” Middies coach Bill Albright said. “We have to quit digging a hole for ourselves. It’s bad enough having to play one team, now we have to play two.”

After forcing the Rangers’ fifth punt in their first six drives, the Middies put together a five-play, 44-yard drive, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run from Brett Bartone to make it 10-0 with 1:54 left in the first half. All five plays were runs to Bartone, who had 44 yards on the drive.

On the ensuing drive, Lakewood took advantage of back-to-back-to-back penalties that put itself on the Midview 35-yard line in a matter of seconds.

Six plays later Rangers’ quarterback Tommy Fuller threw a jump-ball to Capriese Jackson in the end zone that Jackson hauled in with six seconds left to cut the Midview lead to 10-7 at the half.

On Midview’s opening drive of the second half, Callaway threw his second interception on the night to Will Johnson, looking to go deep to Lauer once again.

The dynamic duo would not be denied the next time, though.

With 2:19 left in the third quarter, Callaway found Lauer down the middle of the field for a 72-yard touchdown.

Lauer split the defense and made a stellar one-handed grab with his left hand and raced into the end zone to extend the Middies’ lead to 17-7.

“It was nice to see that catch by Eric,” Albright said. “It definitely gave the offense a spark and it was something we needed.”

Carlson agrees.

“That one-handed catch really set the mood,” he said.

Midview put the game out of reach when Callaway hooked up with Zac Wilson for a 19-yard throw-and-catch to make it 24-7 with 3:34 remaining.

Callaway was able to overcome three interceptions and finish with 189 yards and two TDs on 14 of 23 passing.

His counterpart, Fuller, threw for 113 yards and a score on 9 of 20 passing. On 13 drives, Lakewood was forced to punt on nine of them.

“The defense played really well,” Albright said. “I though Andrew played a great game and applied a lot of pressure. The guys played great.”

Next week the Middies will be back home when they host Elyria Catholic, while the Rangers host Vermilion.

Midview 24, Lakewood 7

West Shore Conference

Midview (7-1, 4-1) 0 10 7 7 — 24

Lakewood (3-5, 1-3) 0 7 0 0 — 7

Scoring

M — Brendan Matcham 41 FG

M — Brett Bartone 2 run

L — Capriese Jackson 6 pass from Tommy Fuller

M — Eric Lauer 72 pass from Cody Callaway (Matcham kick)

M — Zac Wilson 19 pass from Callaway (Matcham kick)

Statistics

First Downs — M 17, L12.

Yards Rushing — M 117 (Bartone 64), L 77.

Yards Passing — M 189 (Lauer 99), L 113 (Aaron Morit 34).

Passes Att.-Comp.-Int — M 23-14-3, L 20-9-0.

Fumbles-Lost — M 1-0, L 1-1.

Penalties-Yards — M 10, L 4.

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Last Updated: 10/13/2012 4:58:19 PM EST

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