Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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BMS 7th graders continue success

By Tony Adams
Sports Editor

Both Belton Middle School’s 7th grade teams continue to learn the finer points of the varsity playbook.
Some of the concepts are down. For some of the others, a little practice and harder work is in order.
BMS 7th grade A delivered some spirited runs and hard hits from Ismael Jiminez. But Midway Red running backs were simply to big to bring down, as the Tigers fell to the Panthers 38-18 at Wilson-Kerzee Field.
Jiminez returns and runs were similar to a play for UMHB quarterback Zach Anderson had in the home opener of Cru Stadium: running 100 yards to get 40 or 50. It set BMS up on short fields, but the Panthers’ defense were up to the task in stopping the Tigers’ offense.
Down 22-0 late in the first half, quarterback Paul Karnowski engineered the offense down the field towards the Midway goal line. Karnowski for Hayden Lloyd for a 13-yard touchdown pass with a tick remaining on the first half clock to reduce the Panthers’ lead to 16.


The Tigers shut down the first Panthers drive of the second half with a fumble recovery by Colton Farmer. The teams swapped possessions before Jiminez got loose on a 45-yard run, in combination with a Farmer 25-yard tote. Karnowski hit Tyler Cook with a 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter to draw the Tigers to within 10 points at 22-12.
But two late Midway runs put the game out of reach, despite Jiminez busting around to the sidelines for a 60-yard score late. The Tigers got good blocking up front from their offensive line and good receiving from Lloyd, Cook and Christian Castillo.
In the 7th grade A game, the BMS Tigers overcame an early Midway lead and three egregious officiating calls to emerge victorious over the Panthers 27-14 at Wilson-Kerzee Field.
In fairness to the Tigers, this game should have clearly been a shutout, had the officiating been proper. Both touchdowns from Midway came from missed calls.
The Panthers went up 6-0 when Midway’s quarterback scrambled towards the BMS sidelines and stepped out of bounds with his right foot on the Belton 25 and kept running into the end zone. The side judge was in position to make the call just five yards behind the play and didn’t make the call. Midway missed the conversion and the score remained 6-0.
On the final play of the first half, Connor Carothers capped an outstanding drive with a 1-yard TD as time expired. Dylan Blomquist booted the 2-point kick through the uprights to give BMS an 8-6 halftime lead.
The Tigers’ defense stood up to the Panthers to start the second half, following a 55-yard run by Midway’s quarterback down to the BMS 2. A Panthers’ TD was taken off the board due to a holding penalty. A Kevin Krenek sack on third down and Eric Rodriquez pass defense on fourth down gave the Tigers the ball on their 22.
TJ Gift’s cutbacks and Isidro Martinez and Jonathon Montgomery’s bruising running styles beat up the Panthers defense with alarming regularity in the second half. Gift’s 80-yard run down to the Panther 1 set up Carothers second 1-yard TD run. The 2-point kick was blocked and returned by Midway for two points, leaving the Tigers with a 14-10 advantage.
With the defense forcing a turnover on downs at their own 38, Gift carried five Panthers 30 yards inside the Midway red zone, Martinez busted into the end zone from 5 yards away to put the Tigers up 20-8.
Midway mishandled the short kick by BMS and Gift recovered the fumble on Midway’s 45.
Just three plays into the drive early in fourth quarter, Carson Harris ran the ball into the end zone from 8 yards for an apparent touchdown. Harris was 5 yards into the end zone and cutting back towards the goal post when the back judge threw a flag for holding, a clear two seconds after Harris scored. Midway held BMS off the board and the score remained 20-8.
Midway’s quarterback connected with his left side wide receiver and from 75-yards out. The referee missed the center grabbing an onrushing BMS defensive lineman and slinging him down. But the call didn’t affect the Tigers on the scoreboard, as BMS recovered to stop the Panthers on the BMS 17.
Carothers showed his aerial prowess launching a bullet to Cooper Cornblum on the BMS 45 and Cornblum bolted the rest of the way for an 83-yard TD. Montgomery ran in the conversion and the Tigers led 27-8. Midway scored a late touchdown, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.