A week unlike any other for Polk County Middle School football began Monday with a heartbreaking setback.
Brevard Middle drove for the winning score late in the fourth quarter en route to handing the Wolverines a 22-14 loss at Polk County Middle in Blue Ridge Middle School Conference action.
With the game delayed until Monday by poor weather last week, the Wolverines (0-3) will have just two days to prepare for Thursday’s game at Apple Valley. That game will be the first of three straight road games for Polk Middle.
“I’ve never done it before,” said Polk Middle head coach Billy Alm of the two games in one weekl. “We’ll have to see how the kids rebound.
“We’ll give them a break tomorrow and watch film and run a little bit, then we’ll go after it hard on Wednesday.”
Elijah Sutton scored in the first half for Polk County, which trailed 14-8 at halftime. But the Wolverine defense forced three fumbles in the third quarter, and Polk turned the final Brevard miscue into the tying touchdown.
Sutton pushed the Wolverines into the red zone with a long run around left end to the 20, and Bryson Seay followed with a carry to the 14. There, Polk quarterback Avery Edwards rolled to his right and tossed a pass to Ben Dimsdale in the right flat, where Dimsdale rolled to the end zone, breaking a tackle to push across the goal line to tie the score.
Polk County’s 2-point attempt fell just short.
The Wolverines had a shot to stop Brevard on its next possession, but quarterback Chris Hemphill converted a fourth-and-7 from near midfield, and the Devils then drove for the go-ahead score and 2-point conversion with 3:09 remaining.
With the Wolverines taking over at the 14, Sutton raced around right end for 22 yards, and Polk pushed into Brevard territory before the Devils defense tightened to end the game.
“We played hard, and I’m proud of a lot of the guys,” Alm said. “We’re still not playing as a team. Once we start plying as a team, we’ll start winning games.”