Flat Rock pushes past Polk Middle, 20-6

Polk County Middle's Bryce Jergenson finds running room during Thursday's game against Flat Rock.

Flat Rock’s ball-control offense proved too much Thursday for Polk County Middle, the Eagles posting a 20-6 win in a Blue Ridge Conference clash at Polk.

Polk Middle (0-5) had just two possessions in the second half, one of those beginning with 2:34 remaining in the game. Flat Rock (1-4) kept the ball for more than nine straight minutes covering the third and fourth quarters, scoring a touchdown to take a 20-6 lead and then recovering the ensuing kickoff.

The Eagles took the opening kickoff and scored to take an 8-0 lead, but Polk Middle responded in the second quarter with an eight-play, 55-yard drive. Facing 4th-and-7 at the Flat Rock 22, Polk quarterback Chan Barber lofted a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dakota Twitty with 42 seconds left in the half, cutting the Eagle lead to 8-6.

But Flat Rock responded with a long touchdown pass for a score with two seconds left in the half, good for a 14-6 edge at the break.

The Wolverines drove to the Flat Rock 32 on the opening drive of the third quarter before the possession stalled, and Polk Middle wouldn’t see the ball again until late in the fourth quarter.

Twitty had seven carries for 48 yards to lead Polk County, which hosts Rugby next week at 5 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of the season.