Polk Middle puts pieces in place to blank Rugby, 24-0

Polk County Middle quarterback Chan Barber threw for a touchdown in Thursday's win.

The pieces finally fell into place Thursday for Polk County Middle’s football team.

The Wolverines have shown improvement throughout the season, but that progress hadn’t translated into a victory on the scoreboard until Thursday, when Polk Middle celebrated its final regular-season home game of the season with a 24-0 thumping of Rugby.

Jacob Knighton had a touchdown reception in the victory over Rugby.

A stop in the red zone on Polk Middle’s first possession didn’t deter the Wolverines, with Makus Simpson forcing a safety to give Polk Middle a 2-0 lead. Dakota Twitty then returned the ensuing free kick for a touchdown, and Polk Middle was on its way to a win.

“Overall, the intensity and focus was much better than other games this season,” said Polk County head coach Ethan Edwards, who also praised the Wolverines’ teammwork throughout the game. “I was very pleased with how well our guys kept composure through it all.”

Chan Barber tossed a touchdown pass to Jacob Knighton and Bryce Jergensen added a long touchdown run to power the Polk offense. The Wolverine defense also stopped Rugby on four plays inside the 10-yard line late in the game to preserve the shutout.

“The offensive and defensive lines as a group did a good job,” Edwards said.

Polk County closes its regular season on Thursday at Hendersonville Middle. The Wolverines will then have a postseason game next week at one of the Blue Ridge Conference’s West Division teams.