Now that’s a comeback.
Polk County Middle scored 28 points in the fourth quarter Thursday, rallying from a 12-0 deficit to stun Madison Middle 28-12 in a Blue Ridge Conference matchup in Marshall.
The Wolverines (2-0) looked to be in trouble when Madison (0-2) scored early in the fourth period to take its 12-point lead. Then the fireworks began.
Sparked by a 27-yard pass from Lawson Carter to Angel Alvarez, Polk drove 50 yards in five plays following Madison’s score. Kendall McIntyre powered into the end zone from the five to cut Madison’s lead to 12-6.
The Patriots fumbled the ensuing kickoff, with Polk recovering at the 30. That set up a 23-yard McIntyre touchdown run, and he added a 2-point conversion to give Polk Middle a 14-12 lead.
Madison began to drive on its next possession, but Carter and Alex Tipton forced a fumble after the Patriots completed a long pass, with Antonio Simpson scooping up the loose ball and returning it 25 yards to the Madison 37.
On the next play, McIntyre took a handoff to his left, bowled over a Madison defender, bowled over another and ran through two more en route to the end zone. He again added the 2-point conversion to give the Wolverines a 22-12 lead.
Simpson capped the scoring when he picked off a Madison pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
Polk County Middle is set to travel to Brevard on Thursday for a 5 p.m. clash.