Tayton Smith, Stinnett’s standout tailback, picked up where he left off last season with a three-touchdown performance Saturday in a 26-14 win over Evarts in seventh- and eighth-grade action at the Mid-Mountain Middle School Athletic Association Gridorama at Harlan.
Evarts scored first as Ethan Cornett, coming off a six-TD performance against New Harlan, went in on a 58-yard run. Dawson Caudill connected with Nick Helton for the two-point conversion.
Luke Lewis threw to Smith for a 28-yard touchdown to help the Jays pull within two points, but Evarts stopped the two-point conversion attempt.
Dylan Asher stopped an Evarts drive with an interception on the Stinnett 3.
Stinnett took the lead when Smith went 3 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 left in the first of the two quarters. Thomas Potter tackled Lewis on the two-point attempt.
Brandon Osborne put Evarts back on top with a 48-yard run, breaking several tackles along the way. Cornett was stopped short on the conversion try and the Cats led 14-12.
Lewis raced 48 yards for a touchdown with 12:58 left in the scrimmage. Smith’;s two-point conversion gave the Jays a 20-14 lead.
Evarts threatened after a big run by Cornett, but the Stinnett defense made the stop.
Smith put the game away with an 88-yard touchdown run. Lewis was brought down on the two-point conversion attempt.
Josh Roberts had a big tackle to help stop Evarts’ final drive of the day.
Evarts won 24-0 in the fifth- and sixth-grade game as the much larger Wildcats dominated up front.
Jordan Steele scored the first touchdown for the Cats, followed by a two-point conversion by Zack Potter.
Kobe Burkhart went in for the second touchdown and Nick Hunting had the two-point conversion.
Potter ran 59 yards for the final Evarts touchdown. Hunting went in for the two-point conversion.
Isaac Taulbee had a long run for the Wildcats late in the scrimmage, but Evarts was unable to score again.
Ethan Plowman had the best run of the night for the Blue Jays in the closing minutes.
Stinnett will play Mountain View on Aug. 19. Evarts plays host to Harlan on Saturday.
Harlan, Cumberland and Mountain View played a three-team controlled scrimmage in both the fifth- and sixth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade divisions.