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Midland hands No. 6 Central City first loss, sets up 3-way district tie

Midland, Central City and Turkey Valley can all earn 8-Player playoff bids with wins next week

Midland’s Britan Martens (from left) hands the ball off to Alex Smith (4) during a football game earlier this season. The Eagles (8-1, 5-1 District 3) defeated 8-Player No. 6 Central City, 40-28, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.  (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Midland’s Britan Martens (from left) hands the ball off to Alex Smith (4) during a football game earlier this season. The Eagles (8-1, 5-1 District 3) defeated 8-Player No. 6 Central City, 40-28, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

 

WYOMING — Central City came in with the unblemished record and gaudy offensive numbers.

But it was Midland that came out with the convincing victory, one which created a three-way tie atop the district standings with one week to go.

Midland junior quarterback Britan Martens ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns, while the Eagles’ defense stifled one of the best offenses in the state in a 40-28 victory over sixth-ranked and previously-undefeated Central City Friday night in an 8-Player District 3 football game.

“We knew that they were a smaller defense and we knew that they liked to defend the pass,” Martens said. “We thought that our linemen and our backs could out-physical them. They knew exactly what we were going to do all game and we still got it done.”

Midland (8-1, 5-1 District 3) will close the regular season next week at Lansing Kee. Its only loss this season was to Turkey Valley, which is also 5-1 in district play but has already lost to Central City (7-1, 5-1).

Should the three-way tie hold up after next week, the 1-1 round-robin record would result in all three teams being named district champions and earning a spot in the 16-team playoff field.

“This was a playoff game in our mind,” first-year Midland Coach Lennie Miller said. “It was win or go home. We prepared at that level. Our kids responded beautifully and we’re looking to do the same thing (next week).”

Midland trailed, 22-20, midway through the third quarter until touchdown runs of 33 and 8 yards by senior tailback Carter Mohr – who ran for 125 yards with 18 carries – gave the Eagles a 32-22 lead just seconds into the final frame.

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After Central City cut its deficit to four at 32-28 with a 16-yard TD pass from quarterback Nick Reid to Trey Holub – their second TD connection of the contest – the Wildcats were held scoreless over the final 10-plus minutes.

Central City entered the game ranked first in the state in scoring and second in rushing yards. The Wildcats managed just 99 yards on the ground against Midland.

“It’s all about people doing their jobs,” Midland senior middle linebacker Griffin Gravel said. “We were able to fill the holes we needed to. It was a ‘job day’ and everybody did their job.”

Midland ran for 417 yards.

 

AT WYOMING

Midland 40, Class 8-Player No. 6 Central City 28

Central City 6 8 8 6—28

Midland 6 14 6 12—40

CC — Trey Holub 55 pass from Nick Reid (run failed)

MID — Britan Martens 15 run (run failed)

MID — Britan Martens 6 run (Martens run)

CC — Isaiah Damm 45 run (Wyatt Starry run)

MID — Britan Martens 1 run (pass failed)

CC — Kyle Marsh 39 pass from Nick Reid (Kyle Marsh pass to Keegan Kula)

MID — Carter Mohr 33 run (run failed)

MID — Carter Mohr 8 run (run failed)

CC — Trey Holub 16 pass from Nick Reid (pass failed)

MID — Britan Martens 1 run (Alex Smith run)

RUSHING — Central City: Trey Holub 8-16, Isaiah Damm 6-65, Kyle Marsh 3-(-3), Wyatt Starry 5-35, Nick Reid 6-(-14); Midland: Britan Martens 37-211, Alex Smith 6-43, Wilson Buckwalter 6-15, Carter Mohr 18-125, Jensen Dodge 1-17, Cayden Miller 1-6.

PASSING — Central City: Nick Reid 7-19-0-202, Kyle Marsh 0-1-0-0; Midland: Britan Martens 1-3-1-6, Alex Smith 1-1-0-19.

RECEIVING — Central City: Trey Holub 3-108, Kyle Marsh 2-79, Isaiah Damm 2-15; Midland: Jensen Dodge 1-19, Alex Smith 1-6.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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