HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Blairsville 34, United 14
ARMAGH — Friday night’s game against United turned out exactly how Blairsville wanted it to.
The road to get there, however, was rough.
The Bobcats overcame a battle from the winless Lions to walk away with a win in a Heritage Conference game at Thomas J. Madill field.
Blairsville struck early when Deion Robinson scored a 1-yard to finish off the Bobcats’ first drive of the game. They then made it 14-0 when Scott Thompson hit Cameron Livingston with a 35-yard pass at the 6:45 mark in the second quarter.
United answered with a 74-yard drive that was capped by a 16-yard run by Tyler Mack. Two plays later, United’s Weylon McGeary intercepted a Thompson pass that gave the Lions the momentum.
“The first drive, we did pretty well, but after that we kind of went in a hole,” Blairsville coach Rick Artley said. “And they’re a team that isn’t going to quit because they want that win.”
United opened the second half with an 81-yard drive and tied the game on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Dill to McGeary.
“We were in a position that we left them tied at the start of the third quarter, and we could’ve went one of two ways, but luckily we got a gut check there and were able to finish it off.”
Blairsville rattled off 20 unanswered points to improve to 5-3 on the season and keep its District 6 Class A playoff hopes alive.
Anthony Faulk caught a 55-yard pass from Thompson with 3:13 left in the third quarter, Robinson scored from 1 yard at the 9:51 mark in the fourth, and Colton McMillan caught a 32-yard pass with 3:53 left to put the game out of reach.
United outrushed Blairsville 182-179, but the Bobcats gained 204 yards through the air compared to the Lions’ 28. Robinson finished with 101 yards on 20 carries, including 75 in the second half. Thompson went 9 of 19 for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bobcats will now face Portage (6-1) in a non-conference matchup next week.
“That’s not the way we wanted to do it going into a game against Portage because if we play anything like that next week, we’ll be on the wrong end of that score,” Artley said. “But we’ll take the win.”
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