Eagles blank Northside, even league and overall marks

Benjamin Franklin Middle School running back Zak McDaniel (No. 20) carries the football for the Eagles in a preseason scrimmage against Staunton River Middle School.

ROANOKE — Benjamin Franklin Middle School used a 28-point, first-half surge seize control en route to a 36-0 shut-out triumph over Roanoke Valley Middle School League foe Northside Middle School Wednesday.

BFMS (1-1 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 1-1 overall) squares its league and overall marks with the victory.

The Eagles were a week removed from a 42-0 shut-out beating that was administered by league foe Andrew Lewis Middle School in their season opener at home.

“We were hungry for a win. We had a great two days of practice to prepare for (Northside),’’ BFMS head coach Chris Renick said.

“I tell the guys each day that football is a tough game, played by tough people under tough conditions. We had a great rebound,’’ Renick said.

Renick said problems were revealed in the Andrew Lewis’ loss and that those issues needed to be addressed.

“We had to fix some things up front on the offensive line and on defense too,’’ Renick said.

“(Wednesday), we started out a little sluggish, but Northside kept making mistakes from penalties, and we held them on their first drive,’’ Renick said.

The Eagles’ initial offensive series produced points when quarterback Haven Mullins sprinted to the end zone on a keeper and running back Zak McDaniel followed with a 2-point conversion run.

Kendrick Pennell intercepted a Vikings’ pass and returned it 45 yards to stymie Northside’s next possession.

Two plays later, McDaniel raced 50 yards for the TD. Then, Mullins completed a 2-point conversion pass to J’Shawn Rigney for a 16-0 lead.

Northside fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The turnover was forced by Dylan Renick and recovered by Pennell.

The special teams’ success set up a 35-yard rush by McDaniel and a 15-yard scoring run by Mullins as the Eagles pushed the spread to 22-0.

Northside drove the ball to the 5 yard line, but fumbled a scoring chance away.

The turnover led to a 12-point swing as BFMS defensive end Hayden Leftwich recovered the fumble and returned it 95 yards for a TD.

In the second half, McDaniel rushed for 25 yards and ran for a 35-yard TD. Dylan Renick’s 2-point conversion dash finished the scoring.

“Our defense held in check and finished the game the game strong,’’ Renick said.

BFMS returns to action Thursday, September 12 against league rival Read Mountain Middle School.

Kickoff is 5 p.m. at home.

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