Odessa can't hold down Holden's Mickey
By Matt Gerstner PrepsKC staff writer
East and West clashed at Odessa High School Friday night in a Missouri River Valley Conference matchup. Odessa and Holden traded punches all night. But in the end, Mickey was just too fine for the Bulldogs.
Eagles’ running back Max Mickey covered 420 yards and crossed the pylons four times in a 42-40 barn-burning win to stop the Bulldogs undefeated streak.
Holden head coach Mike Hedrick just shook his after hearing Mickey’s stats.
“No wonder he was so tired tonight,” he joked. “I might be up for child endangerment.”
The Eagles had the lead all night after quarterback Jeff Miller raced 65 yards on the opening drive for the game’s first score. Not that it would was easy to keep the lead.
“Our guys just kept coming back,” Hedrick said. “They did a good job filling in for some guys that were injured in every situation. It was a tough game. (Odessa) picked it up defensively, so I have to give them credit.”
The Bulldogs hung around with the Eagles until the final gun, answering nearly every Eagles score with a backfield stud of their own in Evan Young. Young would take the kickoff off the opening score down to the Holden 12 yard line. The next 12 yards would come a little harder, but five plays and a fourth down conversion later, Young would score from two yards out to tie the game.
“He did a great job keeping us in the game,” Odessa head coach Dan Joiner said. “He’s a great leader, leads by example. He was the one to answer and get the big plays when we needed them”
Friday was Mickey’s night, however.
Mickey would get his first touchdown on a 60-yard scamper with 7:14 left in the second quarter. After Odessa would tie the game again on a 48-yard touchdown toss from quarterback J.W. McGraw to Brandon Hall, Mickey would run three times for a 78-yard touchdown, capping it off from 10 yards out to give the Eagles the 21-14 lead going into the half.
He picked up right where he left off in the third starting the second half with a 50-yard dash. He nabbed his third touchdown of the night from 17 yards out.
Odessa would get some luck to stay in the game, however. Wide receiver Trevor Plufcan would catch a near-interception-tip in the endzone for a 15-yard touchdown to bring the Bulldogs within seven.
The luck would continue when Young would run 56 yards on fourth and one when two flags would hit the grass. An offensive hands to the face penalty was offset with a defensive personal foul, allowing the touchdown to stand. Holden would block the extra point to keep the lead by one point.
The Eagles would keep momentum in their favor with a 65-yard drive ending in a 24-yard touchdown once again by Mickey to secure a 35-27 lead.
“Our line worked their butt off tonight,” Mickey said of his hole-makers. “They’re pretty small, but they’re fast.”
The Bulldogs would not go away, however. Young would take a 48-yard screen pass to the Eagle 8-yard line before racing outside from two yards out for his second score of the game. The two-point conversion would fail, and the Bulldogs would find themselves down by two when it seemed their luck would maybe get them the win.
A fumble would give Odessa the ball on its own 36 yard line, but Matt Borgen would pick off McGraw to give the Eagles the ball back before Colby Byrd would bulldoze his way to the endzone. After the extra point, Holden would have a 42-33 lead with 2:41 left.
Odessa, however, would give it one more shot.
“Our guys had no quit tonight,” Joiner said. “All the adverse situations we had tonight, we kept battling.”
Young would catch a 30-yarder and 20-yarder from McGraw before Hall would get another from 9 yards to get the Bulldogs back within two.
Mickey would put the game on the rocks with a 20-yard first down run with under 2:00 left to put the Eagles at 3-1 on the year.
“Our guys played hard all night,” Hedrick said. “Each time they scored, we responded, and we got the big first down at the end of the game.”
Despite the loss, the winless campaign of last is far in the rearview mirror for the Bulldogs. Though they won’t have time to look behind with rival Oak Grove coming head on next week.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot tonight, so we really need to clean those things up before next week,” Joiner said. “You can’t have penalties and turnovers against a great team and expect to win. Next week should be quite a game.”
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