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Lovejoy wins defensive battle, advances to title

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Mundy’s Mill Middle School quarterback Kimani Donaldson gets a play from assistant coach Michael Thompson during the first half of the Razorbacks’ middle school semifinal game against Lovejoy n Tuesday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Mundy’s Mill Middle School quarterback Kimani Donaldson gets a play from assistant coach Michael Thompson during the first half of the Razorbacks’ middle school semifinal game against Lovejoy n Tuesday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

HAMPTON — The last time Mundy’s Mill and Lovejoy squared off, Mundy’s Mill ended Lovejoy’s hopes of a perfect season with a 15-8 victory over the Cougars in Tuesday’s middle school semifinals at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

With more at stake — namely a berth in next week’s county championship game against Rex Mill — Lovejoy got its sweet revenge, defeating the Razorbacks in a 6-0 defensive slugfest.

Both teams traded blows in the first half with each ripping off several big runs before the defenses bowed up and kept each other out of the endzone.

The biggest play of the night was when Mundy’s Mill running back Macai Bruce burst through the middle of Lovejoy’s defense and rumbled 51 yards to get the Razorbacks out of the shadow of their own goaline.

But once again, Lovejoy’s defense stiffened as the Razorbacks could muster only nine more yards in four plays with the Cougars stuffing Mundy’s Mill just short of a first down on fourth and inches.

On the next possession, Lovejoy put the game’s only points on the board when Kolby Williams snuck in from two yards out for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.

Mundy’s Mill quarterback Kimani Donaldson completed a desperation pass to Armani Donaldson who ducked and dodged several Lovejoy defenders before being tackled after a 21-yard gain as time expired.

Lovejoy (7-1) will advance to play Rex Mill (8-0) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Twelve Oaks Stadium for the county title.