Myers sets record, ties another in victoryMountaineers’ win sets up showdown with Franklin for WNCAC championship
EAST FLAT ROCK — Running back Bryce Myers rushed for an unofficial school record 354 yards (24 carries) and tied a school record with a 99-yard touchdown run from the line of scrimmage as the Tuscola varsity football team pounded winless East Henderson, 45-7, in a WNC Athletic Conference game Friday night.
Myers also finished with four touchdown runs of 28, 99, 45 and 23 yards and scored a fifth TD on a 70-yard kickoff return.
The Mountaineers, which will host Franklin on Friday, Nov. 8 at C.E. Weatherby Stadium, improved to 8-2 overall, 8-1 for playoff purposes and 5-1 in the WNCAC. The Eagles dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in the WNCAC.
A Tuscola win will give head coach Brandon Allen’s Mountaineers a share of the WNCAC championship, while a Franklin win secures an outright conference title for the Panthers.
Tuscola took a 7-0 lead with 8:01 in the first quarter on Myers’ 28-yard touchdown run and Logan Lambert’s PAT. Five minutes later, East Henderson answered with a three-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Rogers to Aaron Moody to tie the game at seven.
It stayed tied until 2:31 left in the second quarter when Myers scored on his record-tying 99-yard touchdown run to give the Mountaineers a 13-7 halftime lead.
With 8:20 left in the third quarter, Myers scored on a 45-yard run (two-point conversion failed) to increase the Mountaineers lead to 19-7.
However, Tuscola broke open the game with 26 points in the final quarter. Tuscola’s Houston McCracken tackled an Eagle in the end zone for a safety with 11:16 left, while Myers added a 23-yard touchdown run with 3:05 left.
Tuscola finished with 550 yards in total offense compared to the Eagles’ 131.The Mountaineers rushed for 474 yards on 53 carries and senior quarterback Woody Cornwell passed (7-of-8) for 76 yards.
McCracken gained 41 yards on five carries, Michael Herbertson rushed for 38 yards on six carries and Cornwell had 51 yards on the ground for the Mountaineers.
Tuscola’s Adam Chambers caught two passes for 39 yards, Damon McDaniel had one reception for 11 yards, Daniel Smathers had one reception for eight yards, Cody Wood grabbed one pass for eight and Herbertson hauled on one pass for 10 yards.