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Anderson County Middle School kicked off the 2013 football season in a big way with a thrilling 22-14 win over Union Middle School in the Seth Carnahan Bowl on Saturday.
The game was played at Anderson County High School.
Eighth-graders Cobe Penny and Blake Franklin led the Mustangs to a win over the feeder program for Ryle High School.
Penny, a running back, was named the offensive Most Valuable Player after scoring three touchdowns, including the game winner with 42 seconds to play. Penny broke a 14-all tie when he burst through a gaping hole in the Union line, then put the exclamation point on the win with a spectacular scramble that turnee a broken play into a two-point conversion.
Franklin, the defensive MVP, picked off three Union passes to thwart the Raider attack.
Anderson coach Brian Holloman said Penny “really stepped up for us. (Fullback) Bryce Edmonson went out in the second quarter not feeling well so we really put a lot on Cobe.”
Anderson forged a 14-0 halftime lead but saw Union take advantage of several Anderson mistakes to tie things in the second half.
Anderson put together the game winning drive behind some big runs from Penny and Edmonson, who had returned to the game.
“Going in, I was not sure we were ready and obviously, we have plenty to work on, but overall, I was pleased with the effort,” Holloman said. “I was especially pleased and proud of the guys fighting back after they tied the game up.”