DeEll Midgyett's 20-yards scamper with 1:20 left salvages victory in game begun at one site and finished at another.
By PAUL STURM, Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — In a game which ended at Truman State University, due to a field lights failure during halftime at Kirksville High School's John Spainhower Field, the Chillicothe High School football Hornets persevered and cashed in a huge late break to top the Kirksville Tigers 21-15 Friday, Aug. 29.
DeEll Midgyett's third touchdown run of the game – a 20-yarder behind big blocks from Hayden Major, Luke Plummer, Aaron Baker, and Chance Holcer – came with only 1:20 remaining and snapped a 15-15 tie. The senior back, who finished with exactly 200 yards on 17 carries, went around right end to paydirt on the first play after a too-high snap on a KHS punt attempt led to an incomplete pass.
Midgyett scored on a 5-yards run around left end in the first quarter, helping the Hornets to a 9-0 lead during the opening half. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter with CHS clinging to a 9-7 lead, he burst through a weak-side hole created by Plummer's, Walker Graves', and Matt Shaffer's blocks and, with a couple of quick jukes, sped 85 yards to score.
Kirksville came right back on its next possession to get its second Tanner Schilling-to-Joe Brawner TD pass and tied the game on a 2-points conversion pass to Blake Lewis with 8:52 remaining.
Then, when it looked nearly certain the teams would wind up in overtime, the punt-play miscue by the hosts was cashed in quickly and Chillicothe, which wound up rushing for 301 yards, but yielded 260 passing, improved to 2-0 on the young 2014 season. Kirksville fell to 0-2.
Chillicothe's next game will be at 2-time defending Class 3 state champion Maryville Friday, Sept. 5, in both teams' Midland Empire Conference opener.