MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Bluegrass rolls into second round (10/13)

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Anthony Witherspoon and the Bluegrass Colts keep right on rolling.

The dynamic tailback rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on six carries Saturday, helping lead the Colts to a 32-8 win over homestanding South Muhlenberg in the first round of the Kentucky Middle School Football Association Eighth-Grade Division 2 Tournament.

Fifth-seeded Bluegrass (7-4) won its sixth straight at Muhlenberg County’s Mustang Stadium. The Colts rushed for 250 yards.

“Our ground game was fine. We didn’t have any fumbles and had good blocking,” Bluegrass coach Kelly Fisher said. “Our athleticism was too much for them.”

Zion Smalling, who moved from tailback to quarterback, added 40 yards and a touchdown on three carries and also had an interception on defense.

The Colts advance to the second round, where they’ll meet top-seeded T.K. Stone (7-3) at noon Saturday at Doug Smith Memorial Stadium.

“It’s a great feeling to be moving on,” Fisher said. “Winning six straight is a testament to their hard work.”

Fisher said his team is looking forward to facing the Panthers again. He said the Colts want to play better than the last time the teams met in the Middle School Athletic Conference championship game two weeks ago.

“They are very excited,” Fisher said. “My boys told me they felt they didn’t play well in the championship and are ready to redeem themselves.”