WISE — J.I. Burton did not win the last Lonesome Pine District football championship.
But the last LPD football game ever played — that’s another story.
Colossal touchdown plays by Jimmy Patten and Malik Miles helped offset Wise Central’s virtual monopoly on time of possession, and the Raiders (7-3, 1-2) went on to take a 34-21 win at Carl Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Having shrunk to four teams, the LPD has been a shadow of its former self over its final two seasons. Even so, spectators from Norton, Wise, Pound and elsewhere filled the stands to watch the official conclusion of the historic gridiron district.
Central had 93 plays to Burton’s 40 overall for the game — a ratio of 50-to-17 in the first half.
A stunning 98-yard interception return by Patten, Burton’s defensive back and receiver, late in the first quarter gave the Raiders much-needed breathing room.
The second of two third-quarter turnovers proved doubly expensive to the Warriors.
Central consumed clock with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that collapsed at the Burton 7. Quarterback Tyler Mullins’ fumble on the snap exchange was lost a yard behind the line of scrimmage.
Miles took the next handoff, broke outside and outran pursuit 92 yards down the Norton sideline for the score.
Brad Brooks led Central (3-7, 0-3) in rushing, racking up 155 yards on 26 carries, including scoring runs of 36 and 3 yards.
The Raiders are expected to open the Division 1 playoffs at home against Holston next week.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 4 Times-News.