NITRO, W.Va. - Isaiah Kinder and Cole McClain made big plays in the second half Friday night to lead Greenbrier East (2-4) past Nitro (2-4), 35-18 at Underwood Field.
Nitro led the Spartans 6-0 at halftime, and the defensive battle in the first half was punctuated by two Alexander White field goals. Still, drives that stalled inside the red zone were unacceptable to Nitro Head Coach Derek Midkiff.
"We've got to learn to finish drives. We are kicking field goals and that's not good enough. We have to learn to finish," Midkiff said.
"We got wore down in the second half."
Greenbrier East Coach Ray Lee said he knew something had to give in the second half.
"I tell them at halftime to just play the way we know how to play. Let's go out and play mistake free football in the second half," he said.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Spartans, and ended a two-game win streak for the Wildcats.
The Spartans took their coach's words to heart. In the second half, East played mistake-free football that led to 35 points.
Kinder, the Spartans' junior quarterback, shifted the momentum halfway through the third quarter when he took what was supposed to be a quarter back sneak on second-and-inches 53 yards for a touchdown.