"We had a loss [earlier in the season] that we weren't really proud of the effort,'' said Midkiff, a former Nitro quarterback "The community wasn't proud.
"We're out there competing and if we keep competing we're going to get there. We're still learning how to play.''
McClain finished with 164 yards on 18 carries with a TD for East (2-4) while Kinder added 137 yards on 12 attempts with two scores and added 51 yards passing and one TD.
"One thing we talked to them at halftime, don't ever quit,'' said East coach Ray Lee. "We were doing good things on both offense and defense and we had some bad breaks.
"I told [our players], 'We've got a shot at this. Let's just play football like you know how to play,' and they went out and did it. When we got the ball back we felt like if we got the ball in the right peoples' hands ... Our running backs and the line did a good job controlling the ball. That's pretty much our style.''
Nitro tailback Brayden Underwood gained 112 yards on 23 carries while Moody finished with 209 yards and a TD and pick.
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