Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
September 28, 2013
UNION — Thursday night, the Sims Tigers 8th grade football team remained undefeated, beating McCracken in a final score of 18-8.
QB Bryan Good threw two touchdowns to Ty Savage and John Addison. Ladarius Jeter added a touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead for the rest of the game.
“The Purple People Eaters Defense came to play again this week,” said Coach Mitchell Moss. “They allowed no first downs to McCracken and wreaked havoc, causing four turnovers.”
The aforementioned havoc began when Hunter Petty caught an interception, and then Mathew Floyd caused a fumble which was recovered by Ty Savage. Jaden Bates also caught an interception and caused a fumble. Shy Hampton recovered an onside kick which put the Tigers in control for the remainder of the game. Moss said defensive player Storm Edwards continued to terrorize offenses as he got another two sacks in Thursday’s game.
Moss said the defense — a.k.a. Backyard Boyz — showed up again and played a fast, intense game style.
“The Coaches are proud of these guys for being very coachable and playing hard for each other,” he said.
Moss said offensive linemen Logan Vinson, T.J. Coker, and Princeton Hunter did an excellent job opening up lanes for the running backs. He also said Caleb Henderson made some nice catches, and Jerome Henry and Aaron Parham made some nice runs.
“This team is special,” Moss said. “They enjoy practice and play for each other. You don’t see that often in middle school. We still have things that we need to correct, and we will get those fixed.”
Next week, the Tigers face Granard Middle School.
SPARTANBURG — The 7th grade team suffered a loss to McCracken on Wednesday night 40-6.
Coach Mitchell Moss said the highlight of the team was the offensive line.
“They did an outstanding job of opening lanes for the running backs,” Moss said.
He mentioned several players in particular — Cameron Lott, Jacob Crocker, Rhett Wages, Lewis McBeth, Weston Foster and Taz Eison.
Moss said in the end, turnovers and missed tackles are what led to the Tigers’ defeat.
“It is something that we have to correct,” he said. “In middle school, fundamentals are key. We are still working hard, but we are not where we need to be.”
The team will host Granard on Wednesday.