By Derik Vanderford
November 6, 2013
Last week, the Sims Tiger 8th grade football team shut out the Grenard Gaffney Warriors with a final score of 36-0.
Game highlights included Bryan Good throwing three touchdown passes in the game and two two-point conversions. Quadrick Smith caught the first touchdown for 25 yards and the first two-point conversion. The second touchdown was a 50-yard pass caught by Jaden Bates. After a punt was blocked by Storm Edwards, Quentin Aughtry returned it to the one yard line, and Aaron Parham punched in a one-yard touchdown run, putting the Tigers up 20-0 early in the third quarter.
Coach Mitchell Moss said Sammy Brannon then came in at QB and “lit it up running the ball.”
Brannon scored on a 24-yard touchdown run, which led to a two-point conversion pass to Terrance Briggs. Dudley Thompson also caught a 35-yard pass for a touchdown. Dillon Earls ran in the two-point conversion.
Moss said the offense played an exciting game thanks to the defense, which drove Grenard backwards all night.
“In fact, Grenard probably had three positive yardage plays the whole night,” Moss said. “The D-line played in Grenard’s backfield the entire game. Coach (Billy) Ponder had these big ol’ boys running stunts and shifts like the pros do!”
The defense’s success allowed Sims linebackers to run. Dre Glenn delivered a sack and numerous tackles for a loss. Sacks also came from Brannon and Grayson Lancaster.
Moss said Tyrese Smith came in and shut down the Grenardians with two sacks.
“Grenard didn’t know what hit them,” Moss said. “Without Logan Vinson, Princeton Hunter, Matthew Floyd, Jurvey Gray, and TJ Coker blocking on offense and dominating on the defensive line we would not have been as successful. These guys played exceptional on the D-Line all year and we are proud of their efforts.”
The 8th grade Tigers only lost three games in two years, while winning 12 and finishing third overall in the Peachtree Conference.
“They have won a championship for Sims and have left a legacy for future Tigers to follow,” Moss said. “This team always played together and never quit.”
Moss said he and the rest of the coaches — Bryan Robinson, Billy Ponder, GB McDaniel, Robert Gibson, Charles Brandon, and Rodrick Gilmore — are proud of the team and encourage them to do great things as they move to the next level at Union County High School.
“Thanks to students and faculty for all the support this season,” Moss said. “And without the coaches, we would not have been so successful. They did an awesome job.”
Last week, the Sims Tigers 7th grade football team dominated the Carver Fighting Wildcats from the time of the kickoff, winning the game 34-0.
“It was all about the running game and the 0-coverage blitzes on fourth and longs,” said Coach Mitchell Moss.
Moss said his offense was unstoppable, scoring five touchdowns and two two-point conversions. He compared the defense to a bulldozer, pushing the Wildcats back all night. The defense collected seven sacks, a forced fumble, an interception and a punt block.
“Cameron Lott played a like a mad man!” Moss said, adding that Lott had four sacks, caused a fumble, and blocked a punt.
Quez Smith ran two touchdowns, and on defense, he got two sacks and an interception, as well as recovering a fumble. Moss said T.T. Kershaw also had a big night, with two touchdown runs gaining over 100 yards total offense. Justin Reed came through with a 35-yard touchdown run, and Moss said Reed also played his size on defense, shutting down the Wildcats’ running game. Reed delivered a sack to shut down Carver late in the game. Justin Kennedy and Jamar Jeter combined on a sack to end the day.
Moss also mentioned Shemar Jeter played tough on defense all night, and Jordan Kershaw won the race again as he guided the offense to five touchdowns. Kershaw and Nick Lopez added two-point conversions.
“This team got better as the year went on and ended their season on a two-game winning streak,” Moss said.
The team finished 3-5 and finished ninth in the Peachtree Conference.