By Derik Vanderford
UNION COUNTY — Despite early leads the 7th and 8th grade Sims Tigers football teams both lost to Boiling Springs earlier this week.
After maintaining a shutout until the 4th quarter, the Sims Tigers 8th grade football team was defeated by Boiling Springs in a final score of 14-8.
KeSean Glover connected with Jabari Meadow for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the Tigers’ first drive of the game. Coach Mitchell Moss said the 8th grade Sims defense played lights out as TK Gossett made some great stops along with Caine Foster. Moss also said Jack Cannon intercepted a pass, and Dakota Wells also made some great stops. Meadow also intercepted a pass, and the Tigers kept an 8-0 lead until the 4th quarter.
“It is disappointing — especially when you defense plays as well as they did — but two trick plays seal your fate,” Moss said. “It really hurts when the last one was a 60-yard double pass on the 4th down.”
Moss said although he is proud of the way his players fought hard, the Sims team made too many mistakes as four touchdowns were called back for penalties.
“That is a case of not being focused and playing undisciplined,” he said. “We will go back to work, try to correct the mistakes; and battle next week. We still have a lot to play for.”
The 8th grade Sims Tigers travel to DR Hill on Thursday.
After maintaining a lead throughout the first quarter and the majority of the second quarter, the Sims Tigers 7th grade football team fell to Boiling Springs in a final score of 34-16 on Wednesday.
Sims maintained possession of the ball the entire first quarter after receiving the opening kickoff. The Tigers scored with a nine-yard touchdown run by Keavis Savage. Savage also ran in the two-point conversion.
Savage, Tarik Briggs and Willie Jeter led a rushing attack down the field as Savage scored another touchdown and two-point conversion.
Ja’vonte Beacham intercepted a pass from Boiling Springs and ran 60 yards down field, but the Tigers were stopped on the 4th down. From there, Boiling Springs scored 34 unanswered points.
“We made some changes this week,” said Coach Mitchell Moss. “The guys came out focused and ready to play. The offensive line — Ja’Vaonte Beacham, Dalton Gregory, Milton Moton, Jake Sumner, and Duan Crosby — all did a tremendous job up front.”
Moss said it was Boiling Springs’ overall speed that took effect late in the 2nd quarter.
“I was proud of how we battled,” Moss said. “There are things to learn, but we will get better and improve week by week.”
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.