By Derik Vanderford
UNION — The Sims Middle School 8th grade football team was defeated by Florence Chapel on the road on Thursday.
The 8th grade Sims Tigers lost to Florence Chapel in a final score of 44-30.
This is tough,” said Sims Coach Mitchell Moss said Thursday. “The guys left everything they had on the field tonight.”
Florence Chapel took an 8-0 lead early in the game, but the Tigers answered back when KeSean Glover connected with Ralph Peake for 50-yard touchdown pass. Glover later connected with Peake again for a 46-yard touchdown.
With six seconds left in the half, the 8th grade Tigers were down by eight, and Glover connected with Jabari Meadow for a 27-yard touchdown pass, and Glover ran in the two-point conversion. The score was tied 22-22 at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Meadow caught a pass from KeSean Glover, who pitched it to Keion Glover with the hook-and-ladder play, scoring a 39-yard touchdown. KeSean Glover scored the two-point conversion. That was the final score of the game for the Tigers.
“They played their hearts out,” Moss said. “It just wasn’t meant to be, but as I told them after the game, there are bigger plans for them in the future if they stick together when they get to (Union County High School).”
“I love these young men,” Moss added. “I hope they learned as much from me as I did from them.”
The 8th grade Tigers finished the season with a 5-3 record, while winning their division for the second year in a row.
Moss said the team’s success this season would have been impossible without all the help from the coaching staff, which consisted of Billy Ponder, Jarred O’Shields, Tee Farr, Paul Wilkes and Robert Gibson.
“We are gong to miss these young men,” Moss said. “Hopefully they leave this program remembering the life lessons we tried to teach, how to be humble and hungry, and how to be a class act. It has been an honor and a privilege coaching these young men. They have a chance to be something special at (Union County High School).”