Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
GAFFNEY — The Sims Tigers 8th grade football team lost its third game of the year falling to Gaffney 24-14.
Coach Mitchell Moss said penalties, drop passes and turnovers were too much for the Tigers to overcome.
The Sims team was down early but fought back to take an 8-6 lead on a touchdown run from Riley Gaines with the two-point conversion. By halftime, the Tigers were down again with a score of 12-8, and they could never climb their way back to the lead.
Sammuel Brannon scored on a three-yard touchdown run to trim Gaffney’s lead to 24-14.
“We are out of sync on offense, and defensively we are not playing with the same intensity as we have been,” Moss said. “There is a monkey on our back and we cannot shake it off.”
Moss said the team has played in an uncharacteristic fashion in the past three weeks, turning over the ball, getting penalties, and dropping passes.
“Our focus and intensity hasn’t been there,” he said. “I’ll take the blame for that. As the head coach, I have to do a better job of getting them ready to play and handling adversity. These guys have one game left in their Sims career. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they go out with a victory!”
The team finished third in its division and will host Granard Middle School for the 8th graders’ Tackle for the Cure game on Thursday.
UNION — The Sims Tigers 7th grade football team defeated the Gaffney Indians this week in a final score of 42-12.
Coach Mitchell Moss said the team dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
“The offense scored five touchdowns, while the defense scored a touchdown and caused a total of four turnovers in the game,” Moss said. “It was a special game as we celebrated breast cancer awareness with all the guys sporting pink socks and pink ribbons on their helmets.”
Quez Smith started the game with a 46-yard touchdown run, and then, Cedredickus Neal caught an interception on defense and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.
“The offense would not slow down,” Moss said, mentioning that Smith added another touchdown run and a two-point conversion.
“The most spectacular play came when Quez (Smith) threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to T.T. Kershaw.”
Moss said Kershaw also ran a 30-yard touchdown and ran in a two-point conversion. Justin Reed ran in a 15-yard touchdown, and Jordan Kershaw also ran in a two-point conversion while running the offense.
“The defense played an outstanding game getting turnover after turnover,” Moss said.
Ben Stone and Lewis McBeth combined on a tackle causing a fumble, and Weston Foster recovered a Gaffney fumble. Reed also caused a fumble that was recovered by Quez Smith. Bam Bam Rice also delivered a big sack for a loss of 20 yards.
The Tigers finished fifth in their division and will travel to Carver Middle School on Wednesday.
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