The first full week is in the books, and what a week it was at the Boys and Girls Club! Let’s get right to the action.
In the opening game on Thursday, it was the Warriors facing off with the Lightning in a 7-8-year-old contest. The Lightning, coached by Joel Hunt, prevailed in a tight game, 12-6. The Lightning scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 38 yards and 58 yards by Jamel “M.J.” Smith and Abel Norwood. Coach Hunt was proud of the efforts of Gavin Warren and Tate McGee as well. The (VDT) Warriors, coached by Chris Stokes, scored on a 24-yard run by Elijah Griffin. Stokes also praised the efforts of Kelly Allen, Simon Lynch and Connor Stokes.
The second game of the night featured the Bulldogs and the Panthers in 7-8-year-old action. The Bulldogs, coached by J.B. Brown, are a perennial power, and they return another strong team. That was evident in this one, as they defeated a very tough Panthers ball club, 35-0. The Dogs were led by Studd Brown’s 4 touchdowns, totaling 170 yards, and Ghetti Brown added a 30-yard touchdown. The Panthers’ coach, Kevin Trimble, was proud of his team’s effort and he praised the defensive play of Austin Rose and Cade Powell.
The last game of the evening was a 9-10-year-old matchup between the Bulldogs and the Eagles. Once again, the Bulldogs showed why they are a force in both leagues. They won 28-0 and scored all of their touchdowns in the first half. Seth Kipper opened the scoring on a three-yard touchdown run. Michael Brown ran it in from 40 yards out to make it 14-0 Bulldogs. Jalen Harrell added a 25-yard touchdown, and Dwayne Thomas scored from 20 yards out to round out the scoring. Watch out league, Brown’s Bulldogs will be tough to deal with again this year.
Saturday’s action opened up with a 7-8-year old matchup between the Panthers and the (Aaron Screen Printing) Warriors. The Panthers got their first win of the season in impressive fashion, as they were victorious 32-0. The Panthers’ defense was led by Walker Corbett and Corey White. On the offensive side of the ball, the Panthers got two touchdown runs from Zach McBurroughs and Cole Whitemore and one touchdown run from Kyle McClain. Warriors coach Elijah Miller praised the efforts of Noah Pettigrew, Kane Miller, Nick Herusko, Devin Lane, Chief Ogunda, Jarrett Wysong and Tyler McMillan.
In Saturday’s second game, it was The Hitmen facing off with the Blazers in 7-8-year-old action. The Blazers scored first on an incredible 42-yard run by Justin Rome. The Hitmen responded with an 80-yard touchdown run by Jalen Baker that tied the game at 7-7. Rome struck again with a 50-yard touchdown run to give the Blazers a 13-7 lead. However, The Hitmen would come right back with a 70-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Williams to tie the game 13-13 at the half. The Hitmen scored two consecutive touchdowns to take control in the second half. A 50-yard touchdown run by Justin Lee was followed by an 18-yard scamper by Williams to give The Hitmen a 26-13 lead. The game was seemingly in hand until the phenom, Rome, struck again. This time the touchdown run was from 30 yards, and it closed the gap to 26-19. The Blazers would force a turnover on downs and threaten to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. However, the defense of The Hitmen, led by Jalen Jones and Madox Miller, would finally keep the Blazers out of the end zone and The Hitmen prevailed, 26-19.
The last game on Saturday was a 9-10-year-old matchup between the Thunderin Herd and the Vikings. The Thunderin Herd prevailed 35-0 behind a dominant rushing attack. Cory McCann, C.J. Rose, Jude Ard and Trevor Green led the way, as they all found the end zone either scoring a touchdown or converting an extra point. Vikings coach Matt Thomas was proud of the efforts of Kevin Eppes and Caleb Roberson.
Monday’s action began with an interesting matchup in the 7-8-year-old division. The Blazers versus the Wildcats featured two of the best players in the league. The Blazers have Justin Rome, and the Wildcats have Arendez Fedd. These are two kids who will we hear a lot about this season. On this day, it was Fedd and the Wildcats who prevailed 42-0. Fedd scored two touchdowns, including an interception return for a score. Tyler Belcher scored three touchdowns, and Norman Wright added the other Wildcats touchdown. James Gatlin and Hayden Wells were successful on their point after tries. Wildcats head coach James Gatlin was proud of his defense and praised the efforts of Ty McLane, Justin Butler and Jion Parker.
The second game on Monday featured the Crimson Tide against the Eagles in 9-10-year-old action. The Crimson Tide controlled the game in the first half and ended up winning 28-6. The Tide scored first on a 40-yard run by Ernest Smith. They added to their early lead with a 30-yard run by Jai Tolbert. The Tide closed out the scoring in the first half with a 30-yard touchdown run by J’len Flanigan. Eli Harrell and Blake Maples converted on extra point tries. The Tide led 21-0 at the half and would add another touchdown in the second half when Flanigan cruised in from 10 yards out. However, the Eagles would not be shut out. Coach Rozell Orr called a quarterback keeper, and Corbin Bailey scampered in from 10 yards out to put the Eagles on the board. Crimson Tide coach Dirk Harrell was proud of the effort of his kids and praised Phillip Pringle and Justin Harrell.
Monday’s final game was a 9-10-year-old matchup between the Hurricanes and Chargers. The Hurricanes came out in a traditional wishbone and set the tone early with a 40-yard touchdown run by Jalen Everett. Quarterback Sam Stojovich would add a 50-yard touchdown run, and the Canes led 13-0 at the half. Dexter Smith added to the Canes lead when he scored from five yards out in the second half. The Chargers would get on the board when Lucas Musgrove picked up a fumble and rumbled 50 yards to make the final score 21-6 in favor of the Canes. Hurricanes head coach Jerome Everett bragged on the efforts of defensive standouts Rajohn Holden and Devontae Jones.
Tuesday’s action began with a matchup between The Hitmen and the Vikings in the 9-10-year-old league. The Hitmen would strike first, as J.D. Lee scampered in from three yards out. Michael Barrett ran in the extra point and it was 7-0. Andrew Clark showed some speed on a 23-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 Hitmen at the half. In the second half, it was Barrett hooking up with Jakari Jordan on a 40-yard touchdown pass to boost the lead to 20-0. The last score of the game came on a Trey Davis 70-yard run. Lee’s pass to Clark on the conversion made the final score 28-0. The Hitmen’s assistant coach, Adam Davis, praised the efforts of his offensive line. He pointed out that Levi Farmer had a great game at center while Dillan Durrence and Jacob Mcleod were also impressive. Davis also pointed out that he was impressed by the play of Vikings quarterback Kevin Eppes.
The 11-12-year-old kids were next, as the Vikings from Pine Grove battled the Vikings from Hahira. Hahira would prevail in this ballgame 12-6. It was a hard hitting game and both teams really had some big kids. The Pine Grove touchdown came on an impressive 60-yard touchdown run from Tay Hatcher. Folks, allow me to speak freely. Tay Hatcher is a beast! This kid will be special one day, and as I talked to him after the game, I was really impressed with him as a young man. Jalen Smith scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, and Michael Wright scored on a 12-yard scamper to provide the winning margin for Hahira. Hahira coach Bill Henderson was really happy with his defensive linemen’s play. He praised Hunter Findley, Carlos Arroyo and Devon Holmes.
The last game on Tuesday night was a battle of Cats! It was the undefeated Alley Cats against the undefeated Stray Cats. It was the Alley Cats who would remain unbeaten, as they defeated their classmates 13-6. The Stray Cats got on the board first on a great 40-yard touchdown pass from Tayte Barry to Courtney Lott. However, the Alley Cats would rally in the second half, as Trey Walton scored from four yards out to tie the game at 6-6. Jacob Stephenson provided the Alley Cats with the winning margin when he scored on a quarterback sneak from two yards out and converted the extra point on a quarterback keeper. It was an entertaining game with many big hits.
That wraps it up for this week. Remember, I have to depend on the coaches to give me detailed results so I can make this as informative as possible. Some game write-ups will be better than others because of this. All coaches and parents can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget to call my radio show each morning and brag on a youngster!
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