Grizzlies keep opponents in single digits

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By J.T. Bass

Washington County 6, SCMS 34

Spencer County Middle School was able to take sole possession of first place in the Mid-Kentucky Athletic Conference on Tuesday by beating Washington County Middle. The Grizzlies were tied with the Commanders as both teams were undefeated in conference play.

 The game began with SCMS’s speed and power overwhelming Washington County. On the opening kickoff, WCMS’s deep return man overran the ball and the Grizzlies were able to pounce on it at the 10-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback Trent Holbrook would score on a 1-yard plunge. Holbrook’s PAT pass to tight end Bridger Knotts was caught out of the back of the end zone, but Spencer County was ahead 6-0.

Washington County came out swinging on their next possession. They were able to earn one first down, but would be forced to punt. The Grizzly offense took the field and was able to drive right down the field. SCMS’s second touchdown of the night came on a run by fullback Dalton Goodlett from 10 yards out. Eldridge would put the PAT kick through this time giving Spencer County the lead, 14-0.

Washington’s next drive was thwarted by a fumble that was recovered by SCMS defensive lineman William Currie. The Grizzlies stalled and had to punt. The Commanders would face the same fate with a three and out, but lightning would strike when Eldridge broke several tackles and returned their punt 68 yards for the score. His PAT kick would sail, but the damage was done in the form of a 20-0 lead for the Grizzlies going into halftime.

With the game well in hand, the Grizzly offense took on a new look with a new backfield. Tailbacks Cody Chesser and Mark Kippes, along with fullback Brett Goodlett would prove plenty durable for the rest of the contest. Spencer County was able to open the second half with another touchdown on an electrifying 20-yard run by Holbrook to put the score at 26-0.

The Commanders were able to score on a big play of their own when their tailback broke several tackles in the backfield and broke loose from 57 yards out. They could not convert the PAT, but they were finally on the board 26-6.

The final score of the night came on a 26-yard screen pass from Holbrook to Chesser. Zack Smith would split the uprights for the PAT making the final score 34-6, Spencer County.

Outstanding players of the game for Spencer County – Will Eldridge (rushed 4 times for 42 yards, 1 TD, 13 tackles, 1 sack), Cody Chesser (rushed 7 times for 33 yards, 1 TD, 1 reception for 26 yards, 1 sack, 5 tackles), Jordan Hardin (rushed 3 times for 39 yards, 9 tackles, Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Dalton Goodlett  (rushed 2 times for 17 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack), Trent Holbrook (rushed 4 times for 28 yards, 1 TD, 3-6 passing for 56 yards), Mark Kippes (rushed 3 times for 11 yards, 5 tackles), Brett Goodlett (rushed 2 times for 9 yards, 5 tackles), Michael Fowler (7 tackles, 1 sack), Will Edwards (rushed 1 time for 2 yards, 4 tackles), Bridger Knotts (2 receptions for 30 yards, 4 tackles), Jacob Lashley (Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Cody Buckman, Wesley Cox (7 tackles), Tyler Eldridge, William Currie, Lee-Jared Miles, Gage Daniels, Chris Dunbar, Patrick Parker, and Donnie Smith.

Anderson County 6, SCMS 26

Spencer County Middle took on Anderson County Middle in football for the first time in either school’s history on Thursday night. It would prove to be a good night for the Grizzlies as their much improving offensive and defensive line play would shine. On this night, SCMS would honor our local youth football association – the Spencer County Stallions – with both well deserved recognition and with a big win.

Anderson County took the opening kickoff and, behind their tall quarterback, appeared to be ready to pass the ball most of the night. However, the Grizzly defense would find a way to pressure him on a big third down play when Jordan Hardin was able to break through and wrap him up, forcing an errant pass. Spencer County’s Mark Kippes was able to make an amazing diving catch from his cornerback spot and intercept the ball. The Grizzlies were set up deep in Mustang territory at the 33-yard line.

With momentum clearly on their side, the Grizzly offense would punch the ball in four plays later when fullback Dalton Goodlett rumbled in from 20 yard out. Spencer County pulled a fake on the PAT and quarterback Trent Holbrook was able to connect with tight end Bridger Knotts for the 2-point conversion. The score was a quick 8-0, Grizzlies.

The rest of the first half would prove to be a stalemate for both sides. Several fumbles and stalled drives would hamper both teams.

Spencer County was able to come out fired up to start the third quarter. SCMS drove right down the field behind it’s big offensive line and scored when tailback Will Eldridge powered through from the 1-yard line. The PAT pass fell incomplete, but the Grizzlies had pushed the score to 14-0.

On the Mustang’s next possession, and faced with third and ten, they attempted a screen pass. Spencer County Linebacker Wesley Cox was able to sniff it out and came up to make a big hit. Cox’s hit caused a fumble that was recovered by Goodlett and returned to the Anderson 39-yard line. Spencer County would make that mistake hurt when Eldridge scored his second touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run. The score was now 20-0 with the Grizzlies pulling away.

Anderson County wouldn’t help themselves when on their first play after the kickoff, the ball sailed over the quarterback’s head. Spencer County was able to recover the loose ball and once again take over on the Mustang’s side of the 50.

SCMS’s final touchdown of the night came when Tailback Jordan Hardin found paydirt from 1 yard out. Holbrook was unable to connect with Knotts again on the PAT making the score 26-0.

Anderson’s lone touchdown came on their next possession when they were able to complete a 16-yard pass for the score. On the PAT try, Spencer County’s Chase Smith stepped up and sacked the Mustang QB to deny them the two points. This made the final score 26-6, Spencer County Middle.

With this win, Spencer County’s record is now 5-3, 3-0. The Grizzlies travel to Marion County to face conference foe St. Charles Middle School on Tuesday. In another conference game this week, they will face St. Dominic on Thursday here at home. Both game times are 6 p.m. Please come out and support YOUR Spencer County Grizzly Football Team!

Outstanding players of the game for Spencer County – Will Eldridge (rushed 11 times for 71 yards, 2 TDs, 14 tackles), Dalton Goodlett (rushed 11 times for 102 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack, 11 tackles), Jordan Hardin (rushed 11 times for 81 yards, 1 TD, 1 reception for 20 yards, Co-HIT OF THE GAME, 12 tackles), Trent Holbrook (rushed 6 times for 11 yards, 2-5 passing for 22 yards), Bridger Knotts (1 reception for 2 yards, 1 PAT, 5 tackles), Mark Kippes (1 INT, 5 tackles), Chase Smith (1 sack, Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Cody Chesser, Chris Dunbar, Cody Buckman, Michael Fowler, Zack Smith (1 PAT kick), Wesley Cox (1 fumble caused, 6 cackles), Jacob Lashley, Tyler Eldridge, William Currie, Lee-Jared Miles, Gage Daniels, Patrick Parker, and Donnie Smith.