Grizzlies take down two foes

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By J.T. Bass

SCMS 14, North Oldham 6

The Spencer County Middle School Grizzly Football team travelled to Goshen on Tuesday night to take on North Oldham Middle.

The game started with North Oldham driving down the field surprisingly easy. They would score on a 2-yard run off tackle and the extra point to take the lead 7-0.

Spencer County was able to answer right back when tailback Will Eldridge scored on a big 39-yard run. The extra point pass from quarterback Trent Holbrook to tight end Wesley Cox was incomplete keeping the Mustangs still in the lead 7-6 up until the half.

The only other score of the night would be a 1-yard run by North Oldham, making the final score 14-6.

Outstanding players of the game for Spencer County - Will Eldridge (10 Rushes for 100 yards, 1 reception for 32 yards, 1 TD, 14 tackles, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Jordan Hardin (5 rushes for 13 yards, 6 tackles), Trent Holbrook (2 rushes for 5 yards, 2-3 passing for 42 yards), Dalton Goodlett (4 rushes for 15 yards, 13 tackles, 2 sacks, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Chris Dunbar (6 tackles), Wesley Cox (5 tackles), William Currie, Jacob Lashley, Tyler Eldridge, and Donnie Smith.

B-team results

In the second half of a double header, the Spencer County Middle School B-team was able to come out victorious over North Oldham Middle behind the running of Mark Kippes. The Grizzlies were able to stuff the Mustangs on defense and scorch them with Kippes’ speed.

Outstanding players of the game for Spencer County - Mark Kippes (3 rushes for 76 yards, 2 TDs, 1 fumble recovery), Micheal Fowler (2 rushes for 9 yards, 12 tackles, 3 sacks, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Will Edwards (rushed 3 times for 9 yards, 1 sack, 1-2 passing for 3 yards, 1 PAT, 1 INT, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Cody Russell (1 PAT reception), Zack Smith (rushed 3 times for 35 yards), Kynan Smith (rushed 3 times for 6 yards, 4 tackles), Justin McManus (1 fumble recovery), Tyler Eldridge, Cody Nevitt (1 Sack, 1 fumble recovery), and Trenton Bryant.

SCMS 34, Bethlehem 25

Spencer County Middle School’s Grizzly Football team traveled to Bardstown to take on conference foe Bethlehem on Thursday night. The Grizzlies would take care of business and bring home the win, 34-25.

In a game marred by penalites, SCMS would have 4 touchdowns called back. However, the ones that did count prove to be plenty.

Spencer County started out in a hole as they took the opening kickoff, but turned the ball over to Bethlehem on downs. The Eagles would score first on a quick 4 yard touchdown pass to their wide open tight end. They would also convert the PAT run to make the score 7-0 in their favor.

The Grizzlies answered the bell when Fullback Dalton Goodlett reeled off a big run down to the Eagle 10 yard line. 2 plays later he would score from 4 yards out himself. Will Eldridge would kick the PAT through to give Spencer County the lead, 8-7.

Bethlehem went 3 plays and attempted a fake punt on their next series - none of which worked. On Spencer County’s first play, Eldridge swept to his right and found Flanker Jordan Hardin all alone deep down field for a 65 yard pass. Eldridge’s kick was once again true pushing the lead to 16-7, SCMS.

Bethlehem was able to score once more when their quarterback found a receiver running down the seam. After making a great catch, the reciever ran the ball in from 40 yards out. Mark Kippes stepped up from his spot at cornerback to intercept the PAT pass and the score was now 16-13, Spencer County.

The Grizzlies would once again make a mistake and fumble the ball on their next series. With the clock winding down in the first half, Bethlehem attempted to move quickly and get a score just before halftime. With .2 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the Bethlehem quarterback heaved a pass to the right corner of the field. Eldridge intercepted the ball at the 5 yard line and returned it for the score, but it was called back on a “questionable” block in the back penalty. The score remained 16-13 at halftime.

Spencer County came out fired up and stuffed the Eagles on their first possession in the third quarter. The Grizzlies would take the ball and run right down field behind the leadership of Quarterback Trent Holbrook, the outstanding blocking of their offensive line, and the strong running of the “Three Amigos” (Eldridge, Hardin, and Goodlett). Eldridge would score from 13 yards out. His PAT kick would be blocked. The score was now 22-13, Grizzlies.

Bethlehem showed some grit as they were able to answer right back. They would score once more as their quarterback found a reciever in the corner of the end zone from 8 yards out. Their PAT would fail, but the score was now a tense 22-19.

That tension wouldn’t last long as Hardin reeled out a big 57 yard run on Spencer County’s next play. After another costly penalty, the Grizzlies would hit paydirt when Holbrook connected with Eldridge on a screen pass for a touchdown (made possible by a crushing 2-for-1 block by Goodlett). The kick would fail, but the lead was now 28-19.

Motivated once more, the Grizzlies would force another 3 and out for the Eagles. With the game now well in hand, SCMS went to work on the clock. Eldridge would score another touchdown from 34 yards out to cap off his night of hard work. Zack Smith’s PAT kick would fall short pushing the score to 34-19.

The Grizzlies substitued most of their starters at this point. Bethlehem was able to score one more touchdown on an 18 yard run by their quarterback. In an enteraining moment, the Eagles attempted 2 PAT kicks which were good, but waved off due to penalites. On their third try, Spencer County’s Trenton Bryant was able to bust through and block the kick, making the final score 34-25.

The win pushes SCMS’s record to 3-3, 2-0. The Grizzlies play again at home on Tuesday in another conference contest against Washington County. They will also host Anderson County next Thursday for “Stallions Night” when all of the youth league players are honored during the game.

Outstanding player of the game for Spencer County - Will Eldridge (Rushed 9 times for 116 yards, 1 TD Pass, 2 TDs, 2 PAT kicks, 16 Tackles), Trent Holbrook (3-6 Passing for 49 yards, 1 TD pass), Dalton Goodlett (Rushed 4 times for 50 yards, 1 TD, 11 Tackles, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Jordan Hardin (Rushed 8 times for 99 yards, 1 TD Reception, 12 Tackles, Co-HIT-OF-THE-GAME), Tyler Eldridge, Chris Dunbar, Cody Chesser, Micheal Fowler, Wesley Cox, Jacob Lashley, William Currie, Lee-Jared Miles, and Donnie Smith.