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Grizzlies on their way to a regular season title

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By J.T. Bass

Spencer County Middle School’s Grizzly Football team pushed their conference record to 6-0 on Tuesday night with a big win over North Washington Middle School. The Grizzlies would start off stong and coast their way to a 41-0 victory over the Patriots.

The game began with Spencer County kicking off to North Washington. After three negative plays, the Patriots were forced to punt deep in their own territory. Spencer County’s Will Eldridge would return the punt for a touchdown, only to see it called back on a penalty. The Grizzlies would not be fazed though and scored on a quick pass from quarterback Trent Holbrook to tight end Gage Mertz from 14 yards out. Cody Buckman would kick the PAT to make the score 8-0 in favor of the Grizzlies.

 North Washington would be caught in another 3-and-out on their next possession and the Spencer County offense would really start rolling from there. SCMS had 2 touchdown passes called back in a row, but were able to seal the deal with a big 48 yard run from Eldridge for the score. The PAT would fail making the score 14-0, SC.

 On the Patriot’s next series, which resulted in another punt, Eldridge would score once more when he returned it from 39 yards out. Holbrook would find his other tight end Bridger Knotts wide open in the corner of the end zone for the point after, pushing the score to 21-0.

 With the game well in hand, Spencer County inserted many of their younger players to gain some valuable playing time. North Washington was able to return the ensuing kickoff deep into Grizzly territory and they mounted their most successful drive of the night, down to the Spencer County 24 yard line. The Grizzly defense would stand tall when on fourth down and short, 6th grader Kynan Smith intercepted a pass and returned it to the 41 yard line. On the next play, fullback Chase Smith rumbled up the middle and then bounced outside for the score. The PAT pass was “too high”, but the damage was done in the form of a 27-0 score.

 With :20 seconds remaining in the half, Spencer County was able to score one more time when tailback Wesley Cox swept around the left side and flew down the sidelines for a big 86 yard touchdown. This made the score 33-0 and forced a running clock for the rest of the game.

 SCMS’s final touchdown on the night came from tailback Trenton Bryant who ran in from 6 yards out. Buckman’s kick was true, making the final 41-0, Spencer County.

 Outstanding players for Spencer County - Trent Holbrook (2-5 passing for 17 yards, 1 TD, 1 PAT, rushed 1 time for 21 yards), Will Eldridge (rushed 1 time for 48 yards, 2 TDs), Chase Smith (rushed 1 time for 59 yards, 1 TD), Wesley Cox (rushed 1 time for 86 yards, 1 TD, Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Trenton Bryant (rushed 3 times for 46 yards, 1 TD), Gage Mertz (1 reception for 14 yards, 1 TD), Bridger Knotts (1 reception for 3 yards, 1 PAT), Chris Dunbar (1 sack), Gage Daniels (1 sack), Micheal Fowler (rushed 1 time for 2 yards, 5 tackles), Kynan Smith (rushed 3 times for 33 yards, 1 INT), Cody Buckman (2-4 kicking), Jordan Baker (Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Will Edwards, Dalton Goodlett, Jordan Hardin, Cody Chesser, Dalton Smith, Jacob Lashley, Tyler Eldridge, William Currie, Cody Nevitt, Lee-Jared Miles, Patrick Parker, and Donnie Smith