Grizzlies win first round of middle school playoffs

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By J.T. Bass

SCMS 60 - Bloomfield 6

Spencer County Middle School hosted Bloomfield Middle Thursday night in the first round of Division I playoffs for the Mid-Kentucky Athletic Conference. The Grizzlies dominated the game, breaking several school records in the process.

The most notable being Will Eldridge breaking Errico Smith’s season scoring record, and most points scored in a game. In another record, the Grizzlies had six different players scoring during the night.

On Spencer County’s second play of the night, Eldridge scampered around the left end from 29 yards out for his first of 3 touchdowns on the night to make the score 6-0, SCMS.

Spencer County was able to recover an onsides kick on the very next play. Quarterback Trent Holbrook threw to Eldridge on a quick screen pass from 31 yards out, bringing the Grizzly lead to 12-0.

 Bloomfield would struggle on their next possession and on a big third and long, Grizzly defensive end Bridger Knotts was able to sack their quarterback for a loss. The Blazer’s punt would be the only time Spencer County would have the ball on its own side of the 50 yard line. However, that wouldn’t matter as the Grizzlies passed their way right down the field. Holbrook would hit his fullback Dalton Goodlett for one pass and then throw a touchdown to Knotts for the 26-yard score. Cody Buckman’s PAT kick was good and the lead was now 18-0.

Bloomfield punter was sacked at the kickoff by Spencer’s Chase Smith at the Blazer 10-yard line. With the next play, Eldridge would earn a place in the record book with his 22nd touchdown of the season. The score was now 26-0.

Grizzly defensive lineman Dalton Smith would cause a fumble and recover it himself on Bloomfield’s next drive. Dalton Goodlett would take the ball on three straight plays with the final one being a 9 yard touchdown run to make the score 32-0 going into halftime.

 On Spencer County’s first drive of the second half, Chase Smith would bounce loose from his fullback spot for a big 44 yard touchdown run, making the score 38-0 and begin the running clock.

Bloomfield’s only score of the night came on their next possession when their quarterback was able to break several tackles and sprint down the sidelines from 67 yards out. Their PAT would be stopped, but they were now on the board 38-6, SCMS. This was the first touchdown SCMS had given up in five games.

On the Grizzlies’ second play of their next series, tailback Cody Chesser would show he has some moves of his own and put a 35-yard touchdown in his resume. Buckman would split the uprights on the extra point to push the lead to 46-6.

The Spencer County B-team would continue to work hard to complete the game, forcing Bloomfield to turn the ball over on downs on their own 10 yard line. On his first play in the game, quarterback Will Edwards (who is a 6th grader) took the ball right on an option and sprinted back to his left for the score. Zack Smith would kick the PAT through to for the Grizzlies - 54-6.

Bloomfield turned the ball over on downs one last time and the Grizzly B-team offense hustled back onto the field one more time. Spencer County’s final score of the night was from Zack Smith when he scampered in from 24 yards out to make the final 60-6 (school record).

Outstanding players for Spencer County - Will Eldridge (rushed 2 times for 39 yards, 1 reception for 31 yards, 3 TDs), Dalton Goodlett (rushed 4 times for 62 yards, 1 reception for 34 yards, 1 TD), Trent Holbrook (4-5 passing for 109 yards, 2 TDs), Cody Chesser (rushed 3 times for 50 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack), Chase Smith (rushed 1 time for 44 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks), Wesley Cox (rushed 1 time for 6 yards), Zack Smith (rushed 2 times for 37 yards, 1 TD Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Will Edwards (rushed 1 time for 10 yards, 1 TD), Gage Mertz (1 reception for 18 yards), Bridger Knotts (1 reception for 26 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack), Chris Dunbar (2 sacks), Michael Fowler (rushed 1 time for 6 yards), Brett Goodlett, Cody Russell, Cody Buckman, Jordan Baker, Dalton Smith (1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), Tyler Eldridge, Jacob Lashley, William Currie, Justin McManus (Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Dylan Meyer, Lee-Jared Miles, Gage Daniels, Patrick Parker, and Donnie Druin.

SCMS 34 - OKH 0

The Grizzlies were able to close out their regular season for the second straight year with a perfect conference record last Tuesday night. Facing their rival Old Kentucky Home Middle School, Spencer County was able to take control and finish strong.

Spencer County kicked off to OKH to start the game and held them to a three and out series to force a punt. On the Grizzlies’ first possession, and faced with a fourth down and four, tailback Will Eldridge sprang free from several broken tackles and scored from 42 yards out. The PAT kick would fail, but the Grizzlies were in the lead 6-0.

OKH would be forced into another punt on their next series. SCMS would also have to punt after two costly penalites stalled their drive.

The Grizzly defense would step up on OKH’s next possession when defensive end Chase Smith pounced on a fumbled handoff at the OKH 17 yard line. Spencer County would make that a costly mistake in the form of an 8 yard pass from quarterback Trent Holbrook to tight end Gage Mertz. Cody Buckman would put the PAT kick through to push the lead to 14-0 with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wildcats would gain some momentum on a nice run that had a face mask penalty added to it giving them the ball at the Spencer County 25. Appearing ready to score their first points on the night, OKH would fumble the ball once again. This time, Spencer County’s Dalton Goodlett would fall on the ball and give the Grizzlies possession at their own 28.

Spencer County was able to move right down the field on their next possession behind the running of their powerful offensive line and the running of Goodlett and Eldridge. SCMS would score on another pass, this time Holbrook found his other tight end Bridger Knotts wide open for a 21 yard score. After a high snap on the PAT, Holbrook was unable to find the endzone, but the lead was now 20-0, SC.

OKH would make one last attempt to score before the half, but would run out of time right around the 50 yard line.

Spencer County came right back out after halftime and on their second play saw Eldridge run for his longest touchdown of the season - an 88 yard score. Buckman’s kick was true and the Grizzlies were in the lead 28-0 and cruising.

OKH would be forced to punt after another 3 and out and Spencer County took the ball and moved it once again. Holbrook would set a school record with his third touchdown pass of the night, this one to Goodlett who, in a highlight that would be worthy of ESPN’s Top 10, would dive into the front corner of the end zone on the 20 score. This made the score 34-0, Spencer County.

The Wildcats would continue to struggle blocking the Grizzly defensive front. Their next possession would see their quarterback sacked twice - once by Goodlett and the second by Joe Greer. OKH would turn the ball over on downs.

Spencer County Middle’s final score of the night came from their B-teamers. On fourth down and 10, and with only :36 to play, tailback Zack Smith found paydirt on an off-tackle run for a 20 yard score. This made the final score a convincing 40-0.

Outstanding players for Spencer County - Will Eldridge (rushed 12 times for 219 yards, 2 TDs, 1 sack, 11 tackles), Trent Holbrook (3-5 passing for 49 yards, 3 TDs - school record), Dalton Goodlett (rushed 11 times for 61 yards, 1 TD, 1 reception for 20 yards, 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), Jordan Hardin (rushed 2 times for 12 yards), Cody Chesser (rushed 3 times for 11 yards, 2 sacks), Chase Smith (rushed 2 times for 13 yards, 1 fumble recovery, Co-HIT OF THE GAME), Zack Smith (rushed 3 times for 29 yards, 1 TD), Bridger Knotts (1 reception for 21 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack), Gage Mertz (1 reception for 8 yards, 1 TD), Cody Buckman (2-5 PAT kicks), Brett Goodlett, Chris Dunbar, Cody Russell, Michael Fowler, Wesley Cox, Dalton Smith, Tyler Eldridge, Joe Greer (1 sack), Gage Daniels, and Donnie Druin.