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JH Football wraps season

by Tyler Williams

October 15, 2016

     The Southern Cloud Junior High football team played its final game of the 2018 season at Lincoln on October 11.  Again, with only six players suited up, and once again, facing a team with more than 15 players.  The effort was terrific and if not for some “shoot yourself in the foot” moments, the score could have been more competitive.  The final score showed Lincoln 62 – Southern Cloud 26.

     All night, the young  Warriors were able to move the ball up and down the field on offense, but could only muster 6 first half points, a 48 yard Bryson Schmidt touchdown run off of a speed option pitch by Levi Cool, due to untimely turnovers. 

     In the second half, the Warriors were able to take care of the ball and find the end zone three more times, all Schmidt runs (53 yards, 1 yard, 1 yard).  The lone two-point conversion converted was a Cool pass to Lucas Jamison.

     Though Schmidt was the one punching it in the end-zone for the Warriors, Jamison was also a threat for the Warrior offense, gaining yards on the ground on jet sweeps and on several receptions.  He allowed the Warriors to stretch the field and force the Leopard defense to key on more than just Schmidt. 

     Seventh grader, 84 pound Zack Duggin, turned in a monster night nearly returning three kicks for touchdowns by making countless defenders miss, as well as having numerous solo tackles against players that easily outweighed him by at least 40 pounds. 

     Other seventh graders Dante Peterson and Ethan Kennedy continued their development and showed improvement throughout the night.  Peterson had a carry on a jet sweep for 6 yards and several touchdown saving tackles from his safety position.  Kennedy, who had an ankle injury in practice slow him down two days before, had no trouble toughing it out and made several tackles at the line of scrimmage from his nose guard spot. 

     The team finished the season with a 1-6 record, the lone win being at Lakeside.  Their record does not tell the story of playing games without substitutions or not having a player in the defensive backfield weigh 100 pounds.  These kids, though countlessly outnumbered and most outsized, continued to saw wood and trust the steps they were taking in improving.  By the end of the year, they were lightyears ahead of where they were when they started, which can be credited to their willingness to listen, learn, and adapt. 


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