JONESVILLE — Jonesville Middle School picked up its first win of the season on Thursday, defeating the visting Wildcats from Blacksburg, 6-0.
Jonesville carried a 6-0 lead into intermission after a 5-yard run courtesy of Brandon Thompson.
Blacksburg threated late in the fourth quarter, driving into the Jonesville 5-yard line where the solid JMS defense made a stand, forcing the turnover to hold off the visitors.
“We played better than the score would indicate,” said Jonesville Coach Michael Mullinax. “We moved the ball fairly well, our offensive line played well, and Gerald (Hughes) and Quan (Smith) ran the ball well. The defense was outstanding, especially on that goaline stand. We did a good job of getting to the ball and making the plays when we got there.”
With the win, Jonesville improves its record to 1-3 and will travel to Pacolet next Thursday at 5 p.m.
Sims Middle posts third win
UNION — Sims Middle School’s seventh grade team picked up its third straight win on Thursday, defeating Florence Chapel 6-0 in overtime.
A defensive battle, the contest was still tied at 0-0 in the fourth quarter with Florence Chapel driving downfield and threatening to score.
An interception by Terrance Briggs kept Florence Chapel out of the endzone and forced the game into overtime where the Tigers’ Ladarious Jeter ran in the winning touchdown.
In eighth grade action, Sims fell to Florence Chapel, 52-50.
Florence Chapel opened the game with a 65-yard touchdown run and the Tigers answered back with a 10-yard Shy Smith touchdown run.
At halftime, Sims found itself down 14-12 and the second half saw both teams light up the scoreboard.
Shy Smith, Darren Osborne, Ty Washington and Tremayne Jeter each had touchdowns for the Tigers.
“These two games were the most exciting and most stressful games I have ever been a part of,” said Sims Coach Mitchell Moss. “Both teams played their hearts out each night. It was like two heavy-weight fighters going after the World Championsip. Neither wanted to lose. In the 7th grade game we made one more play than they did, and in the 8th grade game they made one more play than we did. Both teams were undefeated, but one had to walk away with a loss. We have to regroup and not let this one loss turn into another. As coaches we must make sure this does not happen. Both teams played great and I am very proud to be their coach.”
The Sims Seventh grade is 3-0 and will travel to McKracken on Wednesday. The eighth grade team falls to 2-1 and will see action at home on Thursday against McKracken.
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