UNION — The Sims seventh-grade team finished off an undefeated season with a 20-0 shutout over Woodruff on Wednesday. The Tigers’ offense went to work with a 95-yard haul by Ladarius Jeter who was hit at the 1-yard line and found paydirt on the following play. Bryan Good connected with Terrence Briggs on a 30-yard pass that set up a 20-yard touchdown connection between the two. Jeter ran in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 halftime score.
The Tigers’ first series in the second half was capped off with a 20-yard touchdown run courtesy of Jerome Henry for the 20-0 final.
“This seventh-grade team battled all year,” said coach Mitchell Moss. “Our defense allowed only five points a game and had three shutouts. That it a testament of how hard these kids worked and what a great job coaches McDaniel, Ponder and Gillmore did. Our offense averaged 22 points per game and that would not have been possible without great offensive line play. Coach Robinson and Coach Gibson did a great job with these guys. Sherbert did a great job working with our QB. After every victory I would ask the team what have they accomplished. Their reply was nothing. After yesterday’s game their reply was ‘an UNDEFEATED RECORD AND PEACH TREE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS.’ Nobody can every take that away from these guys. They deserve it. I could not be happier for a group of kids than I am right now. They played as a team all year and we will try to do it all over again next year as eighth-graders.”
Sims eighth-grade wins
The Sims eighth-grade football team finished off an impressive season by crushing rival Woodruff, 52-6.
Shy Smith ran a QB keep for a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive and AJ Hunter carried in the 2-point conversion. The Tigers followed with an onside kick that was recovered by Douglas Brannon to bring the offense back out. Smith aired it out with 35-yard touchdown pass to Daren Osborne.
Woodruff responded, driving the length of the field before Washington snagged an 85-yard pick-six giving Sims a 20-0 advantage.
Josh Griffin caused a fumble that was recovered by Devin Jeter and with under a minute remaining in the half, Smith connected with Brett Carter on a 45-yard pass and found him again on a 35-yard touchdown connection with .01 on the clock. Hunter ran in the 2-point conversion for the 28-0 halftime score.
Woodruff hit paydirt on the opening drive of the third quarter before the Sims defense intercepted three passes in the second half including one that Hunter put in the end-zone.
The 2-point conversion pass to Osborne gave the Tigers a 36-0 lead. Smith ran in for a 20-yard touchdown and converted the PAT and on the next offensive series Marquevious Glenn took the hand off from Cole Jennings and ran it in for a 65-yard touchdown. The two point conversion was ran in by Wyatt Best.
The offensive line – Chris Johnson, AJ Hunter, Hunter Ivey, Aaron Edwards and Josh Griffin – were credited by coach Mitchell Moss for opening holes for the running backs. Debo Woods contributed three quarterback sacks while Hunter, Griffin and Trevell Norman had two apiece.
“This is an exciting team to watch and will be exciting to watch as they mature,” said Moss. “We were an overtime loss away from being undefeated and winning the conference championship. These guys did not let that loss turn into any more. They face adversity head on and took it to their opponents the rest of the way. Sims was the only school in the conference to have both teams finish in the top two. These kids are going up against those who feed into Byrnes, Woodruff, Spartanburg High, Dorman and Boiling Springs.”
The eighth grade finishes the season with a 6-1 record with their only defeat coming in an overtime loss, 50-52. This week’s Leonard’s Player of the Game goes to Ty Washington.