Middle School bowl roundup Highland Rim

The undefeated (8-0) Highland Rim Hornets won the Elk Valley Football Conference Championship Game.

Unity vs. South Giles

Two weeks ago, the Unity Lions defeated the South Giles Eagles, 16-0. They squared off again last week in the third place bowl game of the Elk Valley Football Conference held in Cornersville.

South Giles struck first with a touchdown against the Lions. Unity answered the score to tie the game. Both teams swapped scores again in the second half to keep the game tied at 14-14. Unity made one last drive to try to win the game. Chandler Smith scored for the Lions with 15 seconds remaining and Unity held on for the victory over the Eagles.

With the win, Unity finishes the season at 4-4 and closes the season strong winning two of their last three games.     

“I am so proud of these kids,” said Coach Dakota Brown after the game. “They always seem to bounce back. I couldn't be more proud of the way we finished tonight.”

South Lincoln vs. Moore County

The Elk Valley Football Conference second bowl game would match up the No. 2 South Lincoln Eagles from the Central Division and the No. 2 Moore County Raiders from the Frontier Division.

Moore County struck first and take a 8-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Eagles connected on a long 50-yard touchdown pass from Diesen Ogle to Kilar Pace to tie the game at 8-8 heading into the half. As the rain started to fall in Cornersville, Moore County broke the tie and surge ahead 14-8. Trashawn Jean added a score for the Eagles to tie the game again at 14-14. Jean broke loose again on a 30-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds remaining and the Eagles would hold on for a 20-14 win.

 “I am incredibly thankful to have coached this team,” said Coach Ben Fuhs after the game. “This is a great group of young men. Football is a tough sport to play and they may not understand now what they are getting out of playing it, but later on they will. Tonight was a game they will never forget. The games you play in the rain are the games that stick with you. The way that we were able to come back and get a team win adds to the enjoyment of the game. Proud of this team. Go Eagles.”

Highland Rim vs. Huntland

The undefeated (8-0) Highland Rim Hornets met the (7-1) Huntland Hornets in the Elk Valley Football Conference Championship Game.

Highland Rim defeated Huntland back in week 2 by a score of 44-30. The score that day was a little misleading, Highland Rim led 44-8 at the half and substituted liberally in the second half of the game.

Highland Rim would left no doubt in the championship rematch. The Rim rolled over Huntland 52-0 to finish an undefeated season and claim the title.

Highland Rim, led by league MVP Rhett Persell, had three first half touchdowns to shoot out to 32-0 halftime lead. Huntland only crossed the 50-yard-line one time in the game. It was considered a dominating performance by the offense, defense, and special teams.

“I’m very proud of how our team handled a championship game. It began with four good days of prep with attention to detail as we had a lot of missed assignments from the first game against Huntland. I challenged them daily to focus on their jobs and assignments, and they did that. It was an exciting atmosphere and we were able to get the momentum rolling and we never looked back. Defensively we gave up two first downs and offensively every skill player scored a touchdown and we only had one quarterback pressure. I’m very blessed to have such a great group of young men to coach. I have two great assistant coaches who help prep each player daily for moments like tonight. We were able to complete an undefeated season 9-0 and end with a county and conference championship. It's a testament to our athletes' hard work and dedication to playing the game the right way. I couldn't be prouder of tonight and our season,” said Coach Nathan King after winning the championship.

Fayetteville Middle vs. Forrest 

The Fayetteville Middle School Tigers got the rematch they wanted with the only team that beat them in the regular season, the Forrest Rockets. This time the rematch was for for the Duck Valley River Conference Championship.

The Tigers struggled to move the ball on the Rockets all night. The Fayetteville defense played well but Forrest would wear down the Tigers and get the 14-0 win. FMS closes out a successful season finishing with a 5-2 record.

The FMS Tigers had five players make the All-Conference Team, including Brayden Serrano, Keenan Hockett, Damian Ring, Freddie Reed, and Jaiden Hampton.

“We played hard, our defense played great but stayed on the field all night. Offensively we couldn't get anything going. Turnovers and bad field position hurt us all night. It was a good year but we didn't reach the main goal of winning it all.” said Coach EJ Netherlands following the Forrest game.