WCMS football wins another close one
By Sparta Live | September 28, 2009 12:00 am
The White County Middle School football team has definitely kept their fans on the edge of their seats this season.
All but one of their games have been decided by a touchdown or less. Three of the games have been decided by two points including the road win over Livingston Thursday night. Each team scored two touchdowns in the contest with the difference being a successful two-point conversion by WCMS on their first score of the night.
The two teams squared off on a very muddy field in Livingston, but that didn’t seem to slow down ball carriers on open field plays. Each team scored a touchdown on kick off returns in the contest with both scores coming to start each half.
Blake Lynn handled those honors for WCMS on the opening kick. He fielded the ball, found a hole, made it to the sideline and raced 70 yards to paydirt. Dalton Nash ran in the two-point conversion, which would turn out to be the difference in the game.
Livingston went to work next. They reeled off a 15-yard run on their first play from scrimmage and would pick up another first down before being forced to punt. The snap went awry on the attempt and Seth Davis fell on the ball for the Warriors at the 40. WCMS picked up a pair of first downs with four straight running plays. However, the next three plays combined for a total of minus three yards. After an incomplete pass, WCMS turned the ball over on downs at the 30-yard line.
The Tigers answered with an 11-play scoring drive. All positive yardage on the series came on the ground. Livingston attempted only one pass on the drive, which culminated with a one-yard scoring plunge. Tommy Odom, however, intercepted the conversion pass attempt keeping the Warriors on top 8-6.
One offensive play was all the Warriors had time to run as the first half came to a close.
The Tigers roared to the lead as the second half began when they returned the kick 75 yards for the score. Nash came up and made a big tackle on the two-point conversion run keeping them out of the end zone on that play and making the score 12-8.
The Warriors answered back quickly. On the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession, Lynn ripped off a 65-yard run after receiving the option pitch from quarterback, Skylar Delaney. That was Lynn’s 11 touchdown of the season. Nash was stopped short on the two-point conversion, but WCMS held a narrow 14-12 lead, which would wind up being the final score.
Livingston followed by going three and out on their next possession, but the short punt hit a Warrior player and the Tigers recovered at the 45-yard line. They, however, fumbled on the first play and the Warriors got the ball back.
WCMS couldn’t move the ball and was forced to punt, as were the Tigers on their next series. The Tigers weren’t able to get their punt off as Nash raced through for a tackle giving the ball to the WCMS offense at the 25-yard line. Sparta turned the ball over to the Tigers on downs. Livingston was again forced to punt on their next series.
The Warrior possession opened with a 25 yard run by Lynn. They would later appear to have scored a touchdown, but the play was negated by a penalty. They instead had to turn the ball over on downs to the Tigers deep in their own territory.
Odom sealed the win picking off a pass with just over a minute to play. Three straight plays on the ground ran the clock out for the non-conference win.
WCMS is now 5-1 overall and remains undefeated in Central Tennessee Conference play with two games remaining. The Jr. Warriors host Coffee County Tuesday for homecoming. That game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. kick off. Colors will be pinned on the eighth graders in a ceremony beginning at 5:45. Homecoming queen, Jordan Bennett, and her court will be presented at halftime.