WCMS wraps up season with CTC bowl title
Posted By Sparta Live | October 12, 2009 12:00 am
The White County Middle School Warrior football team left little doubt as to who was the best team this season in the Central Tennessee Conference.
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After going through the regular season of conference play undefeated, the Jr. Warriors polished off the season with an 18-6 win over second place, South Jackson, Saturday on Dee Harris Field in the CTC Bowl game. The victory ended the WCMS season with an overall mark of 8-1. After opening the season with a narrow two-point loss at Avery Trace, the Warriors ended the season with eight straight wins.
WCMS made their presence known early in the game. Even though most of their touchdowns this season have come on the ground, they put the first six points on the board through the air. Skylar Delaney found Tommy Odom open in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, but WCMS took the early lead 6-0 with 4:01 still to play in the first quarter.
The Warriors got the ball back quickly. Blake Lynn forced a South Jackson fumble on the kickoff and Chase Lefebvre recovered for WCMS. Four plays later, Delaney was intercepted and the Trojans took over at the 20-yard line.
South answered with their only scoring drive of the contest putting together an 80-yard, 12-play drive that culminated with a seven-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good keeping the score tied at six with 3:46 left in the first half.
After a 25-yard run by Lynn on the third play of the next drive got the ball all the way down to the Trojan 11-yard line, the Warriors coughed the ball up on the next play and South recovered at the 13. WCMS got the ball back in good position when Lefebvre came up with a big play on fourth down.
WCMS got the ball back at the South 36 with 41 seconds left in the half. That was more than enough time. On first down, Delaney connected with Hunter Cantrell for a 13-yard gain. Delaney kept for 20 yards on the second play setting up a three-yard plunge by Lynn. The two-point conversion was no good, but with 17 seconds still showing on the clock in the second quarter, the Warriors had taken a 12-6 lead. That would be the score at the break and would, in fact, hold until late in the contest.
South Jackson had possession to start the second half and went to work moving the ball down the field. After picking up a first down with a 16-yard run over midfield to the 49-yard line, the penalty flags began flying. The Trojans were flagged three times for a total of 25 yards and faced a third and 21, but actually converted. A pass completion of 17 yards and a 12-yard run gave them a first down at the 31-yard line. The Warrior defense, however, stepped up from there and recovered a fumble three plays later. They took over at their own 21-yard line.
From there, the defenses controlled things the next few series. The Warriors were forced to punt, but then forced the Trojans to turn the ball over on downs. The two teams then exchanged fumbles with WCHS taking over possession of the ball at their own 25-yard line with 3:57 to play.
They proceeded to put the game away with a six-play scoring drive. Daniel Bray, a seventh grader, had runs of 32 and 22 yards on the drive that culminated with Blake Lynn’s 16th touchdown of the season. He scored from three yards out with 1:49 left to play pushed the lead out to 12 effectively sealing the win.
Named to the All CTC team were Blake Lynn, Skylar Delaney, Jake Young, Zachary Wright and Dalton Nash.
Coach Luke Dycus talked about the game and the season.
“We came out a little more focused than we did Tuesday. We did try to keep things fun for the kids and not put so much pressure on them. I want them to enjoy it and I think they did. I had a good feeling when I got up this morning. I really have to thank the fans. That Warrior Walk really got the kids fired up. They felt like the Tennessee Vols. They really liked that. We scored first in the game and it was in an unconventional way for us – though the air. Skylar’s footwork on that play was great. He bought himself some time and found Tommy open in the end zone. Skylar and Dalton Nash were two kids I coached last year in basketball that didn’t play football. I talked them into playing because I knew they could help our team. They are athletes. As a team, we were very physical. We put in a couple of new wrinkles this week after watching film of our last game with them. Our defense was a key. Coach Wilson made some adjustments. We didn’t give up a big play and that’s what South Jackson usually thrives on. I have to give a big tip of my hat to him. Coach Floyd also made some good adjustments with our special teams.”
Dycus continued, “We opened the season with a loss to Cookeville and those kids were so disappointed on the bus ride home. They handled it the right way though. They didn’t hang their heads. They bounced back. They are a special group of kids, who I am sad to say I will not coach as a group again. The eighth graders will move on to the high school and I hope they all keep playing. I can’t say enough about these kids and my assistant coaches. Our administration has also been very supportive. Mr. Steele, our principal was my science teacher in middle school. I appreciate him giving me the chance to coach here. I am very proud to be giving something back to the program I was a part of as a player. It means a lot to me. Winning this championship at White County Middle School means more to me than anything I‘ve done as a coach because this is my home.”