Youth football wins 2 out of 3

By | August 20, 2018 9:04 am

The Warriors’ football team captains for Friday night’s game were Will Griggs (20), Allen Shoupe (3), Cayden Billings (65), and Dawson Ogletree (41). (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The Sparta Youth football teams got their seasons started Aug. 11 All three Warrior football teams traveled to Crossville to take on the Stone Memorial Panthers. The Warriors would win two of their three games on the day.

The Pee-Wee Warriors opened up league play against last years defending champs. The Warriors got the ball first and marched it down the field to the Stone Memorial 20-yard line behind nice runs from Griffin Adams. However, they couldn’t convert it into any points and would turn the ball over on downs.

The Panthers would go three and out on their first series, and the Warriors would follow suit on their next series, too, and that would be the final drive of the first quarter.

Stone would break a long run to start the second quarter, and it looked like they would get on the scoreboard first. However, the Warriors’ Gabe Palmer would catch Stone’s runner from behind and make a tackle at the eight-yard line. The Warriors’ defense wouldn’t budge from there and held Stone from scoring and made them turn the ball over on downs at the five-yard line.

It would then be Adams’ turn to oppose his will on the Panthers. Adams would lead the Warriors on a nine-play drive for a touchdown right before the half to give the Warriors the lead at the 6-0 lead at the half.

Stone Memorial would get the ball to start the second half. Big tackles by Colt Young and Clay Brewington led to another three and out for Stone. The Warriors would start pounding the ball, eating the clock, and would get first down after first down behind the running of Adams and Palmer. Adams would score late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Warriors by a final score of 12-0.

The Warriors were led in rushing by Adams who had 12 carries for 112 yards, and Palmer finished with six carries for 47 yards. Adams would lead the Warriors in tackles with nine and Conley finished with 4.

In the Junior Warriors game, Sparta would win the toss and elected to receive the ball. However, the Panthers would kick an onside kick and recover the ball. The Warriors, though, would get the ball back when Hudson Dodd recovered a fumble. The Warriors would move the ball down to Stone’s eight-yard line, but a fumble would stall out the Warriors’ drive. The game was a defensive battle, with neither team able to find the end zone until the fourth quarter.

Turnovers would plague the Warriors, and Stone would capitalize on their mistakes to pick up the 12-0 win. The Junior Warriors were led in rushing by Brian Anderson, and JoJo Dowell, both who finished with seven carries for 45 yards. Landon Kerr and Tucker Pinion, who finished with eight tackles each, led the Defense.

In the senior Warriors’ game, the Warriors would win the toss and elect to receive. However, like the Junior Panthers, the seniors would kick an onside kick and recover the kick. The Senior Panthers’ offense would go three and out, though. The Warriors would get the ball and find the end zone on a 57-yard run by Pinion, but the extra point was no good, and the Warriors would lead 6-0.

The Warriors would follow the touchdown up with an onside kick of their own, and Pinion would recover the kick, and the Warriors’ offense would go back to work. However, a turnover on downs would give the ball to Stone.

The Warriors’ defense, though, would hold Stone to a three and out and get the ball back at midfield at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, the Warriors would drive the ball down the field behind a head dose of Pinion and Kayden Blaylock, who capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The Warriors would also convert on the two-point conversion pass when Xavier Gamblin found Pinion to make it 14-0 in favor of the Warriors.

Stone Memorial would get a first down on their next series, but a fourth down pass break-up by Jackson Blaylock gave the ball back to the Warriors late in the second quarter. The Warriors would drive down the field, but the clock would expire before they could find the end zone.

In the third quarter, Stone Memorial would start the quarter off with the ball. However, a big hit from Blaylock would jar the ball loose, and Pinion would pick it up. The Warriors couldn’t manage much and had to punt. Stone would get one first down on their next series but would end up turning the ball over on downs back to the Warriors. The Warriors would also go three and out and give the ball back to Stone to start the fourth quarter. Stone couldn’t do much and would punt the ball back to the Warriors. Pinion would seal the deal for the Warriors with a 38-yard touchdown run to give the Warriors the 20-0 win.

The Warriors were led in rushing by Pinion, who finished with 11 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Pinion would also lead the Warriors in tackles with 12 and Blaylock would have 6.

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