WCMS wins thriller
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | September 5, 2019 6:47 am
By Jerry Lowery
(Aug. 29, 2019 game)
The White County Middle School Warriors took on the North Franklin County team for a conference game, on Aug. 29. Sparta won in a thrilling matchup with a 22-14 score.
Defense was the name of the game during the first quarter of play as both teams had a tough time moving the ball, and, at the end of one quarter, the score was 0-0.
Sparta opened up the scoring on a pass from Tripp Pinion to Kaden Mitchell for the first touchdown of the game. Owen Adams kept the ball and drove in for the two-point conversion, giving the Warriors the lead 8-0, with 3:11 left to play in the second quarter.
It did not take North long to answer the touchdown with a long run that scored and added the extra points. The score, with 1:47 to play in the half, was 8-8. After a Pinion pass was intercepted, Adams intercepted a pass and returned the ball for a touchdown, however a penalty was called, and North kept possession. The half ended with the score tied 8-8.
In the third quarter, North moved the ball down to the one-yard line and then scored a touchdown and missed the extra point, giving them the lead 14-8. After a strong defensive stand, the Warriors took over and Adams found Pinion for a 66-yard touchdown pass. The extra point no good, and, once again, the score tied 14-14.
The final score of the night came when Pinion kept the ball and found his way into the end zone for the go- ahead touchdown. Mitchell ran the extra point in and gave the Warriors the victory 22-14.
Coach Jacob Sparkman commented on the big win.
“This was huge for us to start the conference season with a win against a well-coached team,” said Sparkman. “North was 2-0 in the conference. We have not played in two weeks, and we were worried about us coming out slow and we did. We kept it close ‘til halftime and made some adjustments and played our style of football in the second half. We executed on both sides of the ball to get the win. We will watch the film and go back to work to get better. I am very proud of our team, and this is a big win for us and puts us in a good position for the conference. I want to thank all the fans who came out to support us.”
Assistant Coach Jason Carpenter stated, “I am proud of how our offense battled tonight. We struggled with their pressure in the first half. In the second half, we were able to give Owen some time to throw the ball. When we hit them deep a couple times, we were able to run the ball again.
Assistant Coach Terry Green stated, “North is a tough team and ran the ball very hard. We had some good moments where we stopped them at key points in the game. We have work to be done in being more consistent with our tackling, discipline, and following assignments.”
The WCMS Warriors travel to Tullahoma, on Sept. 3. Game time is 6:30 p.m.