By R. Alan Richardson
The middle school football team remains undefeated having outscored their opponents 184-24 over the course of two scrimmage games and two regular season games.
They won their first scrimmage game against Indian Creek Middle 24-0 and played very well despite this being the first time going up against someone other than each other. Coach Aaron Paul said, “We had been working since May to prepare and our prep work paid off. We were able to identify what we needed offensively and defensively in terms of improvement and making sure we have the correct personnel in at all times.”
The Dogs next took on Bear Creek Middle School where they won 62-0. Paul again commented, “We played very well in the first half again working through our offense and defense identifying mistakes and making sure we have the correct personnel in at all times. This was the first time we were able to see some of our special teams line up against another team in a non-live scenario.”
The first regular season game saw MCMS take on traditional rival Greene County at home where they again were successful coming up with a 50-24 win. Paul was not happy with his team’s overall performance saying, “We played very sloppy on both sides of the ball including special teams late in the second quarter. We only led 36-24 at halftime. A few key mistakes gave Greene a couple of quick touchdowns. Overall we played well, but as a coaching staff we made sure to point out the sloppiness late in the second quarter that resulted in points for the other team. Part of our problem was that many of our players play both ways, on offense and defense, and fatigue was setting in and ultimately putting our players in a situation to where they couldn’t be successful because they were exhausted.”
The coaches have readjusted some of their personnel on both sides of the ball that should reduce the number of snaps that the players take on both sides of the ball.”
Last week’s game vs. Youth Middle School resulted in a 48-0 win against a team that beat MCMS a year ago. Kobridgette Lumpkin returned the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. The Dogs then recovered the ensuing kickoff that resulted in the second score of the game. Defensive lineman Criston Foster intercepted a pass and took it to the house to make the score 21-0. The boys kept pouring it on and led 42-0 at the half and coasted to the win.
Paul commented, “We played extremely well in the first half with minimal errors. In this game we did not execute all of our two point conversions which was disappointing from a coaching standpoint. We often times scored so quickly that we didn’t have a solid plan for which play to call, or what formation we wanted to use for our two point conversions and this created some personnel confusion at times. We also played very sloppy in the second half and this was mostly due to coaching errors. We did not have a solid game plan installed for what to do in the situation that we were in. I have got to do a better job as the head coach managing the game and making sure that we do not put our players in a situation to get hurt or in a situation to play sloppy or make mistakes.
Overall I am greatly pleased with the effort that our kids give at every practice.”