Knox Doss 44, TW Hunter 28
In Knox Doss's closest game of the year, they allowed the TW Hunter Bucs to put up four scores in their 44-28 win Tuesday night.
"Tonight gives us a sense of accomplishment," Mustangs head coach Bryan Dupree stated. "This is our second year in a row going undefeated (8-0), so that's really exciting for us."
Rushers Alex Broom and Jaden Lyles combined for a total of 330 yards in the game. Broom had 170 yards with a 34-yard, a 40-yard, and a 50-yard touchdown. Lyles had just as impressive of a night with 160 rushing yards and a 15-yard, a 45-yard, and a 50-yard rushing touchdown. Lyles seems an important factor for the team, which trailed 12-0 after the first quarter that Lyles missed due to a nose bleed.
"I'm really proud of our kids for hanging with Knox Doss tonight," TW Hunter coach Constance Luttrell commented.
Knox Doss is set to face Station Camp in the championship game this Saturday.
Ellis 35, Hawkins 0
Finishing their season strong, the Ellis Cougars secured a final regular-season victory in a 35-0 battle against Hawkins.
"It's always fun to win," Ellis coach Lawson Watson commented. "We can beat anyone on our schedule, and I hope our returning players know that."
A.J. Owens set the tempo of the night with a touchdown on the first drive. The Cougars held the Commandos to a couple of four-and-outs, building up the score on those. Ellis Ellis had one touchdown, with Jack Brown securing another. At the half, Ellis led 14-0, so their next 21 points came in the second part of the game.
"We played really well in the second half to bring up the score even more," Watson stated.
Portland East 26, Portland West 14
In the highly anticipated, two-score rivalry game, the Portland East Panthers outscored Portland West 26-14, finishing their season with momentum.
"Our kids know Portland East can win games, and we understand that we have to play really good football to do that," Portland East coach Wes Inman said.
Preston Chamerlin had a kickoff returned for a touchdown accompanied with a touchdown run. Hunter Hicks maintained great control of the ball as a he snagged several passes very well.
Defensive back Lacirous House made a tackle Tuesday night to dislodge a ball in the end zone, keeping Portland West at 14 points. A really special player on the Portland East team, quarterback Mason Elliot had a great season, not only as a quarterback, but also as a defensive player, his dynamic as a football playmaker expanding each year.
"Our returning players will hopefully learn from the eight graders' perseverance and how we face adversity," Portland West coach Kyle Lane stated.
Station Camp 38, White House 0
To conclude a strong season for the Bison, Station Camp defeated the White House Blue Devils in a 38-0 shutout Tuesday night.
"We learned how to come together and be successful this season, and hopefully our younger guys got a taste and will apply the same traits next season," Station Camp coach Darren Thomas said.
Eighth grade quarterback Ryan Odin is the only quarterback in the county who consistently throws more than fifteen passes each game, making him stand out in the coming championship game.
He had several deep passes Tuesday night, some of which were unfortunately called back due to offensive holding. However, Station Camp's air game will be an interesting point of focus to look for in the championship game Saturday against a Knox Doss team that has a very strong run game.
"This season has shown what it takes for a group of people to achieve a goal by working together," Thomas said.
Station Camp is set to face Knox Doss this weekend in the championship game.
Rucker 68, Shafer 0
The Rucker Stewart Rams closed out their 5-3 season with a monster 68-0 win over Shafer Tuesday night. Eli Siltman connected with Charles Mitchell on a touchdown toss before back up quarterback Luke Cook replaced him after the first series.
"I thought Luke came in and did a great job," Rucker coach Bobby Beasley said. "Him, along with a lot of other players gained valuable playing experience tonight."
Tucker Milliken and Caden Cardoza each caught touchdown passes from Cook. DJ Wright, Zy'Quis Garrett, and Ben Brentise each scored one rushing touchdown on the night while teammate AJ Davis finished the night with three scores; two on the ground and one on a punt return. The two point conversions were made by a slew of Rams.
"Very proud of our boys for the season they had this year," Beasley said of his team's 5-3 record.