TIFTON — In a battle of unbeaten teams, Eighth Street’s eighth grade football team dismantled Coffee Middle 42-13 on Homecoming day at Brodie Field Thursday.
“That was a great win, we knew today was a big day,” head coach Rusty Smith said.
With the win, the Devils (5-0) will host the South Georgia Athletic Conference championship game in two weeks at Brodie Field against the Trojans (4-1).
Coffee jumped out to a 6-0 second quarter lead after a Trojan defender intercepted a Tadric Jackson pass and returned the ball 15 yards for a touchdown. Jackson’s arm was hit upon release and the Trojans capitalized. The 2-point attempt was no good however, and Coffee led 6-0 with 7:37 remaining in the second quarter.
Eighth Street came right back on their next drive to score a touchdown. After a 20 yard kickoff return by Ladarius Stewart gave the Devils great field position at the 42 yard line, Jackson hit Will Reinhardt for a 31 yard pass play to give the Devils a first down at the Coffee 27.
Two plays later, Jackson scored on a 26-yard scramble, and then hit Devarious Butler on a pass play to give the Devils an 8-6 lead with 6:19 remaining in the second quarter.
The Devils added another score with under three minutes remaining in the half when Stewart scored on a four yard run. The drive began after Stewart intercepted Keegan McGovern in which Stewart looked as if he were the intended receiver on the play. Jackson then hit Butler two plays later on a 61 yard pass play to give the Devils a first and goal on the Coffee 4-yard line.
Jackson then kicked the PAT to give ESMS a 15-6 lead at halftime.
On Coffee’s first drive of the second half, McGovern had another pass intercepted after Gunner Schemmel tipped the pass. Jackson intercepted and returned the ball 25 yards for another ESMS touchdown with just under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Reinhardt then hit Butler on the “swinging gate” pass play to give the Devils a 23-6 lead.
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