By: Misty Green
The Red Boiling Springs Junior High School Bulldog Football team hosted Burkes Middle School of Monterey last Thursday evening, for a wet gridiron competition.
After forcing the visitors to punt, the Bulldogs were able to score a touchdown on a quarterback pass from Tyler Carlisle to halfback Seth Carlisle. The two-point conversion was achieved by Seth, giving the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead.
Tyler Carlisle intercepted a Monterey pass in the middle of the second quarter, in hopes of continuing the advantage, however the Bulldogs were forced to hand the ball back over. The game quickly changed in favor of the visitors, with a Bulldog pass being intercepted by Monterey to end the second quarter. Returning from the halftime break, the Bulldogs were forced to punt, and with 3:35 marking the clock, Monterey broke through the middle of the line for their first score of the night. Burkes Middle school was held throughout the rest of the third quarter, however they opened the last quarter of play with their second score of the night. No team was able to advance any further. Final score… Monterey 16, RBS 8.
“It was a very difficult loss. I was very proud of our boys' efforts though,” commented Coach West. “I really hate to let one slip away at the end like that--especially with how hard they worked to put themselves in position to be successful. I feel we need to continue to improve in some areas to give ourselves a better opportunity to win. We continue to blow good opportunities with penalties and turnovers. As a result of penalties, bad snaps, and blown assignments--we have finished with two poor offensive performances in a row. A lot of emphasis will be put on penalties this week in practice. I was pleased with some of the progress we made leading into the game though. I think we really made a lot of improvement on defense--especially in the first half. I felt we did a much better job this week of coming out aggressive and setting the tone at the beginning. Jeffrey Nelson continues to be a force out there for teams to deal with. He finished with 6 tackles--3 for loss. He was the Lineman Player of the Game. Seth Carlisle was the Skill Player of the Game. He finished with 32 yards rushing, 18 yards passing & 1 TD, punted 4 times for a 21.5 yard average, and finished with 5 tackles and forced a fumble. Billy York received the Hammer Award for his bone crushing hit on the second kick-off.“We look to "right the ship" next Thursday night as we host Algood Middle School, he added. “They are a very good football team. They seem to be on a roll and having a good season. It will be a good test for us because I'm interested to see how we respond to Thursday's tough loss. I would like to thank God for these boys, their families, and the progress we've made so far--and most of all for watching over us and keeping us injury free. I also would like to thank all the fans and parents that have been so devoted and involved. I appreciate their help and support and look forward to seeing a lot of people up on "The Ridge" Thursday night. Game time is set at 6:30 PM.”