By: Misty Green

 The Red Boiling Springs Jr. High School football team welcomed Algood this past Thursday night, September 15, 2011.

  

  Following the opening kickoff, the visitors scored on their first possession, also completing the 2 pt. conversion to hold an early 8-0 lead over RBS. The Bulldogs were unable to answer Algood and were forced to turn the ball over. The Redskins then made their second touchdown, Algood 14, RBS 0.

  The Bulldogs had hit another rough patch of luck with their next try and elected to punt, however the Bulldogs caused an Algood fumble and recovered the ball. The count was 3&11 when a Redskin player intercepted a pass, ending the first quarter in Algoods favor. Algood was able to reach the end zone twice in the second quarter, acquiring a 30-0 advantage over RBS by the half time break.

  Red Boiling Springs opened the second half with enthusiasm, achieving their first new set of downs and a touchdown scored with a quarterback keeper. Yet a holding call against RBS mulled the points, and the ball was eventually turned back over on downs.

  Algood's 4th quarter opening possession was upset by Bulldog Tyler Carlisle causing a fumble and the football was recovered by the hosting Bulldogs. Unwilling to go down without a fight, Red Boiling Springs was able to get the ball in the end zone, also achieving the extra points. Final score RBS 8, Algood 30.

RBS will travel to Clinton County on September 20.

   “I was really proud of my boys Thursday night,” said coach West. “We definately showed some improvement on both sides of the ball. The score doesn't really show how hard we played.  Algood is a very good football team--obviously well coached, well established, and they were undefeated for a reason. They were very balanced with all the intangibles needed to be successful at this level.  They had beat some real quality programs before coming to "The Ridge". I felt like we were able to really play with them in the second half versus their starters. They hit us with some big plays in the first half and mounted a big early lead. They had some really good backs, some good size, and a lot of team speed. When our boys settled down, we were able to regain some composure and mount an attempt at a comeback.”
     “I felt we made some successful strides at correcting mental mistakes during the week. It showed in the form of only committing 3 penalites all night--a drastic improvement from previous weeks. We battled and remained physical despite the physicality of our opponent. We made some things happen on defense--the boys forced 4 fumbles (a skill that has seen some major emphasis during the past few weeks of practice) and recovered 3 of them. I was proud of that.  Offensively, we struggled a bit early on. Their defense deserves much of the credit for that; however, we were still making some assignment errors vs. the inside linebacker blitzes. Once we were able to discuss the issue, the boys responded favorably and were able to get "on the same page" with the necessary communication. 
   “The sour note of the night was the loss of our quarterback, Seth Carlisle. He has been the engine of our offense and a leader (despite being only a 6th grader). He suffered a leg injury due to a roughing the kicker penalty after a punt. We pray that God continues to be merciful, watches over him, and heals his current injuries. We have been able to stay away from the injury bug for the most part this season, but things like that are going to happen in football unfortunately. 
    “Eric Garcia received the Hammer Award for this game. He had the biggest hit of the night.
Bailey Anderson & Wesley Fleming shared the Lineman of the Game Award. Both were solid in the trenches on both sides of the ball.”
   “Tyler Carlisle received the Skill Player of the Game. He came in and ran the offense very effectively once his brother went out with his injury. He accounted for most of our offensive production and played well on defense from his safety position.” 
   “The boys and I are extremely excited about our next game on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. We look forward to making the long trip up to Albany, Kentucky to face Clinton County Middle School. It will be just our second away trip of the season. It will also give us the opportunity to "right the ship" and get this program headed back into the "W" column. We've faced a rough stretch of games lately and really look forward to any opportunity to do battle with another team comparible to us in size. In addition, this game will be a good opportunity for us to use some different plays and formations on offense to adjust to our current personnel challenge. I think we will enjoy the process and come out of this game with some very valuable experience. We ask that our parents and fans allow for extra time to take the long trip Tuesday night to avoid any problems and have a safe trip. Thanks to everyone for everything they do to help out. We are very appreciative--especially to God for his Grace and Mercy.”