RBS JR-High - 30 Clinton County KY - 8
The Junior Bulldogs of Red Boiling Springs made a lot of improvement last night. I was very impressed with the intensity we played with. I was very proud for these young men. They definitely deserved to get back on the winning track. We had a very short, but intensive practice week before this game. We needed to get back to the basics of what it takes to be a successful football team. We lost some of our swagger after last Thursday’s loss to Walter J. Baird, but we responded really well to the adversity by getting back to work this week. We even came in on Saturday morning to get some extra work in—they all showed up and we had one of the best practices we’ve had all year.
The Bulldogs did a great job of blocking till the whistle and hitting everything in sight last night. Billy York had two extremely huge hits. It seems at least once a game he gets a crowd-pleaser. The offensive line made big strides with their performance. 6th grader—Jacob Atkins—had to fill the big shoes of Trevor Carter this week at Right Tackle due to Carter’s injury from last Thursday. He did a very good job in relief. He worked really hard this week in practice and I couldn’t possibly be more pleased with his effort.
Juan Gonzales, Lee Pruitte, and Logan Hewitt filled in for Michael Tirjan who also sat out with an injury. Both of those guys will be ready for next week. We finished the night as a team with 20 pancake blocks in route to a 314 yard rushing performance. We averaged 8.97 yards per carry. The offensive line was really getting a big push and our skill players did a good job of picking their holes and following the blocks.
Elijah Byfield finished with 97 yards on 7 carries, 1 TD, and 8 broken tackles. Justin Bergdorff had 64 yards on 5 carries and 2 TDs. Josh Tirjan also added 62 yards on 6 carries. Several other skill players also contributed—including Joquin Mejia with 34 yards and 1 TD. Jordan Powell led the way with 5 pancake blocks, Damon Thompson had 4 and John Russell had 3. On the season so far, we now have 1286 yards rushing, 130 broken tackles, 18 touchdowns, and 84 pancake blocks. I very proud of these young men’s accomplishments.
Defensively, we had to bend-but not break last night. Their offensive front was HUGE! They were able to pound it on us for most of the 1st quarter and some of the second. But, we were able to get big stops when we needed to in order to keep them out of the endzone. The first string kept them from scoring all night. We forced 5 turnovers—two fumbles, turn over on downs, an interception, and we recovered an on-side kick. Jordan Powell & Dustin Bergdorff led the way with 6 tackles each. Juan Gonzales added 5 tackles while playing for the injured Michael Tirjan. On the season so far, the defense has 31 tackles for loss and has recorded 21 turnovers.
Offensive Players of the Game—Elijah Byfield, Justin Bergdorff, and Josh Tirjan
Defensive Player of the Game—Jordan Powell
Lineman of the Game—Damon Thompson & Dustin Bergdorff
We have a big rivalry game next Thursday night (09/20/12) at Burks Middle School in Monterey. The game will kick-off at 6:30 PM. I encourage all that are capable of attending to do so. This will be a “Must-Not-Miss” game. Burks is claiming to have one of its best teams that they’ve ever had. They are currently 6 & 1. Their only loss coming to a Wilson County team (just like us). They have two really fine running-backs that make a lot of big plays. They are capable of scoring a lot of points quickly. Their offensive and defensive lines are their real strength. They are big, strong, and move really well for their size. They are a very physical team—much like us.
I expect a very hard-hitting affair next Thursday night. I promise this will be one of the best middle school games you can possibly see this season. The Bulldogs will be prepared and hungry to avenge the 8 - 16 loss suffered to them last season. We look forward to seeing a large caravan of fans Thursday night to support and cheer us on. Be careful with the long drive and God Bless you all.