Ellis 26, Portland West 6
Ellis Middle School started the defense of their 2018 Sumner County Middle School Championship on the right foot Wednesday night defeating Portland West Middle School 26-6.
Running back Spenser Malenovsky scored four rushing touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 1-0 record.
“I wanted to see us be a little more physical tonight and I thought, especially Spenser, ran the ball much more possessed tonight than in our scrimmages,” Ellis head coach Lawson Watson said. “We did a good job and I think Spenser sets the tempo for our team.
“I think expectations are always high for us whether we are defending champions or not,” Watson continued on season expectations. “We know that every team will game plan for us, so it’s about competing as hard as we can each week.”
The victory was never in doubt for Ellis as they punched in their first touchdown with 1:38 left in the first quarter and added two more touchdown runs of 23 and 43 yards before the end of the third quarter.
Malenovsky put the nail in the coffin with 7:55 left in the game putting his team up 26-0.
The Panthers hopefully can build off their final drive of the game.
After being shut out by the Cougars the first 22 minutes, Braden Thornton capped off their only touchdown drive when he found Caleb Nokes in the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown pass.
“We just have to play better,” Portland West head coach Kyle Lane said. “We slept walked through the first half. I don’t think we played a full speed play until late into the second quarter. We acted like we wanted to be anywhere else than on this field. If we play football that way we can’t play with anyone. If we play the way we are capable then we can beat some teams in this county.”
Ellis will face Knox Doss next week while Portland West will take on TW Hunter.
Shafer 12, White House 6
Zakerian Brinkley stole the show for the winning Green Wave Wednesday night at the Wave Yard as he carried Shafer to a 12-6 win over White House.
“It was a game of two halves,” Shafer head coach Farrell Zissette said. “We dominated the first half and they dominated the second half.”
A goal-line stand in the final moments of the game sealed the victory for Shafer.
“That was a big stop and a big win for us,” Zissette said.
Brinkley finished the game with 124 yards on 6 carries and two touchdowns.
Shafer will play at Portland East next week while White House travels to Hawkins.
Station Camp 14, TW Hunter 12
Station Camp quarterback Luke Dickens stole the show for the Bison against TW Hunter Wednesday night scoring two rushing touchdowns in the 14-12 victory.
“I’m really proud of the resilience we showed tonight when poor things happened,” Station Camp head coach Daren Thomas said. “It was a sloppy game in terms of both teams turning the football over but it was very physical.”
Trailing 6-0 to the Bucs, Luke Dickens raced 65 yards for the touchdown with one minute remaining until halftime to take an 8-6 lead into the locker room.
Dickens scored his second touchdown of the game on a designed quarterback keeper in the fourth quarter to go up 14-6.
“Hunter did really well in the passing game tonight,” Thomas said. “They must of converted four big fourth downs; they kept fighting.”
Hunter punched in the game’s third touchdown a few minutes later to bring the Bucs to within two, but failed on the two-point conversion.
“The rest of the fourth quarter was back and forth,” Thomas said. “I’m really proud of our defense’s effort tonight."
Station Camp will travel to Rucker Stewart next week while Hunter hosts Portland West.
Portland East 20, Hawkins 6
In the only game of the night Tuesday, Portland East downed Hawkins Middle School 20-6 to move to 1-0 on the season.
Next week Hawkins will host White House while the Panthers (1-0) host Shafer (1-0).
Rucker Stewart 28, Station Camp 0
The Rucker Stewart Rams improved to 2-0 after a convincing 28-0 shutout over Station Camp Middle.
Running back Elijah Robb carried Rucker Stewart throughout the game, scoring three of his teams four touchdowns while rushing for a total of 166 yards on 11 carries.
“He’s a monster,” Rucker Stewart coach Bobby Beasley said. “We’ve had good backs come through here like Jordan Mason, Sertavious Perry, and others. He’s really special. The great thing about him is that he’s just a good kid and very humble.”
The Rams scored touchdowns on their first four possessions. The first resulted in a 12 play 79-yard drive, ending with a three-yard run from Robb.
After the Rams defense forced a turnover on downs, Robb broke several tackles for a 60-yard touchdown run with only 13 seconds remaining in the half. A successful two-point conversion pass from Ladainian McMurry to Keondre Brinkley made the score 16-0.
“You’ve got to give it to the kids,” Beasley said. They work hard everyday in practice. They deserve this and they’ve earned this win tonight. Station Camp’s got a good football team. We prepared hard for them and things really went our way tonight.”
Robb found paydirt once again on his first carry of the second half, this time from 43 yards out, increasing the Rams lead to 22-0.
Javein Rice scored Rucker Stewart’s final touchdown of the night with a 6-yard run, capping off a 9 play 50-yard drive. Rice carried the ball seven times for 38 yards.
“I don’t think we played the kind of football that we coach,” Station Camp coach Daren Thomas said. “I just think from top to bottom the credit goes to Rucker because they outplayed us. They had better intensity and more heart. Elijah Robb is probably one of the best backs in the county.”
Rucker Stewart hopes to remain unbeaten next week as they travel to face Portland West on the road, while Station Camp will look to regroup when they host Portland East at home.
Ellis 14, Knox Doss 6
The Ellis Cougars overcame a 6-point deficit with two fourth quarter touchdowns to seal a win over Knox Doss Tuesday night.
The game remained scoreless until Knox Doss took a 6-0 lead in the fourth quarter. The Cougars responded with a touchdown and two-point run from tailback Spencer Malenovski with three minutes remaining.
Two plays later Will Riley intercepted a Knox Doss pass and returned it 45-yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“Knox Doss had a great game plan that really stymied our offense for much of the game,” Ellis coach Lawson Watson said. “Our guys had to keep battling and I’m super proud of them for pulling through.”
Next week Ellis travels to face Shafer, while Knox Doss hosts Hawkins at home.
T.W. Hunter 46, Portland West 12
After suffering a close loss to Station Camp last week, the T.W. Hunter Bucs responded with a big win over Portland West.
Tailbacks Payton McFarland, Kamarion Ward, and Donovan Decourcey each led Hunter with rushing touchdowns, Quarterback Brian Rager also threw for a touchdown to wideout Jordan Lee.
Defensive lineman Chris Boyd recorded a sack and a tackle for loss while fullback Bryce Dady and linebacker Camden Rigsby also had standout performances for the Bucs.
“It was a total team effort and really a tale of two teams after losing eight fumbles last week,” Hunter coach Constance Luttrell said. “We really worked hard in practice and make up for it. We could have laid down this week, but this was a real testament to our players.
Next week Hunter hosts White House at home, while Portland West hosts Rucker Stewart at home.
Shafer 12, Portland East 8
The Shafer Green Wave improved to 2-0 after a 12-8 road win over Portland East, who fell to 1-1 after two games.
Next week Shafer hosts Ellis at home, while East travels to face Station Camp.
Rucker Stewart 2-0
Station Camp 1-1
Portland East 1-1
Portland West 0-2
Knox Doss 0-2
White House 1-1