Three County teams victorious in season openers
By Amanda Lowrance
In the only junior high match up between two McNairy County teams the Adamsville Junior High Cardinals hosted the Michie Blue Devils at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Thursday to officially kickoff the 2011 season.
Michie fell to the Cardinals 34-8.
“There was a time that we had an offensive explosion,” said Adamsville Coach Michael Harvill. “Our lines played better and opened up some holes.”
The Blue Devils began the game at the 30 yard line and made a few running attempts before fumbling the ball.
Adamsville recovered on the Cardinal 33 yard line. The Cards took a gain of 12 yards for a first down and made their way to the end zone, with a touchdown by Bobby Moore.
Adamsville led off 8-0 after a two-point conversion scored by Trevor Reese.
Michie held possession from the 50 yard line until Zack Howell intercepted a pass. Moore scored a second touchdown for the Cardinals gaining 36 rushing yards just as the clock expired the first quarter.
The attempted two-point conversion was unsuccessful setting the scoreboard at 14-0 for the second quarter.
Moore scored his third touchdown for Adamsville with six minutes remaining in the second quarter and Reese ran in the two-point conversion.
With 22-0 Cardinal lead, Michie recovered a fumble, but turned over downs with two incomplete passes.
James McDonald gained 12 yards for Adamsville and Moore rushed over 70 yards on the next play for his fourth touchdown of the game to end the second quarter.
Cardinal’s two-point conversion was no good due to an incomplete pass and the half-time score was set at 28-0.
Leading off in the second half, Moore rushed 28 yards for his fifth touchdown, leading Adamsville 34-0 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Devin Cooper intercepted a pass from Michie with only 20 seconds remaining on the board. Cooper held possession and the Cardinals began the fourth quarter midfield on the 45 yard line.
Clint Coleman picked up a fumble for Michie and rushed 70 yards scoring a touchdown. The play was flagged because of an offensive block by Wheeler as he neared the end zone.
Parker Wheeler received a pass and scored Michie’s first official touchdown with two minutes left in the game. Coleman picked up the two-point conversion and Michie put eight points on the board.
The team players lined up and high-fived each other with a final score of 34-8 Adamsville.
“Glad to get a win against Michie,” said Harvill. “They looked pretty good in the Jamboree. Maybe we can build on that for next week against Selmer. We know they’re going to be tough.”
“Congratulations to Adamsville,” said Michie Coach Michael Cleary. “They have a very good fundamental team. We did some good things in the game and we will look to build on that in the future. Our junior varsity guys really took a step forward, I thought.”
Adamsville will compete on the road at Selmer Pride Day against the Lions and Michie will host the Ramer Eagles for their first home game of the season Thursday.
The Ramer Eagles crushed the Middleton Tigers with a dominating defensive performance and good production from the run-game on the road last Thursday.
“We played well up front and created holes for the running backs to get through,” said Head Coach Jeremy Blakley. “Our defense played great... This win was a good way to start the season.”
Ramer running back Bryant James ran for 128-yards. Kylin Wynn had 38-yards rushing, and Kody Moore rushed for 27-yards.
Eagle quarterback Ryan Nixon threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Atkins, who led a defensive attack that recorded 9 tackles-for-loss against Middleton.
Ramer’s Nick Whitaker added to the impressive defensive showing with an interception returned for a touchdown.
The Eagles (1-0) travel to face the Michie Blue Devils (0-1) Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
Bethel Springs- 22
Pickwick Southside- 8
A first half offensive explosion by the Bethel Springs Rebels carried the team in their season opener on the road against the Pickwick Southside Eagles last Thursday.
“I thought we played really well as a team, and we were able to get a lot of guys valuable playing time,” said Bethel Head Coach Brian Franks. “Great win to start the season off.”
Tata Newsome led the Rebels offense with 106-yards rushing on five carries, scoring two touchdowns and converting two 2-point conversions in the process.
Rebel quarterback Dylan Crabb had an 87-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pace in the second quarter, and finished the game with three completions for 111-yards through the air to go with his seven tackles on defense that included a sack and a fumble recovery.
Dalton Gates led Bethel’s defense with with six tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Jeremy Harris pitched in with eight tackles of his own, and Ty Hurst intercepted a pass.
The Rebels will look to improve to 2-0 when they play St. Mary’s of Jackson Thursday in Bethel Springs at 6 p.m.
The Selmer Middle School Lions were scheduled to play in Henderson County Monday night against Reagan Southside.
The results from that contest were not available at the time of print.