|UCMS gridders great at 8-0 |
|Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:11 pm |
|The first eight were great for the Union City Middle School football team. |
The Jr. Tornadoes wrapped up a perfect regular season with their eighth win in as many games — a 40-6 thrashing of homestanding Martin Tuesday night.
UC, which won the North Division of the West Tennessee Athletic Conference with a 6-0 mark, now begins its postseason with sights on improving its already-impressive record.
First, the Twisters will play in the WTAC playoffs, hosting the South Division’s No. 2 team — Munford — next Tuesday at 6:30.
Should Union City win that game, it would play at home again Oct. 19 against the victor of the Brighton-Humboldt matchup with the winner being declared the league’s postseason champion.
Regardless of how the Tornadoes do in the WTAC Tournament, they will advance on to the TMSAA playoffs on Oct. 26th against Paris Inman.
The winner of that contest will then host a team from Memphis in the sectional finals — a championship that is the highest that can be achieved in sports on the middle school level.
UCMS has previously played for the sectional title once — in 2004 — losing to American Way of Memphis 44-14 after winning 11 straight games beforehand, including the WTAC North Division and postseason championships.
In wrapping up their unblemished regular season, the Purple and Gold scored on its first play and never looked back against Martin Tuesday.
Channing Green sprin-ted 61 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first snap as part of an onslaught that saw the locals score in every quarter.
Green, who finished with 88 yards in eight carries, later added a pair of two-point conversions to the Union City cause.
Jacob Hyde ran for 220 yards and three TDs on just 14 attempts, hitting paydirt on scampers of 27, 7 and 65 yards.
Brantley Clendenin found the endzone on a 10-yard run and Ricky Henry had a three-yard score in the second half for the Twisters.
Kane Taylor had six tackles to pace a UC defense that did not give up a touchdown until the game’s final play. Jormel Watson was in on four stops, while Knox Faulkner snagged an interception for the victorious Twisters.