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Brighton trip is season’s last for UC

Brighton trip is season’s last for UC
Brighton trip is season’s last for UC | Brighton trip is season’s last for UC
A long road trip proved to be the end of the road for the Union City Middle School football team.
The Jr. Golden Tornadoes saw their season end Tuesday night with a 38-22 loss at Brighton in the West Tennessee Athletic Conference semifinals.
UC — the league’s North Division runnerup — concludes its year with a 5-3 record.
The Twisters gamely battled the bigger and faster Cardinals throughout the contest and did win the praise of head coach Bobby Williams.
“We played hard, real hard,” Williams said this morning. “They were just so big and so fast. We couldn’t slow them down.”
Down 8-0 after one quarter, UC scored twice in the second period and was within 22-14 at the intermission.
Brantley Clendenin had a six-yard touchdown run, and Will Sisco tossed a 17-yard TD pass to Case Cook.
Jacob Hyde tacked on the two-point conversion following Clendenin’s score.
Both teams scored eight points in the third stanza to enter the stretch run with Brighton on top 30-22.
Hyde’s two-yard paydirt plunge and another Sisco-to-Cook pitch-and-catch on the conversion accounted for Union City’s points.
The Cardinals tacked on an insurance TD in the final minutes.
Sisco ended up completing 8-of-17 passes for 138 yards to lead the Tornado offense.
Defensively, Hyde recorded a team-high 11 tackles for the locals.
Will Harris was in on six stops, with D’Carrious Stephens and Cook were credited with five tackles each.
Williams went on to commend UC’s 17-player eighth-grade class, citing its leadership and good character.
“It’s one of the best groups I’ve ever had,” the coach said.
The team elected four permanent captains: Clen-denin, Cook, Harris and Sisco. Published in The Messenger 10.12.11

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