South Fulton handed Ridgemont its first loss and took over the undisputed lead in the Obion County School System middle school football standings with an 18-6 victory in the teams’ showdown Thursday night.
Fullback Jyriq Jones rushed for 145 yards and two of the Red Devils’ three touchdowns as SF won for the fifth time in six games overall and remained unbeaten among OCSS entries.
R’mont is now 5-1 overall as well.
The following is a recap of all middle school results from Thursday reported to The Messenger.
SF 18, Ridgemont 6
Jones hit paydirt on runs of one yard in the second quarter and 45 yards in the fourth period to pace the Redmen.
Zaccius Mays ran for 78 yards on 10 carries, including a 20-yard TD scamper just before halftime that gave SF a 12-0 lead.
Mays also had a team-high eight tackles while Kody Davidson was in on seven stops with a key fumble recovery on a pooch kickoff in the Devils’ solid defensive effort. Hunter Hamilton recorded six hits, while Jones had five tackles and an interception. Blake Morris also had a pick for the Redmen.
For Ridgemont, J.P. Jones scored the only TD on an eight-yard run.
Brandon Swift had 54 rushing yards to top the Mustangs, while quarterback Bruce Ragsdale completed four passes for 40 yards.
On defense, Hunter Smith had seven tackles, while Jaylee Hobbs was in on four takedowns and had an interception.
SF plays at Hillcrest next Thursday, while Ridgemont hosts Gibson County the same night.
Hillcrest 34, LR 14
The Cougars exploded for 21 first-quarter points to notch their second win of the season vs. LR.
Tyler Walton was nearly perfect, completing 10-of-11 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Walton connected with six different receivers, with Dylan Ruiz (11 yards), Christian Cary (16 yards) and Mason Cook (25 yards) all on the back end of TD tosses.
Cook also rushed for a team-high 68 yards and finished with 105 all totaled, while Jamison Albright and Carter Smith each hit paydirt on rushes of 4 and 26 yards, respectively.
J.T. Messick was good on 4-of-5 PATs for the victors.
Defensively for Hillcrest, Garrett Northam and Messick posted a team-high seven tackles apiece, while Cary, Wyatt Henderson, Bryce Leverette and Dylan Armstrong recorded four stops each. Rhett Thomas Fussell had a fumble recovery.
On the Lake Road side, Ian Ferguson returned a kickoff 73 yards to paydirt while Joel Johnson scored the Generals’ other TD on a one-yard run after ripping off a 46-yard gain on a reverse. Sinclair Forrest had LR’s two-point conversion following Ferguson’s score.
Ferguson and Forrest posted six tackles to lead the Generals defensively with six tackles each, while Jordan Martin was in on four stops and came up with a fumble recovery.
Hillcrest (2-4) plays next Thursday at home against South Fulton (5-1), while Lake Road (0-4) is at unbeaten Union City on Tuesday.
UC 17, Lake Co. 2
Caroline Martinek scored four times and Courtney Worley came home on three occasions as the Tornadoes routed Lake County.
Winning pitcher Taylor Crittendon drove in three runs and scored twice, while Ashley Brown had a couple of RBIs and come home twice for the victors. Kalie Beth Crowell and Kate Terrell also scored two runs apiece in Union City’s lopsided triumph with Terrell also knocking in one.
Crittendon struck out two and allowed no earned runs in notching the pitching triumph.
The Lady Twister jayvee team also won, 5-4.
The two teams will play again Monday in Union City.
Ridgemont 3, SF 1
A pair of unearned runs was the difference in the Mustangs’ victory over SF that snapped the Devilettes’ five-game winning streak.
Brittney Proctor had two of South Fulton’s five hits. The Big Red scored its only run in the third inning.
Tiffany Potts, Abby Fulcher and Alexis Cook all had singles for SF.
Katie Clapper was charged with the pitching loss.
She had three strikeouts and one walk and gave up but one earned run.
Ridgemont continued its season-long practice of not reporting its statistics.
South Fulton’s next game is Tuesday at home against Dresden.
Published in The Messenger 9.21.12