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CMS Football: District Champions

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football5The Central Middle School Football team won the district Championship last Saturday when they beat the Jackson Middle Chiefs 46-12.  The CMS Wildcats ended the football season with a perfect 8-0 record.  The District Championship was held at Zachary High School on a clear Saturday afternoon.  The Wildcats and the Chiefs met earlier this year in a very close ball game in which the Wildcats trailed the whole game and had to come from behind to score the winning touchdown with 1:30 left in the ball game.

The Championship game held Saturday was not nearly as close, as the Wildcats came prepared to play.  The Wildcats received the ball on the opening kickoff.  The offense looked good running the ball, but the Chiefs’ defense stopped the drive and Central had to turn the ball over on downs at the Chiefs’ 40 yard line.  The Jackson offense took the ball and scored quickly by running along the left side on the second play from the line of scrimmage.  The 2-point conversion was no good.  After the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcat offense, took over and used its powerful running game to drive the length of the field, deep into the Chiefs’ territory.   CMS quarterback Jake Myers kept the ball on a bootleg around the right side to put the first points up for the Wildcats.  The 2-point conversion was good, and the Wildcats led 8-6.  The Wildcat defense settled into the game and put on their game faces as they prevented the Chiefs from making any first downs the rest of the first quarter. The quick score by the Chiefs sparked life into the CMS offense, as they scored on their next two possessions.  At half-time, the Wildcats led 22-6.  The Wildcat defense held strong the rest of the game, only allowing the Chiefs to score again with 3 minutes left in the ball game.   After the game, both teams met on the 50 yard line to receive team trophies.  Head Coach John Kennedy of the CMS Wildcats accepted the Championship trophy and then handed it over to his team as the team and coaches celebrated their season-long efforts.  Sid Edwards, coach of the Central High School Wildcats talked with the players after the game.  He commended them for their effort and reminded them to not only work hard in sports, but in school and life in general.  He also added that he was looking forward to working with the team’s 8th graders at Central High next season.   A big celebration then ensued as Coach Joey Pezant of the CMS Wildcats declared, “No practice on Monday”!

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