Huntsville brought its middle school Bears into town Aug. 25 for a game of football. The Claiborne Middle School Bulldogs opened up with a win against rival Horace Maynard and was wanting to keep winning. The Bears were coming off a win as well and something had to give on this hot August evening.
When asked about what they knew about their opponent Coach Brody Wells said, “We don’t know much about them except what defense and offense they run. They are supposed to be a really good team this year.”
The temperature was near 90 degrees when the teams hit the field.
The first half was one that Bulldogs fans would like to forget as the visitors ran away to a comfortable 22-8 halftime lead. The only Bulldogs bright spot was a 40-yard TD run by Storm Livesay. They only had the ball on offense a handful of times as the kicking game of the Bears excelled in on-sides kickoffs.
Coming out of the locker room the game changed in favor of Claiborne. The halftime speech by Wells had to hit a nerve as they immediately came out a different team.
The defense was inspired by the play of Reece Collins, Livesay, Logan Daniels, Jimmy Del Ervin and Grant Johnson. Their play only inspired the offense as Livesay and Chesten Anderson combined for four second half scores. Timmy Collins completed a two-point conversion as the Bulldogs caught up and passed the Bears on the scoreboard. They won the game 34-22.
After the game there was a meeting on the 50 yard line where the two teams joined for fellowship and a great message from one of the Huntsville coaches.
Wells addressed his Bulldogs after the game and said, “I’m super proud of you. You did what we told you in the locker room. I told you it would feel good if we came back and won the game; so how does it feel now?”
The Bulldogs as a team let out a loud cheer.
The next game for the Bulldogs will be Sept. 1 at Rutledge.
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