The 3-2 Claiborne Middle School Bulldogs football team made the journey down into the land of the Eagles to do battle on the gridiron Sept. 22. In past years, Claiborne has struggled to defeat a team that always has great numbers of talented players. This Eagles team would be no exception as they again had plenty of talent on the field. Defense was the name of the game as Claiborne’s offense was a mere two points better than Jacksboro but those two points were enough to bring home a win.
The weather was beautiful as the two teams took the field and the Jacksboro Middle School was showing off their new scoreboard to the large homecoming crowd. The Bulldogs, sitting on three wins, were ready to give the Eagles a run for their money and found a way to grab the lead on a Chesten Anderson run followed by Eli Stone’s two-point conversion.
For those eight points to stand up the Bulldogs needed some defensive stops and the entire defense played great throughout the contest up until the very final series of the game. Jacksboro scored and had to complete the two point conversion attempt to tie the contest. The Bulldogs’ defense was able to hold and the special teams pounced on a on-sides kick to end the Jacksboro hopes. After running the victory play the Bulldogs had their fourth win of the season with the final score of 8-6.
After the game Coach Brody Wells told his Bulldogs this, “Great job on the goal line stand during the two point conversion. You all didn’t drop your head when they scored and I am super proud of you.”
When asked about the low scoring game he added, “I thought it would be a tough close game but with several points on the board. Their formations really messed us up at times but we still did what we do the best and that’s to run the football. We gave them an overloaded set and they were not ready for it and it allowed us to run it. I’m so proud of the kids.”
The Bulldogs will spend the week preparing for rival Cumberland Gap.
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