Pups unable to slow Cougars

BY WAYNE CRAIG/ BULLETIN SPORTS

 

It was a common theme in the middle school reports that the China Spring Cougars had some speedy teams. The Bullpups were unable to slow the Cougars and lost their games last week on the road. The seventh-grade White team fell short, 30-12. No report was available for the seventh-grade Green team.

In the eighth-grade division the White team kept it close but lost an 8-0 contest. The eighth-grade Green team also fought it out in a tough game but fell short to the Cats, 30-28.

 

Seventh-grade White

The seventh-grade White team had a tough time stopping the Cougar running backs and eventually lost their contest, 30-12. The boys played tough throughout the contest but could not keep up with the scoring of the Cougars.

Offensive players of the game included Adrian Hernandez with a 61-yard touchdown run and Dakota Hopkins with a 43-yard rushing score. These scores were made possible by the good blocking of the Pups offensive line.

Defensively Angel Suazo and Samuel Garcia both had a good game.

“These kids are a great group to coach. They never give up and play hard all the time,” said coach Chad Keele.

 

Eighth-grade White

The eighth-grade White team lost a close one to China Spring, 8-0.

Top defensive players in the game included Adrian Alvarez, David Lloyd, Matthew Thrane, Will Rundzieher, Tyler Patterson, and Kade Schooler.

Payton Ferguson had a 46-yard run with the help of great blocking by Patterson, Ezra Northam, Jordan Young, Raymond Jowers, and Thrane.

Top special teams players were Stone Wilson, Brandon Klinkiewics and Gunner Blair.

“We are proud of the teams’ efforts and continued improvements,” said coach Cory Spivey.

 

Eighth-grade Green

The eighth-grade Green team played in a fantastic game but came up just short of victory, 30-28.

“Defensively we struggled to consistently stop their offense. We found ways to shut down several of their drives but we were unable to stop their big play ability,” said coach Lance Jones.

Defensively the Pups were led by linebackers Tim Hudgins and Greyson Barnett.

Hunter McCoy, Marcus Escamilla, Braden Howell, and Mathew Tippie also played great defense and had some stops on the edge.

Danny Escamilla and Sean Johnson made some big plays on the defensive line.

D. Escamilla was credited with the games’ big hit.

“Offensively the Pups played a great game. Our offensive line did an outstanding job against a very physical defense,” said Coach Jones.

Quarterback Jaxson Denton connected with Triston Shirley, Luke Kiser, M. Escamilla, McCoy, and Lane Dalrymple.

Tippie did a good job with completions to Dalrymple, McCoy, Kiser on a conversion, and Shirley for a touchdown.

The Pups also had great success running the ball with rushes from M. Escamilla, touchdown; Dalrymple, conversion; McCoy, touchdown; Denton, touchdown; and Keaton Rodriguez.

Top special teams players included McCoy, Shirley, Howell, Grishma Pun Magar, and M. Escamilla who forced a fumble.

“It was a great game. The young men played hard, came together as a team, and responded great to adversity. We couldn’t be more proud of these young guys,” said Coach Jones.

The middle school teams will host Gatesville at Bulldog Stadium on Thursday.

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