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Perfection is hard to come by. Many strive for it but very few ever attain it. Last Tuesday night at Patterson Field, the Bowling Middle School football finished off the perfect season. The Rebels defeated Trimble County 52-0 to finish the year with a perfect 8-0 record and claimed the Conference Championship.
The night began with the recognition of the eighth-grade football players. Collin Beckham, Chris Day, John Gaines, Steve Green, Adam Hazlett, Luke Herrington, Tyler Link, Leo Sanchez, Chris Smith, Daulton Taylor, Collin Trammel, David White and Thomas Wright were all honored. Following the ceremony, the players were then driven out to the field on a wagon.
All of the pregame festivities seemed to take an early toll on the Rebels as they fumbled on their opening drive. The fear of a letdown was quickly put to rest the next time the Rebels had the ball. Hazlett hooked up with Day for a 59-yard touchdown strike to give BMS a lead.
On Trimble County’s next drive, Chris Smith picked up a Raider fumble and returned it 50 yards for a score. After BMS converted the two-point conversion, the Rebels had a 16-0 lead.
Another turnover gave the ball back to the Rebels and once again they took advantage. This time it would be a 35-yard touchdown pass from Hazlett to Trammell and another two-point conversion that gave the Rebels a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began where the first ended for Trimble County. The center snapped the ball over the head of the punter and BMS recovered the ball less than 20 yards from another score. Following a penalty, Trammell took the handoff and scampered 23 yards for a touchdown. The two-point try was no go but it did not matter as the lead had swelled to 30-0 with 7:12 to play in the first half, and the Rebels were not finished.
Three minutes later, Smith scored his second score of the game on a touchdown run and BMS took a 36-0 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Herrington blocked a punt and returned it to the 4-yard line where Link scored a rushing touchdown. The two-point try was successful giving the Rebels a 44-0 lead.
Logan Webster capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run and Logan Lowe converted the two-point conversion to give BMS their final margin of victory.
Following the game, the team and their parents gathered on the field to celebrate the team’s undefeated season. Coach Jump and the team were presented with a trophy and a banner to commemorate the year. Following the celebration and a lot of picture-taking, the team loaded up on buses and took a victory lap around the courthouse.
The Rebels will now look forward to taking part in the first state tournament for middle school football. Times and locations for the games will be announced later. It is possible the Rebels could play a home game.
Not only was the game the final regular season home game for the eighth-grade football players, but several cheerleaders were also cheering at home for the final time. They included Morgan Walker, Kaity Smith, Cortney Wainscott, Taylor Smith, Katie Metsker, Krissy Ueltschi and Brittany Hudnall.