ROACHDALE -- In the seventh grade football game Monday, the South Putnam Eagles defeated the North Putnam Cougars 8-0 to improve to 6-1.
The leading rusher and tackler for South Putnam Sawyer Arnold was knocked out of the game after the first play, but the seventh grade squad came together and played what their coach called "one of their best team games thus far this season."
The Eagles were led by Wes Rinser, who scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Nathan Criss was a stopper for South Putnam on defense.
"Our defense really came together as a unit and had one of their best efforts of the season," Eagles head coach Nathan Mullis said. "Also our offensive line and receivers had an excellent game blocking for our runners. Everyone on the team stepped up and the coaches were very proud of that effort,"
The South Putnam eighth grade team fell to the Cougars 14-6, dropping to 1-6 on the season.
Tanner Thompson led the Eagles with two fumble recoveries. The South Putnam defense as a whole forced four turnovers on the night.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brandon Smith recorded his third touchdown of the season to tie the ballgame at six-all.
North Putnam scored a touchdown on a punt return to give them the win.