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Tiger Cub eighth grade completes unbeaten season

Thursday, October 16, 2008

SPEEDWAY -- It was a perfect end to a perfect season Wednesday night, as the Greencastle Middle School eighth grade team defeated Speedway, who had also entered the action unbeaten, 14-8.

Trailing 8-0 at the half, the Tiger Cubs shut out the Sparkplug in the second half. They scored with less than a minute to go on third, on a 25-yard pass from a fourth-and-12.

Speedway drove the length of the field and then turned the ball over on downs to the Cubs. GHS had a 60-yard run that got them to the one-yard line. They punched it in with1:21 to go in the contest.

A defensive stand sealed the victory for GHS.

The Tiger Cubs finish the season 9-0 and head into their high school careers showing a lot of promise.

"Our eighth grade team has won a lot of close, hard-fought games this season," said coach Jarrod Duff. "Undefeated seasons don't happen very often, so they should really feel good about how they went about things this season."

It was a slightly tougher night for the GMS seventh graders, as they fell to Sparkplugs 36-6, bringing their final record to 5-3-1.

"I was also pleased with our seventh grade team this season. We ended the year with a couple of tough losses, but this team really came a long way from the beginning of the season," Duff concluded.

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How about some names of the players!!

In the high school reports the names are given. These boys work hard and they would also like some personal recognition.

WAY TO GO GMS Boys!!!!!

-- Posted by reader 2 on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 7:10 AM
Response by Sports Editor:
I would just like to point out that there was no reporter at this game. With only two of us and four schools, it takes up enough time getting out to the varsity events.

With that in mind, it should be pointed out that any complaints with the story are actually complaints with the coach, as that is who submits them. Coach Duff deserves none of this. He has been one of our most faithful contributors throughout the fall, and the parents of these kids should be thanking him for what he has done to promote their efforts during the season.

I am certainly appreciative to him and all the coaches who submit. They help us more than we could ever begin to express.

I'd also like to thank "hoopdreams" for his or her positive comments. That is the kind of attitude any team sport deserves.

The one coach in this county who is a hall of famer never comments on individual performances, and that kind of thinking has helped him guide teams to 680 wins over a 45-year basketball career.

Yeah!! Wow! Reporter drives all the way to Speedway and doesn't even have time to write down some names and give some better highlights! Well spent gas money there!!!

Hopefully these boys will make a BIG difference when they hit the high school next year..too bad we don't have names to see who to look for!


-- Posted by Really??? on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 9:18 AM

Why is it so important for the names of the players to be in the paper? Football is the ultimate team sport...and this was a great team...not a bunch of individuals. It may be important for some adults for their sons' names to be in the paper, but I am sure the kids don't really care. I was at the game last night & I know how much it meant to the kids on this team to beat Speedway & finish this season unbeaten...it meant a lot to each & every player on the team, not just the kids who scored.

Their time will come to get their names in the paper...they will be in high school next year...and like you said, in the high school reports, names are given.

-- Posted by hoopdreams on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 11:27 AM

I agree with hoopdreams. I was at the game. The big reason that we won was because both the offensive and defensive lines had a great game. Though they struggled at times in the beginning they did not let a sack on the qarterback the whole game. On the sixty yard rush by the fullback the guards and center worked perfectly and the receiver had a perfect sprint block which set him up to go downfield. If names would have been listed in the paper you would have only heard about the great run that the full back produced. Not the blocks on the play or the names of the players that threw the blocks on the play. That's why I think that Coach Duff has a good reason for not mentioning the names of the players. Although I must as well comment on the excellent playing of the wide recievers, backs, linebackers, and corners/safeties.

GMS Football 2008 9-0 the perfect SEASON!!!!!

-- Posted by football60 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 5:10 PM

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