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South, East blank foes in semifinal grad games

November 18, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - The South Division will face the East Division in the Washington County Junior Football League championship game for eighth-grade grads on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Martin L. Snook County Park.

Both sides advanced with 6-0 wins in the semifinals Monday. The South beat the North, while the East topped the West.

During the first game, Kyle McDannell dashed to the left side for a 4-yard touchdown run to put the South on top of the North with 2:49 left in the second quarter.

"We wanted to run the ball inside and pass a little bit more," South coach Tony McLean said. "But we didn't have the cohesion of the players yet. Since all of the players are new teammates to each other, it will take some time to learn the systems. We just tried to stick with running basic plays up the middle. The kids really pulled together well for being new to each other. Hopefully, we can expand upon that for next week."

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The South preserved its with a solid defensive effort.

"Our defense played a great game," McLean said. "Our cornerbacks and linebackers really stuffed the middle. That is what it is all about in this league. If you can contain, then you can win the game."

During the second game, Wes Samples broke through left tackle for a 1-yard touchdown run to give the East the lead over the West with 2:49 left in the third quarter.

"With our offense, we wanted our line to block and control the line of scrimmage with our exceptional backfield that we have," East coach Tom Samples said. "I just wanted to pound the ball up the middle. If we just kept our rhythm going and controlled the line of scrimmage, then I knew that we would be successful. The plays were there.

"The only strategy that we had was to try to get all of our kids into the game. We built a strong defense with a lot of substitutes that really came out and played well."

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