VAN — Sulphur Springs seventh and eighth grade teams did well in the recent 7-on-7 tournament.
In the seventh grade division - Sulphur Springs lost in the championship round to the host school Van, 28-14.
“All kids worked very hard to advance in each game. There was a sense of team unity that the coaches and parents were very proud to see,” said Colten Lovvorn, middle school coach.
On the offense — Ryan Humphries and Simeon Taylor both saw action at quarterback. In the final game, Humphries played mostly quarterback Taylor moved to the H slot receiver. Diedric Godbolt had some outstanding catches. Tiesan Goodson, Terrell Turman, Iverson Wade, and Jamal Hobson-Cox also played well to help the Wildcats to advance to the championship.
Lovvorn added, “Overall, every player got touches in the game and performed at levels that were expected.”
The coach credited strong defensive play from Sebastian Adams, Jax Reneau and Tyreese Pryor at linebacker.
“Tiesan Goodson and Jamal Hobson-Cox were very aggressive at the corners and made it difficult for the deep ball to be thrown,” Lovvron said. “Also playing well on defense were Humphries and Taylor at safeties only let one deep ball get past them.”
Lovvorn said standouts on the seventh grade B team were Connor Nix and Dylan Ingram at quarterback. Along with receivers Ty Latham, Cortavius Pruitt, Logan Oxford, Jay Hamilton and Shaden Burton.
The record of the seventh grade B team is 1-3 according to the coach.
The eighth grade team finished third in the first tournament of the season.
In the eighth grade B team action Dylan Rogers was quarterback most of the game. D.J. Hall also had time running the team as well. Jackson Kinsey played well, Lovvorn said, but suffered an injury.
In A team action, the squad got good player from Easton Silman, Dane Rutherford at quarterback; Tyrese Peters, Jaylon Hawkins, Tyrek Cork, Braylon Adams and Michael Clark also mad some standout plays on offense.
On defense, standouts were Alfonzo Alvarez, Daniel Sosa and Ricky Alvarez at linebacker.
“Overall, we were proud of how the kids showed up to play and there were many positives that we noticed this group will bring next year at the high school level. Communication is key and alignment is very important defensively.
We know what needs to be adjusted and are looking forward to victory this Thursday at Mount Pleasant,” said Lovvorn.
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