GROVE - A pair of first-half touchdowns were all the Will Rogers Middle School seventh graders needed during a 14-0 victory over Grove here Tuesday night.
The Wardogs closed out their season with a 7-1 record.
“I was very pleased with the season that these young men had this year,” Will Rogers coach Matt LeFay said. “They worked hard the entire season and did everything that was asked of them. This group has the potential to do great things in their future football careers.
“I enjoyed working with them as did the other coaches.”
Grove gained a split on the night, claiming a 22-0 victory in the eighth grade game.
The seventh grade Wardogs wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard.
Cole Young of Will Rogers intercepted a pass on the second play of the game. His return gave the Wardogs possession at the Grove 43.
On the first play of the drive, quarterback Sawyer Pooler ran around the left corner and broke loose for a touchdown.
Cameron Ford ran the conversion, giving the Wardogs an 8-0 lead at the 3:51 mark.
The Wardogs had a chance late in the first quarter when Wyatt Rathjen recovered a fumble at the WR 33.
Pooler broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown on the first play, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty. Two plays later, Ford got what turned out to be the final touchdown of the game on a 46-yard scamper with 5:00 left in the half.
An interception by Pooler snuffed out a Grove threat with 5:35 left in the game.
The Ridgerunners reached the WRMS 11-yard line before time expired.
The win by Grove's eighth graders capped an 8-0 season with their shutout win..
The Ridgerunners broke out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdowns by quarterback Zach Bergman.
Grove's final score was a 12-yard run by Bryce Davenport.
“After Grove got out to a 16-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, the defense really stepped it up and did a good job the remainder of the game,” WR coach Matt Poteet said. “The offense was unable to get anything going throughout the game. This was a fun group to work with. Things didn't go our way a lot of the time, but they fought hard and I hope that they continue to get better in the future.”
The best scoring chance for the Wardogs came in the third quarter when Tyler Perry teamed with Christian Bridendolph on an 80-yard pass play.
Bridendolph was tackled at the Grove 10, but sacks on consecutive plays pushed the ball back to the 35. The Dogs were unable to convert on fourth down.