The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers traveled to Thompson Station Satur-day to compete in the second annual Indepen-dence Bowl versus the Heritage Middle School Hornets and came away with a hard earned 18-12 victory. The Tigers came into the game loose and ready to play after last week's tough loss to E.O. Coffman and finished their season at 5-4.
The game featured hard hitting, great line play on both sides of the ball, and an outstanding performance from Tiger standout running back Broderick Tears, who rushed for 143 yards. The bulk of Tears' yards came in the second half when LMS scored twelve points and wore out the Hornet defense with offensive drives that were a picture of ball control that LMS coach Jeff Morton used to put the game away. Afterwards, Coach Morton said, "My offensive line played smash mouth football today and controlled the line of scrimmage all day."
Quarterback Cody Vernon also had a big day for the Tigers as he passed for 60 yards, including one touchdown. Vernon had time in the pocket to pick a variety of receivers to throw to and hit those at the most crucial times of the game to keep drives alive. Ryan Kilpatrick netted 40 yards on two big end-around plays in the first half and Shane Hendrix also had several key plays for the Tigers on offense, including a seven yard touchdown run. Kedron Johnson chipped in with four catches, including a 22 yard touchdown reception for LMS's first score.
The Tiger defense never relented pressure on the Hornet offense and chased Heritage's quarterback all day which resulted in five sacks and many more tackles in the backfield that stymied the Hornet running game. Tiger defensive lineman Josh Wright led the way for the Tiger mauling by creating havoc all day on the interior line and had six tackles and two blocked extra points. Andrew DeLeon also had a stout performance with two sacks and five tackles. Linebacker Dominic Matt-hews laid some bone jarring hits on Hornet runners and was also a standout on special teams with three tackles.
After the game Coach Morton praised his team for the way they bounced back from the loss in the championship game against Coffman and said, "You are a special group of boys, in a hard fought game you beat a team from Williamson County that has over a 900 enrollment and had lost just one game this year."