LMS Tigers make it two wins in a row
Coming into the second game of the season for Lewisburg Middle School, the Tigers had yet to give up a single offensive touchdown.
In a thorough drubbing of E.A. Cox the previous week, the only score allowed was a special team’s kickoff return.
For most of the game against E.O. Coffman on Thursday at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg that statistic looked to stay the same as Coffman scored just one touchdown on an interception return before the second team defense allowed a late score as the Tigers rolled to a second straight win, 34-14.
"We played better tonight than we did last week, but we aren't where we need to be yet," LMS third-year coach Beau Hardison said. "We had some bright spots, but we also have some things to clean up.”
“We have to be ready to come to work next week because Tullahoma will be a good road test for us."
Running back DeMarie Braden capped off a dominate Tiger first half by running over a Coffman defensive back for a first down before running it in from 10 yards out for a 20-8 lead going into halftime.
"To be honest, we got on them pretty hard (at halftime)," Hardison said. "Like you said, they were still in the game, but it was like our kids were just coasting."
We didn't really make a lot of adjustments, we just told them to keep pounding the ball on offense and make some big hits on defense," Hardison added. "We came out with an onside kick and executed it well."
After James Hery recovered the onside kick, the Tigers commenced the shellacking of Coffman.
Braden carried the ball just three times before breaking through for the 9-yard touchdown on third and four to push the score to 27-8 after a Wyatt Joyce PAT.
After a Coffman three and out, Hardison started shuffling the subs in and just like the first team, the game plan remained the same as Monte Vaughn ran for 13, 15, 14, 3, 1, and finally four yards before second string quarterback Xavier Swaggerty hit Rob Hawkins from five yards out fora 34-8 lead after another Wyatt extra point.
Coffman finally broke the Tigers no-defensive touchdown streak late in the game, but it was too little too late to do any damage.
The Tigers are 2-0 for the first time in several years and Hardison has finally got the middle school program looking like the powerhouse that the high school team is.
"You know, all the credit goes to the kids," Hardison said. "They've bought into what we are teaching and they have worked their tails off."
"They seem eager to learn, they are a very coachable group and that makes a huge difference," Hardison continued. "Also, you are only as good as your coaching staff so I'm blessed to have a coaching staff that spends a lot of hours off the field preparing practice and game plans."