By Nick Yates & Dillan Kelsey
The Junior High Bears started the season off on the right foot after taking the field and out scoring the Fouke Panthers 14 – 0 at Thursday night’s scrimmage.
Even though the event wasn’t a 4-quarter game, the scrimmage was a season opener for both teams and we got to see them move the ball with good defense on both sides.
To start the scrimmage off, the Bears ran 10 plays of offense at the Panthers, then the Panthers ran 10 plays at the Bears without turnovers or keeping score. During these 20 plays both teams ran and passed the ball very well. After these 20 plays they played 2 quarters of regulation football.
This was an action packed night for the Bears offense. The bears offense was lead by TJ Tipton who had 115 total yards and a TD, Josh Grimmett with 3 rushes for 60 yards (including a 54 yard TD run), and quarterback Dalton Glover with 2 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown pass.
On the other side of the ball Brooks Lee made 6 tackles and an interception, Cade Watson had 7 tackles, and Dalton Glover, 4 tackles and TJ Tipton, 4 tackles and an interception.
New Head Coach, Greg Smith, is very proud of the Bears performance last night, “It was a great night for the Spring Hill Bears! 7th Grade got off to a strong start against Fouke. This 7th grade team has played a game earlier than any other 7th grade team I have ever coached. These young men are really doing a great job and it showed last night! The Jr. High Bears had a dominant performance offensively, scoring touchdowns on a 65 yard run by Josh Grimmet and an 18 yard pass connection from Dalton Glover to TJ Tipton. It was a hard hitting, fast, defensive game for the Bears also. With 2 interceptions and less than 100 yards given up total for the night.”
Smith ended by saying, “We are proud of the start all of our teams have had this season. We encourage our fans to travel to Conway next Friday and support the Bears in their opening Varsity season game at Conway Christian.
Next Thursday night, September 5, Fouke heads to Gurdon and the Bears take on Poyen for their first regular game of the season. The Jr. High Bears are seeking their first win at the Spring Hill field since 2016.