Oct. 24, 2012 — Encore.
Last year’s WCMS football performance was of Oscar worthy notoriety, as the Warriors ripped off seven wins.
While some of the stars of last year’s showcase may have made their way to the high school ranks, the 2012 WCMS eighth grade football squad decided to make the sequel just as juicy.
The boys in maroon delivered with an 8-2 regular season (9-4 overall), as well as its first-ever playoff win last weekend with a 38-0 victory over Morgan County at home.
The young Warriors season may have ended this past Saturday with a loss to number-two seeded Raceland, but Head Coach Ryan Raybourn says he is still very impressed with what his team was able to accomplish.
“I was very proud of the boys this season,” Raybourn said. “We had lots of success that I think was attributed to the hard work they put in. It makes it fun to coach when your players work hard and are excited about playing.”
“The boys knew coming into this year, that with the success they had in 7th grade, the bar was set high and we expected their best at all times,” Raybourn said.
Behind a powerful running game with area standout Payton Brown in the backfield, the Warriors were able to power and finesse their way into the end zone.
Even with its ability to run the ball, Raybourn believes his team’s biggest strength lies on the other side of the ball.
“We had a diverse offense where we were able to tighten in and power the ball, but turn around next play and spread the field with a pass play,” Raybourn said. “This really throws middle school defenses off when you have this ability. However, I think our biggest strength was our defense. Those boys love to hit and tackle. And it wasn't just one; the entire defense played really aggressive all year. Our strong defense won a couple of games for us this year.”