Thursday, November 24, 2011
Jr. high Cardinals finish 5-0
The 2011 football season was a very exciting one for the Potts Camp junior high Cardinals.
There were ups and downs, but the hard work paid off. After several hard weeks of practice, the Cardinals were ready to begin the season.
The Cardinals opened the season at the New Albany SportsPlex against Union County. The team’s hard work quickly paid off, as the Cardinals jumped out to an early lead. The defense was outstanding, and the Cardinals ended the game with a 48-12 victory.
The next game was a much tougher affair. The Cardinals traveled to Strayhorn to face the Mustangs. After a hard-fought battle, the game came down to the end, with the Cardinals running out the clock and securing an 8-6 victory.
The next game, against H.W. Byers was also hard-fought. After two days of rain, both teams struggled offensively. The Cardinals were able to score one touchdown, and that was the only score of the game. The Cardinals won 6-0.
The next game was against the visiting team from Middleton, Tenn. The team had worked hard after the two close games, and again, the work paid off. After a slow start, the Cardinals put the Middleton team away and won 34-0.
Then came the game the Cardinals had been looking forward to since last year. Byhalia had beaten the Cardinals by two points in a hard-fought game, and the Cardinals wanted revenge. This was exactly what they got. The Cardinals quickly jumped on the Byhalia team and did not let up until the game was well in hand. By the third quarter, most of the Cardinal starters were watching from the sideline as the second team held on to secure the victory. The final score was Potts Camp – 64 Byhalia – 6.
This final victory was the icing on the cake of a great season. The boys worked hard, were disciplined and were motivated. As the pressure of being undefeated grew, so did their desire to excel.
As Coach Michael Loden told everyone at the banquet to honor the season, “This group of boys was a pleasure to coach. They did everything the coaches asked of them, and did all the other little things it takes to be successful. That is why they were such a successful team.”
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