Jr. Cyclones sink Vikings

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   The T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones entered Tuesday's game at Rider Field wanting redemption for last week's loss against Church Hill, knowing if they won against Bristol Vance that they would be a game away from the conference championship.
   They accomplished their mission and dominated the Vance Middle Jr. Vikings, 28-6.
   "Last week, for the first time this year, a team stopped us cold," said Jr. Cyclone coach Brian Culbert. "We refocused tonight and the line proved that yes, we can run it up the middle. DeLoach, Conway, Lyons, Grindstaff, and Walker proved it for us tonight and did a good job."
   Vance recieved the ball first and got off to a good start, led with some quality rushes from Daniel Sayer. However, an early fumble recovered by TAD's David Bray.
   The Jr. 'Clones would break through the Vance defense like it was nothing, tearing up the field after some huge runs from Aaron Bray and Curtis McKeehan, leading to a 4-yard McKeehan touchdown, with a Bray conversion to make it 8-0 early.
   The game would turn into a defensive contest leading into the second quarter, with Aaron Bray and Logan Hyatt putting the pressure on the Jr. Vikes, leading to an interception from James Peterson.
   TAD would move the ball downfield, and reached a climax after Bray tossed a halfback pass 36 yards to Ryan Kennedy to take the 14-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
   The second half would start the same way the first ended with the Jr. Cyclones tearing up the field. McKeehan broke a nice 20-yard run, which set up a Bray 20-yard score to make it 20-0 TAD.
   From there Vance had trouble again on offense, being forced down hard after Brent Fabbri was sacked by Hyatt, which turned the ball back over.
   Then, Aaron Bray only need one run to cap off his stellar game, dodging traffic and cranking his NOS, drag racing 85 yards to the end zone. A McKeehan conversion to make it 28-0 Jr. Cyclones.
   "The line and fullback blocked great tonight," said TAD star Bray. "Everybody did a super job and hopefully we can take Science Hill to the house."
   Vance would come back late in the fourth quarter, with Booh Booher taking a 60-yard touchdown against the defensive reserves to end the game at 28-6, with T.A. Dugger advancing to a conference showdown against Science Hill.
   7th-grade game
   T.A. Dugger 6
   Vance 0
   Earlier in the evening the T.A. Dugger 7th graders took a tough fought win over Vance, winning 6-0 on a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown from Austin Taylor.
   The game featured stellar defense from Tonya Talor and Travis Bishop, and some good rushing from Josh Hutchins and Taylor.
   Preston Smith lit the field up as he went 3-for-4 passing, with 17 yards.
   Chris Hubbard had a sack late in the game for T.A. Dugger, which stalled the Vance offense, leading to the win for the Jr. Cyclones.