Yerger Middle School eighth grade football team completed two impressive victories on the gridiron to finish out the 2017 season.
Yerger Middle School eighth grade football team completed two impressive victories on the gridiron to finish out the 2017 season. On Monday night, YMS came out victorious hosting De Queen 20-8 in their final game of the year at Hammons Stadium. The win secured consecutive victories to close out the season under eighth grade football head coach Ricky Rhodes with assistant coaches Terry Daniell and Gerald Bennett.
The first quarter showcased a scoreless period with key defensive stops from both squads. In the second, YMS sparked with quarterback Ammonrrion Dempsey completing a 39-yard touchdown pass reception to Davian Durden at the 5:49 mark. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, but YMS led De Queen 6-0. Then, the YMS defense came up big with a fumble recovery from Javarious Solomon at the 5:45 mark to cause De Queen to turnover possession to Hope.
Down to the 2:35 mark in the second, YMS would fall short to convert on downs and turnover possession back to De Queen. With under a minute remaining in first half action, De Queen would be stopped to turnover possession to Hope, but came up short to score again despite a first down run by Kearon Brown to end first half action. At halftime, Hope led De Queen, 6-0.
In the second half, the YMS defense came up big to hold De Queen scoreless in the entire third quarter. Hope's Ladarious Allen marched into the end zone for the second touchdown score for YMS on a 14-yard run and also scored the 2-point conversion to give the hometown team the 14-0 advantage over De Queen. Ty'Zhan Jones also came up huge for the team's second fumble recovery at the 2:17 mark in the third with Hope in command by a two touchdown lead over De Queen.
In the fourth, YMS scored their final touchdown of the game off a 1-yard QB keeper by Dempsey at the 4:07 mark. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, but YMS led De Queen 20-0.
With under a minute remaining in the contest, De Queen avoided the shutout defeat scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run and converting the 2-point conversion got the visiting team on the scoreboard. YMS held the final possession to run clock and went onto victory in their finale performance for season 2017.
Coach Rhodes was very proud of the team's performance and believed they've improved in their chemistry as a unit. The impact of their close road victory in Camden over lapped into their final game of the season and brings momentum to their program heading into the 2018 football season.