Sev­enth-graders fin­ish sea­son 6-3

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From Staff Re­ports

The Siloam Springs sev­enth-grade foot­ball team wrapped up its sea­son Tues­day with a 14-6 win against Rogers Elm­wood at Pan­ther Sta­dium.

The Panthers fin­ished the sea­son with a record of 6-3 over­all.

Jed Der­win rushed 13 times for 148 yards and scored both of the Panthers’ touch­downs.

An­thony San­doval had two and a half tack­les and an in­ter­cep­tion, while Ma­son Sim­mons, Devlin Hu­song and Justin Burton all had one and a half tack­les. Sim­mons also broke up a pass.

Der­win fin­ished the sea­son with 118 car­ries for 1,099 yards and 12 touch­downs.

“He is a big pow­er­ful kid that took ad­van­tage of an of­fen­sive line that con­tin­ued to make holes for him all year,” said head coach Robert Staggs.

Lo­gan Keaton fin­ished the sea­son with 250 yards pass­ing and two touch­downs. San­doval led the re­ceiv­ing corps with 165 yards and two TDs, while Oren Shelly had 45 yards.

“Our of­fen­sive line did a great job all year cre­at­ing run­ning lanes and giv­ing the quar­ter­back time to throw,” Staggs said.

San­doval had three in­ter­cep­tions from the safety po­si­tion on de­fense, one of which he re­turned for a touch­down. Keaton also re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down, while Shelly had an in­ter­cep­tion.

“Our de­fense played ex­tremely well all year long. Coach (Ehldane) Labitad (de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor) did a great job cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive game plan for op­po­nents from week to week and held op­pos­ing teams to an av­er­age of 8 points per game. We also forced nine turnovers. Coach (Alan) Hard­cas­tle coached wide re­ceivers and mid­dle lineback­ers but his ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ative ideas ben­e­fited both sides of the ball.”

“Our de­fen­sive line did a great job of get­ting pen­e­tra­tion and stop­ping the run, while also mak­ing it hard on quar­ter­backs to get the ball to op­pos­ing wide re­ceivers.”

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