Seventh-graders finish season 6-3
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.”