GMS improve record with consecutive wins

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 9, 1999

After a heartbreaking 26-20 loss to Stanhope Elmore, the Greenville Middle School Tigers bounced back to win two consecutive games by defeating Pike County on the road in overtime 28-26 and Charles Henderson Middle School

at home 14-6 improving its record to 3-2.

At Brundidge, the Tigers trailed 8-0 in the second quarter when tailback Jacoby Thagard picked up three first downs before quarterback Fred Mack threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Tomlin. The two-point conversion was no good and the Tigers trailed 8-6. After the Bulldogs completed a 46 yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 14-6, Mack immediately responded connecting once again with Tomlin on a 55-yard scoring toss. The two point conversion was once again no good, but Greenville trailed Pike County by just 14-12 at intermission.

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After a scoreless third quarter, GMS took its first lead of the night early in the final stanza when Thagard kept it on the option and scored his first touchdown of the evening. The two point conversion run by Bryant Crum was good and Greenville led 20-14.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs tied the score but was unable to convert on the two point conversion forcing overtime. In the extra period, the Bulldogs scored on the first play regaining the lead at 26-20. However, the two point conversion failed setting up Greenville's dramatic heroics.

Thagard scored his second touchdown of the evening to tie the score at 26-26 before J.C. Anderson ran in the conversion to win the game for the Tigers.

Against the CHMS Trojans, Greenville jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat the little men from Troy. With the game scoreless in the second quarter, Thagard scored the first touchdown of the evening and Anderson scored on the two point conversion to give GMS a 8-0 lead.

After CHMS cut the deficit to 8-6, the Tigers put together a long substained drive as Crum scored from five yards out. The two-point conversion was no good, but Greenville extended its lead to 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Trojans didn't seriously threaten to score for the rest of the evening as Thagard, Adam Lockhart, Randy Faulk and Jamaal Maxwell all rose to the occassion defensive against CHMS.

"We are starting to play like a team," said GMS head coach Mike Connor, "We dominated Troy because everybody did his part. I trust we will continue on this path to maturity. If we do, GMS football will finish a strong 6-2."

The Tigers will see action on the field in Millbrook this Thursday night against the Stanhope Elmore Middle School Mustangs. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.