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Southwood JH Football Wins Two Over Rochester


The Southwood junior high football teams took a pair of games from Rochester Tuesday.

The7th grade continued their unbeaten streak, winning 14-0.

1st Quarter: Southwood wasted no time setting the tone for the game. #40 Lucas Drown ignited the offense with a 38-yard gain, and #20 Dylan Hurst polished off the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. A successful 2-point conversion pass from #17 Bray Bassett to Dylan Hurst put the Knights ahead 8-0.

2nd Quarter: The second quarter brought defensive fireworks for Southwood. Rochester was on the move, but a pivotal play by #48 Dylan Powell forced a fumble, and he was quick to recover it at Southwood’s own 18-yard line, snatching the momentum away. Dylan Hurst continued to shine with a 45-yard run. As halftime approached, Bray Bassett connected with #14 Cade Pershing on consecutive plays. However, Rochester’s defense came up big, preventing the Knights from reaching the end zone as the half concluded.

3rd Quarter: The third quarter was dominated by Rochester’s offense as they methodically advanced down the field. Southwood’s defense, led by Dylan Hurst and Owen Davis, managed to secure sacks during the drive, but Rochester kept moving the chains as the quarter drew to a close.

4th Quarter: With Rochester poised to tie the game, the Southwood defense delivered a game-changing moment. #90 Owen Davis snatched the ball right out of a Rochester running back’s hands and sprinted an incredible 85 yards to the end zone for a Southwood Knight touchdown. Although the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, the Knights extended their lead to 14-0. Southwood’s defense held strong once more, stopping Rochester on 4th down. The Knights then ran out the clock, securing a 14-0 victory.

With this win, the Southwood Junior High 7th-grade team maintains their unbeaten streak in full-game action this season.

Late Heroics Secure Victory for Southwood Knights 8th Grade Football Team Against Rochester

In a thrilling showdown, the Southwood Knights 8th-grade Junior High football team took on the Rochester Zebras in an extra two quarters of intense football action. Here’s a recap of these additional quarters:

1st Quarter: Southwood had the opening possession and showed promise with #30 Poncho Lopez breaking free for a 40-yard gain. Unfortunately, Rochester’s resilient defense stood tall, resulting in a turnover on downs. However, Southwood’s defense quickly answered with a turnover on downs of their own. The Knights regained possession and were driving as the first quarter came to an end.

2nd Quarter: At the start of the second quarter, Poncho Lopez made a statement with a sensational 39-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion pass from #15 Blake Henderson to Poncho Lopez put Southwood ahead 8-0. Rochester, though, responded swiftly on the ensuing drive as #11 took a toss to the outside and raced 52 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was successful, tying the game at 8-8. Southwood didn’t stay tied for long. #24 Kaden Valdez took the ball to the outside, broke multiple tackles, and sprinted down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown run. A connection from Blake Henderson to Kaden Valdez on the two-point conversion gave the Knights a 16-8 lead. Rochester’s offense pushed back, with #55 powering into the end zone for a touchdown. Southwood’s defense thwarted the two-point conversion, maintaining a narrow 16-14 lead. Rochester’s defense dug in, forcing the Knights to lose ground and regain possession. With the ball back, Rochester executed a scoring drive, culminating in a touchdown by #55. A successful two-point conversion gave Rochester their first lead at 22-16, with only 16 seconds remaining. A short kick by Rochester and a quick recovery by Southwood placed the Knights in excellent field position. Despite a seemingly broken play, Southwood benefited from a 15-yard face mask penalty that moved them closer. With just six seconds left on the clock, Blake Henderson launched a desperation pass, finding Kaden Valdez, who made an incredible catch, broke free from tackles, and fought his way into the end zone for a game-tying 32-yard touchdown. Southwood went for the two-point conversion, and Kaden Valdez fought his way into the end zone again, securing a dramatic 24-22 victory for Southwood.

Southwood’s final game will be on the road on October10th at Peru, starting at 5:30.

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