NEW MADRID -- The eighth grade Eagles at New Madrid County not only finished their Middle School careers with an unblemished record, but they did it by not allowing a team to score a single point on them. By beating Dexter Thursday 46-0, they moved their record to 11-0 for their two years in seventh and eighth grade combined.
The Bearcats tested the Eagles early by forcing them to punt twice in the first quarter. Just as it looked like it might be a low scoring affair, Dontre Jenkins got the option game going, pitching to Lennies McFerren for scores of 5 and 7 yards.
Jenkins had a standout performance running the offense flawlessly (no turnovers), scoring on runs of 14 and 29 yards. Jenkins also was a force on defense as he gathered an interception and also returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown. Rodney Anderson provided an impressive block on the return. The Eagles went into halftime up 26-0.
The second half went the same way with Austin Meese pounding in a score from 5 yards out. Jarrett Allen and Shelby Comer added two point conversions. Comer also had a beautiful finger-tip interception. Anderson provided a final highlight and exclamation point with a sprint into the end zone from 70 yards out.
It was again a team effort for the Eagles. The defensive unit was never threatened. Terry Johns got in on the hitting with an impressive tackle of a Bearcat return man, firing up the crowd with his effort. Matthew Hunter also had an explosive block during the second half. Punter Chris Henry had two nice punts, one pinning Dexter inside its own 5-yard line.
All of the players and coaches should be commended for their efforts in meeting their goals and playing such a high level of football for the past two seasons.