Panthers capture varsity and JV football titles for 2019
Buoyed by a strong defensive effort, the varsity football squad from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School shut down Crawford 39-0 for the county’s 2019 championship. The Panthers, paced by a balanced attack on offense, accumulated 196 yards and a dozen first downs. Jamarion Brown rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns, Lee Locke tallied 77 yards and two scores, and Kaden Clay added 42 yards and some big first downs.
On defense, Graham Dunn had three tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack; Mason Draper snagged two interceptions; and Jamarion Brown added 2½ tackles, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble. The Panthers forced three turnovers, allowed only three first-down conversions, and racked up 10 tackles for loss while holding Crawford to minus-15 yards of offense.
“Words can’t explain how proud I am of this group of kids,” said Head Coach Nick Payne. “This group of eighth and seventh graders lost a heart-breaker in the championship game last year and definitely used that loss as motivation throughout the season. We improved so much from the beginning of the year to now, and I’m extremely proud of the perseverance of our kids.”
Earlier Nov. 14 in the junior varsity finale, Hayes shut out Bryan Station Middle 36-0 as Aveion Chenault and Junior Harris handled all of the scoring. The JV defense also dominated, led by Lovell Martin III with three sacks, four forced fumbles, and a blocked punt.
“I have really enjoyed watching our seventh graders on our junior varsity improve throughout the last one to two seasons. That’s a testament to their hard work and dedication to get better,” Payne said. “I can’t wait to see how good these kids will be when we combine them with Kaden Clay, Graham Dunn, and Logan Busson on the varsity team next year. We have a special team that should be able to compete with anyone in the state of Kentucky!”