FMS Tigers 3-peat's
Fayetteville Middle School's Tiger football pulled off the unexpected posting their third consecutive undefeated season and Duck River Valley Conference title. On Monday of last week FMS won at home over Middle TN Christian 22-6 claiming the championship.
The Tigers wrap up their 2018 season with a 9-0 record with four shutouts out scoring opponents, 35-5 per game average. Fayetteville now has a 27-0 winning streak.
This year the Tigers had a restructured coaching staff in place led by first year head coach B.J. Netherland assisted by David Evans, Craig Carmichael, Bobby Emmons and Will Vanhoooser.
"We had a great group of kids that bought into new systems," Coach B.J. Netherland said. "Our eighth graders were good leaders and the team worked hard doing everything we asked - I couldn't be more proud of these kids."
"I know no one expected us to be here in the preseason." continued Netherland. "I owe a lot to Coach John Meadows and Coach Alvin Palmer who I learned from and played for - we're still running their stuff. We wanted to instill in our kids what they taught, you work hard, never-ever give up, you get out of it what you put into it and when you take the field leave no doubt who the better team is, you don't have to be athletic to give effort."
In the championship game the Tigers set the tone early with K.J. Jackson taking the opening kick off back to the Cougars 16-yard line. Two plays later quarterback Sam Holdmeyer connected with Jackson from the 10 for the score. The two point conversion failed and FMS was up 6-0.
In the second quarter MTC ran a fake punt but Holdmeyer broke up the pass giving the Tigers possession on the Cougars 30-yard line. Three plays later Aljarae Johnson pushed it in from the six. Holdmeyer was good on the two-point conversion and FMS was up 14-0.
MTC threatened twice before the half. After taking it to the Tiger 37-yard line Braxton Wilson picked off a pass to stall the drive. Late in the period the Cougars had move to the FMS 8-yard line. Cayian Kelso and Isaiah Thominson came up with big quarterback sacks as time expired. Fayetteville was up 14-0 at the break.
The Cougars had possession opening the second half and took it to the Tigers 36-yard line But Braxton Wilson forced a fumble and it was recovered by Austin Spurlin at the FMS 43-yard line. It was a 14-0 ball game at the end of three.
In the final frame the Tigers took the possession down the field and Aljarae Johnson took it in from the 26. K.J. Jackson was good on the two-point conversion and FMS was up 22-6.
The score for the Cougars came late in the period on a 56 yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers finished with the win, 22-6.
Aljarae Johnson led the rushing with 10 carries for 81 yards and 2 scores; K.J. Jackson, 5 carries for 18 yards; Braxton Wilson, 1 for 9 yards.
In the air Sam Holdmeyer completed 4 of 8 attempts for 43 yards with 1 score and no interceptions. K.J. Jackson had 1 catch for 25 yards and 1 score.
Defensively Braxton Wilson led with 10 tackles; Calvin Hughes, 9 and Isaiah Thominson had 5.
Receiving Duck River Valley All Conference honors were, Isaiah Thominson, Braxton Wilson, Sam Holdmeyer, Andre Allen, Aljarae Johnson, DRVC MVP and K.J. Jackson championship game MVP.