Bruins dominate for 18th straight win

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Posted 8/16/19

The Lake Forest Middle School Bruins picked up their 18th straight win with a 35-6 rout of McMinn County on Thursday. 

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Bruins dominate for 18th straight win

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The Lake Forest Middle School Bruins picked up their 18th straight win with a 35-6 rout of McMinn County on Thursday. 

Coach Kevin Greene’s Bruins were paced by the remarkable performance of Jackson Wilson, who accounted for three scores beginning with an 80-yard kickoff return to open the game.

The hard-hitting running back also ripped off a 48-yard score in the second quarter and followed that up with a 65-yard run to close out first-half scoring. For good measure he also scored on a 2-point conversion after the second score while kicking three other PATs to account for 23 of his team's 35 points.

Wilson was also used for kicking off and punting on a busy night on Bruin Field at the Toby McKenzie Football Complex.

Quarterback Damaris Ballard showed off a strong arm as he hooked up with Jarrius Rogers in the third period for the Bruins' fourth score on the evening. 

The final tally came as Ballard lofted a pass in the flat to a fleet-footed Josiah Shepard, who tucked the ball in and ran for a 25-yard score.

The Cherokees scored their only touchdown on the final play of the game.

The last loss for the Bruins (2-0) came midway through the 2016 season. They had previously won their season-opener on the road at Chilhowee last week in a 44-6 runaway victory. 

In Thursday’s first game of the night, the seventh-grade Bruins were turnover-plagued and dropped a 6-0 game when the Cherokees scored late in the fourth quarter.

The first of two big rival games takes place when the Bruins host the Ocoee Middle School Colts for a doubleheader between the seventh-grade squads to be followed by the varsity encounter. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. for the first game next Thursday.

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