The Cleveland Middle School sixth-grade Blue Raiders football team took on the Ocoee Colts on Saturday in an always-tough battle on the gridiron.
The defenses held their respective opponent scoreless through all four quarters of regulation play before the Raiders pulled out a narrow 8-6 win in overtime.
The Colts elected to have the ball first in overtime, and scored on third down with a slant pass into the end zone. The Colts’ 2-point conversion was stopped by the Raiders’ tough defense.
It was then the Raiders’ turn to have the ball. The Raiders’ Jyren Hammonds ran the ball in on third down to tie the score up at 6-all. With the game on the line, the Raiders offensive line stepped it up, and Hammonds punched it in again for the 2-point conversion and the 8-6 victory.
Cleveland Middle School’s Coach Eric Mountain said, “That was a great win for us and a test of our toughness. We could not get any momentum going on offense, but our defense was tough all game, and gave us a chance to win in overtime. I am proud of how our guys responded to adversity and stepped it up.”
The sixth-grade Raiders are now 4-0, and will play again against Baylor today at Cleveland Middle School at 5 p.m.