By Ed Greif
Following last Thursday's elementary football contests, Homestead and South remain the only unbeaten teams at 4-0, setting up a showdown for first place in the league, while a four-way tie exists for third place at 2-2 between Pleasant Hill, North, Martin and Stone. Crab Orchard and Brown remain winless.
Results were Homestead 36, Pleasant Hill 0; South 21, North 8; Stone 38, Brown 32; and Martin 32, Crab Orchard 6.
Stone 38, Brown 32:The Coyotes won a close, exciting game to even their record at 2-2.
Christian Gabbard ran for two touchdowns and scored two two-point conversions. Tyler Breeding rushed for one TD and scored on a pass from Timmy Shultz, who rushed for one more TD and scored two two-point conversions. Elijah Tollett added a two-point conversion.
"The biggest reason for the win over Brown was our offensive line. The efforts of the offensive line was unselfish blocking the entire game," said Stone assistant coach Tony Shultz.
Members of the offensive line are tight end Jared "Rooster" Houston, tackles Bryce "Hitman" LaBombard and Kolby "The Technician" Luckey, guards Parker "The Man" Conley and Cooper "Big Nasty" Wyatt and center Connor "Po Bear" Padgett.
Xavier Findley scored five touchdowns and added a two-point conversion for the Bears.
Martin 32, Crab Orchard 6: A very well played first half by both teams. The Eagles led at the half 8-0, according to Crab Orchard coach Eddie Raper.
"I felt that we played as well in the first half as we had all season. Martin hit a couple of big plays in the third quarter that we were unable to overcome. I continue to be proud of the effort my players put forth in every game," said Raper.
Crab Orchard's touchdown was a pass from Aaron Kindred to Devin Beaty.
"As a team, we played well in spurts, but still just not consistent," he concluded.
No information was received on the Pleasant Hill at Homestead and South at North games.
Sept. 12 games: South at Homestead, Pleasant Hill at Stone, Brown at Crab Orchard and Martin at North. All games kick off at 4:30 p.m.
(Editor's note:The home school is responsible for submitting game information, win or lose, by 8 a.m. the Friday following each game. If the visiting school has information it wants to include, that must be also received by 8 a.m. the folllowing day.)