This week, The Chronicle catches up with the ECI middle school football team from their last two games. We reached out to Head Coach Greg Kennedy to give us a run down on these games with North Tattnall as well as their first playoff game against Jenkins County. Coach Kennedy had the following comments:
“We beat North Tattnall 32-0 to finish the regular season with a 6-0 record. Tuff Boddiford had touchdown runs of 25 yards and 2 yards. Tyler Foreman had a 4-yard touchdown run, and Chase Johnson added an 80yard touchdown run. Jackson Kennedy was 2-for-2 passing for 32 yards. The defense played really well holding a powerful running game scoreless. Jackson Kennedy intercepted a pass on defense.
“We defeated a very big and fast Jenkins County team by a score of 38-20. Both teams played well, but we pulled away in the second half. We led at halftime by a score of 22-14 and never looked back.”
Boddiford capped off the first drive of the game with a 19-yard touchdown run with Foreman adding the 2-point conversion. Jenkins County quickly answered with a 55-yard touchdown pass, but their 2 point conversion attempt failed. On the the ensuing kickoff, ECI’s Johnson returned it for an 82-yard touchdown with Boddiford adding the 2-point conversion.
The next two drives by each team were turnovers, but then Jenkins County attempted a pass that was intercepted by Ab Marsh. ECI, however, was stopped on fourth down and turned it back over to Jenkins County.
After a big pass play, Jenkins County scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, and the 2-point conversion attempt was good this time. On the next possession, ECI quickly moved down the field and was able to score before the half ended when Foreman scampered in from 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the 2-point conversion failed.
At the half ECI led Jenkins County by a score of 22-14.
The second half began with Boddiford recovering a fumble. Jenkins County, however, bowed their neck on defense, but Johnson was able to score on a fourth down play from 35 yards out. Kennedy then threw a pass to Boddiford to convert the 2-point conversion.
Jenkins County continued to put up a fight and scored again on a 4-yard run, but the 2-point conversion failed. Jenkins County attempted an onside kick, but ECI recovered it and a few plays later, Boddiford broke loose on a 40-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach. The 2-point conversion was also good on a Boddiford run.
ECI quickly stopped Jenkins County in four plays to cause a turnover on downs. After Kennedy kneeled in the victory formation and the clock ran out, ECI celebrated a return trip to the Southeast Georgia Middle School Region Championship game.
This will be the fifth straight appearance for ECI in the championship game. They will play Toombs County for the title, which will also be a rematch from last year’s championship game, which Toombs County won by a score of 21-12.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with game time scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at Roundtree Stadium in Twin City. Cost of admission is $5 with all tickets being sold at the gate. Coach Kennedy invites everyone to come watch his Bulldogs play.