Thursday, 08 November 2018 00:00

Rockingham football defeats Anson for western division title

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ROCKINGHAM - As the middle school football regular season draws to a close, the Rockingham Middle School Rockets are the Southeastern Middle School Athletic Conference western division champions.

Head coach Phillip Waddell’s team played host to the Anson Middle School Bearcats, defeating them in a close contest 28-26 on Tuesday. The win and the division championship puts the Rockets into the SEMSAC title game, which will be played against the Carver Middle School Eagles (Laurinburg, N.C.).

This is the second close divisional game win for the Rockets in the past two weeks, as last week they managed to slip by in-county rival Hamlet Middle School 24-20. The win also marked the Rockets’ fourth in a row after starting the season with back-to-back losses.

Like they have all year, the Rockets (4-2) used a strong running game from a handful of eighth graders to secure the victory. Camron Medley paved the way with 80 rushing yards on six carries and scored a touchdown, while fellow eighth grader Jaden Jenks tacked on a score on four rushes for 75 yards.

Rounding out the Rockingham rushing attack against the Bearcats was Brandon Askins, whose seven carries and 50 rushing yards accounted for the team’s third rushing touchdown of the game. The Rockets got some help in special teams, as seventh grader Jaden Brown raced a kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively, it was the work of Luke McCormick and Zion Baldwin who kept the Anson offense in check. McCormick finished with a team-high 10 tackles, with Baldwin adding eight more. Tyson Holloway also got in the mix, sacking Anson’s quarterback one time and picking up four tackles.

The Eagles of Carver Middle School defeated West Hoke Middle School 56-6 Wednesday to win the eastern division in the SEMSAC standings. Carver and Rockingham will meet next week at Rockingham Middle for the championship game.

Game information provided by Phillip Waddell.


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Kyle Pillar

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