Football: Clark Middle ends era on top
Clark Middle seventh-grader Joseph Happy scores a touchdown in the finals of the Bluegrass Middle School Conference playoffs Thursday night at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown. (Keith Tayloremail@example.com / October 26, 2012)
Houston Goodman crossed the goal-line on a busted play with 4.4 seconds remaining to lift the seventh-grade Eagles to a 22-14 triumph over Bourbon County in the finals of the Bluegrass Middle School Conference playoffs Thursday night at Toyota Stadium.
“These kids are just tremendous,” Clark Middle seventh-grade coach Tim Franklin said. “From where we came from on day one to now and win this championship is unbelievable.
“We won on a last-second, busted play and what can you say about them? They have a lot of heart.”
So did Franklin, who returned to the sidelines after undergoing open heart surgery more than two weeks ago.
The contest was the final football game for Clark Middle, which is scheduled to merge with Conkwright next year.
Goodman paced the Eagles with 222 yards. Goodman threw a six-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Walton and rushed for another score.
Joseph Happy followed Goodman with 121 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles overcame five turnovers — all fumbles — to avenge and earlier-season loss to the Colonels. The setback was Bourbon County’s first loss of the year, while Clark Middle finished with a 4-1 record.
DeMikale Knowles had 20 yards, while Nick Willoughby had four tackles for Clark Middle. Jake Ware had a fumble recovery and Josh Morales had four tackles. Jordan Hobbs had three tackles and a sack. Tristan Hamlin had six yards and three tackles. Gary Stamper had a sack and a fumble recovery.
“This is Clark Middle’s last team and we win the championship,” Franklin said. “We’ve won it two years in a row and it’s a good way to finish up Clark Middle football.”
Randy Ballard’s eighth-grade squad won the title a year ago.
“Coach Franklin coached his heart out, literally,” Ballard said. “I’m so proud of them. If this is the last middle school championship team from Clark Middle, it couldn’t have been a better one.”