Tyrone junior high drops final to Wildcats

The Tyrone junior high football team made the long journey to Mill Hall to close out the season with Central Mountain.
The Wildcats’ junior high scored a late touchdown to decide an 18-8 win for Central Mountain.
The Little Eagles came back from a two-TD deficit to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 12-8, before Central Mountain running back Ryan Meegs scored his second Td of the contest from 10 yards out to set the final score.
After Meegs (five-yard TD) and Dustin Hawkins (30-yard run) had given Central Mountain a 12-0 lead. Tyrone put their only points of the game on the board late in the second quarter.
Tyler Gillmen capped the drive with a three-yard TD and Justin Schopp added the two-point conversion rush to slice the Central Mountain lead to four points at the half.
Gillmen finished with an even 100 yards on 22 carries. Gillmen has rushed for 100 yards or more in each of the Eagles eight ballgames and has 1,362 yards rushing for the 2003 junior high season.
James Updike added eight carries for 46 yards, Justin Schopp one for 10 yards and T. J. Albright had 17 yards on his only carry of the game.
Gillmen also completed two of five pass attempts for 54 yards. Schopp caught one pass for 42 yards and Shayne Tate had one reception for 12 yards.
“We had a lot of offensive drives where we moved the ball pretty well,” said Tyrone coach Dan Plummer. “However, when we got into the red zone, we squandered the opportunities.
“I was proud of the guys performance, they kept playing hard and never gave in. We had trouble as we have had all year in completing tackles. We were in the backfield and in the lane in good position and just couldn’t make the stop. When we played good defense, we won. When the defense struggled, like they did today, we lost.
The Tyrone junior high finishes the 2003 season with a 4-4-1 record after beginning the season 0-2-1.
“The kids have improved a lot over the season,” said Plummer. “I am proud of the kids and the effort they put forth. They improved and have shown a lot of potential for the future.”