The Pioneer Ridge seventh-grade varsity football team started the season with a pair of wins versus Louisburg and Spring Hill last week.
In the season opener Sept. 6 at Louisburg, PRMS posted a hard-fought 14-8 win.
Jonas Pippitt got things going returning the opening kickoff 74 yards for a score. “That was a big play for us,” said coach Jeff Davidson. “After we scored, the team settled down and first game jitters went away.”
The Jags took the next possession and drove to the Wildcat five-yard line. Nice running came from Pippitt, Connor Boyt, Jared Highfill, and Nick Salpas. The drive culminated with a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kolbee Finnell to Zach Bass in the back of the end zone.
Meanwhile, the Jag defense was spearheaded by Pippitt (eight tackles); Highfill (four); Marshall Carpenter (four); and Salpas (three). The Jags allowed just one play over 15 yards.
Boyt led all rushers with 75 yards on 12 carries. Pippitt added 28; Highfill, 12; and Salpas, eight yards.
At home, Sept. 8, PRMS posted a convincing 24-0 win versus Spring Hill.
After a scoreless first quarter, PRMS got on the board just before halftime on a five-yard Boyt touchdown run. Boyt also scored the two-point conversion pass.
Up 8-0, PRMS went to work in the third quarter. Pippitt scored on a 31-yard touchdown and added another 30-yard touchdown minutes later. In between, the PRMS defense recorded a safety to give the Jags 24 unanswered second-half points.
“We played very well on both sides of the ball,” said Davidson. “The boys played hard and challenged each other to make a play.
Top defensive efforts came from Boyt, Pippitt, Ricky Graham, Highfill, Bass, Salpas, and Jesse May.
Now 2-0, PRMS returned to action, Sept. 13 at Ottawa.