Middle school football officially made its return to Tacoma on Thursday afternoon, as four local contests kicked off the new season. Jason Lee got a big win to start off their campaign, travelling to First Creek and pulling off a 15-12 win over the Eagles.
The game started quickly, as Jason Lee’s L.J. Lovelace broke free for a 30-yard touchdown on the Bobcats’ fourth play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead. But First Creek’s Londrell Hamilton took the resulting kickoff back 72 yards for a score, and the Eagles trailed 7-6 after missing the extra point.
But both teams then hunkered down defensively. After fumbling a punt early in the second quarter in their territory, Jason Lee forced three straight negative plays, including snuffing out a fake punt to get the ball back. But after driving into Eagles territory, they turned the ball over on downs as well as the score held at 7-6 at halftime.
First Creek stormed out of the gate in the second half, launching a five-play, 64-yard drive capped by Maleke Pate’s four-yard touchdown to go up 12-7. They looked to go up even more after getting the ball back on the Bobcats’ 40-yard line after a turnover on downs, but Patrick Rogers came up with a big interception for Jason Lee on fourth down to get the ball back. Rogers then scampered 22 yards on the first offensive play of the next series, and Jackson Potts connected with Elijah Jones for a 46-yard strike to the Eagles’ one-yard line. Potts then snuck into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown, and Lovelace added the two-point conversion to go up 15-12.
The Eagles made a valiant effort to come back with two minutes left, starting at their own nine-yard line and driving to the Bobcats’ 33-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Jason Lee was then able to run out the clock.
Full story with quotes in next week’s issue of Tacoma Weekly.