East Ridge Wins 7 In SCYFL Openers

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - by Stump Martin

The seven East Ridge Parks and Recreation Scenic City Youth Football League (SCYFL) teams all prevailed on Saturday.
 
Five of the East Ridge victories were over the always-competitive Boynton teams out of Catoosa County.
 
The East Ridge 6-under Pioneers defeated the Boynton Generals 23-13, the East Ridge Pioneers 7's prevailed over the Boynton Generals 12-0, the East Ridge Pioneers 8's downed the Boynton Bears 18-0, the East Ridge Tigers 9's raced to a 27-0 win over the  Boynton Patriots and the East Ridge Broncos 9's defeated the Boynton Falcons 26-0.

 
The East Ridge Pioneers 10's topped Lookout Valley 21-8 and the OLPH Rams 10's defeated the Signal Mountain Warriors 28-0.
 
East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said he couldn't remember the last time seven teams from the same park all won on the same Saturday.
 
"It's likely that it has been done before, but regardless it's a big accomplishment for the players, coaches and fans from East Ridge," Martin said. "The SCYFL is a very competitive, well-organized league and we consider this a great way to open the season. Some of our coaches like to call their teams Beast Ridge and that name might just fit."
 
6-under
East Ridge Pioneers 23, Boynton Generals 13
 
The Pioneers Santana Strickland paced the East Ridge offense by rolling up 182 yards rushing and scoring three touchdowns. Colt Forgey was the leader of the defense with nine tackles that included four sacks and two forced fumbles.
 
7-year-old
East Ridge Pioneers 12, Boynton Generals 0
 
Jacob Long had a day to remember with a 78-yard interception for a TD and a 59-yard reception for a TD. Dylan Greer had 10 carries for 61 yards and a fumble recovery. Eli Eaves added a TD on a sweep from seven yards out. The Pioneers defense held Boynton to only 23 total yards. Kameron Kindred recorded six tackles, including two for a loss and Markel Bird had four tackles, including two for losses.

8-year-old
East Ridge Pioneers 18, Boynton Bears 0

Jaylon Moore had 76 yards rushing on five attempts. Moore scored on a 70-yard run following a fumbled snap. Tyi Mosley had 60 yards and a TD on five carries. The score was on a beautiful 48-yard run. Isaac King had 48 yards rushing on three carries and a TD. 

The Pioneers defense was tenacious in pinning a minus-21 yard total offense day on Boynton. East Ridge twice shut the Bears attack down in the first quarter after giving Boynton the ball on turnovers deep in Pioneers territory. Ceron Campbell had an interception and Jaden Hardin and Colin Thomas made six tackles each. Moore had a pair of QB hurries and a sack, Nickolas Parrott added a QB hurry and Matthew Mull played well.
 
9-year-old
East Ridge Tigers 27, Boynton Patriots 0
The three-time SCYFL Super Bowl champion Tigers got more than 100 yards rushing and three TDs from Kobe Thomas and QB Mason Long added a TD. The East Ridge defense was all over the field with Cade Dunn, LeMarcus Bailey and Kye Songer having impressive performances and Thomas adding an interception. Gage Sartin was a standout on specialty teams as he booted three extra points and dropped a pooch kick in that was recovered by the Tigers.
 
East Ridge Broncos 26, Boynton Falcons 0

The Broncos found different ways to score on Saturday. East Ridge got two offensive touchdowns from Jeremiah Chopane and one from Mason Parker. Broncos defensive end Caden Dodson grabbed an interception and returned it 40 yards for a score and Anderson Britton added a 65-yard kickoff return for a TD.

10-year-old
East Ridge Pioneers 21, Lookout Valley 8
Hunter Jones had two TDs, including one late in the fourth quarter to give the Pioneers a 19-0 advantage. CJ Robertson scored a TD and QB Landon Allen tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Nic Mirabella.
 
OLPH Rams 28, Signal Mountain Warriors 0
The Rams sent a message to the league that OLPH has a team that can compete. The Rams received a pair of rushing TDs from Charlie Menham and one from Bennett Brinson. The OLPH attack was boosted by the play of Nic Robinson, Eli Morris, Gage Brigham and Brinson. Maverick Tucker turned in an outstanding performance on defense as the Rams held the Warriors offensive to negative yardage.

PHOTOS: Baylor Shades Silverdale In Softball, 4-2

Boyd-Buchanan Soccer Stays Unbeaten With Win Over McCallie

The atmosphere on and around the Boyd-Buchanan soccer field Tuesday night resembled that of a high-stakes postseason match, but neither titles nor elimination were on the line in the Buccaneers’ non-conference, regular-season finale against McCallie. What the Bucs were playing for, however, was an opportunity to finish an unbeaten regular season, a feat they accomplished ... (click for more)

Kevin Muhammad Says City Programs Failing; More Attention And Funding Needed For Impoverished Inner City Youths

Nation of Islam leader Kevin Muhammad told a packed house at City Council on Tuesday night that a large segment of Chattanooga is impoverished, while parts of the city are enjoying a Renaissance. Given 20 minutes for a "State of the People" address, he said many city programs are failing, including the Violence Reduction Initiative and a Youth and Family Services reading program. ... (click for more)

County Commission Told To Fully Fund County Schools Improvement Request Would Take 28 1/2-Cent Property Tax Increase; 78 School Personnel Would Be Added

County Mayor Jim Coppinger told members of the County Commission at a budget workshop on Tuesday that it would take a 28 1/2-cent property tax increase to fully fund the county school budget request. The county schools are asking for $24,218,919 in new money for a focus on workforce readiness, literacy and low-performing schools. County Mayor Coppinger did not say whether ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)