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Young Cats lose, close Monday with Dogs

The Bainbridge Middle School seventh-grade Bearcats lost, 42-8, to the Thomas County-Central Middle School seventh grade Yellow Jackets on Wednesday at Central’s Jackets’ Nest Stadium.

The Bearcats, who are 1-4, will close out their season Monday when they host Thomasville’s McIntyre Park Middle School seventh-grade Bulldogs at 5 p.m. at Centennial Field.

The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, but was rained out and rescheduled.

Wednesday’s loss to Central started out close.

“We kept the game close early,” said coach Chip Ariail, who coaches the Bearcats with seventh-grade head coach Heith Maxwell and coach Rickey McCullough. “We were down just 6-0 in the first quarter when running back Dalvin Spivie broke loose on a 60-yard run to Central’s 3-yard-line.

“Central’s defense came up and dropped us for a couple of losses and the drive stalled at Central’s 10-yard-line.”

The Bearcats scored their only touchdown in the third quarter, when quarterback Eddie Cooper ran a keeper off the right side and powered his way into the end zone from 2 yards out.

Cooper threw to running back Kerenski Willams for the two point conversion, cutting the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 34-8.

The seventh-grade Bearcats opened their season Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a 16-6 victory over the Bulldogs at Thomasville High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Running back Dalvin Spivie scored both Bearcats touchdowns. He returned the opening kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown and ran 40 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also ran in for both two-point conversions.