The South Middle School Trojans lost to the White County Middle School Warriors 36-0 on the road Saturday for their third loss of the season.
The Trojans were not able to get their offense going for most of the contest while the Warriors scored early and often to lead to the blowout.
South head football coach Curtis Francis said his players performed well against a top team in their conference despite several starters missing the game due to being sick.
“It was a tough game, but I think the kids still fought and that’s all you can ask for,” Francis said.
The Trojans appeared to score the first touchdown of the game on a long run by Aydin Horton early in the first quarter, but the play would be nullified by a penalty for a block in the back. The drive would later end in a turnover on downs.
The Warriors got their first points on the board on a touchdown run with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Trojans got into White County territory on their next drive before an interception put an end to the series.
The Warriors quickly went down the field and scored again in the waning seconds of the opening period to make it 14-0.
Another interception thrown by the Trojans on the ensuing drive would set up the third touchdown for the Warriors with five minutes remaining in the half.
The Trojans trailed 22-0 at halftime.
The Warriors went for an onside kick and recovered it to start the second half. The Warriors added another touchdown two minutes later to stretch the deficit to 30-0.
The Trojans had one more turnover with a fumble on their next drive to set up a final White County score with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The rest of the game would be playing with a running clock as the Trojans continued to be held scoreless and took the loss by 36 points.
Francis said the biggest key for his team will be to avoid overthinking everything as they head into their final three games of the year.
“We’ve got to go back, we’ve got to rest, we’ve got to get ready, but, most importantly, I think they’re overthinking everything,” Francis said. “From here on out, we’re just going to fly around, hit the football and have fun.”
With the loss, the Trojans moved to 1-3 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday at home against Tullahoma Middle School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.