Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Jalen Williams breaks free for Sebring's lone, and winning, touchdown of the night in Thursday's victory over Clewiston.
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published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Junior Streaks stay unbeaten
By DAN HOEHNE
SEBRING - One might call it a junior varsity dynasty as the Sebring JV football team finished off their second straight undefeated season Thursday night with a grueling, 8-7 win over visiting Clewiston.
The Tigers came in with just one loss on the season themselves and would not make for an easy match.
"This is a big night for these kids, they're part of something special here," head coach Dustin Woods said before the game. "And it won't be easy. These are two quality football teams going at it."
But it was the junior Blue Streaks who jumped out quickly as, just over three minutes into the contest, running back Jalen Williams knifed through the line and broke into the open for a 45-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Bobby Mathis then bulled into the end zone for what would turn out to be a crucial two-point conversion.
Clewiston then got their own drive going and were looking to match Sebring's score, but Jordan Acevedo stepped in front of a Tiger pass at the 11-yard line for an interception to thwart the threat.
After trading possessions that moved the game into the second quarter, the Streaks faced a fourth down and set up to punt.
But Clewiston broke through the protection, blocked the attempted boot and were able to corral the loose ball and take it 40 yards for a score.
And while they matched Sebring's touchdown, for the extra point, the Tigers went more traditional and booted it through the uprights to narrow the gap to 8-7.
The Streaks were able to dodge a couple bullets as Clewiston rode some big plays and seemed on the verge of scoring later in the period.
They did reach the end zone on one play, in fact, but a penalty brought it back.
Defensive back Wyatt Kinslow then halted the drive with an interception to keep the slim lead protected.
And it turned into a defensive slugfest from that point on, with Sebring turning back the Tigers time and again to keep their lead and unblemished season intact.
With their schedule now complete and the 8-0 record one for the books, many of this standout squad will assuredly be called up to the varsity level for the remaining three games - to both help the varsity squad and get themselves some valuable experience for the coming seasons.
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