After finishing the regular season undefeated, the Floyd T. Binns middle school football team earned a spot in the Battlefield Middle School Athletic Conference championship game.
The Blackhawks’ opponent was King George, a team they defeated 12-6 in overtime on August 28.
The Foxes got their revenge in Saturday’s title game at Eastern View High School, cruising to a 24-6 victory to claim the first-ever BMSAC crown.
“King George did what they needed to do to win so I tip my hat to them,” Binns head coach Uzziah Harris said. “I think I can commend my guys because it was a complete turnaround. We were undefeated in the regular season and I’m proud of them.”
King George (9-1) made its presence known early, taking the opening kickoff and putting together a drive that ate up most of the first quarter.
With 7.8 seconds remaining in the period, quarterback Colson Clary connected with Dylan Truxon for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Truxon’s two-point conversion run gave the Foxes an 8-0 lead.
Binns (7-1) couldn’t respond to King George’s salvo, as a fumble on the first play of the Blackhawks’ initial drive gave the ball right back to the Foxes.
After King George drove into the red zone, it tried a reverse pass play that was intercepted by Binns’ Jaheim Frye.
Frye and JayQuan White had some strong runs for the Blackhawks to move the ball to the 50-yard line, but penalties sabotaged the march. On third-and-long, quarterback Derrick Brown was intercepted by the Foxes’ Chanz Wiggins, who returned the pick all the way to the Binns 2.
However, the Blackhawks’ defense made a goal-line stand, stymieing King George on four straight plays to force a turnover on downs.
Things worked out in the Foxes’ favor, however, as they were able to force a safety and extend their advantage to 10-0.
King George took the ensuing kickoff and drove the length of the field, with Clary hitting Mekhai White for an 8-yard score to push the Foxes’ edge to 16-0 at halftime.
Binns put together a long drive to open the second half, which resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run by White to pull the Blackhawks within 16-6.
Despite a strong performance from its defense down the stretch, Binns would get no closer.
Binns athletic director Mike McCombs said the playoff system that was put into place this year brought more competition to the game.
“I’m super proud of these kids,” he said. “This playoff system we put in is good for everyone, because it gives everyone something to play for. The atmosphere here today was tremendous.”
Harris said he couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to coach—especially the eighth graders.
“They are a great class of leaders,” Harris said. “Your team is essentially about your eighth-grade leadership, and we had great leaders. We’re proud of them and wish them well in their future.”