The Arab Junior High Knights closed out their seasons with tough losses at Hartselle.

• 8TH GRADE

Hartselle 30, Arab 0

With three turnovers in the first half, the Tigers got all the scoring they needed quickly. Arab had one fumble and two interceptions, the first of which was a pick-6 that gave Hartselle its first score that led to a 30-0 halftime score that stood until the end.

“Hartselle has a great program and they always do,” said coach Jason Guger. “It’s tough to play at their place. They played really well and we made a lot of mistakes early that made it an uphill battle for us, but I am proud that we battled back. 

“It would have been easy for us to quit, but we played hard that second half.”

The eighth grade team ended the season at 1-6.

“We had a tough schedule and we knew that going in,” Guger said. “We lost a lot of one-score games we were on the wrong side of, but I’m proud of the guys’ effort.”

7TH GRADE

Hartselle 7, Arab 6

Not many junior high programs have a kicker to try extra points. But, Hartselle does.

This was a 0-0 game at halftime.

“It was a matter of making plays,” said Guger. “Each team had a turnover in the first half, but they scored first and gave us an opportunity to come from behind and we did so.”

Braden Lindsey broke free on a 55-yard touchdown run with just over 3 minutes left in the game.

“Unfortunately, we failed to score on the two-point conversion, but we played much better football the second half,” Guger said.

The seventh grade ended the season at 3-4.

“This group learned a lot in a short amount of time and really improved as they season went on. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next season holds with this group,” said Guger.

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