Shepherdstown Middle wins championship
On Oct. 31, the Shepherdstown Cardinal football team completed a 7-2 season with a 6-0 victory over Charles Town Middle School to win the Jefferson County Championship. The game was expected to be high scoring, but turned into a defensive battle, according to Coach Kevin Holmes.
The only score was a 3-yard quarterback keeper up the middle by Corbin Pierson with six minutes left in the second quarter. The Cardinals had to hold off the Panthers one final time as Charles Town put together one final drive to get in position to win the ball game. The Cardinals sealed the victory when Charles Town’s hopes ended with a fourth down incomplete pass inside the 10 yard line.
The Cardinals finished the season with a 6-1 record against county opposition. Shepherdstown revenged a 28 to 8 loss to Charles Town a week earlier. The only other blemish on the Cardinals record was a loss against undefeated PAC champion (8-0) Moorefield Middle School.
Even though Shepherdstown lost the game to Moorefield, they gained another family. This game was dedicated to former Moorefield Middle School teacher Joy Coby who was tragically killed on Sept. 16.
Moorefield was scoring 60 points a game and teams were dropping them off of their schedule because they were just too good.
“We knew we were pretty good as well so we wanted to see where we really stacked up to this team,” said Holmes.
The “what if” kept coming into play when the coaching staff and football community weighed the options of playing versus not playing. The game was scheduled after former Cardinal alumni and the football community gained interest in the game being played.
“We decided to play the game and name it the “Good Will” game for Joy Coby,” Holmes shared.
The game was played on Tuesday night in Moorefield with the Yellowjackets coming out on top 35-28.
“Even though we lost the game I felt like we won in a bigger way,” Holmes said. “We took pictures afterward and realized we were doing something much bigger than football.”
The players and coaches from both teams added each other on social media and rooted each other on to end of the season championships.
This is Shepherdstown Middle Schools third trip to the Jefferson County Championship in Coach Holmes eight years with the team. Other coaches for SMS are Coach Stephenson (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator), Coach Kidrick (Defensive Coordinator), Coach Helmick (Offensive Line Coach), Coach Chrisman (Defensive Line Coach) and Student Learner Joe Fraley.