With just one game left on the schedule, the Peabody-Burns Junior High School Junior Warriors earned their first win. They defeated Little River, 32-30, Thursday at Little River. The team will finish the year with a trip to Centre.
Defense was the key in the early minutes of the contest. Both offenses had success moving the ball, but the defenses forced turnovers to end their progress.
Colton Glenn recovered a Little River fumble to begin the first scoring drive of the contest. Clayton Philpott ended the drive with a pass to Brady Logan-Hanna for 6 points. A Philpott pass to Cody Partridge gave the team the two-point conversion, and PBJHS led, 8-0.
The score remained 8-0 at halftime.
Little River got on the board late in the third quarter with a score and a two-point conversion. With 2:03 on the clock, the game was tied at 8.
The next drive for the Junior Warriors began at the 40-yard line. Quarterback Philpott rushed the 40 yards for the score. The P.A.T. was unsuccessful, but PBJHS regained the lead, 14-8, with 1:51 left in the third quarter.
Philpott had another big run for the next score in the competition. The 51-yard dash made the score 20-8 early in the fourth quarter.
Little River answered with a score and added two. The margin was four, 20-16, with 4:27 left in the fourth.
The Junior Warriors earned another 6 when Philpott again found the end zone, this time with a 45-yard run. No extra points were added, but PBJHS had the 26-16 lead with 4:16 left in the fourth.
The Little River offense came up with another touchdown with 2:27 left in the game. The P.A.T. failed, but again the gap was four, 26-22.
A 25-yard run from Philpott gave the Junior Warriors their last points in the second half.
Little River added another score and a two-point conversion. The PBJHS lead was cut to two points, 32-30, with less than a minute left in the contest.
The PBJHS offense earned two first downs on the last series, and ran out the clock for the 32-30 victory.