See the stars of the future at middle school games

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Middle School Football begins with five games on Tuesday, Aug. 12. It’s always exciting and you get to see tomorrow’s high school stars and players a year or two before they get to high school.

Also, usually the kicking game is undeveloped, the blocking is not that good and the punting is awful. As a result most teams go for two, and there is almost always a punt return or kickoff return for a touchdown or both in every game. In other words, there’s lots of offense.

It wasn’t that long ago that we had perhaps 150 players on middle school football teams – almost all of them at Smyrna Middle and Central Middle. Today we have 10 middle schools playing football and those schools plus Eagleville and MTCS have somewhere in the neighborhood of 700-plus players.

Additionally, we have another private school, a large number of players in the Rutherford County Recreation League, some in the Murfreesboro Youth League, an Independent League or two and the Smyrna and La Vergne area has an excellent league that has been productive for years.

The following is the complete Middle School League schedule. A word of warning: Although games are scheduled for Tuesdays, changes for various reasons seem to occur frequently. Middle schools are allowed to play eight games plus a bowl or championship game (scheduled for early October), so teams can only play eight regular season games. For instance, La Vergne does not play Stewarts Creek this season nor does Whitworth-Buchanan play Blackman. Everyone misses someone. I hope that’s clear.

Since Tuesday is the first game, it’s probably unfair to have a City Auto “game to see” but I think I’ll go to the La Vergne @ Oakland game since it features last year’s champion vs. the 2013 3rd place team.

Last season the Oakland Middle Chargers were unbeaten at 9–0, followed by Christiana at 7–2, La Vergne at 6–2 and Stewarts Creek at 5–3.

Aug. 12 – LaVergne @ Oakland, Rock Springs @ Rockvale, Buchanan @ Stewarts Creek, Smyrna @ Blackman, Siegel @ Christiana.

Aug. 19 – Christiana @ LaVergne, Oakland @ Rock Springs, Rockvale @ Buchanan, Stewarts Creek @ Smyrna, Blackman @ Siegel.

Aug. 26 – LaVergne @ Blackman, Rock Springs @ Christiana, Buchanan @ Oakland, Smyrna @ Rockvale, Siegel @ Stewarts Creek

Sept. 2 – Siegel @ LaVergne, Rock Springs @ Buchanan, Oakland @ Rockvale, Stewarts Creek @ Blackman, Christiana @ Smyrna

Sept. 9 – Smyrna @ LaVergne, Siegel @ Rock Springs, Christiana @ Rockvale, Oakland @ Stewarts Creek, Blackman @ Buchanan

Sept. 16 – LaVergne @ Buchanan, Smyrna @ Siegel, Rockvale @ Blackman, Christiana @ Oakland, Stewarts Creek @ Rock Springs

Sept. 23 – Rock Springs @ Smyrna, Buchanan @ Siegel, Stewarts Creek @ Christiana, Blackman @ Oakland, Rockvale @ LaVergne

Sept. 30 – LaVergne @ Rock Springs, Buchanan @ Smyrna, Rockvale @ Stewarts Creek, Blackman @ Christiana, Oakland @ Siegel


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