Mavericks, Cougars Split Four-Game Set

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White Mountain League action against Show Low turned into a break-even proposition for the Rim Country Middle School Maverick football and softball teams.

Posting a .500 record in traditional Thursday play, the eighth-grade football and seventh-grade softball teams recorded wins while the seventh-grade football and eighth-grade softball squads were defeated.

In football, the eighth-grade Mavericks improved their record to 3-1 by whipping the visiting Cougars 22-6.

Early in the game, the Mavs showed their superiority. On the first play from scrimmage, B.J. Welsh broke loose on the 52-yard touchdown run that gave RCMS a lead it never relinquished.

Aaron McRae's two-point conversion upped the count to 8-0.

In the second quarter, a 35-yard pass from Eric Santana to Miles Huff and another two-point conversion by McRae propelled RCMS to a 16-0 halftime lead.

RCMS's final score, a pass from Santana to Brandon Simon, increased the Mavericks' lead to 22-0.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard midway through the final quarter.

Santana was named the offensive player of the game. Chris Eavenson earned the honor on defense.

In seventh-grade football in Show Low, the Mavericks fell to 0-3 after a 22-6 loss to the Cougars. The good news in the defeat is that the Mavs scored their first TD of the season when Troy Brown reached paydirt.

In eighth-grade softball on Lady Longhorn diamond, the Mavs absorbed a sound 18-1 thumping from the Cougars.

The seventh-grade softball team, playing in Show Low, emerged victorious 15-4.

The RCMS teams return to WML action Sept. 26 against Whiteriver Alchesay.

The eighth-grade teams travel to Whiteriver for 3:30 p.m. games. The seventh-grade squads host Alchesay at 3:30 p.m.

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