Northwest High School Bruins

April 12, 2014

Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats


• Morris Innovative boys 2, Armuchee 1: The Tigers (9-5, 9-4 Region 7-2A) controlled possession on the road and stepped into unprecedented territory for the school where athletics is concerned.

Morris Innovative coach Ernie Dempsey said the victory clinched at least a top-four finish in the region and assured the Tigers of becoming the Dalton Public Schools institution’s first team to reach the state playoffs. Dempsey said the Tigers would win the tiebreakers with Dade County, which he said is the team closest behind them in the standings.

Morris Innovative opened in 2009 and added athletics via a junior varsity boys basketball team and the boys soccer program for the 2011-12 school year. Dempsey said the boys soccer team will also be the first in school history to finish a season with a winning record.

“I hope every kid in our (school) can enjoy it at least a little,” he said, “because it’s pretty cool.”

On Friday, the Tigers got a first-half goal from Sergio Mendiola and a second-half goal from Elmer Hernandez before giving up Armuchee’s score in the final two minutes.

“Armuchee’s defense played pretty well tonight and they made it difficult for us to put the ball in the net,” Dempsey said. “The score doesn’t do it justice, but we really controlled the ball.”

• Armuchee girls 10, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers (1-13, 1-12 Region 7-2A) played a nine-on-nine match — Morris Innovative coach Irene Quintero said some of her players didn’t show up and Armuchee agreed to leave two players off the field to make it even — but lost two players to injury near the end of the first half and was short-handed the rest of the way.

Morris Innovative trailed 5-0 at halftime. The match ended before regulation time because of the mercy rule, although Quintero was unsure of how much time remained.

• Murray County boys 4, Dade County 0: Jose Ruiz had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Indians to a key Region 7-2A win in Trenton.

Juan Bautista added a goal and an assist, while Alejandro Ramirez also finished with an assist and Roberto Zuniga had four saves in goal for Murray County (10-3, 10-2).

• Dade County girls 8, Murray County 0: Halen Thomas had 24 saves in goal for the Lady Indians (4-8-1, 4-8) in the road loss.

Results from Christian Heritage’s girls match at Ridgeland were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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