2017-07-17 / Sports

Indians finish with 8-4 mark at PowerAde tournament

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

This time, Gaffney played more like...well, Gaffney...at the PowerAde passing tournament at Matthews, N.C. this weekend.

After a disappointing performance last year, Gaffney finished 8-4 and just missed advancing to the Gold Bracket Championship. The Indians did beat two of the teams that advanced to the championship during Friday’s pool play - Westlake, 20-11, and Bishop Sullivan of Virginia, 19-7.

Gaffney opened Saturday’s tournament action with a narrow 28-25 loss to Spartanburg. In that game, Gaffney had a chance for an interception but the ball bounced off the defender and into the hands of a Viking receiver who had fallen in the end zone and caught the ball for a touchdown.

The Indians then won three in a row, beating Shelby, 38-30; Kenton of Ohio, 19-11; and Patrick Henry of Virginia, 25-18.

With starter Tyshun Sarratt nursing a sore shoulder, backup quarterback Caden Richards was forced into action in a 25-7 loss to Ballard.

Gaffney coach Dan Jones was upbeat after the event.

“The kids competed well,” Jones said.

Jones said wide receivers Adam Lemmonds, Tomario Phillips, Hunter Bullock and Myell White as well as running backs Cam Rice and Richard Sealy all played well.

Jones said the Indians also played well defensively.

This week, the Indians will be evaluated in the weight room and clocked in a series of speed drills.

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