Signal Mountain wins "Cramp Bowl" over East Hamilton 28-19
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB)--Signal Mountain's Jack Teter opened the scoreboard with a touchdown toss to John Ryan Wilson barely a minute into the game, capping off a 9 play, 80 yard drive for the Eagles first score, 7 zip Signal Mountain. It was Teter's arm again in the Eagles' second score, a grab and go run by Skye Wilson and he took it all the way home for a 14 nothing Signal Mountain lead. Before halftime, the Hurricanes' Kendell Henderson broke the plane of the goal line before fumbling the ball on a hard hit to cut the deficit 14-7. East Hamilton would score first in the third quarter when Martez Durrah would scoop up an Eagles fumble and take it all the way for the score. East Hamilton would miss the conversion to make it a 14-13 ball game. " The ball was slippery," explains Teter about the turnover for touchdown. " I was trying to get a new ball from the refs but they wouldn't let me do it. The next play, I couldn't hold onto it, it was too wet, it dropped out of my hands, they picked it up and they scored." It was 21-13 Signal as East Hamilton's Caleb Rhodes, the second string quarterback, subbing for an injured Nick Woods, called his own number for the touchdown, but a failed two point conversion play that followed left the Hurricanes short 21-19. Signal stormed back, much on the legs of Kaleb Menzel who scored the final touchdown for the 28-19 final score. " Way too many mistakes, we had a lot of kids get cramps," said Eagles Head Coach Bill Price. " It was an ugly game that we won, that's all I can say." The Hurricanes Ted Gatewood agreed. " Both teams shot themselves in the foot multiple times, the first ball game of the year and you're going to have that. You hope you can eliminate that early, but it happens in game one," said Gatewood afterward.