Salem Middle School’s eighth grade lost Thursday at Willow Springs 26-8.

Salem had many opportunities to score but mistakes and turnovers were costly. Tight end Matt Stokes had a 40-yard pass reception from quarterback Everett Campbell. Linebacker Landon Richter made many tackles and was flying around on defense making plays.

Wide receiver Braiden Gapsch had a great reception for 65 yards and a touchdown, but was called back for holding.

“Salem played hard but too many mistakes to overcome led to the end result,” said coach Jared Patterson. “I was proud of the team for fighting, but it was a good learning experience and we have things we need to work on to get better.”

Seventh grade won at Willow Springs 30-6, in two quarters. Fullback Will Land led the way with several break-away long runs for the Tigers and added two touchdowns. Running back Tyson Connors broke many tackles and racked up two touchdowns of his own. Quarterback Levi Halbrook stepped in this week and was a great leader for the football team. Lineman Colby Welch and Kolby Grunden opened up big holes for the Tigers.

Andrew Pipp was the “do it all man,” he made plays on offense, defense and even special teams. “I’m happy with the way we played in this game but there are things we need to work on and improve for next week,” Patterson said. “I’m proud of this team and I am looking forward to what we can accomplish this season.”