SVMS Team 2014 PhotoSun Valley 8th Grade Football Team Saves Best Season for Last
The Sun Valley Middle School 8th grade football team advanced to the semi-finals of the CMFC football playoffs in October. In their previous 3 seasons (4/5th, 6th & 7th) the team did not win a playoff game and had never won more than 5 games. They ended this year at 6-4 and were able to beat three teams – Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge and Porter Ridge for the first time in their middle school careers. The win against Porter Ridge was a first round upset in the playoffs (60-51), a game in which Sun Valley led at the half 42-6. This also avenged an earlier regular season defeat to Porter Ridge.
SVMS fell to eventual champion Holy Trinity in the semi-finals the next week. Overall the team averaged over 27 points per game on offense and their defense did a great job as well – with one shutout and four games of opponents scoring 10 points or less.
The team included over 40 players, who all made great strides as the season progressed. Sun Valley was led by Elite Middle School All Star Game participants – QB Sam Howell, RB Tim Newman and OL/DL Elijah Smith. Sam Howell was also invited to the Elite Southeast QB challenge taking place Thanksgiving week.
This group also included redistricted students from both Cuthbertson and Sun Valley, who were brand new to the team. Coach Duke Howell and his coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for welcoming those new players and bringing everyone together as part of one SVMS team. This 8th grade group helped rally the Sun Valley community and were a great example for administrators, parents, students and supporters. Congratulations to the 8th Grade Sun Valley Spartans football team.

The South Charlotte Sports Report congratulates all these outstanding players for a great season of football!

Duke Howell
James Wilton
Bobby Dillard
Craig Watts
Jeff Stewart
Jackie Lance
Shannon Kuhn
Billy Mims

Team Help
James Moore
Jason Yedowitz
Ken Cavoly


5 Pacey Kuhn
6 Tim Newman
8 Jimmy Austria
9 Jacob Moore
10 Sam Howell
17 Joshua Moorman
20 CJ Massey
26 Evan Dungan
27 Christopher Killings
28 Skyler Manyvong
29 Bryce Bien-Aime
36 Jameson Conley
38 Edward Gomez
39 Matthew Jefferson
40 Jacob Norton
41 Tanner Glock
44 Jack Wilton
47 Hunter Gutelius
48 Bailey May
50 Vernon Hammond
56 Dakota Lincoln
57 Wyatt Hopkins
58 Nate Funderburk
59 Brandon McCrorey
60 Justin Patterson
65 Jaedin Wynn
66 Oscar Cabrera
67 Kennedy Bell
68 Clay Cuccia
59 Parker Tilton
70 Elijah Smith
76 Kenneth Cavoly
77 Cortland Williams
78 Cassidy Caven
79 Alex Lance
80 Zachary Dumaine
81 Lukis Padu
82 Ian Staggers
83 Thomas Lewis
84 Robert Anthony
85 Nicholas Bartolomeo
86 Alex Macari
87 Christopher Morgan
88 Kevin Gomez
89 Isiah Hall
96 Preston Doody