MMS soccer

The Munford Middle soccer team poses for a photo after winning the conference title.

Thanks to a large group of unselfish eighth-graders, the Munford Middle School soccer team has a chance to make history.

Munford got a hat trick from Cooper Magan, two goals each from Ryan Coley and Noah Lambert and single tallies from Braxton Brown and Jefferson Travis - all eighth-graders - Monday in the regular season finale to beat Crestview 9-0.

The team moved to 7-0 on the season to clinch the West Tennessee Athletic Conference regular season title with the postseason approaching. Munford will host Crestview again Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the conference tournament semifinals. A win there puts MMS in the title game a week from today. The sectionals are April 27 in Collierville. If MMS keeps winning the region tournament comes after that.

First-year head coach Mike Jines said the team’s improvement this season comes down to selflessness. Munford finished second to Crestview last season.

“The biggest difference is the players’ maturity, passing and unselfishness,” Jines said. “They’d rather pass to an open player than shoot.”

That style of play has proved to work quite well. In varsity play the team has scored 52 goals and allowed just two. In varsity and junior varsity combined, the team has scored 62 and allowed only four.

Magan and Coley and have led the way in scoring this season, but plenty of players have made big contributions, including the 12 eighth-graders on the team. Travis and seventh-grader Ethan Jines have anchored the defense and Aiden Barton, another eighth-grader, has been one of the team’s most versatile players.

Munford Middle School has never made it past the sectionals.

“I can’t take any credit,” said Jines, who has coached many teams during his coaching career. “This is the most unselfish team I’ve ever coached.”

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​