By Matt Hill
The JCMS Football Team did everything right on Thursday night and as a result came through with a statement win.
The Longhorns had an outstanding night rushing and had some big plays defensively in a 28-6 romp over the Happy Valley Warriors at McEwen Stadium.
Other than for a brief period late in the second quarter the Longhorns were very dominant, especially running the football.
Aaron Osborne and Jordan Grubb got the ball rolling in the first quarter as they were propelled by a strong offensive line to contribute to the first touchdown on the opening drive.
Grubb scored from one yard out to give the Longhorns a 6-0 lead and later on in the half, Warren Kerley scored from one yard out to increase the JCMS advantage to 12-0.
I think we had a wake up call against Cloudland last week and had only one penalty this week, JCMS head coach Matt Bray said. We sharpened things up and it worked.
The boys ran hard tonight. I think theyre hungry and sometimes a loss at the beginning of the season is better than a loss at the end of the season.
A fumble late in the second quarter allowed Happy Valley to score on a Stephen Barnett quarterback keeper that cut the JCMS lead to 12-6.
Until we have a comfortable lead we cannot slack and I think they finally understand that, Bray said. Hopefully well carry that into next week when we play Unaka.
The Longhorns added another touchdown in the third when Grubb ran it into end zone from five yards out and then on the two-point conversion, Warren Kerley completed a pass to Ryan Sauer to bring the Longhorn edge to 20-6.
On the last touchdown in the fourth quarter, Andy Rosado score on an end around and Osborne added the two-point to bring the game to its final score of 28-6
The defense, led by lineman Tristan Hill, played absolutely outstanding in the second half after some early troubles.
Weve been searching for a defensive end and Chris Courtner stepped up and made some big plays and he has worked hard, Bray said. Tristan Hill played awesome tonight as a defensive tackle. Im not sure on the tackles but I know its more than five and for a defensive tackle to make that many tackles is unreal and he had a nose for the football.
All in all I was really pleased with our performance, but we cant take another lull, Bray said. It takes awhile to get a program working together and if we can continue working together.
Bray and the Longhorns were 1-1 heading into a game with Unaka yesterday.
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