The JCMS Football team desperately needed a win and also wanted to have a great Homecoming game.
Mission accomplished for the Longhorns.
JCMS dominated from the opening kickoff and took its first varsity win of the year with a 38-6 triumph over the Unaka Rangers at McEwen Stadium in front of a good crowd.
The Longhorn faithful was treated to a great performance by the Longhorns and a halftime ceremony honoring the 2011 Homecoming Court.
Rebecca Adams was named Homecoming Queen while being escorted by Payton Fenner and Eden Fenner was named Homecoming Princess with her escort being Isaiah Penley.
The game itself was one that the Longhorns could be proud of as they put everything together for 32 minutes and ended a month of close calls and frustration.
JCHS head coach Matt Bray was glad for the boys to get the victory.
“It feels good to see the boys be successful and I knew they had that in them,” he said. “It was nice for it to all come together and to get the ball rolling. It felt pretty good.”
Dakota Wright played very well a the beginning of the game at quarterback and led a couple of scoring drives.
It does help when you have an explosive back like Samuel Icenhour and his 47-yard scoring run got JCHS off to a good start and a 6-0 Longhorn lead.
On the second scoring drive, Wright led the Longhorns down the field like a seasoned veteran and put JCHS in a position to score.
Wright's six-yard quarterback keeper that made it first and goal late in the first quarter ended with a one-yard run by Cody Bailie to increase the Longhorn advantage to 14-0.
From there it was all Longhorns as JCHS scored two more times in second quarter, an eight yard run by Dustin Jenkins and a touchdown pass from Justin Pardue to Brandon Vannoy that put the Longhorns ahead 30-0.
The Longhorns not only dominated on offense, they ruled the game on defense.
Unaka had very few first downs on the evening as the Longhorns stopped the run and pass.
Bailie, Wright and Icenhour all had interceptions on defense while Jenkins came through with a fumble recovery.
The Longhorns were able to get some younger kids in the game in the second half, but JCMS had one more score left in them when Icenhour exploded again, this time from 51 yards out.
Icenhour had only three carries on the night, but he made the most of it with a 109 yard performance and two scores.
The night couldn't have been much better and everyone went home happy and pleased.
“I was glad a lot of the younger kids got to play in this game and our JV is doing well,” Bray said, whose JV team is 2-0 following a win over Ashe County Tuesday night. We're improving daily and I'm proud of the team. I'm glad we won. The boys walked out of here with a smile.”
The two point conversions were scored by Payton Fenner, Alex Tressler, Justin Pardue, David Rozier
STATS FOR JCMS
RUSHING: Cody Bailie 4-19, Dakota Wright 5-41, Payton Fenner 9-39, Samuel Icenhour 3-109, Alex Tressler 1-2, Dustin Jenkins 1-7, Alex Roark 1-(-2), Devin Lewis 2-6, David Rozier 2-8, Jose Guzman 1-(-3)
PASSING: Dakota Wright 0-1-0, Justin Pardue 2-3-30 yards
RECEIVING: Alex Tressler 1-20, Brandon Vannoy 1-10
TACKLES: Brandon Vannoy 2, Alex Roark 4, Payton Fenner 5, Nick Lewis 5, Brycen Norris 4, Bradley Wright 3, Alex Tressler 3, Dustin Jenkins 2, Justin Pardue 1, Alec Tester 2, Samuel Icenhour 2, David Rozier 1, Cody Bailie 1, John White 1, Dakota Wright 1
RECOVERIES: Alex Roark
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JCMS Homecoming Queen Rebecca Adams and escort Payton Fenner
JCMS Homecoming Princess Eden Fenner and escort Isaiah Penley.
Eighth grade attendant Vanessa Riddle and escort Alex Roark.
Eighth grade attendant Taylor Woods and escort Brandon Vannoy
Eighth grade attendant Hannah Courtner and escort Cody Bailie
Eighth grade attendant Lindsey Profitt and escort Evan Martin
Seventh grade attendant Maddie South and escort Dakota Wright
Seventh grade attendant Montanta Woodard and escort Nevada Woodard
Seventh grade attendant Stormy Strickland and escort Tristian Lowe