9th Grade and Junior Varsity
By: Paul Davis
9th Grade. (lost 15-8)Keiston Bishop made a key interception on the Lauren’s 15 yard line thwarting a sure touchdown…Curtis Garrett had a big tackle for loss on second down… the Laurens running game just ground out the yardage but often couldn’t put the ball in the end zone…Laurens missed a sure TD when they fumbled out of the end zone giving Union the ball on the 20…Devian Davis had several good runs from 15 to 25 yards a carry…Jamarcus Rice and Lee Wilburn combined for a tackle resulting in a safety…Bubba Means "stayed at home" on a wide receiver reverse and, along with Curtis Garrett, stopped a big play from developing… at the half, coach Will Hickson complemented the defense on their outstanding play and told Devian Davis to "stay outside" on the sweep because Laurens had not adjusted to it… Davis listened because on the first play of the second half, he swept around the end for a 65-yard TD run putting the Jackets ahead, 8-2…Laurens quarterback gave Union’s defense fits all night…Keiston Bishop made a key tip of a sure TD pass on 4th down in Union territory…Corey Land and Jamarcus Rice sacked the quarterback on a key third down play in the 3rd quarter… a 75-yard Jacket TD score by Devian Davis was called back by a penalty...after the game, coach Hickson complimented the defense but told the defense they had a lot of work to do… "This game was to help us get ready for region play which begins in two weeks," continued Hickson. "I am proud of you but we are going to put the best 11 players on offense and the best 11 on defense."
JV (lost 12-7)
Co-captains were Joseph Thompson and Sherman Hawkins…defensive back Erik Beaty made a big interception on Lauren’s first play from scrimmage on a trick play, even though he had a big collision with one of his own players… Rickey Rice and Beaty made a great come-from-behind tackle on a punt return saving a likely TD… in the first quarter, the Jackets had three consecutive tackles for loss… the sidelines were constantly encouraging their teammates on the field… Erik Pauley had a great 45-yard punt towards the end of the first half…the defense did a great job holding Laurens out of the end zone late in the third quarter… on the kick-off, Laurens covered the ball getting it on Union’s 40-yard line… led by George McBeth, a host of Jackets sacked the QB for an 8yard loss… Pauley had and even better punt in the second half, this one for 55-yards… McBeth and other Jackets forced a Laurens fumble on their 20-yard line…the Jackets scored their touchdown on a slant across the middle to Sherman Hawkins which made it 7-6 after the extra point…pressed into service as a last minute kick-off kicker, George McBeth made a great kick deep into Lauren’s territory… Laurens scored their second TD on a sweep with 1:11 left on the clock… Union apparently went ahead with a 75-yard TD pass play from quarterback Antwan Curenton to Sherman Hawkins, only to have it called back…after the game, coach Caleb Clark said how proud he was of how much they had improved and how hard they had played a bigger and faster team.
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