The Coming Swarm – JV and 9th Grade
By: Paul DavisThe JVs got their first game under their belts last week and Wednesday it was the 9th grade team in the spotlight. And they didn’t disappoint as they dominated the Chesnee Eagles, 20-6, and in the process they had some of the varsity "licking their chops" in anticipation of several of the young Jackets playing on Friday nights at some point.
What the Jackets didn’t know is that they were not playing a true 9th grade team, as Chesnee lacks such a team, so several 10th grade athletes lined up opposite them all night long. It didn’t matter.
Quick hitters. Quarterback Adam Gregory had a good night connecting with his receivers for several long gainers… Keiston Bishop had catches of 23 yards and a short 5-yard slant reception for a first half TD….Bubba Means also had a great night with a 40-yard reception in the first half and then another 15-yard catch and run in the second half with several Eagles hanging all over him…Means also gained 40 yards on one sweep around right end during the second half…unfortunately, Means’ 80-yard kick-off return was called back by two blocks in the back…Means also had another great 15-yard reception where he split two defenders a split second before they collided with each other…running back Ross Norris got loose in the first half for a fine 20-yard run…Bishop also disrupted an Eagle drive when he intercepted a pass and ran it back for a 40-yard TD…fullback D’Extra Goggins ran for 12 tough yards late in the game, breaking several tackles, giving the Jackets their 20-6 lead…Jamarcus Rice, defensive end and offensive tackle recovered a fumble on the 12-yard line which set up Goggins’ score…Rice and Curtis Garrett had a big sack for loss… Goggins also recovered a fumble on the 37-yard line in the 4th quarter… corner Kent Foster also intercepted an Eagle pass in their 20-yard line… after the game, head coach Will Hickson told the team "…the game ball goes to the defense," eliciting a round of applause from the entire squad. "Great job but there is a lot of work to do," continued Hickson. "We only had one day of practice for this game. Next week we have a big game with Gaffney. Remember, you make practice, you play. Behave in school and remember, education is Number One, sports is second. Stick together. You all have a great opportunity ahead of you."
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