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Full report: JM/Spotsylvania
BY JIM SWING
James Monroe didn’t waste any time.
On a wet and gloomy night of football, the Yellow Jackets quickly cast a dark shadow over Spotsylvania.
Forty-seven seconds in, it was Ethan Preston for 53 yards and a score.
Less than two minutes later, it was senior linebacker Daniel Armstead marching into the end zone after recovering a fumbled snap.
And in the blink of an eye, James Monroe was packing its bags and leaving with a 41–6 win over Spotsylvania to remain unbeaten.
“I liked our intensity in the beginning. We were ready to play.” Yellow Jackets coach Rich Serbay said. “Then the rain came and the injury to that poor kid. It took all the fun out of the game.”
As if the Knights weren’t already battered and bruised, with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter senior Palmer Rhea was dealt a devastating hit on a kick return that sent him away in an ambulance.
And then it got even worse.
James Monroe tacked on three more touchdowns before halftime to take a 41-point lead into the break.
The Yellow Jackets stifled and suffocated every aspect of Spotsylvania’s offense, allowing just 15 yards total in the first half.
“I though the defense was great tonight,” said Steven Bryant, who had a leaping interception of Spotsylvania quarterback Donnie East. “What the coach focuses on is just being prepared and ready to step up whenever it is.”
James Monroe’s defense was jarring, forcing an eye-popping seven fumbles to go with eight total turnovers.
“The defense played well,” Serbay said. “We worked real hard this week so we had their offense down.”
Thanks to a dominant defense and a balanced offense, the Yellow Jackets head into the final week of the regular season a perfect 9–0 (6–0 Battlefield).
They will vie for a district championship next Friday when they host Chancellor (6–3, 5–1) at Maury Stadium.
“We’re just we’re 9–0 now heading into our last regular-season game,” a confident Preston said. “And we’re ready for it.”
Spotsylvania (2–9, 1–5) closes its season at Courtland next Friday.
James Monroe 27 14 0 0 — 41
Spotsylvania 0 0 6 0 — 6
JM-E. Preston 53-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-D. Armstead 5-yard fumble recovery (D. Dit kick)
JM-E. Preston 3-yard run (kick failed)
JM-A. Brown 17-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-A. Brown 9-yard pass from D. Brown (D. Dit kick)
JM-R. Lawrence 8-yard run (D. Dit kick)
Sp-N. Perry 4-yard run (kick failed)
Rushing:Spotsylvania—James Anderson 5-49; Josh Morris 6-32; Aaron Brown 4-20; Nick Perry 3-17, TD; NuNu Teo-Lewis 7-12; Kyle Girone 8-10; Chad Yonts 2-(-9); Tyler Turner 6-(-13). James Monroe—Ethan Preston 8-118, 2TD; Robert Lawrence 7-33, TD; Glenn Taylor 6-24; A’darius Brown 1-17, TD; Jay Scroggins 4-5.
Passing:Spotsylvania—Tyler Turner 0-3-0 0. James Monroe—Jay Scroggins 2-4-0 -4; DeMontaz Brown 1-1-0 9, TD.
Receiving:James Monroe—A’darius Brown 2-8, TD; Jamal Bevels 1-(-3).
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