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Prep Football: Bumbrey has Jackets 2–0
BY JUSTIN RICE
For a cornerback, Julian Bumbrey makes a pretty good quarterback and a pretty solid caretaker while James Monroe waits to get healthy.
Bumbrey, who led the Fredericksburg area in interceptions last year as a corner for JM’s state runner-up team, rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns and led the Jackets to a 24–12 win against Stafford Friday.
Bumbrey is filling in at quarterback for injured starter DeMontaz Brown and so far, he’s given JM all it can hope for: a 2–0 start to 2012.
“I’m just trying to keep the season alive until DeMontaz gets back,” Bumbrey said.
Running behind an inexperienced offensive line and with almost no experience himself at quarterback, Bumbrey and running back Adrian Boone combined for 175 rushing yards in the first half, when Bumbrey scored all three of JM’s touchdowns to stake the Jackets to a 21–6 lead at the break.
The Yellow Jackets have kept things easy for Bumbrey, and against Stafford it worked—especially in the first half, when the Indians struggled to bring down the quarterback and his elusive backfield mate.
“We’ve had to simplify things for Julian,” JM coach Rich Serbay said, “and we’re going to let his athleticism take care of business.”
Bumbrey broke four tackles on a sweep around the left flank on JM’s first possession of the game to score from 14 yards out, capping a 69-yard drive for a 7–3 lead.
Boone had a 37-yard gain on the first carry of the night to start the march.
Boone provided a big spark on JM’s second scoring drive, carrying for 28 yards to give JM first-and-10 at the Stafford 16. Bumbrey dashed up the middle two plays later and gave JM a 14–3 lead.
Stafford answered with a field goal, but Bumbrey and Boone replied with more elusive running.
Boone had a 20-yard carry to get the ball into the red zone, and Bumbrey scored on a third-down, 15-yard carry when it looked like Stafford had him hemmed in.
“He’s a heck of an athlete and he played a heck of a game,” Stafford coach Chad Lewis said. “I thought we had him in some spots to make the tackle and he’d just juke us and make a lot of plays.”
Stafford (0–2) opens Commonwealth District play next week at Massaponax.
James Monroe travels to Freedom. Brown expects to be back for James Monroe’s Sept. 21 Battlefield District opener at Eastern View.
In the meantime, he’s sure Bumbrey can keep JM rolling.
“He’s doing a great job,” Brown said. “He’s just a natural athlete back there, making a lot of plays. He’s doing a good job holding the fort down until I get back.”
James Monroe 7 14 3 0 — 24
Stafford 3 3 0 6 — 12
St-A. Williams 29-yard field goal
JM-J. Bumbrey 14-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-J. Bumbrey 16-yard run (D. Dit kick)
St-A. Williams 26-yard field goal
JM-J. Bumbrey 15-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-D. Dit 25-yard field goal
St-D. Harris 9-yard pass from B. Bolinsky (kick failed)
First downs15 14
Rushing yardage39-259 33-64
Passing yardage43 188
Rushing: Stafford—Devin Stowell 5-38; Traevon Richardson 4-34; Billy Bolinsky 23-(-1); Evan Greening 1-(-7). James Monroe—Adrian Boone 15-115; Julian Bumbrey 13-108, 3TD; Glenn Taylor 4-28; Eric Nelson 1-5; Jay Scroggins 3-4; Tony Scott 2-0; Darryl Dyson 1-(-1).
Passing: Stafford—Billy Bolinsky 13-23-0 188, TD. James Monroe—Julian Bumbrey 5-12-1 43.
Receiving: Stafford—Evan Greening 3-67; Da’Shawn Harris 6-66, TD; Trey Spindle 3-41; Devin Stowell 1-14. James Monroe—Darryl Dyson 2-17; Tye Johnson 1-12; Matt Forjan 1-12; Bryan Johnson 1-2.
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