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Prep Football: Jackets take another hit at QB, but prevail
BY NICK ST. DENIS
James Monroe started its season with four capable signal-callers.
After Friday night’s bout with Eastern View, it may be down to one.
Third-string quarterback Jay Scroggins lined up behind center for the final 2½ quarters in relief of the injured Julian Bumbrey—who has been subbing all season for returning starter DeMontaz Brown—to help the Jackets to a 24–9 victory over the Cyclones.
“We have a good JV quarterback, and he got hurt in the JV game,” James Monroe coach Rich Serbay said. “We were stuck. If [Scroggins] would’ve got hurt, we would’ve had to go to the Wildcat formation and put [She’Mar Ellis] in, and just run left and right.”
The Jackets didn’t have to go that far, though Ellis was certainly a viable option for James Monroe’s offense.
Ellis caught three passes for 110 yards, made a timely interception in the first quarter and was very good on special teams.
Seven different players had carries for James Monroe, but not by design. Running backs Adrian Boone and Glenn Taylor also got hurt in the contest.
However, tailback Sean Bates answered the call, leading the group with 92 yards on 11 carries.
“It’s his job now,” Serbay said.
Eastern View played tough in the first half, answering each of James Monroe’s punches with a punch of its own.
Bumbrey opened the scoring with a 5-yard run late in the first quarter, but Eastern View’s Brandon Settle connected with Justin Gardiner on a 45-yard scoring strike to get within one.
David Dit, who made the point-after attempt following Bumbrey’s score, was good on a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter to go up 10–6.
But again the Cyclones responded, this time with a 20-yard field goal from Chase Bailey, to go into the half down 10–9.
“I thought we played a great half,” Eastern View coach Greg Hatfield said. “James Monroe’s not going to give you anything. You got to show up and play.
“We were in it. We took a couple punches and stood up and fought back. And then we just kind of ran out of gas there at the end.”
The Jackets shut out the Cyclones in the second half while getting a 53-yard touchdown pass from Scroggins to Ellis and an 18-yard scoring scamper by Bates in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
As for the quarterback injuries, Serbay said Brown is out for the year, and it doesn’t look good for Bumbrey.
“We think it’s a real bad, bad sprain,” Serbay said. “Because now we lose a quarterback and a corner.”
Tony Scott made the Jackets’ only other interception.
James Monroe 7 3 7 7 — 24
Eastern View 6 3 0 0 — 9
JM-J. Bumbrey 5-yard run (D. Dit kick)
EV-J. Gardiner 45-yard pass from B. Settle (kick failed)
JM-D. Dit 33-yard field goal
EV-C. Bailey 20-yard field goal
JM-S. Ellis 53-yard pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
JM-S. Bates 18-yard run (D. Dit kick)
First downs12 11
Rushing yardage28-166 31-103
Passing yardage166 125
Rushing: Eastern View—Brandon Settle 13-53; Donte Christian 9-39; Kendrick Kube 4-9; Marlin Glascoe 3-7; Kendall Daniels 1-(-2); Shaquille Robinson 1-(-3). James Monroe—Sean Bates 11-92, TD; Tony Scott 4-21; Adrian Boone 4-19; Glenn Taylor 3-19; Julian Bumbrey 5-14, TD; She’Mar Ellis 1-1.
Passing: Eastern View—Brandon Settle 12-27-2 125, TD. James Monroe—Julian Bumbrey 5-8-0 89; Jay Scroggins 4-8-0 77, TD.
Receiving: Eastern View—Justin Gardiner 4-47, TD; Shaquille Robinson 1-39; Jacob Settle 4-20; Logan Shurina 1-19; Marlin Glascoe 1-17; Kendrick Kube 1-(-4). James Monroe—She’Mar Ellis 3-110, TD; Darryl Dyson 2-37; Tye Johnson 2-22; Matt Forjan 1-16; Jarmal Bevels 1-5.
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