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Prep Football: Jackets score early and often
BY STEVE FRANZELLO
The second quarter of Friday night’s game against visiting Caroline was the kind of performance Yellow Jackets coach Rich Serbay would like to bottle.
“It was one of the best [quarters] I’ve had as a coach in a long time,” Serbay said after watching his team erupt for 42 points and then cruise from there to a 59–14 victory in a clash of Battlefield District unbeatens.
With the win, JM improved to 6–0 overall and 3–0 in the district. Caroline dropped to 3–3, 2–1.
“I told my kids I was tried of people hitting us with the first punch, and for us to go out and throw the first punch,” said Serbay. “Tonight we did.”
The coach was referring to last week’s comeback win over King George, when the Foxes struck early for a 13–0 lead and then the Jackets rallied for a 21–13 victory.
Against the Cavaliers Friday night, they made sure they settled the issue early.
Hard-running tailback Sean Bates, who rushed for 268 yards on 18 carries, scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 9-yard run to get the scoring started in the first quarter.
JM’s running game piled up 391 yards on 37 attempts, while its swarming defense limited Caroline to just 3 yards on 36 carries.
It was just Bates’ second start of the season, and he made sure he took advantage of the opportunity.
“Coach preached to me all week to hit the hole, and I worked hard on doing that,” Bates said. “We had some trouble running last week and we wanted to correct it and do exactly what the plays were designed to do.”
Bates’ first scoring run was just the prelude to an avalanche of 42 points that came in rapid succession in the second quarter.
Eight players got in on the act in just a six-minute span before the first half ended.
Speedy back Darryl Dyson started the scoring with a nifty 31-yard punt return for a touchdown at the 11:37 mark, and then linebacker James McFadden completed the spurt six minutes later with a 28-yard fumble recovery for a score.
“It feels great,” said new JM quarterback Jay Scroggins, who completed 6 of 8 passes and tossed two touchdown passes. “All of the cylinders were clicking.”
Caroline got its two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Keonta’ Hamilton scored on a 5-yard scamper, and quarterback Curtis Leacock connected with Bevontae Morris for a 60-yard strike.
Last night was alumni night for JM and the undefeated 1987 state championship team was recognized at halftime, along with former player Andre Catlett and “No. 1 fan” Tony Franzello, who both passed away earlier this year.
Caroline 0 0 14 0 — 14
James Monroe 10 42 7 0 — 59
JM-S. Bates 9-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-D. Dit 31-yard field goal
JM-D. Dyson 43-yard punt return (D. Dit kick)
JM-S. Bates 1-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-M. Forjan 15-yard pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
JM-T. Scott 23-yard run (D. Dit kick)
JM-S. Ellis 35-yard pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
JM-J. McFadden 28-yard fumble recovery (D. Dit kick)
Ca-K. Hamilton 5-yard run (R. Williams kick)
JM-J. Scroggins 19-yard run (D. Dit kick)
Ca-B. Morris 20-yard pass from C. Leacock (R. Williams kick)
First downs11 19
Rushing yardage36-3 37-391
Passing yardage159 79
Rushing: James Monroe—Sean Bates 18-268, 2TD; Darryl Dyson 4-52; Tony Scott 2-43, TD; Glenn Taylor 4-19; Jay Scroggins 5-8, TD; Kendrick Wilkins 3-5; Tye Johnson 1-(-4). Caroline—Keonta Hamilton 7-29, TD; Brandon Braxton 8-7; Ralph Tomas 1-3; DeQuan Pollard 1-2; Aason Pankey 6-(-2); Chad Boxley 2-(-4); Curtis Leacock 11-(-32).
Passing: James Monroe—Jay Scroggins 6-8-1 79, 2TD. Caroline—Curtis Leacock 5-24-3 159, TD.
Receiving: James Monroe—She’Mar Ellis 4-60, TD; Matt Forjan 1-15, TD; Jarmal Bevels 1-4. Caroline—Bevonte Morris 4-144, TD; Ralph Tomas 1-15.
Steve Franzello: 540/374-5440