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Region I, Division 3 Football: Scroggins leads JM past York
JACKETS’ QUARTERBACK STARS WITH HIS ARM, LEGS IN REGION I PLAYOFFS
BY KURT NICOLL
FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR
James Monroe’s faithful were noticeably worried when Jay Scroggins was slow to get up after a late-game running play. He did several knee squats and took a few steps toward the bench, then decided he was all right physically.
The Yellow Jackets had a right to be relieved, having seen two previous quarterback go down to injuries this season.
The sophomore was at the top of his game last night, completing 9 of 13 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for 70 yards on 10 carries in leading JM to a 28–21 victory over York at Maury Stadium.
The victory returns the Jackets (10–1) to the Region I, Division 3 title game, which will be at home next Saturday against Park View–South Hill.
Adrian Boone also starred in the victory, rushing for a game-high 77 yards, while teammate Tony Scott scored on a pair of short runs.
“[The Jackets] made the right plays at the right time; that’s the bottom line,” York coach Douglas Pereira said. “I think JM is a very good and very solid team. They can go as far as they want to go,” Pereira concluded.
On a fourth-and-goal play from the Yellow Jackets’ 3-yard line, Marcus Wakelyn scored his second touchdown, tying the game at 21 with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
A solid punt by She’Mare Ellis backed York to its own 1-yard line on the Falcons’ next possession. After three plays. they were forced to punt, giving JM excellent field possession at the Falcons’ 36 following a 16-yard return by Ellis. Three plays later, Tony Scott scored the game-winning TD from 3 yards out.
York picked up a couple of first downs on its next possession, but eventually had to punt away with 4:57 remaining.
The Jackets picked up three first downs, including a 35-yard burst by Scroggins, successfully killing most of the clock.
“It feels so great after taking that loss from Chancellor,” said Ellis, who also completed a 36-yard pass to Darryl Dyson on a flea-flicker, setting up the Jackets’ third score. “We’re real hungry and we worked hard to get it for two weeks. We came out and made plays.”
The Falcons (9–3) enjoyed a size advantage, and after relying primarily on their running game, exhibited a potent passing game as well.
Dalton Dye’s initial punt attempt soared into a blocker’s body, giving JM a short field to score its first TD. But he made up for it with several key catches, including a 15-yard scoring strike from Austin Norman alone in the left corner of the end zone.
About Scroggins’ play, Ellis said: “He’s coming through a lot better than a lot of people thought. I had faith in him all year.”
JM’s attack was particularly impressive, considering that starting back Sean Bates missed the contest because of disciplinary reasons. He is expected back for the Park View game.
“I’m a very happy man. My kids really stepped up with the injuries and struggling offensively,” JM coach Rich Serbay said. “Boone stepped up and did a great job. He had 77 tough yards and big critical yards. And our quarterback did a whale of a job.
“York had a very good and well-coached offensive line. And they were pushing us around. They had a nine-minute drive to start the third quarter.
“I was getting worried, but we sucked it up and made some big plays.”
The veteran coach described Ellis as a “money player” who managed to shine despite playing with injuries to his shoulder, wrist and ankle. “He sucks it up every day and just plays.”
York closes with a 9–3 record.
York 7 7 7 0 — 21
James Monroe 7 14 0 7 — 28
JM-S. Ellis 10-yard pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
Yo-M. Wakelyn 1-yard run (H. Strack kick)
JM-J. Bevels 10-yard pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
JM-T. Scott 2-yard run (D. Dit kick)
Yo-D. Dye 15-yard pass from A. Norman (H. Strack kick)
Yo-M. Wakelyn 3-yard run (H. Strack kick)
JM-T. Scott 3-yard run (D. Dit kick)
First downs12 16
Rushing yardage39-147 31-187
Passing yardage121 189
Rushing: James Monroe—Adrian Boone 15-77; Jay Scroggins 12-70; Julian Bumbrey 1-22; Darryl Dyson 1-13; Tony Scott 2-5, 2TD. York—JoMari Becnel 19-64; Chris Spruill 1-42; Austin Norman 10-29; Marcus Wakelyn 7-14, 2TD; Tywuan Lewis 1-1; David Hudson 1-(-3).
Passing: James Monroe—Jay Scroggins 9-13-0 153, 2TD; She’Mar Ellis 1-1-0 36. York—Austin Norman 9-11-0 121, TD.
Receiving: James Monroe—Matt Forjan 11-73; She’Mar Ellis 3-53, TD; Jarmal Bevels 2-39, TD; Darryl Dyson 1-36; Tye Johnson 2-18. York—Devin Campbell 1-40; Tywuan Lewis 4-37; Dalton Dye 3-29, TD; Ben Jagt 1-15.