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Grundy put together their first win streak Friday night in Pikeville as they dominated Bledsoe County and took a 56-26 district win. The game was close for the first quarter and then the Jackets took complete control. The win improved Grundy to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in District 7AA.
“That’s our biggest win points wise. It’s the first time we broke 50 points. It’s also the first time for us to come down here and get a win since I’ve been coach. I’m just so proud of these kids and the way they played. It was a huge rivalry win. We’ve got everything clicking. I’m also proud of our seniors and the way they’ve been performing,” said Coach Nick Bryant.
The Jackets opened the scoring on a one yard run by Michael Nolan at 7:43 of the opening quarter. Dylan Cleek threw to Trent Hampton for the two point conversion and Grundy led 8-0. Bledsoe responded on the following drive after a big kick return. They ran it in from the eight but missed the kick cutting the lead to 8-6.
The Warriors would take a lead at 5:10 of the quarter on a five yard run. Their pass for two failed but they were up 12-8.
Grundy would regain the lead for good with six seconds remaining in the quarter when Nolan again ran it in from the one. Kevin Stewart booted the extra point and the Jackets were up 15-12.
Grundy would score six more touchdowns from the second quarter through the opening minute of the fourth to go up 56-12. Nolan went in one more time from the nine yard line. Houston Mainord hit Logan Meeks for a 69 yard touchdown pass next. Mainord hit Schylar Burgess on a four yard TD strike and then threw a 17 yarder to Dylan Cleek. All four of those scores were in the 2nd quarter and the last two were in the last minute.
Jesse Goodman returned the opening kickoff of the second half for 75 yards and a score. Nolan added the final touchdown at 11:45 of the 4th quarter. Kevin Stewart hit six of seven extra point attempts.
Bledsoe put up two scores in the final quarter and ran in one two pointer after Grundy had gone deep into the bench. The 56-26 final made the game look much closer than it was as the Jackets dominated the Warriors on the night.
When asked about still being in the playoff hunt Coach Bryant was cautious. “We’re still alive but we’re just taking one game at a time. That’s what we keep telling our kids is let’s play one game at a time and see where it lies at the end. We’ll keep chugging along and keep doing what we’re doing.
Offensively Grundy had 485 total yards with 276 on the ground and 209 in the air. They added 129 in kickoff returns to boot. The defense held Bledsoe to 155 total yards.
“Great, great job by the offense. As one of the other coaches said we had everything clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively. Since I’ve been coaching that’s our first kickoff return for a touchdown,” complimented the coach.
Michael Nolan led the offense with 156 yards on 19 carries and four touchdowns. Jesse Goodman had 30 on five carries. Dylan Cleek notched 25 on four. James McDaniel picked up 22 on three totes. Schylar Burgess had 19 on four carries and Logan Meeks got 16 on three.
Houston Mainord was 11 of 16 in passing for 209 yards and three TDs. Logan Meeks led in receiving with 95 yards on three catches. Trevor Hampton had 58 on four receptions. Dylan Cleek caught two for 45 yards. Schylar Burgess had two for 11 yards. Jesse Goodman was on fire on kickoff returns gaining 129 yards on three returns.
Arthur Roberts led the defense with six solo tackles, one assist and one for a loss. Greg McDaniel had four solos and two for a loss. Dylan Cleek made five solos and intercepted two passes. Terrince Bramhall made four stops. Tyler Land and Michael Nolan had three each. Logan Meeks had two and he picked off a pass. Andrew Sanders had two with one being for a loss. Nathan Carreto also made two stops.
Grundy travels to Crossville Friday to face Cumberland County. The class 6A Jets are 1-7 on the season with their lone win coming over Sweetwater. The only common opponent between the schools is Bledsoe County who the Jets lost 12-6 to in the opening game of the season.
“We’re going in against a pretty decent Cumberland team. I know they’ve only won one game but they’re a large school and they’ve been playing pretty good as of late,” said Coach Bryant.
With a shot at the playoffs still on the line the Jackets will need to get a win Friday and then get ready for Notre Dame on the Mountain November 1. Things have started going Grundy’s way as of late and they’ll need as many fans as possible to get fired up, make the trip to Crossville and to GET OUT TO THE GAME!