The Jr Jackets played their last home game of the season at Chris Pickett Stadium as they faced the South Pittsburg Pirates. The fans seen plenty of action and scoring from both teams. The Jr Jackets came up short in the end losing 62-54.
The Pirates opened up with an onside kick and recovered the Grundy fumble. Three plays later the pirates hit the end zone with a long run around the right side of the Grundy defense. The extra point attempt was good and it appeared that the Pirates were on a roll but the Jackets had something to say about that. The determined Jackets showed they had come to play and defend their home field for Grundy County.
The Jackets first possession started on their own 35 yard line. The offensive line took charge early and was opening up good running lanes for Cash and Tate. Five plays into the drive Tate hit pay dirt. The extra point failed and the score was 8-6 South Pittsburg. The second possession for the Pirates started on their 35 yard line. On fourth and short, the Jacket defense stopped the Pirates giving the Jackets the ball on the forty yard line. Behind the determined offensive line and the duo running attack of Tate and Cash, Grundy hit pay dirt and the extra point was good this time making the score 14-8 Grundy. From this point on, the fans would see an offensive game with Grundy leading 34-32 at half time.
The second half continued with plenty of offense. Late in the fourth quarter, the Jacket defense made a stand and put the pirates in a fourth and four for a first down. The Jacket defense jumped giving the Pirates a first down and the Pirates ran the clock out from there.
All of the coaches stated that they were proud of the team effort. “The boys played with a lot of pride and determination. I told the team to hold their heads up high. The score board can’t show or measure how much heart and effort that our team played with tonight. We still have one game to play and that we were going to get back to work and take care of business next week,” says Coach Graham.
Tate, McDaniel, Misiolek, and Rollins all led the defense with 5 tackles each. Cash was right behind them with 4. Parker had 3 tackles and Geier, Beher, Merrell had one each.
Offensively, Tate had a big night with 433 yards on 22 carries, 8 touchdowns, and 3 extra points. Cash had 9 totes for 60 yards and one kickoff return for 10 yards.