“The Greatest Show on Turf” was the theme for Friday night’s homecoming game and the Jackets gave the fans a great show. The stands were packed with purple and gold and plenty of cheering from the crowd as the Jackets defeated the Cannon County Lions 46-10 in a Region 4 – 3A matchup. The Jackets are now 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.
In the first quarter, the Lions came out striking first with a field goal after Grundy coughed up the ball on their opening drive. That opening drive was the only offensive drive that Grundy did not reach the end zone. The Jackets answered the Lion’s field goal with Evan Nunley capping a 60 yard drive with a 25 yard touchdown run. Cannon County responded back by scoring a touchdown late in the first quarter giving them a temporary 10-7 lead. Around midway into the second quarter, Evan Nunley found paydirt again, this time from the 5 yard line. This put Grundy up 14-10 at the half.
Grundy received the kickoff to start the third quarter and Hagen Cash finished off that first drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. On the ensuing Cannon County possession, Blane Harris picks off a pass and Ethan Nunley finds Trey Hampton for a 40 yard touchdown strike three plays later. Grundy’s defense then forces another turnover on downs and on their next possession Ethan Nunley throws another touchdown pass. This time he connects with Hagen Cash for 68 yards. Chase Nance and Daygon Dodson both got in on the scoring as they each scored a rushing touchdown in the second half. The Jacket defense only allowed two first downs in the second half as Grundy controlled the pace of the game until the final horn.
“I’m really proud of this team and how they have recommitted themselves to working on fundamentals. I am very proud of the offensive line, Corbin Lusk, Cody Esslinger, Aaron Comer, Kole Layne, and Tyler Andrews. I challenged them this week to put this game on their shoulders and they responded well,” says Coach Tate.
“I thought Ethan Nunley did a great job running the offense and really played unselfish ball by letting the running backs and receivers get their numbers called a lot more than his own number. He put us in a position to have success and our ball carriers answered the call and played hard.
“The defense had a couple of letdowns early, but tightened up and kept us in good field position. I saw some great hustle out of our younger guys on defense. Dakota Stiefel was after the ball carrier when he came in and that’s huge because we were able to keep fresh legs on the field for defense.
“The coaching staff and I will work to correct mistakes and continue to work with these young men on getting better fundamentally. The assistant coaches and this team have worked hard and I’m glad they got some fruit from all their hard labor. We will enjoy this one through the weekend and get back to work Monday.”
Offensively, Evan Nunley had 13 rushes for 80 yards with 2 touchdowns. Dodson rushed the ball 9 times for 65 yards with one touchdown. Cash carried the ball 10 times for 63 yards and had 4 catches for 120 yards with 2 touchdowns. Ethan Nunley had 9 carries for 61 yards and was 8 of 10 for 204 yards on passing with 2 touchdown throws. Chase Nance had 2 totes for 26 yards with one touchdown. Hampton caught the ball 3 times for 74 yards with a touchdown and Ethan Chouinard had one catch for 10 yards.
Defensively, Ethan Nunley and Kollyn Cooper had 6 solo tackles each with Nunley having 3 assist and one tackle for loss. Lusk had 4 tackles and one tackle for loss. Comer had 4 solo tackles, one assist, and one sack. Dodson and Josh Nance also had 4 tackles with Dodson getting 2 assist. Evan Nunley had 3 solos and 2 assist. Harris had 2 tackles and one interception. Stiefel, Esslinger, Jordan Hackworth, and Hunter Sylvester all had 2 tackles each with Sylvester having 2 assist.
Grundy travels tomorrow night to Wartrace to take on the Cascade Champions. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.