The Jackets were outmanned and outgunned in Chattanooga last week as Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish mercy ruled them 68-13 in the final regular season and district game. The Irish were never in doubt as they led 42-0 by the end of the first quarter. The loss dropped Grundy to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the district. The Jackets travel to McMinn Central Friday for the opening round of the TSSAA playoffs.
“It’s just a shame that these type teams are in our district. I mean that’s a private school. They shouldn’t be in our district. They have 26 seniors and they go out and get who they want. It’s not fair to our kids and I just don’t want it to be demoralizing to them to be beat by a team like this because it’s not fair. You take the teams that we played three and four years ago that we were going into overtime and winning on the last play of the game, that’s the true Notre Dame teams. This ain’t right how they’ve done. It’s just not fair to our county schools around and all of us. It’s a shame.
“The positive note about it is we scored the most points on their first team in district play. So that’s something to build on I guess. Signal was the only one that scored three and everyone else scored late in the fourth. That’s at least a little small win and something we can talk about good for our kids. I’m proud of the way the kids played and now we just have to get focused for the playoffs. This is six straight years for making the playoffs. I’m proud of them. They keep working hard,” said Coach Nick Bryant.
Notre Dame scored in the first quarter on runs of 6, 70, 25 and 62 yards, a 35 yard pass play and a 40 yard interception return to make the score 42-0. In the second quarter, they posted a safety and a 3-yard run to make it 51-0 before the Jackets could get on the board.
Grundy got on the board with 5:52 to go in the second quarter when Houston Mainord hit Christian Brown for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Kevin Stewart booted the PAT and made the score 51-7.
The Irish would return the following kickoff and boot a 23 yard field goal before half to make the score 61-7 at the break. They added a 15-yard run with 3:30 left in the third to make it 68-7.
Grundy’s final score was an Alex Nunley 15 yard run in the fourth quarter. The kick failed making the final 68-13.
Houston Mainord led the Grundy offense completing 14 of 23 passes for 171 yards and a TD. Trey Hampton caught 5 passes for 53 yards. Alex Nunley caught 2 for 26 yards and ran 3 times for 21 yards and a TD. Christian Brown caught one for 36 yards and a score. Trent Hampton caught 2 passes for 33 yards. Logan Meeks had 6 receptions for 17 yards and ran 4 times for 3 yards. Gregory McDaniel ran 8 times for 8 yards. James McDaniel caught a pass for 6 yards.
On the defensive side, Gregory McDaniel led with 5 solos and 3 tackles for a loss. Andrew Sanders had his best game of the season with 2 solos, 2 assists, 2 tackles for a loss and a sack. Logan Meeks made 4 solos and an assist. Alex Nunley had 4 stops.
Notre Dame rolled up 298 yards on the ground and 110 in the air for 408 yards.
Grundy drew the #7 seed in quad 2 of the TSSAA playoffs this week. That puts them on the road to #2 McMinn Central who is 8-2 on the season. Grundy fell below Bledsoe County in the seeding, even though they beat them, due to the quality of their wins and losses. The Jackets didn’t beat a team with a record above 5-5 this season and suffered losses to 5-5 South Pittsburg and 4-6 Silverdale.
The Jackets and McMinn Central have no common opponents this season. The last time these two met was 2008 where Grundy lost 55-6. Their 2007 game was cancelled due to the death of Coach Chris Pickett. Grundy lost 36-20 in 2006. From 2001 to 2005 Grundy reeled off five straight wins by 29-0, 45-0, 47-0, 28-24 and 50-13 scores respectively.
It’s a long road trip and a tough opponent. Kickoff Friday night will be at 6:00 pm Central time. The best way to give the Jackets a chance to advance in the playoff is to…..GET OUT TO THE GAME!