The Yellow Jackets came away with a win Friday night as they traveled to Bedford County to play spoiler for Cascade’s homecoming game. The action started with the Jackets fumbling the ball on the first play from scrimmage. The momentum for the homecoming hosts was short lived as senior Blane Harris snagged an interception on the very next play and raced 90 yards for the first Yellow Jacket touchdown. Grundy’s defense forced several three and outs for the remainder of the quarter, while Grundy had two drives end with interceptions.
Grundy had possession of the ball when the second quarter began and Ethan Nunley broke loose on a 60 yard touchdown run. The Jacket defense forced another punt on Cascade’s next possession. Grundy then marched 70 yards with Evan Nunley capping off the drive with a 3 yard touchdown run. Hagen Cash runs in the two point conversion bringing the halftime score to 21-0.
The second half opened with Chase Nance recovering an onside kick by Jaden Nance. The Jackets cashed in on the situation by covering 45 yards in 5 plays. Evan Nunley also finished that drive with a 5 yard touchdown run. The point after attempt failed and the score was 27-0. That score remained through the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Cascade Champions scored twice by capitalizing on a Yellow Jacket fumble. Cascade was able to recover an onside kick and move the ball but eventually they were turned away by the Jacket defense. The Jackets began eating the remaining time off the clock and punted it away on 4th and short. The defense caused a turnover on downs and the Jackets let the clock expire while deep in Cascade territory. The score at the final horn was Grundy 27 and Cascade 14.
“I thought our kids faced some adversity tonight and responded well. We played very sloppy at times and we have some things to clean up. I’m proud of the team for how they responded to adversity tonight, some bad breaks happened but they kept playing and we were able to get a win. We have to eliminate pre snap penalties, and protect the ball at all costs,” said Coach Tate.
“The defense bent but didn’t break and then we had some pass interference calls late in the game on 4th and long that gave Cascade a new set of downs. We still need to continue working tackling fundamentals and the fundamentals of beating blocks.
“I think that we played an ok first half but we didn’t play the second half the way that we are capable of playing. I believe the sweat this team put out in practice this week allowed these young men to win and I’m proud of them. I know the assistant coaches will be eager to correct mistakes and I know this team will be ready to work come Monday. So we are going to enjoy the win for the weekend and go back to work on Monday and get ready for our region match up with Upperman.
“I would like to say that I really appreciate all these folks coming down from the mountain and supporting this team tonight. It’s hard work every day for these young men and they are learning life lessons, but the cheers from the crowd and seeing the support of people flying purple and gold flags to the elementary schools hanging hand drawn pictures of the students in local stores is really their payoff and I know they appreciate seeing the mountain support their hard work.”
Offensively, Ethan Nunley led with 6 carries for 121 yards, one touchdown, and was 2 for 8 passing for 60 yards. Cash had 10 carries for 60 yards and one catch for 15 yards. Daygon Dodson had 6 totes for 33 yards. Evan Nunley carried the ball 7 times for 31 yards and had 2 touchdowns. Chase Nance rushed the ball twice for 7 yards and Trey Hampton had one catch for 32 yards.
Ethan Nunley was also big on defense with 10 tackles, 3 assists and one tackle for loss. Corbin Lusk had 7 solos, 4 assists, 2 tackles for loss and one sack. Kollyn Cooper had 6 solo tackles, one assist, one tackle for loss and an interception. Aaron Comer and Jordan Hackworth had 3 tackles each with Comer having 3 assists and Hackworth with 2 assists. Evan Nunley and Harris both had 2 solos each; both had an interception with Nunley also having one assist. Josh Nance, Hunter Sylvester and Dakota Stiefel all had 2 tackles each with Stiefel getting 2 assists. Cash had one solo and one tackle for loss.
The Jackets travel to Upperman for a district game tomorrow night. This should be an exciting matchup between the two teams. Both teams are 3-4 overall for the season but the Jackets have the momentum going in with a two win streak.