Grundy traveled to Chattanooga Friday to face the Chattanooga Christian School Chargers in a key district contest. The winner would remain in a strong position for a playoff spot and the loser would have a bigger mountain to climb. Grundy battled all night and got the win to move to 2-1 in the district and 3-4 overall.
“Big win overall. Huge district game. This is becoming a pretty good rivalry between us and CCS. What a great performance by our guys, a lot of heart, determination and making plays. We had to get two points. We had to convert a 3rd and 12. We had a minute and something left and marched down the field. I’m just super proud of them and super proud of the effort. We had a good turnout of fans and I was worried about that because of the weather threat but our fans always travel strong.
Now we get that needed bye rest to heal up bruises and then it’s homecoming week. We look forward to that. This keeps us in second or third place but it’s one game at a time,” said a happy Coach Nick Bryant after the game.
The Jackets got down early as CCS scored on a one yard run at 9:39 of the first quarter. Christian Brown caught a 10-yard pass from Houston Mainord to cut the lead 7-6 at 10:41 of the second quarter. The kick failed but that wouldn’t matter after the next TD.
Grundy took the lead when Terrince Bramhall made his debut in the backfield and plowed in from 3 yards out. He then threw the 2-point conversion pass to Trey Hampton to give Grundy a 14-7 lead with 4:59 left in the first half.
It was quiet until late in the third quarter when CCS scored on a 14-yard pass and made the kick to tie things up 14-14 at the 2:26 mark. They would take a 21-14 lead at 9:15 of the 4th quarter on a 25 yard pass and kick.
Things got hot in the scoring department the rest of the way. Grundy took a 22-21 lead at 7:10 when Houston Mainord hit Logan Meeks for a 3 yard touchdown pass. They combined again for the 2-point pass.
CCS kicked a 25-yard field goal at 4:36 to go back in front 24-22. Grundy would drive and score on another Mainord to Meeks pass for 13 yards for score. They reversed things and Meeks threw to Mainord for the 2 point conversion giving Grundy a 30-24 lead with just 1:18 left in the game.
The Jackets were able to hold the Chargers on the following drive, take over and take a knee to run out the clock and get the key district win.
Houston Mainord again had a strong night passing to lead the offense completing 18 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns. Logan Meeks caught 8 passes for 100 yards and 2 TDs. He also threw a pass for 22 yards and rush for 5. Trent Hampton caught 3 passes for 69 yards. Christian Brown had 5 for 66 yards and a TD. Nathan Carreto caught one for 22. Alex Nunley caught one for 10 yards and ran the ball 3 times for 63 yards. Terrince Bramhall rushed 6 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. Greg McDaniel rushed 8 times for 26 yards.
Topping the defense was Gregory McDaniel with 7 solos, 7 assists, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery. Nathan Carreto followed with 6 solos, 4 tackles for a loss and an assist. Terrince Bramhall made 3 solos, 2 assists and 2 tackles for a loss. Kevin Castro had 5 solos, an assist and a tackle for a loss. Jack Rice made 4 solos with an assist and a tackle for a loss. Logan Meeks, Alex Nunley and Dewayne Grooms made six tackles each. Steven Baskin made five stops.
Trey Hampton also had a good night punting with a 44.6-yard average on five punts.
The Jackets are off this week and face Bledsoe County for homecoming October 17. Homecoming will bring a big crowd. A win would pretty much secure a playoff spot. With playoffs on the line and all the homecoming excitement surely you’ll have no trouble….GETTING OUT TO THE GAME!