The Junior Jackets ended the season with another big win downing the Tigers in Whitwell 38-6 last Thursday night. The team finished the season 5-2, and will not be going to the post-season.
“We finished the season strong with two straight wins. We’re all disappointed about not making the post season but we continued the winning tradition started with last year’s team. I’m very proud of these kids and their hard work all season. I’m very thankful for all the great coaches who gave their time and effort to this team. It takes a good team of coaches to make a great team. It’s been a very good year and we’re looking forward to the ones returning next year and can’t wait to see what our graduating 8th graders can do at the high school,” said Junior Jackets Head Coach Derryl Graham.
Grundy opened the scoring Thursday with 34 yard touchdown run. Evan Nunley ran in the two point conversion and the Junior Jackets led 8-0 with 4:27 to go in the 1st quarter. Whitwell had a 78 yard touchdown pass with 2:18 to go in the quarter but failed on the conversion and Grundy maintained an 8-6 lead.
Sanders scored his second TD from 2 yards out at the 1:20 mark of the quarter to put Grundy up 14-6. The conversion failed.
Grundy got a safety on the Tigers in the second quarter to push the lead to 16-6. Sanders would score the next two TDS on runs of 9 and 20 yards before the half. He threw to Jordan Hackworth for the first two point conversion and ran in the second to give Grundy a 32-6 lead at the half.
Jaden Ruehling intercepted a Tiger pass and ran it back 26 yards for the final score in the 3rd quarter. The conversion failed and Grundy took a 38-6 win.
Brayden Sanders led the offense rushing 11 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 51 yards. Nathan Coffelt had 2 rushes for 29 yards. Evan Nunley ran 7 times for 53 yards. Elijah Scott caught one pass for 26 yards. Jory Scissom ran 3 times for 24 yards. Jordan Hackworth ran 5 times for 12 yards and caught a pass for 5 yards. Jaden Ruehling caught a pass for 15 yards. Cole Johnson rand one time for 3 yards.
Elijah Scott led the defense with 9 total tackles. Jaden Ruehling intercepted 2 passes in the game returning one for 25 yards and the second for 26 yards and a touchdown. Nathan Coffelt followed with 6. Brayden Sanders, Jordan Hackworth and Nicky Johnson made 4 stops each with Sanders making a tackle for a safety. Cole Johnson and Peyton Nunley registered 3 tackles each. D.J. Chambers and Gavin McDaniel had one tackle each.
The 2015 all conference players for the Jr. Jackets are Brayden Sanders, Nathan Coffelt , and Nicky Johnson.