The Junior Jackets remained perfect and defeated Marion County Middle School 30-18 September 30 in Jasper. They normally play on Thursday’s but got notice the on that same morning they would have to play on Tuesday.
“Due to miscommunication we didn’t know that we were playing Tuesday until Tuesday morning. I want to thank all the principals and secretaries at the elementary schools for allowing me to visit the schools Tuesday morning and speak with the players. This allowed them to communicate with their parents that we would be leaving school at 2:45. I want to thank Dr. Dickerson for allowing us to leave school 15 minutes early, this allowed us to miss the school dismissal crowd and allowed our players to get their equipment together. Also thanks to GCHS Principal Jamie Ruehling for communicating our needs to the central office and getting our transportation scheduled. It takes a county wide effort for this program to make it to a football game on a five hour notice, but Grundy County came through and we made it to Jasper,” said Coach Casey Tate.
“I knew our offense was going to have issues since we hadn’t practiced against Marion’s defensive scheme as Tuesday is our offensive practice day, but I was disappointed in how our defense played in the first half. Giving up 18 points is unacceptable in a half if you’re going to have a chance to win. The offense was playing sloppy, we were having trouble reading the option and that was on the few plays that we actually blocked.
“The coaching staff was able to correct our defense during halftime and we didn’t give up another point, and that’s how we want to play. I believe in defense winning games and this was another example of that happening. Our offense never really got on track and the defense won the game, even when the offense tried to give the game away fumbling the football, the defense stepped up and shut Marion down. I was very pleased with our punter Cameron Elsea and out punt team. They refused to give Marion the short field.
“We will play Whitwell twice in seven days. October the 16 is our last regular season game and it just so happens to be against Whitwell who is undefeated. The game will be at John A. Anderson Field. The winner of that game will host the loser seven days later in the SVC Championship Game. It’s a great challenge and opportunity for this team. These kids have worked hard and it’s paid off with an opportunity to go undefeated and a locked spot in the SVC Championship Game. I’m not sure when the last time this program won the SVC, but I know it’s been a while, so we would love to have fans of Grundy County Football come out and support this great group of talented kids,” added the coach.
Josh Wingo led the offense with 4 carries for 132 yards and all 4 were touchdowns runs. Isaac Carreto had 5 rushes for 94 yards and a TD. Ethan Nunley made 6 rushes for 46 yards and a TD. Brayden Sanders carried the ball once for 8 yards.
Ethan Nunley completed 5 of 5 in passing for 47 yards. Johnie Adkins caught 3 for 27 yards and Evan Nunley caught 2 for 20 yards.
Josh Wingo led on defense as well with 10 tackles. Ethan Nunley had 6 tackles. Chase Meeks made 4 stops. Johnie Adkins notched 3 tackles. Evan Nunley made 2 tackles and an interception. Grayson Lawson also had 2 tackles. Hagen Cash, Grant Dees, Isaac Carreto, Brayden Sanders and BrandonLe Bennett all made one tackle each.