Grundy suffered their third straight loss Friday night at the hands of their longtime rival South Pittsburg. The loss dropped the Jackets’ record to 2-3 overall. They remain 1-1 in the district heading into this week’s district game at Chattanooga Christian.
“Breakdowns and special teams, you give them the ball on the 20 on a missed tackle by a senior and they score easy. You throw an interception and give them the ball at the 20 and we’re down in a hole. The way they’ve played if you get on top of them they’re gonna shut down. If you let them get on top of you like we did and they’re going to play like that. We drove it right down their throat and fumbled.
The kids fought hard. They played hard. The offense did real well but our defense just hurt us bad. They killed us on the double-dive and we’ve got to find some linebackers that will step up and play. On our defensive backs we’ve got to try and find someone that can play the defensive spot without giving up the big play. That’s been our whole thing on defense is giving up big plays. It’s killing us,” said a disappointed Coach Nick Bryant.
The Pirates took the opening drive and punched it in from the five with 10:15 on the clock to take a lead they would never give up. They pushed the lead to 13-0 on a 17 yard run at 8:40 of the second quarter.
Grundy would respond with 2:40 left in the half when Gregory McDaniel powered in from one yard out. Kevin Stewart added the kick and the lead was cut to 13-7. The Pirates responded with a 57-yard touchdown pass before the half ran out and added the 2 point pass to lead 21-7 at the break.
South Pittsburg padded the lead with the first score in the third quarter at 4:30. They ran one in from 59 yards out. They booted the kick and went up 28-7. Grundy cut the lead again at 2:30 on a 2 yard McDaniel run. The 2-point pass attempt failed and the Jackets were down 28-13.
The teams traded scores with the Pirates scoring three times on 22, 48 and 21 yard runs. Alex Nunley sandwiched two scores in between on a 5-yard reception and a 52-yard reception from Houston Mainord. Mainord hit Logan Meeks for one two-point conversion on the first score.
Houston Mainord led the offense completing 25 of 37 passes for 268 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. Logan Meeks ran 17 times for 93 yards and caught 8 passes for 77 yards. Greg McDaniel ran 14 times for 92 yards and 2 scores. Alex Nunley caught 4 passes for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran 3 times for 15 yards. Christian Brown caught 6 passes for 65 yards. Trent Hampton also caught 6 for 37 yards. Trey Hampton had one catch for 13 yards. Nathan Carreto ran 4 times for 12 yards. Grundy totaled 469 yards.
Gregory McDaniel led the defense with 10 total tackles. Terrince Bramhall notched 7 solos, one for a loss and a sack. Dewayne Grooms notched tallied 6 stops. Trey Hampton had four tackles. Steven Baskin and Kevin Castro had 3 tackles each. Eldon Posey had a fumble recovery with his one stop.
The Chargers of Chattanooga Christian are 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the district. They defeated Grace 62-0, Lookout Valley 43-0 and Sequatchie 32-28. They have a 42-7 loss to Notre Dame and a 21-14 loss to White County.
This is a key district game that the Jackets must win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. Grundy fans are encouraged to support the team the best way possible. Simply put…GET OUT TO THE GAME!