The Grundy County Yellow Jackets traveled to Smithville last Friday night and again were haunted by turnovers. The Dekalb Tigers came out on top with a score of 27-7. This puts Grundy at 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the district.
The game opened with Grundy forcing a three and out and picking up two first downs. The second first down saw a pass tip off a receiver and into the hands of a Dekalb defender. The ball was returned to the Grundy 12 yard line. This would be the theme for the night, as Dekalb would inherit great field position four more times throughout the game off of three fumbles and two additional interceptions. Grundy’s defense played tough and turned the Tigers away from inside the five yard line and only giving up two plays over 10 yards.
The Jackets lone touchdown came on a 79 yard pass from Hagen Cash to Evan Nunley. Grundy moved the ball inside the 20 yard line on two occasions but failed to get the points with turnovers bringing one of those drives to an end. A holding penalty pushing the Jackets behind the sticks ended the other.
“Our kids played hard and I’m proud of their effort. I told them that we have to be able to make routine plays, and we are doing that on defense but we aren’t doing it on offense,” says Coach Tate.
“We have to protect the football if we are going to have a chance to win. With five turnovers to one take away you are already at a 92% chance to lose, so we have to take care of the ball. The fumbles weren’t results of the option, they were with runners gaining yards and letting the ball get below their elbow.
“We will continue to work on these fundamentals and ready for region play. The bye week is a great opportunity to work fundamentals exclusively and to heal up our players. We need to get our RB more touches with the ball and be more consistent in our running attack.”
Offensively, Evan Nunley carried twice for 5 yards and received 2 passes for 104 yards with a touchdown. Cash carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards and was 8 for 21 with 176 yards through the air. Ethan Nunley had 4 carries for 28 yards with one catch for 4 yards. Daygon Dodson had 4 totes for 14 yards. Trey Hampton had 4 catches for 54 yards while Blane Harris snagged one for 14 yards.
Ethan Nunley led the Jackets defense with 12 tackles and 6 assists. Dodson had 6 solos and 3 assists. Corbin Lusk had 5 tackles and one assist. Aaron Comer had 4 tackles and one assist and Kollyn Cooper had 3. Harris, Chase Meeks, Jordan Hackworth, Dakota Stiefel and Evan Nunley had 2 tackles each.
The Jackets have tomorrow night off as they reset and get ready for homecoming. Grundy will be hosting Cannon County next Friday in their homecoming game for a district matchup. This is a big game for the Jackets so they will need all the fan support they can get. Dig out your purple and gold and come out and be loud and proud!