Grundy got into the win column Friday night with a 37-14 drubbing of the Cannon County Lions. It was a region win giving the Jackets a 1-0 record in Region 4 Class 3A. They improved to 1-2 overall.
“I thought we played more physical and had more people flying to the ball. The offense was more in sync, but we still have quite a ways to go. I was proud of the offensive line Lusk, Lawson, Posey, Brody, Layne, Cunningham, Grooms, and Coco for being physical and blowing open some holes.
“I thought James McDaniel and Ethan Nunley ran really hard and Corbin Lusk came in at QB and gave his best effort so far and had a big run of his own. We stalled on the first drive but had a good punt and then the defense forces a three and out and Alex rushes back and tackles the punter and their next offensive series Kevin Castro gives us another momentum boost with the interception,” said Coach Casey Tate.
Cannon County scored on a 12-yard pass and kicked the extra point with 11:52 to go in the second quarter to cut the lead to 13-7.
Ethan Nunley did not think much of that and scored 43 seconds later on a 20 yard run. Grundy’s run for two failed but they were up 19-7. Nunley would strike again at 6:17 of the quarter with a 58-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick failed but the Jackets led 25-7 at the half.
Cannon would score their last TD with 4:39 to go in the third quarter. They made the kick and cut the Grundy lead to 25-14.
That’s as close as the Jackets would let them get as Grundy would score twice more before it was over. James McDaniel exploded for a 95 yard run with 23 seconds to go in the third quarter. Corbin Lusk notched a 36-yard TD run with 7:15 to go in the game. The Jackets could not convert the extra point tries on either score but gladly took the 37-14 win.
“We had a better week of practice and they worked hard and had a chip on their shoulder which is what we look for as coaches. The students being in the stands and supporting the team played a part in the win and that is the support these kids need. The only recognition they get is recognition from the fans, and the crowd being loud plays a big part in the momentum of football games.
“We came out in the second half a little flat and gave up another score, but we made some adjustments and the kids responded well and finished the game out strong. I’m very proud of this team both players and coaches and appreciate the hard work they have put in, they work as hard as anybody and we are getting better as a team and coaching staff. Seeing these boys’ hard work payoff is why I coach and they earned this win tonight,” added Coach Tate.
James McDaniel led the Grundy offense with 10 carries for 125 yards and 2 TDs. Ethan Nunley followed with 96 yards on seven carries and 2 touchdowns, and completed a pass for two yards. Corbin Lusk ran five times for 60 yards and a TD. Josh Wingo carried once for 27 yards and a score. Kevin Castro ran twice for 33 yards. Brady Meeks caught one pass for two yards.
On the defensive side, Cody Crisp led the way with eight solo tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception. Tray Fults notched five solos. James McDaniel made four solos, a tackle for a loss and two assists. Corbin Lusk and Joelton Dees made four solos each. Travis Cunningham had five stops. Josh Wingo and Josh Hoback made two solos and two tackles for a loss. Kevin Castro had two solos to go with his interception. Alex Meeks had a solo and a tackle for a loss. Zack Brody made two solos. Daniel Anderson made two solo tackles and recovered a fumble.
Grundy hosts Watertown this week for homecoming. The Purple Tigers are 2-1 on the season. They defeated Gordonsville 28-12, lost to Davidson Academy 52-26 and beat Cascade 49-18. The Jackets got a little momentum off Friday’s win. A big crowd usually shows up for homecoming but a ton of fans cheering loud and proud will help inspire the Jackets so you good and well you need to….Get out to the game!