The Yellow Jackets got their record back on the positive side Friday night with a 44-36 win over Cumberland County’s Jets. It was Grundy’s fifth win of the season against four losses. The win secured a playoff spot for the Jackets as well. They play their final regular season game Thursday at Notre Dame.
“I knew it would be a close game. I’ve been watching on film and keeping up with them all year. Steve Trussler talked to our team today and told them, they play a tough, tough schedule and the teams they play in 3A are always close games. They have a wide open offense.
“They have a big 6A game next week so this was their last chance they thought. So, they were coming out slinging. The big thing is our kids played with a lot of heart when they fired back on all cylinders. We talked to them and told them to find that way to win and be that winning team. They did and I’m super proud of them and super proud of the way they played.
“The seniors, I can’t say enough about them. They put forth a great season and this is the most fun team I’ve been around. They have fun all the time and it’s a great atmosphere to be around and coach in,” said Coach Nick Bryant.
Grundy opened the scoring at 8:02 on an 18-yard pass from Houston Mainord to Trey Hampton. Trey then threw to brother Trent on the 2 point conversion and Grundy led 8-0. The Jets would respond less than a minute later with a 26 yard run but would miss the kick and the Jackets led 8-6.
Grundy would roll off the next three scores and put the game what appeared to be out of reach. Mainord hit Trey Hampton again at 4:19 of the first on a 22-yard strike. The run failed. The third score would come at 10:32 of the second quarter when Alex Nunley raced in from 10 yards out. Mainord would hit Logan Meeks for the two-point pass and Grundy led 22-6.
Christian Brown would catch the next Mainord TD strike from 4 yards out. The kick was blocked but Grundy had a comfortable 28-6 lead.
Cumberland would score with 28 seconds remaining in the half on a 2-yard run. They ran for 2 as well and shortened the lead to 28-14.
Grundy padded the lead at 9:52 of the third quarter when Gregory McDaniel ran one in from 13 yards out. Mainord threw to Logan Meeks for two and Grundy led 36-14.
Things got interesting after that as Cumberland County did their best to get their first win of the season. With 6:00 remaining in the third they scored from 11 yards out and passed for 2 to cut the lead to 36-22. With five seconds to go in the quarter they scored on a 68-yard pass and added the run and all of a sudden it was 36-30.
The Jets weren’t done there as they punched in another score with 7:47 left in the fourth from one yard out. Their run failed but the score was tied at 36-36.
In the biggest passing night of his career Houston Mainord would be the difference. With just 1:20 left in the contest Mainord found Logan Meeks for a 6 yard touchdown strike. He hit Trey Hampton for the 2-point conversion and gave the Jackets the 44-36 win.
Houston Mainord had the best night passing of his career completing 27 of 39 passes for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns. Logan Meeks caught 12 of those passes for 120 yards and a touchdown along with rushing six times for 43 yards. Trey Hampton made 6 receptions for 118 yards and 2 TDs. Alex Nunley ran 5 times for 64 yards and a score.
Gregory McDaniel picked up 48 yards on 11 carries and scored a TD, as well as catching 3 passes for 9 yards. James McDaniel had 48 yards on 4 carries. Christian Brown caught 4 passes for 41 yards and a TD. Trent Hampton caught 2 passes for 29 yards. Grundy rolled up 507 yards of offense in the game.
Gregory McDaniel led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 2 assists. Coty Anderson followed with 3 solos, 2 assists, 2 for a loss and a sack. Logan Meeks made 5 stops. Eldon Posey had 4. Alex Nunley, Steven Baskin and Jack Rice made 3 tackles each.
In a Thursday night matchup, the Jackets travel to Notre Dame for a district matchup to close out the regular season. The game was moved to Thursday due to the Halloween holiday. The Irish are 8-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the district. Their only loss was the season opener against Knoxville Catholic. Since then, they’ve defeated East Ridge, Chattanooga Christian, Boyd Buchanan, Bledsoe County, Signal Mountain, Polk County, Sequatchie County and Coalfield. They have only given up 59 points this season or 6.55 points per game.
The Jackets will have to bring every trick in the bag to put a jinx on the luck of the Irish. Maybe all the Yellow Jacket fans should get in full costume and see if they can help scare Notre Dame off the field. The only way to do that is to…..GET OUT TO THE GAME!