The Jackets couldn’t pull off the third win in a row Friday as they fell by a 10-6 score at Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga. The Jackets suffered injuries in this one that could last a week or two providing additional obstacles in upcoming games. Grundy is now 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the district.
“I was extremely proud of the effort. We played all out, everything we’ve got to the final. We scored and it gave us the chance to go for the onside kick. They played extremely hard. We were shooting from the hip. We had worked out backup quarterbacks but it hadn’t been Trent. Trent hadn’t taken a snap since last year. The linemen did extremely well making holes. Logan Meeks, Gregory McDaniel and James McDaniel played extremely well on offense.
It was an all-around effort that they played the second half. It keeps our spirits high. It doesn’t look like it because we usually score a lot of points but when you lose a couple of players like Houston and Trey it really puts us in a bind,” said Coach Nick Bryant.
Silverdale took the opening kickoff and drove the field scoring on a six yard run with 9:37 to go in the first and taking a 7-0 lead. They booted their field goal at 8:40 of the 3rd quarter from 27 yards out and took a 10-0 lead.
Grundy’s lone score came with 53.7 seconds left in the contest when Trent Hampton threw a 23 yards pass to Logan Meeks. Kevin Stewart’s kick failed. Grundy’s onside kick attempt also failed allowing Silverdale to run out the clock and take the 10-6 win.
Grundy threatened in the first half with a 1st and 10 at the 17 but turned the ball over on downs. Another drive was killed in the 4th on a goal line interception by the Seahawks
Silverdale Baptist’s administration made a presentation to GCHS Principal Jamie Ruehling at halftime of a $1000 check to help Coach Brad Dees and his family recover from the fire that took their home right after the Sequatchie game the previous week. Before the SBA admins came to the field to make the presentation one of their parents wrote an addition check for $500 to add to the contribution. Notre Dame High School was also collecting their parking donations Friday night to help the Dees family and planned to send a check to GCHS during this week.
Houston Mainord led the offense completing 9 of 20 passes for 129 yards and one interception. Trent Hampton completed 2 of 7 for 40 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Logan Meeks completed 1 of 2 for 17 yards. He also returned a kickoff for 32 yards.
Meeks also ran the ball 9 times for 68 yards and caught 5 passes for 62 yards and a TD. James McDaniel had 11 carries for 81 yards and caught a pass for 2. Gregory McDaniel ran 6 times for 53 yards and had one reception for 4 yards. Alex Nunley had 3 for 16 and Mainord had 3 for 14.
Christian Brown caught 1 pass for 18 yards. Nathan Carreto had one for 17. Trey Hampton caught 2 for 17. Trent Hampton caught 1 for 12 yards and ran twice for 7 yards.
As a team, Grundy rushed for 225 yards and passed for 186 for a total of 411 yards.
Alex Nunley led the defense with 8 solo tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery. Dewayne Grooms and Gregory McDaniel notched 7 tackles each. Logan Meeks had 6 stops. Steven Baskin had 3 solos, a tackle for a loss and a sack. Christian Brown registered 4 tackles while Terrince Bramhall and Eldon Posey had 3 stops each.
Grundy hosts Signal Mountain Friday night at Crisp Field. The Eagles are 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the district. They’ve defeated East Hamilton 28-19, Tyner 35-0, Bledsoe County 56-0 and Red Bank 49-13.
The Jackets have never beaten the Eagles. A great crowd will be needed to rise to the level of competition this week so….Get out to the game!