Jackson defeats Nease

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It was a showdown in St. Johns county last friday night, August 26th as the Andrew Jackson Tigers visited the Nease Panthers. The evening was wet and rainy but not too bad for some highschool football. Anticipation was high from both teams as it had been a long wait to get to this point. The fans, families and scouts were looking forward to seeing times union super 11 selections Marcus Stokes and Grayson Howard showcase their skills against one another. Nease had a rough start with a fumble on the first possession. The Jackson Tigers wasted no time getting into the endzone on a 20 yard run by junior Quarterback King Johnson. After a Nease three-and-out, the Tigers increased their lead by 2 possessions before the crowd could even blink with an 8 yard touchdown run by senior running back, J’nethen Jackson. Nease’s highly recruited senior Quarterback Marcus Stokes had a slow start as well, completing 2 of his first 10 pass attempts. In an effort to turn things around, Nease junior cornerback Canon Mcclafferty snagged an interception off of a deep pass by Jackson Quarterback King Johnson. Two plays later, Marcus Stokes completed a 35 yard pass to senior Wide Receiver Gavin Gmeiner and another 15 yard pass to lead his offense to a 37 yard field goal made by junior kicker Daniel Jones. To start the second half, the Panther defense was able to force a turnover on downs and put their team in position to get back into the game. On a drive led by the legs of Marcus Stokes, the Panther offense managed to cut the lead back down to one possession on a 3 yard touchdown run by Stokes. The Jackson Tigers would later score 15 unanswered points including an interception returned for a touchdown by junior linebacker Latavion Thomas to get the 30-10 victory over Nease. The Jackson Tigers defense was dominant, holding Nease to just 77 yards rushing and 118 yards passing. Their success on the offensive end came at the hands of the offensive line, which executed an explosive push off the ball and made it nearly impossible for the Nease defense to apply pressure. The sensational play by the offensive line was led by junior lineman Quory Ambrose. Ambrose standing at 6’2 and 260 pounds, is extremely gifted, polished and showed massive strength and leverage which led to the Tigers having dynamic success in both the rushing and passing game. Some stand out players to watch from this game were Quarterback King Johnson, running back J’nethen Jackson and senior wide receiver Terrance Holland. Johnson finished the game completing 18 of 24 passes for 254 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown and an interception. Running back J’nethen Jackson concluded this game with 18 carries for 89 yards and 1 touchdown. Wide receiver Terrance Holland earned himself the JEAG sports player of the week honors as he lit up the stat sheet with 11 receptions for 156 yards and topped it off with a touchdown. Next week the Jackson Tigers will visit the Westside Wolverines at 6:30pm. It’s going to be exciting to see how the progression continues.

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Vaughn Foster