Jaguars shred young Warriors for 63-20 victory
With only 15 men dressed out for the EPC McCrory game, Warrior coach Brian Weathers knew his team was going to have a difficult time competing with the undefeated Jaguars much less defeating them. He was right as EPC came back home on the short end of a 63-20 score.
"Wow!" said Weathers after the game. "They're pretty good. I feel like they took it easy on us and (still) put up 63 points. In fact, they didn't even run a single play offensively in the whole second half. They've averaged 55 points per game for a reason. Man, they were good."
The Jaguars scored on the opening possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead with 9:50 left in the first period. As if a projection of things to come, the Warriors went three and out. Then on the punt, the Jags returned it 65 yards for their second TD of the night. They led 13-0 after missing the PAT.
The Warriors came back quickly, however when sophomore QB Austin Price found classmate A.J. Turner on a quick slant. Turner showed his running ability by carrying it 84 yards for a Warrior TD.
"AJ Turner was an animal," Weathers continued. "Defensively, it seemed like he was in on every tackle and offensively they had no answer for him either. Most of the time, it took more than one to bring him down, as well. It was one of the best individual performances of the season."
Turner would finish the night with 193 yards on 11 receptions and two touchdowns, a two-point conversion reception, 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.
The conversion attempt after Turner's touchdown failed, but at least EPC felt better about themselves for a few minutes by cutting the lead to 14-6. The good feeling didn't last long, however, as the Jaguars scored two more touchdowns and a safety before the end of the first quarter to go up 30-6.
McCrory added another 13points early in the third period to make it 43-6 before the Warriors could hit pay-dirt again. Once again, Price found Turner, for a TD, this time in the corner of the end zone from 13 yards out. They also hooked up on the two-point conversion to cut the score to 43-14 with 5:39 left in the half.
McCrory would tack on another six points before the half and another 14 in the second half for a 63-14 score.
The final score, though, came from the Warriors as wide receiver Byron Ford took the option pitch from Price and found sophomore Darius Barnes down the sideline for a 26 yd. TD. The point after was no good, bringing about the 63-20 final score.
Price finished the night with 204 yards and two touchdowns on a 12 of 22 night.
"Also, I think Price had a pretty good game," Weathers said. "He did make a couple mistakes, but sophomores are going to do that."
Barnes finished with two receptions for 38 yards and one TD while Dray Younghad 34 yards on 11 carries.
"They made us one-dimensional," concluded Weathers. "We couldn't run at all. They returned two punts for scores, sacked our punter in the end zone for a safety and had a 98 yard interception return for a TD. However, the guys never quit.
"We went in with a nothing to lose attitude and played hard the entire game. I don't recall our kids hanging their heads one time. We talked all night about competing and what it meant to be a competitor, and it stuck to most of them. I told the guys that we obviously were not the best team on the field and I was obviously not the best coach, but hey, we are going to compete and that's what we did."
The Warriors will host Walnut Ridge Friday night in a 7:30 p.m. game.