August 28, 2014 Issue
Warriors fall in opener
By Parish Howard
The AA Jefferson County Warriors gained more yards and averaged more yards per play, but the AAAA Thomson Bullodogs still beat them where it counted...on the scoreboard.
Despite picking up 285 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs’ 269 and averaging 5.2 per play to Thomson’s 4.4, the Warriors lost the game 26-13.
“You can’t win against good teams when you turn the ball over like we did Friday night,” Coach J.B. Arnold said. “They scored on every turnover we had.”
The Warriors had five fumbles, an interception and a blocked punt that made all the difference.
“There was one three minute period where they blocked our punt and scored on it, then we fumbled the ball and they scooped it up and ran it it in to score,” Arnold said. “You aren’t going to win many games if you can’t protect the football. We’re real disappointed in the way it turned out. We feel like we just gave it away.”
Despite the loss, Arnold said that there were a lot of bright spots.
“I thought our defense played real well,” Arnold said. “We competed and didn’t give up. We had a couple of real impressive goal-line stands. We out gained them and had just as many first downs as Thomson did. Our wide receivers and O-line played well. Really, the turnovers were everything. We’ve just got to protect the ball.”
Senior quarterback Will Jordan completed 12 of 31 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns while junior QB Tyrone Bell completed one pass and carried the ball five times for 16 yards.
Tyler Williams had six carries for 29 yards while Kobe Jackson had four for 37.
Juwan McCall caught five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. DJ Mills had three catches for 54 yards and Roderick Nelson, Tyler Williams, Don Farmer and Kobe Jackson each had one catch.
Freshman kicker Evans Hodges had his first extra point of the regular season.
This Friday, the Warriors will host Burke County’s AAAA Bears.
“They’re the biggest and best team we’ll see this year,” Arnold said. “They’re big, they’re physical, they’re a very good football team. This week we’ll be going back to fundamentals and trying to improve on what we’ve got to do fundamentally.”
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