Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jaguars fourth quarter rally overtakes North Gaston

Down 28-20 in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars needed to rally in order to win on their homecoming game. The Jaguars did just that by scoring 15 unanswered points and keeping North Gaston out of the end zone.

North Gaston received the ball first and went straight to work. The Jaguars defense had no answer for North Gaston’s power running triple-option attack. Their drive would be capped off with a Nick Haskin 13-yard touchdown run. The point after was missed.

It was then time for the Jaguars passing attack to go to work. And it did! Logan Bradley’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Mykelti Armstrong tied the game at 6 and Colton Rouse’s kick gave Forestview a one-point advantage.

Haskin put North Gaston back on top with a one-yard run into the end-zone. The two-point conversion failed. Bradley and Armstrong would hook up again for the Jaguars, this time with a 34-yard touchdown connection. After stopping North Gaston for the first time, the Jaguars added another touchdown. On the first play on the ensuing drive, Bradley hit Moe Neal in the flats and he took it 73 yards for a Jaguar touchdown. The kick sailed wide, however.

Forestview was in position to put another score on the board, but Bradley was intercepted by Andrew Ray in the end zone. The Wildcats were able to get deep into Forestview territory on the next drive but could not come away with any points as the half expired.

The Jaguars were hoping to create more separation in the second half, but North Gaston kicked short like they did most of the night and caught Forestview off guard as they recovered the short kick.

Haskin’s nine-yard run for a touchdown and a run for a two-point conversion tied the game at 20. A missed field-goal by the Jaguars gave North Gaston more momentum and they took advantage. Raquan Brown put the Wildcats on top with a 34-yard touchdown run. Haskin once again ran it in for the two-point conversion. It was 28-20 early in the fourth quarter.

The Jaguars would not quit, however. They went into their bag of tricks to get back in it. Calvin Johnson hit Mykelti Armstrong with a reverse pass for a 44-yard touchdown. Logan Bradley hit Armstrong with a two-point conversion to tie the game back up at 28-28.

The Jaguars defense came up with a big play when D.J. Davis forced a Nick Haskin fumble that Garrett Robinson recovered. The Jaguar offense took advantage. Bradley hit Moe Neal for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Jaguars a 35-28 lead. The Wildcats would not be able to answer as the Jaguars’ defense held once again and the offense was able to run out the clock.

Bradley passed for 248 yards to lead Forestview’s offense. Armstrong was the recipient of 103 of those yards while Moe Neal amassed 114. North Gaston fullback Corey Staley led the Wildcat rushing attack with 194 yards. Haskin amassed 108 and three touchdowns and two two-point conversion runs.

Forestview travels to South Point (a 30-13 winner over Ashbrook) next week while North Gaston hosts Crest (a 65-15 winner over A.C. Reynolds).

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