The Jaguars continue to play the role of “Road Warriors” as they pick up another road playoff victory. This time it’s a 42-20 blowout of Hibriten. The Jaguars used a balanced attack on offense with Logan Bradley’s passing game and Moe Neal’s running game. Defensively, they smothered Hibriten’s rushing attack.
Things started off bleak for the Jaguars. The Panthers scored out of the gate on their first drive. Quarterback Jacob Copper capped off the Panthers’ first drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Luke Robson’s extra point gave the Panthers the 7-0 lead.
The Jaguars would answer with a drive of their own. Jarvis Jeffries got Forestview on the board with a one-yard plunge into the end-zone. Colton Rouse’s kick tied the game up at 7-7. Bradley’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Mykelti Armstrong gave Forestview a 14-7 advantage. That would be the score at half-time.
In the second half, things continued to go Forestview’s way. Moe Neal got his first touchdown run of the game with a three-yard run into the end-zone. After Josh Dawkins intercepted a pass from Hibriten quarterback, Jacob Copper, the Jaguars were back in business. But the Panthers caught a break as Neal fumbled before getting into the end-zone.
Bradley’s air assault continued to give the Panthers more trouble. Bradley would connect with Caleb Mills for a 25-yard touchdown reception. Rouse’s kick gave the Jaguars a 28-7 lead.
As if Forestview’s defense wasn’t doing enough damage by stifling the Hibriten offense, the defense made a big play that broke the Panthers backs. Xzavier Davis scooped up a Hibriten fumble and took it 40 yards for a touchdown to give Forestview a 35-7 advantage.
The Panthers, however, were determined not to give up. Davone Jones cut Forestview’s lead with a 69-yard touchdown run. Robson’s extra point made it 35-14. After Logan Bradley was intercepted by Jamal Grier, the Panthers continued to chip away at Forestview’s lead. Tishawn Daniels’s one-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 35-20. The kick was missed, however.
But the door was slammed on any comeback hopes thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Neal. Neal amassed 156 yards offensively and two touchdowns. Bradley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
“They played lights out.” Forestview head coach Chris Medlin said “We have some good players. They executed and played great.”
It was not an easy journey for Forestview. After losing Logan Bradley for two games, Medlin knew it was time for somebody to step up and boy did they ever?
“People stepped up when they had to and it started with East Gaston and Carson.” Medlin said.
“We lost to a better team tonight.” Hibriten head coach Clay Lewis said “You got to tip your hat to those guys. We went several three-and-outs and could never get into a rhythm.”
Forestview advances to the regional championship game to take on Concord. The Spiders defeated South Point 21-13.