Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jaguars Defense Forces Five Turnovers In Narrow Win Over East Lincoln

                It was the kind of game you would expect in the heat of August. Both Forestview and East Lincoln took the field for the first time this year. Both teams seemed to show the first game jitters. Both teams were plagued with turnovers in the first half. The Mustangs would be the first to turn it over. A fumble on the exchange between quarterback Chase Jones and RB Christian Parks and an interception from Jones to Forestview’s Aveon Reid gave the Jaguars opportunities.

                The Jaguars were unable to take advantage as they weren’t able to muster much offense. The Mustang defense shut down everything the Jaguars were trying to do. East Lincoln was able to get on the board first with a 76-yard touchdown run by Christian Parks. The two-point conversion failed, however. Forestview would soon start being plagued with turnovers as well. Aveon Reid would muff a Forestview punt and Aaron Bennett fumbled just inside Mustang territory.

                With the Jaguar offense struggling, it was up to the defense to make something happen and they did. East Lincoln quarterback Chase Jones attempted a screen pass but it was read perfectly by Cameron Jackson who intercepted it and took it 40 yards for a touchdown. Holt Cloninger’s extra point gave the Jaguars the 7-6 lead in the second quarter. Forestview was in position to extend their lead before the half, but Holt Cloninger’s field-goal was blocked.

                The second half would be a stalemate. The Mustangs got into Forestview’s red zone in the third quarter but were stopped on fourth down. The turnover battle continued as the Jaguars would fumble at midfield in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs would squander another chance to take the lead as new quarterback Justin Barnett was intercepted by Jason Young in the end zone. They would stop Forestview’s drive with a minute left in the game. But Barnett threw his second interception. Jackson Moore would return it deep into Mustang territory near the 30. A scuffle would break out that saw one player from each team removed from the game. That was a total of five turnovers for the Mustangs (four interceptions and a fumble). The Jaguars had a total of three (all fumbles).

                Forestview will travel to Clover, SC next week. The Blue Eagles rolled Ashbrook 56-26. East Lincoln will be off next week then will host Ashbrook the week after.

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