JONESVILLE — For Wildcats fans Thursday was indeed a “Night To Remember” as the Jonesville Middle School Football Team emerged victorious in a close game against Pacolet.
In a statement released Friday, Coach John J. Voiselle said that Pacolet opened the game with an excellent kickoff return, setting up a 6 play 30 yard touchdown drive (2 point conversion, good) for an 8-0 lead. Jonesville would fight back, behind the scrambling of Jabryson Hunter. Hunter would find Caleb Bright on a four-yard touchdown pass (2 point conversion, failed) to make it 8-6 Pacolet.
In the second quarter, Voiselle said that Pacolet would score again, this time on 50 yard pass (2 point conversion, no good) to make it 14-6. Jonesville’s Hunter would then hit Evan Threadgill for a 30 yard gain. Hunter would later scramble his way to the endzone on a 40 yard touchdown run (2 point conversion, no good), to make it Pacolet 14 Jonesville 12.
In the third quarter, Voiselle said that Pacolet would capitalize off of a Jonesville fumble, driving 70 yards in route to a touchdown (conversion no good) putting Pacolet on top 20-12. On the next drive, Pacolet would recover another Jonesville fumble. Pacolet would again pound the Jonesville defense on a 60 yard touchdown (conversion, no good) drive making it 26-12 Pacolet. Jonesville would finally settle down offensively as Threadgill led the way rushing en route to a 60 yard Wildcat drive. Threadgill would score on a 3 yard touchdown run (2 point conversion, good) to make it 26-20 Pacolet.
In the fourth quarter, Voiselle Pacolet was driving deep into Jonesville territory, and the Jonesville defense would get it’s first turn over on downs of the night, with key plays from Terry Smith, Will Edwards, Hunter and Threadgill. Jonesville’s offense was again on the move behind the legs of Threadgill and Hunter, driving down to the Pacolet 40 yard line. On 4th and 7, Hunter rolled out to find Bright. Bright would take a 10 yard completion and drag defenders the other 30 yards for the touchdown pass to tie the game 26-26. Hunter would run in the 2 point conversion to give Jonesville the lead, 28-26. Pacolet would get the ball back with 2 minutes left to drive. Led by Smith, Edwards, Javaruis Stewart, Branson Cook, and Jace Anderson, Jonesville’s defense held, stopping Pacolet with a turn over on downs with 30 seconds left to play in the game.
“Things just flat out didn’t go our way for three quarters,” Voiselle said. “That’s football. That’s life. You can fold and collapse, start pointing fingers and making excuses, or dig down deep and remember how you got here and what/who got you here, and stay positive. It boils down to a simple choice in football and in life.
“Our guys chose to keep working through the mistakes and it paid off in the fourth quarter,” he said. “They chose to continue to stay positive and rely on what got them here — sacrifice and brotherhood. They were all exhausted and crying like babies in the locker room post-game. I am so proud of them.”
Voiselle thanked the coaching staff and those others would contributed to the team’s efforts during Thursday’s game and throughout the season.
“Coach John Henderson, Coach Robert Langford, and Coach Kevin Smith for all of their hard work and help this year,” Voiselle said. “I’d like to give a big thank you to Kevin Smith and Dee Dee McDade. Kevin was a tremendous asset helping out in so many ways to there’s no room to even mention. Mrs. McDade lined up pre-game meals, the canteen, and worked with the parents getting that organized.
“Also many thanks to Principal Kathy Taylor on the administration end of things,” he said. “It takes a team off the field as well as on the field to make a special season like this happen, and this was truly special.”
Voiselle said that the Wildcats finished the season at 5-2 and are runners-up in Division II of the Foothills Athletic Conference.