The junior varsity Yellow Jackets were eager to prove that they are a team not to be taken lightly. Thursday night they did just that with a 36-14 win over visiting Chapman.
The Jackets wasted no time putting points on the board, scoring with two plays in the opening drive of the game. Martez Crosby broke for a 12-yard run, then capped it off with a 54-yard touchdown haul. The point after attempt was unsuccessful and Union County took an early lead of 6-0.
Not to be outdone by the offense, the Jackets defense also made big plays, beginning on the ensuing Chapman drive with a Derek Good interception.
However, the Panthers got the ball back after a fumble and converted with a 20-yard pass. The point after kick was good giving Chapman a brief 7-6 lead to end the first quarter.
Union County put together a series of plays including an 18-yard run courtesy of Michael Smith, a 12-yard Jordan Spencer carry and a 20-yard quarterback keep from Dakota Ivester that put them on the goal line where Smith finished off the drive with a touchdown run. Michael Edwards weaved his way into the end-zone for a two-point conversion and the Jackets reclaimed the lead at 14-7.
The Union County defense forced a three and out after a big sack by Devontae Woods and the Jackets capitalized with a Braylin Brown touchdown run to end the half at 22-7 after a successful point after attempt from the ground by Ivester.
The second half was more of the same with the Jackets scoring 14 additional points to Chapman’s seven.
Brown scored his second touchdown of the night from 65 yards out in the third quarter, extending the Jackets lead. Ivester found Spencer in the end zone for the two point conversion.
Kennedy Beatty, who shares time in the quarterback slot, connected with Nick Fowler on a 49-yard pass to set up a touchdown and ran it in himself from five yards out on a keep.
Coach Mitchell Moss said the defense played a great game and made it tough for Chapman to move the football.
The Yellow Jackets JV will travel to Clinton next Thursday night to take on the Red Devils.