Union County is on a eight-game winning streak and have not been defeated since Sept. 10.
Union County’s defense is led by a group of seniors who know every game from here on out is crucial to survival and could very well be their last if they do not give everything they have.
Last Friday, the Jackets defense held Pickens to 85 rushing yards — 208 yards less than the Blue Flame’s season average.
Union County’s defensive line dominated the Blue Flame offensive front and controlled the line of scrimmage — and practically created a new one a yard or two behind the original line of scrimmage.
Senior defensive end Desmond Floyd forced a fumble while Deon Smith and Calvin Williams each recovered a fumble.
On offense, the Jackets front five created lanes for the backs who gained 242 rushing yards on 38 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Keiston Smith led the Jackets ground game with 13 carries for 109 yards. Smith ran with a purpose Friday and it was his tough, head-down style of running that enabled the passing game to develop.
Wide receiver Victor Ruth had three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns adding to his team-high 14 touchdowns.
Kicker Brandon Shetley was a perfect 6-for-6 on point after kicks vs. the Blue Flame and the Jackets will need for this trend to continue when Fairfield Central comes to town Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Griffins defeated Berea last week 38-16 to advance to the second round vs. the Yellow Jackets.