JONESVILLE — A come from behind attempt by Jonesville Middle School to overcome an early lead by Ewing in Thursday’s game came up short as the Wildcats fell to the Eagles 40-22.
In a statement released Friday, Wildcats Coach John Voiselle that Ewing, the defending conference champions, jumped to an early 24-0 lead by “capitalizing on big plays offensively as well as turnovers by the Wildcats’ offense.”
Despite this, Voiselle said the Wildcats “did not quit,” but instead began a comeback effort that brought them close to parity with the Eagles by third quarter.
Voiselle said it began when Wildcat Tucker Henderson caught a 10-yard pass from Wildcat Jabryson Hunter to make it 24-6. On the next drive, Voiselle said Ewing would fumble and the ball would go back to Jonesville as Wildcat Evan Threadgill recovered. Voiselle said the Jonesville offense would then wake up with some hard running by Hunter and Wildcat Evan Threadgill, and receptions by Wilcat Caleb Bright and Wildcat Branson Cook. He said Jonesville would score on a Hunter 3-yard run, along with a pass from Hunter to Wildcat Javaruis Stewart for the 2-point conversion to make it 24-14 at the half.
Jonesville would receive at the half and Voiselle said the Wildcats would score again on a 85-yard drive, set up by a 50-yard pass from Hunter to Stewart. Voiselle said Jonesville would get key receptions from Bright and Cook on the drive, to make it 24-22 Ewing.
The comeback was not to last, however, as during the fourth quarter the Wildcats would “run out of gas” and Ewing regain control, winning 40-22.
“Our offense was timid at first, had some turnovers, but got in a good rhythm,”Voiselle said. “Our defense was awful, especially in the beginning, and that was on me. We were lined up wrong and that’s on the coach, not the kids.
“Our guys knew we had a shot at the half. I told them to leave everything they had on this field. They did,” he said. “We had to literally carry a couple of our guys off they were so exhausted.”
Voiselle said that he’s “extremely proud of my team’s attitude and effort. We’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot of good things to build on. Our guys now know they can play with anyone.”
The Wildcats will host Blacksburg on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.
The Jonesville Middle School Volleyball Team fell to Landrum 3-1 this past Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats will host Pacolet on Monday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.