Jets fly past Chatham Central
It has been a one-sided contest for the entirety of the 48-game football series between Jordan-Matthews and Chatham Central, in which Jordan-Matthews leads the series 46-2. On Friday night, the Jets added another shutout victory to their record with a 47-0 win going to 2-0 with two easy wins to start the season.
Jordan-Matthews head coach Marty Scotten was pleased with his squad’s performance.
“I thought the kids played really hard. They kept their focus. I thought we played with a lot of focus tonight," Scotten said.
After the first Chatham Central possession ended with a Bear fake punt going wrong, the Jets turned a fourth-down play into a 31-yard touchdown pass from Rahman Mateen to Cyrus Scotton for a 6-0 lead with 8:35 left in the first quarter.
After Chatham Central had to punt the ball back to the Jets on its second possession, Hunter Causey scored on a 6-yard run, then ran in the two-point conversion. After going for four touchdowns in the Jet win versus Providence Grove on Monday, the first-quarter touchdown was Causey's only touchdown of the night.
Jet Ethan Cook recovered a blocked Bear punt in the end zone to give Jordan-Matthews a 20-0 lead at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter.
As rough as the scoreboard was for the Bears, the night got worse when starting quarterback Rodney Van De Walker and starting back/receiver Zack Burke suffered injuries and left the game in the second quarter.
“(In) 1A ball, sometimes you’re faced with stuff like this – you know, injuries," said Chatham Central head coach Bob Pegram. "We talked about it today, that the kids that aren’t getting a lot of playing time are only one play away from being starters.”
Sophomore Tyler Coley came in for Van De Walker, but following a Bear punt, the next snap saw Tre Jones sprint 22 yards for a touchdown, the first of three touchdowns by Jones.
Josh Hudson took up the Jets quarterback spot on the next Jet possession. The Jets moved from their own 23-yard line and Jones broke a run to the outside aong the right sidline, making several Bears miss him, for a 47-yard touchdown run. The Jets led 34-0 with 3:56 left in the half.
A 6-yard Jones touchdown run put the Jets up 40-0 one Jordan-Matthews drive into the second half. Aaron McCrimmon added a 28-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
The Bears, now with fullback Andrew Jurden moving to quarterback and running the ball on most of the Bear snaps, drove 91 yards in 10:46, but ended the game on the Jet 2-yard line.
“Jordan-Matthews played tough ball. We knew it would be a tough game. I thought we played pretty well. (We had to) start shuffling people and moving offensive linemen and backs, and it throws off your timing,” said Pegram.
The Jets (2-0) will have to get ready for another county rival next Friday night when they host Northwood (2-0). Chatham Central (0-2) will host its third straight home contest against Kestrel Heights (0-2). in which one team will break into the win column.