Jackets headed in right direction

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

With football season lurking around the corner, it’s imperative for each team to make their final preparations to start off their season. For the Kingston Yellow Jackets, they took a very big step in the right direction with an impressive 35-7 win over Tyner in varsity action Friday night.

“We made a lot of progress tonight,” stated Yellow Jacket head coach Vic King. “Slowly and surely, we overcame some early adversity and played as a team. A lesser team would have folded after giving up an early touchdown, but we didn’t and I’m proud of these young men for that.”

Kingston started the scrimmage off getting to the three yard line of Tyner, but a Kyle Gough pass on fourth down fell short of it’s intended mark.

On Tyner’s very first play of offense, they scampered out to a 70-yard touchdown run.

Kingston bounced back with a six-play, 70-yard drive, capped off with a Gough to Adam Jackson 29-yard touchdown pass. The point after attempt was good and the score was tied at 7-7.

On the next drive for Tyner, the Rams fumbled the ball and Brad Riddick recovered the fumble for the Jackets.

The next offensive drive for the Jackets spanned six plays and 35 yards, capped off with a Gough to Nathan Ladd six-yard pass. The point after was good and the score became 14-7 in favor of the Jackets.

Another Tyner fumble recovered by Etimlin Phillips set up a Matt Francis to Jackson 22-yard touchdown strike and after the PAT, the score was 21-7.

The Jackets defense forced the Rams to punt and Kingston would wrap up a 12-play, 66-yard drive with a Francis to Ladd seven-yard pass. The PAT sailed through the uprights to make the score 28-7.

Kingston capped off their varsity scoring with a Francis to Matt Corteau 27-yard touchdown strike. The PAT was good wrapping the varsity scoring up at 35-7.

The Tyner JV scored on 60-yard and five-yard runs while the Jackets scored on a three-yard run from Cody Akers.

Francis led the team passing with a 5-5 day for 74 yards and three TDs while Gough went 2 for 3 for 35 yards and two TDs.

Alex Roberts led all runners with 11 carries for 70 yards, James Sams had 10 carries for 65 yards, and Brad Riddick had nine carries for 55 yards.

The leading receiver was Jackson with two catches for 51 yards and 2 TDs.

“Our defense played really well tonight and the offense moved the ball better, but we’ve still got to work on every aspect of our game to be ready for Harriman,” said King.

In two weeks, Harriman and Kingston have their traditional season-opener.

“Harriman’s a tough team with a lot of weapons so we’re going to have to play our best ball to beat them,” stated King.