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It might only be the first week of September, but the Kingston Yellow Jackets picked up a huge District 4-AA win Friday night with a 21-12 victory over Scott High at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.
Friday's win was anything but easy as the Jackets had to overcome a high-powered Highlander offense that rolled up 412 yards of total offense.
The duo of QB Jacob Sexton and Jacob Butts did most of the damage for the Highlanders. Sexton completed 19 of 28 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown while he rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries. Butts added 104 yards and a score on 18 carries.
Kingston, however, also had a good night on offense as the Jackets tallied 346 yards of total offense.
The Jackets ran the ball 37 times for 234 yards with junior RB Aaron Fielden leading the way with 118 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. Demarcus Foster came close to giving the Jackets a pair of 100-yard rushers as he ended the evening with 90 yards on nine carries.
Jacket QB Darren Mossing added 112 yards and a touchdown through the air. Mossing completed 7 of 13 passes.
Kingston took the lead for good Friday as the Jackets opened the game with a 10-play, 59-yard drive that ended with Fielden finding the end zone from 12 yards out.
Andy Spellman added the PAT to give the Jackets a 7-0 lead with 6:01 left in the first quarter.
Kingston's offense continued to put up solid yards the rest of the half, but the Jackets were never able to put together another scoring drive in the first two periods of play.
Kingston's defense, however, made the lead stand as they turned back the Highlanders throughout the opening half.
The Highlanders did have a pair of scoring chances in the second quarter, but would come up empty.
Scott drove the ball to the Kingston 23 on their first possession of the second quarter, but the drive ended when Kingston DB Tyler Adams fell on a fumble.
Scott's hearts were broken just before halftime as the Highlanders put together a seven-play, 69-yard drive to end the half, but Keith Shannon's squad came up one yard short of the goal line as the half ended with the Highlanders on Kingston's one.
Kingston threatened to add to their lead on their first possession of the second half, but the Jackets only turnover of the night ended the drive at the Highlander 30 when Scott's Treye Stevens recovered a fumble.
The Highlanders turned the turnover into points nine plays later as Butts scored on a 16-yard run to make the score 7-6 with 5:41 left in the third period.
Kingston's Jordan Jones blocked the PAT.
Whatever momentum the Highlanders had after the score went away quickly as Kingston answered with a score of their own. Starting from the Highlander 45 after a 26-yard kick return by Caleb Kennedy, the Jackets marched 45 yards in four plays with Fielden scoring on an eight-yard run.
Spellman added the PAT to give the Jackets a 14-6 lead with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
Foster set up the score with a 32-yard run.
Kingston's defense came up big again on Scott's next possession. The Highlanders drove all the way from their 20 to the Jacket 35 before Kingston stiffened and took over on downs with 11:54 left in the contest.
Two plays after taking over on downs, Fielden broke free for a 54-yard gain to the Highlander 9. After a penalty, Mossing found Robbie Szozda for 19 yards a touchdown,
Spellman again added the PAT to make the score 21-6 with 10:42 left to play.
Scott, however, didn't do away quietly as the Highlanders put together a seven-play, 77-yard scoring drive that ended in Sexton finding Nathan Griffith from four yards out for a touchdown.
The all-important two-point attempt failed, leaving Kingston on top 21-12 with 8:13 left to play.
Scott would go no closer though as Kingston milked the clock on offense while stopping the Highlanders on downs on their final possession of the evening.
With the victory, Vic King's squad improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in district play. The Jackets host Rockwood (1-1) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with a chance to capture the 2010 Roane County Championship.
Rushing- Fielden 14-118 with 2 TDs, Foster 9-90, Groves 9-17, Sams 4-11, Team 1-(-2).
Passing- Mossing 7 of 13 for 112 yards with 1 TD.
Receiving- Fielden 2-43, Jones 2-30, Szozda 2-27 with 1 TD, Sams 1-12.