Jackson game no thriller
Jackson’s Jessie Beck had 12 carries for 102 yards and scored four touchdowns to help lead his team to a 33-6 region victory over Andalusia Friday night.
Beck’s first touchdown run came early in the second quarter from the Andalusia 30-yard line.
Later in the second quarter, Andalusia’s Deion Akins threw his first of two interceptions to Jackson’s Laprintess Morris, with 6:27 left.
His second came when Morris found the ball on a third-and-20 play from the Jackson 5-yard line.
“Coach (Brian) Seymore has got a good bunch over there,” Jackson coach Jeff Kelly said. “They gave us some problems especially early on and our defense made some big plays. But the interception down on the goal line in the second quarter was huge.
“It was 13-0 at the time and then we go 99 yards,” he said. “That’s a 14-point turnaround right there. I think that that was the key right there.”
Beck’s second touchdown of the night came with 3:31 left in the second quarter when Ransome Hare connected with Beck on a 30-yard pass to give his team a 20-point lead going into halftime.
Earlier in the first quarter, Jackson (4-0, 3-0 in Class 4A, Area 1) added six points when Hare snuck the ball in on a 7-yard carry with 5:44 on the clock.
Hare was 5-for-6 for 102 yards and had two touchdowns on the night.
Things kept going in Jackson’s favor in the second half as Beck carried the ball in from 41 yards out to bring the score to 26 points.
Jackson’s last touchdown of the night came with 1:10 left in the third when Hare threw a 3-yard pass to Beck from 7 yards out.
Kelly said he was “proud” that his team finished in the second half Friday night.
“I’m proud of our defense and I’m proud of our guys taking care of business in the second half, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.
Andalusia (3-1, 2-1) got on the board with 38.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Deion Akins connected with David Mahaffey from Jackson’s 10-yard line.
Andalusia coach Brian Seymore said his team had too many turnovers.
“They have a good football team,” Seymore said. “I’m not taking anything away from them, but we had too many breakdowns on special teams. We had too many turnovers. They have a quality football team and they really outplayed us tonight.”
Seymore said some positives from Friday night were that the players did not give up.
“I saw some kids playing hard and with a lot of heart,” he said. “We’ve got to get everybody on the same page. (Next week’s practice is not about) really working on Greenville, but working on ourselves. We had way too many mental mistakes and breakdowns.
“We’ve got a tough game against Greenville,” he said. “They’ve got a quality 5A program. We’ve got to be ready to play and it’s that simple.”
Andalusia’s Deion Akins was 5-for-18 for 61 yards threw two interceptions.
Andalusia will host Greenville next Friday night.