GRAY -- Cross Creek gave Jones County a short field multiple times in the first half Friday night, and the Greyhounds happily obliged repeatedly.
Jones County took advantage of excellent field position on multiple occasions Friday to race to a big halftime lead on the way to a dominant 63-6 win in its home opener. Jones County led 35-0 following a dominant first half.
Jones County drove to score four times on offense in the first half with just one of the drives being longer than 25 yards.
The win gives Jones County a 2-0 start to the season in addition to a 1-0 mark in region play.
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Jones County limited Cross Creek to 77 yards of offense with the only touchdown on a fourth-quarter kickoff return.
The Greyhounds missed out on scoring early -- a 41-yard touchdown run was called back by a holding penalty and Jones County also fumbled inside the Cross Creek 10-yard line.
The Greyhounds didn’t miss many scoring chances after that.
“We had a little bit of a rough start,” Jones County head coach Justin Rogers said. “But once we settled down, I was real happy with the execution.”
Moments after the fumble, Jones County forced one of its own with Logan Gordon coming up with the loose ball at the Razorbacks’ 5. Chandler Ramage sprinted in from four yards away, and a 48-yard punt return down the sideline to end the first quarter by Reggie Lewis stretched the Jones County lead to 15-0. Lewis, who rushed for 69 yards, had three all-purpose touchdowns.
The Greyhounds special teams kept the massive push of momentum going.
Heavy pressure on punt-block attempts forced mishandled snaps on punts and set Jones County up at the 25 and 10-yard lines of Cross Creek. The Greyhounds capitalized with touchdown runs by Davin Price and Lewis.
“Special teams were really the tell-tale unit,” Rogers said. “They were able to get them pinned back. We were able to get a blocked punt. When you have a short field, you’ll have a pretty good chance to score.”
Jones County wrapped up the first half with an 81-yard drive which ended on Lewis’ third score of the night, this time from 5 yards away with 1:49 to go until halftime.
The Greyhounds picked up where they left off to start the second half. Jones County quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt hooked up with Nick Singleton on a 48-yard tunnel screen get Jones County into the end zone for another score and 42-0 lead.
Rodgers inserted the Greyhounds reserves into the game the rest of the way, and they also got into the scoring column. Teldrick Ross threw to Andrew Collins from 31 yards away for a score, and Drake Bolus sprinted 69 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Ross kept the ball on a 16-yard keeper for the game’s final score.