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Junior Yellowjackets roll by Henry Pirates

Junior Yellowjackets roll by Henry Pirates
Junior Yellowjackets roll by Henry Pirates | Greenfield Junior High Yellowjackets, Quinton Yarbrough

Big night — Greenfield Junior High’s Quinton Yarbrough scored four touchdowns — two receiving and two rushing — and had 222 all-purpose yards in his team’s 38-20 win over the visiting Henry Pirates on Thursday night at Harris Field.
Though attempting a comeback after walking the plank early in the contest, the Henry Pirates couldn’t withstand the Greenfield Junior High Yellowjackets’ outpouring of points and fell 38-20 in football action this past Thursday night in Greenfield.
Getting off to a fast start, the Jackets found paydirt on their first play from scrimmage — a 52-yard screen pass from Austin Pence to Quinton Yarbrough — to score the game’s first touchdown. A pass from Pence to Zack Grooms added the conversion and with 7:21 left in the first quarter, Greenfield took the 8-0 lead.
On the kickoff, Joshua Lasater stripped the ball from the Henry returner and the Jackets took over on offense at the Pirates’ 32-yard line. Pence kept the ball for a 5-yard gain. Grooms and Yarbrough followed with a pair of 2-yard runs and on fourth down, Pence picked up a first down on a sneak good for 4 yards. He earned another yard before being sacked for a 6-yard loss, but on third-and-long Yarbrough dashed 25 yards to the end zone on a reverse play. The conversion failed, but with 2:22 left in the first quarter, the Yellowjackets grabbed a two-touchdown lead, 14-0.
Henry turned the ball over on downs to start the second quarter and Greenfield took over on its own 15-yard line. A Yarbrough run up the middle gained 2 yards, but the next play saw Pence connecting again on a screen pass to the speedy seventh-grader who turned in 83 yards and a touchdown. The conversion fell short, but with 5:18 left before the half, Greenfield took a 20-0 lead.
The Pirates fumbled the ball back to the Jackets on their next offensive series. Greenfield took over on the Henry 47 and went to Grooms who gained 12 yards on two carries. Yarbrough was given the ball on first down and though he was wrapped up in the backfield by a host of Pirates, the speedster broke free and raced 35 yards to the end zone for the score. The conversion failed, but with 1:42 left before halftime, the Yellowjackets took a 26-0 lead.
Henry tacked on its first score — a 37-yard run to the end zone with 6:06 left in the third quarter — to end the scoring drought and make the score 26-8. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Pirates scored again on a one-yard run by the quarterback to make the score 26-14. Grooms answered with a 56-yard sweep to the end zone and, though the conversion failed, Greenfield widened the gap, 32-14, with 5:47 left in the contest.
Henry continued the game of scoring tag by running 68 yards for a touchdown, but Greenfield took the last laugh and the win with a 50-yard run by Pence to give the home team the 38-20 victory.
Yarbrough scored four touchdowns — two receiving and two rushing — and had 222 all-purpose yards and Pence threw for two scores and ran for one in the Greenfield win.

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