Reined in — Greenfield’s Chase Smith can’t escape a Tiger tackler after making a catch during the Jackets’ 31-7 loss to visiting Bruceton Friday night. Photo by Sara Rachels
Four Yellowjacket turnovers helped the Bruceton Tigers pick up their second coveted “W” of the 2010 season.
Each team needed a positive after coming off large district losses in the previous week, but it was the Tigers’ turn to finish Friday on a high note.
The Tigers, who snapped a 23-game losing skid earlier this season, ran their way to their second victory by defeating the Yellowjackets, 31-7, this past Friday night in Greenfield.
The Yellowjackets improved from the previous week — a 45-0 loss to Peabody — by recording 122 total yards including 121 passing yards from Dalton Potts, but four turnovers proved to be the momentum killer in the contest.
The Yellowjackets opened with possession and were flagged with an illegal-block-in-the-back penalty on the first play. On first-and-long, Kadeem McDonald lost six yards on a pitch. Soon after, Potts’ pass was intercepted by Hayden Howell.
Taking over at the Greenfield 46, the Tigers went to Bishop Haynes on the ground and he pounded it up the middle on two carries for 17 yards. Chandler Jordan swept around the left side for three yards and Haynes charged up the middle for 10 more. Howell gained a couple of yards on a keeper and Jordan completed the drive with a 10-yard run to the end zone. Logan Batte’s kick was blocked, but the visitors drew first blood and led 6-0 with 8:17 left in the first quarter.
Back on offense, the Yellowjackets were aided with a personal foul penalty on Bruceton, but soon had to punt. The Tigers took over on the Yellowjacket 20 and racked up 30 yards on two carries from Jordan. At midfield, Howell completed a short three-yard slant to Haden Williams, Jordan picked up two on a handoff and the visitors were handed five on an offsides penalty. Jordan gained another two, Howell was swarmed for a one-yard loss and Haynes took a handoff four yards. The drive ended when Howell went to the air and found Williams for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Batte’s kick made the score 13-0 in favor of the visitors with 2:25 left in the first.
Both squads swapped punts to start the second quarter and the Tigers took their second possession of the frame on their own 36. Jordan carried for eight yards, Jeremy Watson gained three up the middle for the first down and Greenfield jumped offsides again for five more yards. The combination of Jordan, Watson and Haynes put Bruceton at the Greenfield eight and Howell kept the ball on a sweep play for the touchdown. Batte’s kick skidded across the grass, but the Tigers led 19-0 with 5:15 to go in the half.
On offense, Potts picked up a quick first down on a screen pass to McDonald for 15 yards, but the home team bogged itself down with two penalties and three incompletions and turned the ball over on downs.
The Tigers again found success on the ground with Jordan, but at the Bruceton 43, Howell fumbled the snap and the Yellowjackets recovered.
Potts’ pass to Tyler Jones fell incomplete before the QB kept the ball for three yards and found Medling through the air for a 40-yard pass and Greenfield’s first trip to the end zone since a win over West Carroll two weeks ago. Zach Grebe kicked the extra point and the Yellowjackets trailed 19-7 at the half, but had a renewed confidence.
Bruceton started the third on offense and picked up short ground gains from Watson, Jordan and Haynes to eat up the clock. On second-and-6 from the Greenfield 30, Howell connected with Williams on a pass to the end zone. The conversion failed, but tempers began to heat up as the first of several offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties was called.
Greenfield was limited to a quick three-and-out, but Jordan fumbled the ball back to the home team on a handoff. Returning the favor, a Potts pass was intercepted on third-and-long and the visitors held onto possession to end the third stanza.
Bruceton turned the ball over on downs, but Clay Thompson intercepted a pass from Potts and returned it for the Tiger touchdown. Batte’s kick missed the mark, but Bruceton led 31-7 with 8:49 left. Tempers continued to flare as three more offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called and two ejections were made, but Bruceton left Greenfield with the emotional win.
Potts finished with 121 passing yards and a touchdown. Medling had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.
The Yellowjackets will jump back into District 14-A action this Friday by traveling to take on the defending state champion Union City Golden Tornadoes at their War Memorial Stadium.
Bruceton 13 6 6 6 — 31
Greenfield 0 7 0 0 — 7
BHS — Chandler Jordan 10-yard run, (kick blocked), 8:17.
BHS — Haden Williams 35-yard pass from Hayden Howell, (Logan Batte kick), 2:25.
BHS — Howell 8-yard run, (kick failed), 5;15.
GHS — Brady Medling 40-yard pass from Dalton Potts, (Zach Grebe kick), 00:55.
BHS — Williams 30-yard pass from Howell, (conversion failed), 6:57.
BHS — Clay Thompson 18-yard interception return, (kick failed), 8:49.
First Downs 22 6
Rushes-yards 56-279 6-1
Passing yards 116 121
Comp-Att-Int 6-9-0 10-21-3
Punts 1-19 4-29.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 9-90 9-59
Rushing — Bruceton, Chandler Jordan 21-146, Bishop Haynes 14-78, Jeremy Watson 11-35, Hayden Howell 9-16, Haden Williams 1-4; Greenfield, Dalton Potts 3-8, Kadeem McDonald 3-(-7).
Passing — Bruceton, Howell 6-9-0 — 116; Greenfield, 10-21-3 — 121.
Receiving — Bruceton, Williams 5-101, Jordan 1-15; Greenfield, Brady Medling 3-46, Chase Smith 2-25, Steven Sawyers 2-25, Kadeem McDonald 1-15, Tyler Jones 2-10.
Records — Bruceton 2-3 (0-2 District 13-A), Greenfield 2-3 (1-1 District 14-A).
Next Game — In a pair of district games, Greenfield will travel to Union City, while Bruceton entertains Gleason. Both games will begin at 7:30 on Friday night.