Special to the Grove Sun
Special to the Grove Sun
JAY- From the opening kickoff to the final whistle Friday night at Jay B. Earp Stadium, the Jay Bulldogs dominated the McDonald County Mustangs in virtually every category. And while Bulldog quarterback Brandon Edge was extremely sharp, connecting on 12 of 18 for over 200 yards, Kyle Shambaugh put on a one-man clinic with 4 touchdowns, a two-point conversion, a half dozen tackles and an interception.
Jay received the opening kickoff and started their first offensive series on their own 29. McDonald County jumped offside before the first snap. And on a first and five to go from the 34, Edge went to his right with Shai Jones trailing. The Bulldog signal caller got the defense to bite on a fake, delivered a perfectly timed pitch to Jones and 66 yards later Jones crossed the goal line. J.J Meeker connected on the first of his four point after kicks.
Led defensively by senior Ben Edwards, the Bulldogs held the Mustangs to a three and out series that forced a punt.
Taking control on their own 37, Jay crossed midfield on a 14-yard scamper by junior tailback Hayden White. An illegal procedure penalty backed the ‘Dogs up to the 50 yard line. Scrambling to his right, Edge waited just long enough for Shambaugh to separate from a pair of defenders. With the ball thrown just a little bit short, the gifted junior receiver went high into the air, and outbattled the defenders for the ball. Shambaugh then tucked the football and broke to the end zone, where he outran the defensive secondary for his first TD of the night.
On the ensuing kickoff, McDonald County managed to move the sticks twice, but a pair of holding penalties made things rough for the visitors. And on a third and long, Shambaugh intercepted the Mustang quarterback’s next pass attempt on the Jay 37.
Again, the hometown offense picked up a pair of first downs and crossed into enemy territory. But on a second and long, McDonald’s Nick Wolfe stepped in between an Edge to Jones pass attempt for an interception. The Mustang offense was able to pick up a first down, but their drive faltered and they were forced to punt. The resulting kick only traveled 15 yards, giving the Bulldogs the ball near midfield.
And on a third and eight, Edge found White for a 31-yard completion deep into the other side of the field. The ‘Dogs increased their lead when Edge and Shambaugh combined for another TD pass and catch, this time from 26 yards out.
Down 22-0 McDonald County was forced to the air to no avail and punted the ball away. Shambaugh fielded the kick on the fly and outran the entire Mustang defense, for a spectacular 58-yard punt return for six more and a 29-0 lead.
The visitor’s offense put together their best drive of the night on their next possession. Taking 16 snaps and moving the chains six times, McDonald County got their first and only TD on a 24 yard pass, with under 10 seconds to play in the half.
Neither team scored in the third period, but on the second snap of the fourth, Edge connected with Izack Wilson for a 40-yard reception into the ‘red zone.’ Facing a fourth and goal, Edge found Shambaugh for the Bulldogs fifth and Shambaugh’s fourth score of the game. Following the Jay touchdown, the game was contested by much of the respective bench players as the Bulldogs cruised to the 36-7 victory. Jay opens district play next Friday at Miami.
Jay 36, McDonald Co, Mo
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Jay 15 14 0 7 36
McDonald 0 7 0 0 7
J-Jones 66-yard run (Meeker kick)
J-Shambaugh 50-yard pass from Edge (Shambaugh 2-pt pass from Jones)
J-Shambaugh 26-yard pass from Edge (Meeker kick)
J-Shambaugh 58-yard punt return (Meeker kick)
M-Kemp 10-yard pass from Pilson (Buttram kick)
J-Shambaugh 4-yard pass from Edge (Meeker kick)