Jay put to good use what it learned in a season-opening loss to Gravette, Ark. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter then breezed to a 41-7 victory over Miami Friday night at Robertson Field.
"I think we learned some things from that game (a 28-8 loss)," Jay head coach Shane Holland said. "We learned we had to play with that up-tempo. It opened our eyes."
This was Jay’s first win against the Wardogs since 2002, a 24-16 decision.
And it was just the fifth win for the Bulldogs in 20 games against Miami dating back to 1988.
The Wardogs had minus-13 yards rushing on 21 attempts and wound up with a mere 59 yards total.
"I was just awfully proud of our kids," Holland said. "We would like to have converted touchdowns out of those early field goals, but we stayed after them.
“Defensively I was pretty proud of those kids. We were able to control the running game, which was my concern," Holland added.
Casey Loomis nailed field goals of 30 and 22 yards on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions to give the visitors a 6-0 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
Jay bumped its lead to 27-0 at the half on touchdown runs of six and two yards by tailback Bubba Baker, then quarterback Brandon Edge found tight end Josh Ramsey wide open for a 22-yard TD strike.
The Wardogs’ lone touchdown drive was an impressive one.
They took the second-half kickoff and marched 72 yards in 10 plays, with Casey Carson teaming with a wide-open Casey Millard on a 22-yard strike.
Caleb Potter nailed the extra point, narrowing the gap to 27-7 with 8:56 left in the third quarter.
"At halftime I asked for our guys to play Wardog football with their hearts and to play hard-nosed, inspired football," Miami coach Micah Nall said.
"We came out in the second half and showed that for a little bit. It was fun. It was exciting. The guys were smiling and having fun," Nall said.
The momentum carried over defensively.
Baker gained nine on the first play following the kickoff, then the Bulldogs were flagged for illegal procedure.
Delmo Crouch was nailed for a two-yard loss by Spencer York and York and Steve Maxson sacked Edge for a six-yard loss.
Another motion penalty on fourth down pushed Jay back to its 32. Loomis’38-yard punt was downed at the MHS 30.
Jimmy Sharp lost three yards, then Carson threw incomplete on the next two plays.
Miami never threatened again.
"One guy didn’t do his assignment, we lost yards and it was back downhill," Nall said. "It takes 11 guys on every play making plays. In two games, we’ve played eight quarters total, but we’ve really only played four. We’ve played two half-games, but that’s not enough to win against anybody."
Edge teamed with wide receiver Indy Jones on a 24-yard touchdown on the first play after a short punt by Millard.
The Bulldogs, who had never scored more than 28 points in a game against Miami, ran the lead to the final margin with a 40-yard interception return by Crouch and the ensuing PAT kick by Jones with 6:12 remaining.
"Offensively, our line played pretty well," Holland said. "Brandon threw the ball well and we had some kids make some awfully nice catches. Indy’s catch in the second half was a great one."
The game in figures
Jay 41, Miami 7
Jay 6 21 0 14 ‹ 41
Miami 0 0 7 0 ‹ 07
Jay ‹ FG, Loomis 30, 5:52
Jay ‹ FG, Loomis 22, 2:43
Jay ‹ Baker 6 run (Loomis kick), 10:20
Jay ‹ Baker 2 run (Loomis kick), 6:22
Jay ‹ Ramsey 22 pass from Edge (Loomis kick), 2:38
Miami ‹ Millard 22 pass from Carson (Potter kick), 8:56
Jay ‹ Jones 24 pass from Edge (Loomis kick), 10:22
Jay ‹ Crouch 40 interception return (Jones kick), 6:12
First downs 15 5
Rushes-yards 42-160 21-(-13)
Passing yards 121 72
Return yards 135 1
Comp-att-int 8-11-0 10-22-2
Punts-avg. 1-39.0 7-30.4
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 3-25 6-38
RUSHING ‹ Jay, Baker 16-77, Crouch 6-32, Jones 2-28, Edge 9-20, Nelson 6-8,
Loomis 1-(-1), Wilson 1-(-4). Miami, Sharp 13-9, Robinson 1-3, Carson 6-0,
PASSING ‹ Jay, Edge 8-11-0-121. Miami, Carson 10-22-2-72.
RECEIVING ‹ Jay, Loomis 3-33, Jones 1-24, Ramsey 1-22, Davenport 1-20, Baker
1-20, Shambaugh 1-0. Miami, Millard 3-31, Walker 2-20, Sharp 2-(-4), Flick
1-17, Hipkins 1-8, Robinson 1-0.