Down 20-0 at Vinita Friday night during halftime, the Jay Bulldogs posted 28 second half points to pull out a 28-26 victory opening their Class 4A District 3 account.
“We didn’t make any adjustments at halftime other than an attitude adjustment,” Bulldog head coach Shane Holland said. “The coaches and I just gave the kids some encouragement.”
After spotting the Hornets (2-2, 0-1) three first-half touchdowns, Jay (2-2, 1-0) marched for their initial score of the night on their opening possession in the second half.
Senior Casey Loomis darted 50 yards to the end zone on a fourth and one spot. Loomis’ PAT sliced the Vinita edge to 13.
The Bulldogs notched their second touchdown of the third quarter when signal caller Brandon Edge dove in from a yard out. The Loomis PAT made it a 20-14 Hornet lead with 4:14 left in the frame.
The ensuing Hornet possession saw the home team march 70 yards in ten plays for an early fourth quarter touchdown.
Jay responded with 14 unanswered points on their next two possessions.
The first march was a 57-yard, 12-play drive that ended with an Edge rushing touchdown from five yards out. A 20-yard scramble from the junior quarterback on a fourth and 12 spot was the crucial play of the drive.
A Hornet fumble on their ensuing possession placed JHS just 35 yards from a go-ahead touchdown. The drive took seven plays and was capped with Edge’s third rushing touchdown of the night, this one from a yard out, with just 22 seconds left in the game. As in the earlier march the Bulldogs converted a crucial fourth down spot; this one a fourth and 12 situation that ended with a 17-yard Edge pass to Josh Ramsey.
After being held to under 100 yards on the ground against Pryor last week the Bulldog rushing attack was able to find its feet against Vinita. JHS posted 182 yards on the ground Friday night.
“We ran the ball more effectively (against Vinita),” Holland said.
Turnovers stymied each team Friday night. Vinita turned the ball over four times while the Bulldogs gave it away twice in the first half.
“In the first half we were moving the ball effectively but we were doing things to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Holland said. “We got close a couple of times in the first half but then we’d do something silly.
“We just weren’t able to finish our drives,” the coach added.
The final 24 minutes saw the Bulldogs rectify the situation.
“We played better in the second half,” Holland said.
Jay hosts Tulsa McLain (1-2, 0-1) this Friday at Earp Stadium.
Jay Bulldogs vs Vinita Hornets
Friday, September 25, 2009
JHS (2-2) 28, VHS (2-2) 26
1 2 3 4 F
JHS 0 0 14 14 28
VHS 7 13 0 6 26
RUSHING YARDS 182 167
PASSING YARDS 149 120
TOTAL YARDS 331 287
JHS INDIVIDUAL STATS
PASSING CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Edge 15 27 149 0 1
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD
Edge 14 80 5.7 3
Loomis 11 71 6.4 1
Baker 4 23 5.7
Payton 4 8 4.0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG
Larrabee 6 63 10.5
Davenport 4 44 11.0
K. Shambaugh 2 23 11.5
C. Williams 2 21 10.5
Loomis 1 (2)
I. Jones 6
K. Shambaugh 6
S. Jones 4
C. Williams 3
M. Williams 2