|10/13/2018 6:56:00 AM|
FOOTBALL: Ironmen lose to Hillsboro 27-21 in overtime
Jackson cornerback Brice Parks, who made the Monroe Collision of The Game, tackles Mark Galimore of Hillsboro for a loss during the overtime period in a FAC game at Alumni Stadium on Friday night. The Indians scored the game-winning touchdown on the next play on a 23-yard pass from Mason Swayne to Luke Middleton. (Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
JACKSON - The Jackson defense sold out to stop the run, but Hillsboro had a secret weapon at tight end in Luke Middleton, who was left uncovered for a 23-yard touchdown catch in overtime to give the Indians a 27-21 win and spoil Senior Night on Friday in a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup at Alumni Stadium.
"Two good football teams and it comes down to the wire. That is just how it is," said Jackson head coach Andy Hall. "This is not how our 14 seniors wanted to go out in their final home game, but I told them after the game, we still have something to play for."
Middleton is probably not a "know where he is at all times" type of player, but he answered the call on a perfect throw and catch from quarterback Mason Swayne.
"We knew coming in, we may give up a pass play here and there against them," said Hall. "We were trying to stop the run, and they did a great job of setting that up."
The score came after the Indians' defense stopped Jackson (5-3, 2-1 FAC), who got the ball first in overtime. A run by Caleb Haller netted two yards, and on the next play, Jackson quarterback Jared Icenhower's pass was picked off by Justin Spears in the end zone.
However, the presence of Mark Galimore and Deon Burns was felt throughout the game, as they combined for 227 rushing yards on 41 carries to lead the Indians.
Galimore, who finished with 114 yards rushing on 14 carries, helped stake the Indians to a 21-14 lead on a nine-yard touchdown catch from Swayne, who scored on the two-point conversion attempt with 4:32 left in the fourth quarter. The touchdown pass came on fourth-and-5, as the Indians converted three third and two fourth down conversions on the 17-play, 70-yard drive, which began with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter.
The Ironmen came back to tie the game and set the stage for overtime on their ensuing drive on Brice Graham's eight-yard touchdown run with 1:13 to go.
"It was good to get Brice in there after being out for three weeks with an injury," said Hall. "We were down by one score with three minutes to go, and I was proud of our offense. It came down to we didn't get enough offensive snaps. I can't fault our guys' effort. We played hard."
Prior to the game, 16 Jackson seniors were celebrated during a pregame ceremony at Alumni Stadium.
It was Hillsboro (7-1, 2-1 FAC), who tried to make an early statement when Josh Keets returned the opening kickoff 80 yards, before being run out of bounds at the Jackson 10-yard line. Moreover, the Indians turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-goal from the 1 when Swayne fumbled on a quarterback sneak. The ball bounced into the hands of Burns, who was taken down for a two-yard loss.
All total, there were 19 runs between the two teams with four passes from Icenhower in the first quarter, as one was picked off at the Jackson 37 by Swayne, resulting in no score after the first 12 minutes.
After Jackson was flagged for a 15-yard penalty that extended a Hillsboro drive on fourth-and-8 in the second quarter, Burns capped the 8-play, 79-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 5:44 left.
"There first touchdown, that was my fault," said Hall. "I should've called timeout. We tried to get a punt return set up, we ran a guy out late that got us the penalty and they wound up scoring. That's all on me, and I told the kids at halftime, it should've been 14-0 instead of 14-7.
"But our kids responded in the second quarter and was able to score. Then we got a stop and scored again when Icenhower hit Brody Landrum on a seam route for a touchdown."
Jackson indeed responded with a 16-yard touchdown reception by Landrum from Icenhower on the Ironmen's ensuing drive, and after an 18-yard reception by Reid Evans, Icenhower found Landrum yet again to take the lead.
"He played great, and it was nice to get him back healthy," Hall said about Landrum.
The scoring pass was from 27-yards out to give Jackson a 14-7 lead going in at the half.
Hillsboro, which grabbed the momentum to open the second half, after holding the Ironmen to a three-and-out on their opening possession, closed the gap on a 12-play, 91-yard scoring drive. Burns ran four times for 30 yards during the drive, and Swayne got the Ironmen defense to bite on a fake to Burns, as he and raced 21-yards for the score.
After a missed extra-point, however, the Ironmen held a slim 14-13 lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
Hillsboro mastered the game of keep away in the second half, running 34 plays to Jackson's 21 and outgained the Ironmen 329-263 in total offensive yards.
"The key was, they ran 20 or 25 more plays than us," said Hall. "In the second half, they dominated time of possession. We went three-and-out in our first series of the second half, which wasn't what we wanted to do. From there, they were able to go down and score.
"We had a couple of turnovers also that hurt us tonight. In a game like this, possessions are crucial, so you can't turn the ball over, and we did. This was a tough loss."
The Ironmen will close out the regular season on the road at Greenfield-McClain and Chillicothe the next two weeks
Hillsboro is at Miami Trace next week and will host McClain in week 10.
Hillsboro 0 7 6 8 6 - 27
Jackson 0 14 0 7 0 - 20
H - Deon Burns, 2-yard run (Reece Bloomfield kick), 8-plays, 79-yards, 5:44 (7-0)
J - Brody Landrum, 16-yard pass from Jared Icenhower (Trent Wolford kick), 7-plays, 50-yards, 2:32 (7-7)
J - Brody Landrum, 27-yard pass from Jared Icenhower (Trent Wolford kick), 3-plays, 81-yards, 1:00 (14-6)
H - Mason Swayne, 21-yard run (Kick failed), 12-plays, 91-yards, 4:32, (14-13)
H - Mark Galimore, 9-yard pass from Mason Swayne (Mark Swayne run), 17-plays, 70-yards, 4:58 (21-14)
J - Brice Graham, 8-yard run (Trent Wolford kick), 10-plays, 54-yards, 1:13 (21-21)
H - Luke Middleton, 23-yard pass from Mason Swayne, 3-plays, 20-yards (27-21)
First Downs 18 12
Scrimmage Plays 65 44
Rushing (No.-Yds.) 59-297 29-158
Passing (Cmp.-Att.-Int.) 2-6-1 9-15-2
Passing Yards 32 106
Total Yards 329 263
Fumbles (No.-Lost) 2-0 0-0
Penalties (No.-Yards) 2-10 5-50
Punts (No.-Avg.) 2-23.5 4-35.25
Hillsboro: Mark Galimore 14-114, Deon Burns 27-113 (1 TD), Josh Keets 7-34, Mason Swayne 8-32 (1 TD), James Coday 3-4; Jackson: Jared Icenhower 10-63, Caleb Haller 5-41, Brody Landrum 2-26, Brice Graham 3-14 (1 TD), Jaiden Spires 4-12, Brice Parks 1-3, Reid Evans 3-2.
Hillsboro: Mason Swayne 2-5-1 32 yards (2 TDs), Reece Bloomfield 0-1-0 0 yards; Jackson: Jared Icenhower 9-15-2 106 yards (2 TDs).
Hillsboro: Luke Middleton 1-23 (1 TD), Mark Galimore 1-9 (1 TD); Jackson: Brody Landrum 4-53 (2 TDs), Reid Evans 2-25, Drew Bragg 2-17, Treylan Davis 1-11.
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