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September 20, 2017

9/9/2017 5:24:00 AM
FOOTBALL WEEK THREE: Ironmen win big at Gallia Academy, 34-0
Blake McCoy
Blake McCoy

Sports Editor

GALLIPOLIS - The Jackson Ironmen used a familiar formula, en route to a 34-0 win over Gallia Academy in Friday's renewal of the old SEOAL rivalry at Memorial Field.


Jackson limited the Blue Devils to just 125 yards of total offense, including 19 rushing yards, which averaged out to be a little over a half-a-yard per carry.

"I thought our defense played with more energy in the second half," said Jackson head coach Andy Hall. "I thought we were a little flat in the first half. Our tackling was more solid and our pass rush did a better job."

The final result was a shutout to post the team's second goose egg in its last three games; the first being a 35-0 shutout over county-rival Wellston in week one.

The Ironmen's offense, meanwhile, amassed 395 yards in total offense, including 307 rushing yards, led by senior tailback Blake McCoy, who ran 18 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition, Coach Hall said he will demand more from his young quarterback Jared Icenhower and he didn't disappoint on Friday.

The sophomore completed 5 of 8 passes for 88 yards, with one interception, his first as the Ironmen's starting quarterback and one touchdown, also his first.

Gallia Academy (1-2) was able to complete enough short passes in the flat to move the ball at times, but the Blue Devils were unable to get its running game going.

The closest they came to scoring came on a drive late in the second quarter that stalled at the Jackson 16-yard line.

"This was a hard-fought win," said Hall. "Give Gallia Academy credit for staying with their game plan. They had a run/pass option that was hard to defend. I was unhappy that we missed some open-field tackles, especially in the first half.

"Penalties also hurt us and it seemed like every time we had some momentum, we had a penalty."

Overall, the Ironmen were flagged seven times for 45 yards, as compared to four times for 30 yards for Gallia Academy.

Jackson (3-0) got off to a slow start, before McCoy capped a 55-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

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The jet-sweep added another dimension to Jackson's offense in last week's 31-7 win over Fairfield Union. They went back to it in the second quarter, as Evans - who had two touchdown runs last week - worked his magic again with a 38-yard touchdown run midway in the second quarter to give Jackson a 13-0 lead going in at halftime.

The Ironmen took the second half kickoff and drove 65-yards for a score on their opening drive to begin the third quarter. McCoy capped the eight-play drive with a 12-yard run to extend Jackson's lead to 20-0.

He added his third touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run with 43.5 seconds left and Evans was on the receiving end of a 10-yard touchdown pass from Icenhower in the fourth to conclude the scoring for the game.

"I thought we were able to dictate the tempo in the second half," Hall said. "We just needed to get back to our power game and wear them out and I think we did that.

"Our offensive line is the strength of our football team and I told our guys at halftime that we were going to run off-tackle and try to run the ball down their throats. Our guys were excited about that."

On special teams, senior kicker Michael Benson made 4-of-5 extra-point kicks and only punted one time for 40 yards.

Jackson remains on the road Friday, Sept. 15 when they travel to Mount Orab to take on Western Brown. Then the schedule gets tougher with a home game against Wheelersburg, before beginning five-weeks of Frontier Athletic Conference play.

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