Jasper Holds On to Beat College Station on the Road, 21-16
[By Richard Croome, Special to ETSN.fm]
COLLEGE STATION — The Jasper Bulldogs moved the ball at will in the first half in building a 21-0 lead, but had to hang on for a 21-16 victory over College Station on Friday at Cougar Stadium.
Jasper's Terrance Cuney ran 16 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns, while Jamarcus Reed caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs (3-2) led 21-0 going to the fourth quarter before College Station (4-2) stormed back to make it a close game.
Jasper scored in four plays on its opening drive and took advantage of two short fields for their next points in building its lead.
After a 40 yard run by Shawn Jones, quarterback Steven Walker found 6-foot-5 receiver Jamarcus Reed at the goal line for a 40-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
Deroddrick Hadnot set up the next touchdown with a clever 28-yard punt return to the 9. Three plays later, Terrance Cuney took it in from the 2 with 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Markeith Cauley recovered a fumble at the 16 late in the second quarter and within seven seconds the Bulldogs had a 21-0 lead. A pass interference call against the Cougars on Reed put the ball on the 2, where Cuney obliged with his second touchdown for a three-score halftime lead.
Jasper could have been ahead by more at the break, but two fumbles, two interceptions and 70 yards of penalties killed four drives. The Bulldogs were flagged 13 times in all for 121 yards.
Meanwhile the Bulldog defense was doing its job, harrasing Cougar quarterback Cole Whittlesey and forcing him to throw the ball away for at least half of his 12 incompletions in the first half. The Cougars managed only 105 yards in the first half.
Jasper's Chris Spikes also had an interception on a Hail Mary attempt at the end of the half and Quentin Williams and Hadnot were responsible for recovering the Cougars’ other two fumbles.
College Station protected Whittlesey better as the second half went on and the junior quarterback began to make some big plays, the first a 66-yard pass to Jake Georgiades, which put the Cougars at the Bulldog 5. Jasper stiffened though and got a break when the Cougars were unable to get the snap down on a 33-yard field goal.
A 39-yard pass to Jeremiah Booker set up a five-yarder for a touchdown to Booker to get the Cougars on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter.
With 2:19 left the Cougars inched closer with a safety, 21-9, when the Bulldogs were set up to punt from their 8 and hiked the ball out of the end zone.
The play after the ensuing kickoff, Whittlesey hooked up with Charlie Glover for 23 yards, then found Chris Sennette wide open in the right flat for a 28-yard touchdown with 1:59 remaining to cut the Jasper lead to 21-16.
The Bulldogs recovered a quick-kick onside attempt by the Cougars, and when Cuney powered his way for 10 yards and a first down, all Jasper had to do was run out the clock.
Jasper managed only 48 yards in the second half and punted five times after 243 yards and no punts in the opening half.
Jasper 21, College Station 16
Cougar Stadium, College Station
Jasper -- 14 7 0 0 — 21
College Station -- 0 0 0 16 — 16
J — Jamarcus Reed 40 pass from Steve Walker (Marco Lopez kick) -- 7:23
J — Terrance Cuney 2 run ( Lopez kick) -- 0:41
J — Cuney 2 run (Lopez kick) -- 0:46
CS — Jeremiah Booker 5 pass from Cole Whittlesey (Evan Crockett kick) -- 8:50
CS — Safety, ball snapped out of end zone -- 2:19
CS — Chris Sennette 28 pass from Whittlesey (Crockett kick) -- 1:59
Rushing 42-232 32-65
Passing 59 238
Passes 4-11-2 13-31-1
Punting 5-37.0 6-36.4
Fumbles 3-2 3-3
Penalties 13-121 10-93
Rushing: Jasper — Shawn Jones 2-38; Terrence Cuney 16-96; Randy Spikes 10-72. CS — Rajah Preciado 11-21; Cole Whittlesey 8-23; Chris Sennette 4-26, Adam Bond 6-19.
Passing: Jasper -- Steven Walker 2-7-0; Randy Spikes 2-4-2. CS — Whittlesey 13-31-1 .
Receiving: Jasper -- Jamarcus Reed 3-53; Daniel Adams 1-6. CS — Randy Cessna 1-18; Rajah Preciado 1-15; Jeremiah Booker 3-48; Chris Sennette 3-45, Jake Georgiades 1-66; Adam Bond 2-6, Charlie Glover 2-40.