Talk about what a difference seven days can make. From accumulating 515 yards and scoring 22 points in the final six minutes to take an incredible 42-41 victory the game before, J-H was held scoreless in the 36-0 debacle against Class 3A Mansfield this past Friday night.
It was a mistake filled second quarter that ruined any hope for victory as Mansfield took advantage of a pair of Tiger fumbles that help stretch a 6-0 first quarter advantage to a 30-0 halftime lead. A less than stellar defensive effort didn’t help either.
“We simply didn’t give the kind of effort needed,” said disgruntled head coach Terrance Blankenship. “I can overlook mistakes but I am not going to abide our guys not playing hard. That is unacceptable.”
The stats proved out what Blankenship was referring to. The Tigers could muster only 121yards of total offense on 28 plays compared to the 550 yards on 56 plays that was registered by Mansfield. A deeper look shows an even worse disparity beginning with Mansfield running 56 plays to just 29 for J-H
The J-H ground game managed only 49 yards on 22 carries which comes out to a 2.4 yards per carry average. Twenty eight of those came on one run by Brantrel Thompson. Other than that the Tigers rushed for 21 yards on 20 carries. This is compared to the 350 yards gained by Mansfield that came out to an 8.8 yard average or nearly four times as good.
The passing stats were even worse. J-H Quarterback Tydre Malone, who only played one half before sitting out the final two quarters due a calf injury, finished with 5 completions on seven attempts for 66 yards. Forty one of those yards came on one completion to Datre’Vion Bowie. Conversely Mansfield QB DeKeldrick Thomas hit on 9 of 16 passes for 202 yards and two TD’s for a 22.2 yard per reception average.
JHHS (2-1) 0 0 0 0 -0
MHS (1-2) 6 24 6 0- 36