Going into the district 3-2A contest against Many on Friday, the JHHS coaching staff hoped they would witness a special performance. They did! It was just from the wrong team. In record setting fashion, JHHS lost to the top ranked team in Division III, 58-0 as Many scored touchdowns on all nine of their possession and added a defensive score to boot. With the victory, Many improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in 3-2A, while JHHS dropped to 2-6 and 0-3 in district play.
The point total was the most given up in 20 years when Oak Grove scored 60 in 2002 and ranks sixth all time in most points allowed. The 44 points scored in the first half along is now second in school annals following the 51 points that Oak Grove (again) scored in 1998 and the 58 point deficit is fourth worse ever.
“I don’t know what to say,” said bewildered Tiger coach Terrance Blankenship following the worst defeat he had ever suffered in his ten year tenure. “Give Many credit. They are a very good football team. The good news is that this was just one game but obviously we have to improve if we hope to make the playoffs.”
OUCH! The statistics of the contest bear out the brutal beating. Many had 23 first downs compared to 3 for JHHS. Two of those were result of penatly. Think that is bad? Many rushed the ball 38 times for 387 yards. The Tigers ran the ball 10 times for a MINUS 56 YARDS. It is true, that 32 of those came on one play but still the futility goes down as the all time worse rushing result by a Tiger team in the 103 year history of competition.
What about the passing stats? Many had thrown the ball only 8 times all year completing five. On Friday, the host team that was celebrating Homecoming, went 5 for 5 for 84 yards with four touchdowns. Conversely, JHHS completed 4 of 16 passes for 35 yards with 29 of those coming on the Tigers final possession against the Many second team. Total yardage was 471 for Many and MINUS 15 for JHHS.
Insult to Injury! To make matters worse, JHHS will now be forced to play their final two games of the year without starting quarterback Dominick Strickland, who suffered a dislocated patella (kneecap) and is now out for the season.
Over early! In all reality the contest was over less than three minutes from when it started. On the first play from scrimmage Many scored on a 64 yard run. Two plays later, the snap sailed past the Tiger quarterback and by the time the play was over the ball had been booted 32 yards out of the back of the end zone for a safety. After receiving the free kick, Many ran two plays and then completed the first of their four TD passes to up the lead to 16-0.
Bad to Worse! A beautiful punt by Freshman Dakota Knox pinned Many at their own 9 yard line. Bouyed by two 15 yard penalites against JHHS, Many traversed the distant in four plays to go up 23-0 and then on the first play of the second quarter scored again on a three play drive. The lead ballooned to 37-0 after another three play drive leading to one final score by Many before the half that left JHHS down 44-at the break. With the clock running constantly in the second half, JHHS and Many got only two possessions each with Many scoring on both of theirs. The first came on a four play drive and the final score acheived by the Many reserves in eight plays.