Gryphons cruise past Blues
Sep. 21, 2013 @ 05:15 AM
Thomas Jefferson head coach Jerry Cash said before Friday’s game with the Asheville School that he wanted to run the ball. His Gryphons did exactly that, rushing for 276 yards on 47 carries in a 28-7 win.
But it was the special teams that swung the game in the Gryphons favor as Efrim Borders took a kickoff back 90 yards to give TJCA a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
“I thought that was the pivotal play in the game,” said Cash. “They had gotten the momentum and we were tired. Efrim made a great play right there but I’m proud of our whole team, especially the defense and the quarterbacks.”
It was a field position battle early as both teams traded punts to start the game. On the Gryphons second possession, Mason Martin ripped off a 57 yard run inside the Blues 3. Coty Flynn found pay dirt on the next play. The extra point was no good, but the home team led 6-0 midway through the quarter. The rest of the frame was uneventful as TJCA led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Gryphons effort was aided by six Asheville School penalties for 50 yards in the quarter. TJCA looked to take advantage as they opened of the second quarter with a pair of first downs. Flynn then picked up 18 more yards on a draw and Trey McGhee put TJCA in the redzone.
Another run by McGhee put the Gryphons on the goal line. Martin then punched it across and also ran in for the tw0-point conversion to push the advantage to 14-0 with 4:35 left. Tyler Mitchell snuffed out a Blues drive with three seconds left to leave the tally 14-0 at the break.
TJCA had a special team’s breakdown on their first possession of the second half. A blocked punt set Asheville School up deep in Gryphon territory.
Naeem Swinton capped the drive with a 3-yard sweep to the far side. The extra point was good as the Blues cut the deficit to 14-7.
The special teams surrendered a big play, but then they made up for it in a big way. Borders took the ensuing kickoff in at the 10, broke up the middle and went untouched for a 90-yard score. Mason Fenner booted the extra point as TJCA regained a two score lead, 21-7
After a Blues punt, Martin found Fenner on a deep pass down the near sideline. 75 yards later he crossed the goal line for a 28-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to the backups as Nick Mintz engineered a long drive, but Fenner missed a 35-yard field goal wide left.
Asheville School then began to drive late in the game, but Joseph Bradshaw pounced on a fumble while Borders secured an interception on the final play of the game to seal the 28-7 win.
Asheville School 7 Thomas Jefferson 28
AS^0^0^7^0 - 7
TJ^6^8^14^0 - 28
First quarter TJ C. Flynn 3 yard run (PAT no good)
Second quarter TJ M. Martin 3 yard run (2pt conv. Martin run)
Third quarter AS N. Swinton 3yaard run (A. Husain PAT)
TJ E. Borders 90 yard kickoff return ( M. Fenner PAT)
TJ M. Martin 75 yard pass to M. Fenner (M. Fenner PAT)
RUSHING- AS: J. Evans 13-55 N.Swinton 9-38 TD K. Cobb 6-30 M. Carolton 1-17 D. Schill 3-8 K. Depraeter 1-3 TJCA: M. Martin 12-97 TD C. Flynn 11-93 TD N. Mintz 7-10 T. McGhee 5-42 E. Borders 10-28. S. McCraw 2-6
PASSING- AS: D. Schill5-8-0 68 K.Depraeter 0-5 TJ: M.Martin 2-4-0 87 TD N. Mintz 1-2-0 6
RECEIVING- AS: N. Swinton 3-45 K. Cobb 1-11 A. Husain 1-5 TJ: M. Fenner 1-75 TD E. Borders 1-12 T. Mitchell 1-6