Gryphons batter Rams, earn first shutout in team history
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons (5-1) earned their first shutout in team history with a 46-0 romp over Highland Tech Friday night.
“If they scored, they scored but I’m very proud of our young guys for holding them out of the end zone,” said TJCA head coach Jerry Cash.
Chris Causby sealed the shutout with a late interception, but Coty Flynn stole the show with a three touchdown runs and a safety.
“Coty has been playing so much better since we moved him to defensive tackle,” said Cash. “He also made some nice runs to finish off drives.”
Thomas Jefferson took the opening kickoff and found the end zone in three plays. Efrim Borders reeled in a long catch and garnered a long run to put the Gryphons on the goal line.
Coty Flynn punched it across on the next play and Mason Fenner booted the extra point to give TJCA an early 7-0 lead. The teams traded punts before TJCA found the end zone again on their first drive of the second quarter.
On that drive, Mason Martin found Fenner on a swing pass for 15 yards and Borders took the same play for 10 more yards. That set the Gryphons up on the Rams 30 and Flynn covered that distance with a burst up the middle to make the tally 14-0.
That drive seemed to wake up the offense. After Michael Minder nearly caused a safety on third down, the resulting punt only traveled 18 yards to put the Gryphons inside the red zone to start the drive.
Pass completions to Borders and Fenner set up Trey McGhee’s 1-yard plunge. Fenner’s extra point split the uprights as the visitors grabbed a three touchdown lead at 21-0.
After a three and out by the defense, TJCA took all of one play to find pay dirt once again.
Fenner ran under a deep pass from Martin for a 73-yard score. Another three and out by the Gryphons led to a recovery of a bobbled snap on a punt at the Rams 18. Three incomplete pass led to a 30-yard field goal by Fenner to close out the scoring in the half 31-0.
Highland Tech received the second half kickoff and once again went three and out. Another poor punt gave the Gryphons a short field and Flynn took advantage with his third score of the night. The two-point conversion was no good.
The rest of the quarter belonged to the backups and neither team could find the end zone, leaving the score at 37-0.
The defense got in on the action early in the final frame as Flynn broke through the line and tackled the ball carrier in the end zone.
Steven Hargro closed the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run to account for 46-0 final.