TJCA falls to Bessemer City
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons just couldn’t stop Cedric Mackey. The junior fullback rushed for 308 yards on 43 carries and three touchdowns as TJCA fell 40-21 Friday night at Bessemer City.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets are in the driver’s in the Southern Piedmont Conference at 5-4, 3-0 SPC.
“We had very poor tackling tonight,” said TJCA head coach Jerry Cash. “He was a lot stronger then we thought. .”
Bessemer City’s workhorse Cedric Mackey carried the load on the opening drive. He ran for three first downs and capped the drive on a six yards out to give the Yellow Jackets an early 7-0 lead.
After a Gryphon punt, the home team converted a pair of third downs. Quarterback Tyler Bess then ran for a long first
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down. Mackey did the same and Bess then finished the drive with an athletic 11-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Gryphon defense finally forced a punt early in the second, but Efrim fumbled the punt and Bessemer City recovered. The Yellow Jackets converted that miscue into points as Mackey scored from 7 yards out to make the tally 20-0.
Mason Martin looked to find Borders to start the next drive but threw an interception. Jha’Qui Adams picked off the pass and eventually scored on a 39-yard sweep . The conversion was no good to leave the score at 26-0.
TJCA got some rhythm on their final drive of the half. Seth McCraw ripped up a pair of long runs but the drive looked as if it would stall. Borders then made a big play as he burst through the line on a fourth-and-3 for a 15-yard score.
Bessemer City responded behind Mackey who ripped off a 43-yard run and scored on an 9-yard scamper to make the halftime score 32-7
Borders took the second half kickoff to the Bessemer City 38. A first down run by Borders put the Gryphons in the in the redzone. A holding penalty did not matter as Borders reeled in a 32-yard touchdown catch. Mason Fenner booted the extra point to cut the deficit to 32-14.
TJCA then forced a turnover on downs and moved across midfield on a run by Coty Flynn but the drive stalled as the quarter ended with the score at 32-14. Martin broke a tackle and scored on a 14 yard run to cut the deficit to 32-21. Coty Flynn the pounced on a fumble, but Martin returned the favor with an interception on the next play. Mackey then melted the clock until Bess hit Josh Davis on a 14 yard slant for a touchdown to put the game out of reach 40-21.
The Gryphons (6-3,1-2 SPC) look to snap their current two game skid as they host Pine Lake Prep next week.
Thomas Jefferson 21, Bessemer City 40
BC –Mackey 5 yd TD run, xpt good (8:45)
BC - Bess 11 yd TD run, xpt good (1:08)
BC – Mackey 7 yd TD run, xpt no good (7:08)
BC – Adams 34 yd TD run, xpt no good (4:30)
TJ – Borders 15 yd TD run, xpt good (1:28)
BC – Mackey 9yd TD run, xpt no good (0:23)
TJ – Borders 32 yd TD pass from Martin, xpt good (6:55)
TJ – Martin 14 yd TD run , xpt good (11:10)
BC – Davis 14 yd TD pass from Bess, 2pt conv good (2:41)
RUSHING- TJ – Borders 11-80-TD, Martin 7-38-TD, McCraw 4-36, Flynn 5-20, McGhee 1-(-2), Mintz 2-(-1) BC – Mackey 43-308, Bess 14-82, Davis 6-46, Adams 3-34
PASSING- TJ – Martin 3-7-59, Mintz 0-2-0, Borders 0-1-0 BC – Bess 1-1-14, Adams 0-1-0
RECEIVING- TJ – Borders 1-32-TD, Fenner 1-24, Flynn 1-1 BC – Davis 1-14-TD