2017-11-15 / Front Page

War Eagles dominate Miller County 30-14

The Jenkins County War Eagles steamrolled their way into the GHSA Class A State Playoffs with a strong 7-3 record. Being ranked #14 in the State earned the War Eagles the first ever State Playoff game to be played at Roy Head Stadium.

In the first round, the War Eagles were Matched against the #19 Miller County Pirates from Colquitt. Excitement and a buzz was evident as the War Eagles kicked off to start the game, raced down the field and tackled the Miller County kick returner at the 5 yard line.

Miller County came into the game with a high powered rushing attack led by Junior Running Back Chris Stovall. Stovall came into the contest with just over 1600 yards rushing on the season. However, it would be the War Eagle Defense which would own this night. On Miller County’s first possession, three straight running plays would go for negative yardage and the Pirates were forced to punt to JCHS from its own end zone. After the Miller County punt, the War Eagles took over at the Pirate 38 yard line and it wouldn’t take long for the War Eagle offense to find pay dirt. After a couple toss sweeps and a holding call, the War Eagle offense was backed up to the 42 yard line. But Junior quarterback Alroy Parham called his own number around the left side and raced into the end zone for the touchdown to put the War Eagles on top, 6-0. Senior Bryce Joyner added the extra point to make the score 7-0 much to the delight of the War Eagle nation. However, the Pirates matched the score with a touchdown drive of their own and converted a two point conversion to put Miller County up 8-7 as the first quarter came to a close.

The War Eagles had a nice drive deep into Miller County territory but was stopped on 4th down by the Pirate Defense and Miller County took over at its own 14 yard line. After a first down, freshman Codey Hagens reached in and knocked the ball loose and the War Eagles recovered the fumble.

The offense was again stopped by its own mistakes and turned the ball over on downs. The War Eagle defense again rose to the occasion and forced a quick punt from Miller County setting up the War Eagle offense close to midfield. After a Pirate pass interference on the first play from scrimmage, Parham found junior Michael Milton in the end zone for a 38 yard touchdown pass, the Joyner extra point was good, and the War Eagles moved back in front 14- 8. Like all great teams do, the Jenkins County defense seized the momentum and continued to stymie the powerful Pirate rushing attack.

Both teams headed to the locker room at halftime with the War Eagles on top 14- 8. The War Eagles received the second half kickoff and picked up a couple of quick first downs, but were forced to punt. Punter Alroy Parham again showed off his impressive leg and pinned Miller County deep in its own territory. The War Eagle defense held Miller County to a quick 3 and out took over again at midfield. The War Eagle offense produced an impressive march down the field and Junior Jujuan Major punched it in from the 3 yard line and the War Eagles stretched their lead to 20-8. Major added the two point conversion and the War Eagles extended their lead to 22-8 midway through the 3rd quarter. The War Eagle defense, led by Andrea Young, Tyquavian Evans, Dominique Stephens, and Robert Coney, continued to suffocate and frustrate Miller County on their next possession and forced another quick punt.

The War Eagles headed to the 4th quarter up 22-8 and driving deep into Pirate territory. Running behind the powerful offensive line led by Garrison Underwood, Tyrone Williams, Bryce Joyner, Cannon Griffin, Austin Hermann, and Johnathan Coleman, the War Eagle offense once again drove the ball right down the field and capped off another scoring drive with a 12 yard Touchdown run by Jujuan Major and put the War Eagles firmly in front 28-8, the two point conversion was good and the War Eagles led 30-8. Miller County would score a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to make the final score Jenkins County 30 Miller County 14.

With the win, Jenkins County improves to 8-3 on the season and advances to the 2nd Round of the GHSA Class A State Playoffs. The War Eagles will head over to Twin City to play the ECI Bulldogs at Rountree Stadium Friday. Kickoff set for 7:30 pm!

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