Friday night, September 6th the East Gadsden High School Jaguars hosted the Rams from Panama City Rutherford High School in a non-conference football contest.
If you attended this game and left after the first quarter, then you missed out on a great football game. Yes, the home team Jaguars did dig themselves a pretty big hole to have to claw out of in that first quarter. Fumbles, missed tackles and blown assignments all had a part in helping dig that hole.
But, early in the second quarter the home team found their stride. Trailing 28-7, the Jaguars started mounting a comeback and began chipping away at the visiting Rams’ lead. For the rest of the half they would ride the right arm of quarterback Al Peterson and a hard-hitting tenacious defense to cut the Rams’ lead to just three points, 31-28, at half time.
When the Jaguars returned to the field to start the third quarter they continued the determination and discipline that had allowed them to get back into this contest. The second half definitely belonged to the Jaguars. The defense only allowed the visitors to put three points on the board in the second half. The Jaguar offense tacked on three more touchdowns in the second half and came away with a 49-34 home field win.
Once this Jaguar team settled down and started playing what they like to call “Jaguar Football” it was a much different football team on the field Friday night. Give the Rams a lot of credit for pushing this Jaguar team to the limit and forcing them to buckle down and play hard to get back in this game. The visitors never gave up, they were just flat outplayed in the second half.
Keys to this win had to be the Jaguars ability to hit the deep pass. Two of their touchdown passes were over 70 yards each. They also broke a long touchdown run of 68 yards. The Jaguars’ ability to come up with long plays on offense and some smothering pressure on defense definitely turned the tide in this contest.