October 9, 2010
The Kennesaw Mountain Jr Mustangs upset the Sprayberry Jr Jackets, 14-12, in a wild and exciting 8th Grade football game at Jim Frazier Stadium. Both teams are now 2-4 overall during the Regular Season.
After a scoreless First Half, the Jr Jackets took the lead in the Third Quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rakeem Myricks from Jontae Williams (PAT attempt no good). Kennesaw Mountain tied the game at 6-6 in the Fourth Quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run (two-point conversion run no good).
The Jr Mustrangs then stunned the Jr Jackets with a 60-yard touchdown pass (and subsequent two-point conversion), to take a 14-6 lead with a little more than 2 minutes left in the game. After a botched squib kick by Kennesaw Mountain, the Jr Jackets soon scored on a 3-yard Williams touchdown run, yet the two-point conversion run failed, leaving Sprayberry on the short end of a 14-12 score.
Bryce Perryman recovered the Jr Jackets' on-side kick attempt (his second fumble recovery of the game), giving them a chance with just under one minute to play. Unfortunately, a bad snap with resultant 16-yard loss along with a halfback pass by Myricks that was intercepted sealed the game for the Jr Mustangs.
Both teams fought hard throughout the game, and it turned out to be "smashmouth" football in the trenches. In the end, untimely penalties and inexperience on the Jr Jackets' offensive line proved costly.
Myricks and Williams were offensive standouts, while Junior Tozzo, Williams, and Bryce Perryman were defensive standouts.
In order to make the playoffs, the 8th Grade Jr Jackets need to win the final two games of the season, which would even their record at 4-4 (2-4 in Division C), while also getting some help from other teams.
NEXT UP > North Cobb... AWAY... 7pm
October 2, 2010
Jontae Williams ran for two TDs and threw another TD to Bryce Perryman as the 8th Grade Jr Jackets downed the South Cobb Jr Eagles, 21-12, under the lights at Jim Frazier Stadium. Rakeem Myricks added a two-point conversion (TPC) run and Junior Tozzo converted one of two PAT attempts to complete the scoring. Williams and Myricks also combined for 179 yards rushing. In addition, Williams' interception twarting a South Cobb TPC attempt highlighted a strong defensive effort by the Jr Jackets, led in large part by the play of Josh Dunn and Junior Tozzo.
The offensive line (Dunn, Paul Ajukwara, Troy Hatch, Chase Popham, Chris Usery, and Khalib Williams, among others) played a superb game, producing a Block Protect Rating of 90%, and a Block Attack Rating of 92%. The Jr Jackets were flagged for only 4 penalties for 35 yards, whereas the Jr Eagles did themselves no favors as they gave away 85 yards on 11 penalties (three of which were personal fouls).
If there was a downside to the game, it was the injury to Bobby Gauvreau, whose is out indefinitely. He joins Troy Hatch, Patrick Kenney, Miles Rance, Jesse Ray, Chris Sinsab, and June Yi on the injury list. In addition, Kadeem Brathwaite and Khalib Williams remain inactive.
NEXT UP > Kennesaw Mountain... @ HOME
...October 9... 8th Grade Kickoff - 7pm
September 18, 2010
The 8th Grade Jr Jackets lost to Division C rivals, the McEachern Jr Indians, 18-6, in a game that was defined by big plays. On a short week of preparation -- due to the completion of the weather-suspended Walton game Wednesday night -- the Jr Jackets mounted a fierce defensive stand, only to fall victim to the kind of big plays they have tended to avoid thus far during the regular season.
The Jr Indians scored on a pass play of 35 yards as well as runs of 23 and 49 yards. Even the Jr Jackets' score came on a 33-yard pass from Bobby Gauvreau to Bryce Perryman. Despite the long-range scoring strikes, the Jr Jackets' Red Zone Defense was 5 for 5, holding off the Jr Indians each time they ventured inside the 20-yard-line.
As was the case in the Pope game when Rakeem Myricks up-ended the last ball-carrier of the game deep in Jr Jackets' territory, the Jr Indians were driving late in the game, and a Jr Jacket ended the game with a tremendous hit. This time, it was Bryce Perryman's 13-yard bear-hug sack on the last play of the game that punctuated a remarkable defensive effort by the Jr Jackets.
Josh Dunn and Junior Tozzo were large parts of that defensive effort, recording 6 tackles each. Gauvreau, Myricks, and Perryman were standouts on offense.
NEXT UP > South Cobb, October 2 @ Home
... 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
September 15, 2010
In the resumption of their game against the Walton Jr Raiders, the 8th Grade Jr Jackets fell 28-14. The game was suspended due to severe weather with 2:20 left in the 2nd Quarter and the score tied at 14-14, on September 11. The game was completed on September 15.
The Jr Raiders scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to outlast the Jr Jackets in the back-and-forth struggle. Rakeem Myricks and Bobby Gauvreau were offensive standouts, while Myricks, Jontae Williams, Josh Dunn, and Junior Tozzo were defensive standouts.
NEXT UP > MacEachern Jr Indians @ Home... 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
The first regular season games played Saturday, August 28, and hosted by the Marietta Jr Blue Devils resulted in two wins and one loss for Jr Jacket teams. The 8th Grade team won their game 38-6 (see Game Video at right) , the 7th Grade team chalked up a 26-6 victory, while the 6th Grade team was shutout 14-0.
NEXT UP> Pope Jr Greyhounds, Saturday, September 4 @ Home (3pm / 5pm / 7pm)
The Pope teams played Harrison teams in their first regular season games. Pope's 8th Grade team lost 14-0, the 7th Grade team lost 36-12, and its 6th Grade team lost 36-0. There is no doubt the Jr Greyhound teams will arrive at Jim Frazier Stadium eager to get their first wins of the season. The Sprayberry-Pope match-ups begin critical GMSAA Division C play for both programs.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The 8th Grade Jr Jackets downed the Marietta Jr Blue Devils in the Fall 2010 regular season opener (see Game Videos below). Rakeem Myricks, Bobbie Gauvreau, Jontae Williams, and Kadeem Brathwaite were key offensive contributors, while Josh Dunn, Junior Tozzo, Shawn Kemp, and Bryce Perryman were defensive standouts.
The Jr Jackets jumped out to a 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The victory avenges two heart-breaking losses to the Jr Blue Devils by the 7th Grade Jr Jackets last Fall 2009 (8-6 during a regular season game, and 12-8 in a post-season play-in game). Although the win was a good one, much more critical Division C play begins next week against Pope.
UP NEXT > Pope Jr Greyhounds... @ Home (7pm)
In the final games of the preseason, the 6th Grade Jr Jackets fought the Lassiter Jr Trojans to a 0-0 tie... the 7th Grade squad was on the short end of a 30-18 game... and the 8th Grade team lost 42-20.
Crowds estimated at 1,100 watched the three grade levels of these two arch-rivals battle it out in the blistering heat at Sprayberry's Jim Frazier Stadium, Saturday, August 21. These games wrap up all preseason events.
The well-drilled Jr Trojans showed why they are the class of GMSAA Division D. It's time for the Jr Jackets to get serious and show that they are the class of GMSAA Division C. Nothing has counted yet, but everything counts from now on.
NEXT UP > Marietta Jr Blue Devils... Aug 28 @ Marietta Middle School (click Map/Directions link at right)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
In the second, and final, event of the preseason, the 8th Grade Jr Jackets fell to the Lassiter Jr Trojans in a disappointing 42-20 loss. Fortunately, the loss means little, except that the 8th Grade team finished the preseason with a 1-1 record and still has some bugs to work out before kicking off the regular season against the Marietta Blue Devils next Saturday at Marietta Middle School.
The Jr Trojans captilaized early on Jr Jackets' mistakes and led 29-6 at halftime. Sprayberry came out in the second half and scored twice more, but, unfortunately, Lassiter did, too.
Nevertheless, noteworthy performances were put in by several players. Rakeem Myricks and Jontae Williams powered offensive efforts, while Noah Myers, Kadeem Brathwaite, and Shaw Kemp were keys to the defensive effort. In addition, Junior Tozzo impressed with his kicking.
NEXT UP> 8/28... @ Marietta Jr Blue Devils (Marietta H.S.)... 9am / 11am / 1pm
The Sprayberry Jr Jackets hosted preseason scrimmages during the annual GMSAA Kickoff Jamboree weekend on Saturday, August 14. Crowds in excess of 3,500 watched the day-long action at Jim Frazier Stadium and adjacent fields, while also enjoying the abundant hospitality and entertainment within the Sprayberry Athletic Complex.
Eight football programs visited Sprayberry (seven of which engaged in typical "round-robin" match-ups), whereas Kell Jr Longhorn and Sprayberry Jr Jacket teams played scrimmage games (involving all aspects of a game except kickoffs) against each other in the "main event" match-ups to close out the event.
The 8th Grade Jr Jackets shut out the Jr Longhorns, 34-0, under the lights. The 7th Grade Jr Jackets came up short in the second match-up, 16-6. The 6th Grade Jr Jackets fell, 18-0, in their contest. See links below for more on these games.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The Sprayberry 8th Grade Jr Jackets shut out the Kell Jr Longhorns 34-0 in preseason GMSAA Kickoff Jamboree action under the lights at Jim Frazier Stadium (see Video Highlights at right). The Jr Longhorns never threatened to score -- making only a couple of first downs and completing only a couple of passes, while surrenduring 4 turnovers (2 interceptions and 2 fumbles).
The event amounted to more of a Preseason Game than a mere Jamboree -- the punting game was employed, the entire field was used, 4 quarters were played (with team field reversals each quarter), a halftime period was allowed, score was kept, extra points were attempted, and neutral league-assigned officials judged all play (calling and enforcing penalties). Add to that the festivities in and around the Fan Fun Zone, and the great turnout of fans in the stands, the only things missing to make it a REAL football game were extra-point kicks and kickoffs!
Notable Jr Jacket standouts on Saturday night included Rakeem Myricks, Bobby Gauvreau, and Kadeem Brathwaite (all of whom scored), as well as Shawn Kemp (who had 2 interceptions), Josh Dunn (who had several tackles), Troy Hatch (who had a good night snapping and blocking at Center), and Bryan Christy (who had a couple of tackles and broke up a pass).
However, the most valuable players truly were ALL of the team members... from the linemen and receivers who made it possible for the backs to score 28 points, to the special teamers who capitalized on high punt long-snaps by the Jr Longhorns. When substitutions were made, the effort and quality of play did not change. This team looked like a well-oiled machine.
The teamwork, sportsmanship, and sense of purpose displayed by the 8th Grade team AS A WHOLE was a great example of how a winning team plays all the time... every time. If this team can play like that the rest of the Fall, there's no telling when this season might end!
Nice job, guys!
NEXT UP> 8/21... vs Lassiter Jr Trojans (Preseason Game @ Home)... 9am / 11am / 1pm
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