Running back’s performance is one for the ages
By Jody O'Hara
Sep 20, 2012, 11:08
Jakalyn Green only touched the ball five times in last Tuesday's Stone Middle School 30-6 football victory over West Wortham.
But oh, the results of those five touches.
Green returned the game-opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
On the next Tomcats’ possession, he went 60 yards on the first play for another touchdown and scored the 2-point conversion.
He scored again on the next possession and also got that 2-point conversion.
Five touches, three touchdowns, two 2-point conversions and 163 all-purpose yards.
"He's pretty good," said Tomcats coach Ben Bryan, in what may be the understatement of the year.
"We knew we had something special but we didn't know just how good he could be," Bryan said. "He's definitely impressed so far."
The Tomcats other score came when Enrique Whaley took a pitch around end for a 26-yard TD.
Fred Armstrong also saw his first action and gained 27 yards on three carries.
That performance earned him more touches in the future.
"He made an impression and he'll see more action because of that," Bryan said.
The Stone defense stood tall as Tavin Peters made eight tackles, had one sack and forced two fumbles.
Dedrick Johnson had an interception while Dustin Ladnier and Ray Box both turned in stellar defensive performances.
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The 7th-graders are now 2-0.
Terrion Avery paced the 8th-graders in a 26-14 victory.
Avery compiled 196 yards on 18 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
R'Tarriun Johnson also scored a TD when he took a direct snap and went six yards to paydirt.
Quarterback Ashton Hickman got in on the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run.
"We started off slow," Bryan said. "Their first score came when we fumbled in our own end zone.
"We battled back and regrouped and made some adjustments and I liked what I saw."
Demarcus Grady led the defense with six tackles and a forced fumble while Cameron Conner added four tackles a forced fumble and an interception.
Trey Wegner recovered a fumble and turned in what Bryan called an, "all-around solid game."
The Tomcats host Woolmarket Thursday at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in what will be the final home game of the season for the middle school.
The 7th-graders play at 5 p.m. with the 8th-grade game to follow.
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