Jackson claims county football crown
PARKERSBURG — A stout defense and three touchdown passes propelled top seed Jackson to a 20-6 victory over No. 3 seed Hamilton as the Generals claimed the Wood County middle school football championship Wednesday night at Stadium Field.
Jackson finished with an unblemished county record of 6-0 and 7-1 overall, while the runner-up Wildcats closed out at 2-4 in county play and 3-5 overall.
The Generals’ “D” limited Hamilton to just 35 yards rushing and another 28 passing for a total of 63.
Meanwhile, Jackson on offense netted 73 yards on the ground, but 167 yards through the air with the trio of scoring strikes from 10, 20 and 22 yards out as quarterback Bryson Singer connected twice with Carter King and once with Jadon Scott for all of the Generals’ TDs.
“Our defense really stepped up tonight,” said Jackson head coach Jay Lindamood. “They (Hamilton) have some great players over there, but we really focused on stopping their offense, their outside run and that’s what did it for us.”
The Generals scored on their first possession of the night as Singer — who went 13-of-24 passing — hooked up with Scott from the Wildcats’ 10 for a 8-0 lead at 4:45 of the opening period after King added the two-point conversion run.
TD 2 for Jackson came in the second stanza. Xadrian Snodgrass began the drive from the Hamilton 47 with an 18-yard burst to the Wildcat 36. Singer followed with a 16-yard pass to Cole Cuppett to the 20, from where Singer got the ball out to King in the flat and he took it into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage with 2:18 remaining before halftime.
Hamilton got on the board in the third quarter when Cory Casto picked his way through the middle, then broke free to finish a 28-yard TD dash at the 3:25 mark to narrow the gap to 14-6.
But the Generals were not to be outdone on this night. Singer returned the ensuing kickoff to the Wildcat 32, from where it didn’t take long for Jackson to tally a TD.
On 3rd-and-13 from the Hamilton 22, Singer found King in the end zone for six points and a 20-6 lead at 1:07 of the third canto.
Snodgrass led Jackson’s rushing totals with nine carries for 42 yards, but Casto netted 66 yards on 19 attempts for the ‘Cats.
Leading the Generals’ receiving corps were King snaring six catches for 85 yards, Scott hauling in four receptions for 48 stripes and Cuppett corraling two aerials for 25 yards.