Broad Street spoils homecoming for Ray Brooks
by Donell Maxie
Sep 16, 2013 | 1514 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Ray Brooks Tigers celebrated homecoming Friday night and also opened Region 2-1A play as they hosted the Broad Street Jaguars in Benoit.

The Tigers, who were winless on the season, looked to pile on a Jaguars team that was coming off a humiliating 40-8 loss to Leflore County. On this night none of that mattered as the Jaguars struck early and held on late for a 22-14 victory.

With the win the Jaguars improved to 2-1 on the season with a 1-0 mark in the region. The Tigers fell to 0-4 with a 0-1 mark in the region.

"We played sloppy tonight and had some unforced errors and penalties, but it's always good to open up region play with a win,” Broad Street head coach Damaris Mitchell said. “We work every week to win games to set the team ready for the playoffs. It's good to get that first win.”

Broad Street fumbled the football four times in the win.

The Jags opened the game with Traterrious Britton taking the kickoff back 80 yards to paydirt, but it was called for a block in the back and the score remained 0-0.

On Broad Street's opening possession, the team established the run and Richard Horn was able to pound and scamper the ball down the field.

With 10:58 remaining in the first quarter, Demarcus Alexander punched the ball in for the score. Horn added the two-point conversion to give Broad Street the 8-0 lead.

The Jags added another score in the first quarter with 1:06 on the clock as Danterris Greyer leaped over the left side of the line for a touchdown. Greyer added the two-point conversion for a 16-0 Broad Street advantage.

In the second quarter, the Tigers were able to get on the board as Syderrick Maiten connected with Broderick Moore for a 10-yard score. Tevin Carter added the conversion attempt for a 16-8 score.

The Jags responded in the fourth as Demarcus Alexander scored on a 34-yard run with 10:04 left in regulation. The conversion failed, but the Jags held a 22-8 lead.

On the Tigers’ next possession, the Broad Street defense stepped up and stopped the Tigers. On third down, the Jaguars were called for an unsportsmanlike which gave the Tigers the first down and the ball in Jags territory. Maiten then completed a pass to Jamarcus Marshall for 27 yards down to the two-yard line. Maiten then plunged in the end zone for the score. The conversion failed, but the Tigers closed the gap to 22-14.

"There are a lot of things we need to clean up, but they are simple fixes," said Mitchell.

The run game was key to the Jag’s success against the Tigers and Mitchell said it would continue to be as the team moves forward.

"We have been preaching to the line that our success depends on them. We want to be balanced and even though we have some spread tendencies we want to run the football," said Mitchell.

Alexander led the Jags with 58 yards on six carries with d two touchdowns along with one catch for 22 yards. Horn rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries to aid Broad Street, followed by Greyer with 25 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. Greyer also completed 1-of-4 passes for 22 yards.

Alexander led the Broad Street defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble, followed by Jonathan Lyles with seven tackles and two sacks, Johnny Scott with six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, Jarvis McClenton with five tackles and a sack, Devonte Brown and Jalone McGee with five tackles each and Kristian Hemmingway and Deonte Caston with a sack each. In all the Jags recorded seven sacks in the game.

Jonathan Haynes led Ray Brooks with 82 rushing yards on 13 carries and Broderick Moore rushed for 39 yards on three carries. Maiten completed 2-of-6 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Maiten also rushed for a score to round the Tigers’ attack.

Walter Mister led the Tigers’ defense with 11 tackles. Lewis Caldwell had 10 tackles and Kevin Tyler added three tackles with a sack for Ray Brooks.

Broad Street will host the Shaw Hawks at 7 p.m. Friday in Shelby, and Ray Brooks will travel to Mound Bayou to play JFK at 7 p.m. Friday.