From the opening kickoff until the last play of the game, the Shaw High School Hawks and the Broad Street Jaguars battled on the gridiron with the rain pouring down on the field.
The Hawks and Jaguars are two teams that have the potential to score over 30 points in any game they play, but that wasn’t happening on this night as the ball kept slipping out of players’ hands on both teams. Players kept splashing on the ground trying to maintain possession. There weren’t many fans in the stands on both sides, but the ones that stayed where in for a treat as the game went into overtime.
When the night concluded, the Jaguars were able to come away with a 6-0 win in Region 2-1A action. Broad Street improved to 3-1 with a 2-0 mark in the Region, while Shaw fell to 2-3 with a 1-1 mark in the region.
“It was sloppy for both teams, but it was a good win,” Broad Street head coach Damaris Mitchell said. “It was one of those games where whatever you practiced on all week, you really couldn’t execute. You had to get back down to the basics.”
Mitchell said his players are approaching the game with the right mindset.
“The kids are having fun,” Mitchell said. “We work hard during the week so we can have fun on Fridays. Football is a game, and sometimes as a culture we miss that. We’re just trying to make it fun again.”
The score was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation. The Jaguars received the ball first. Broad Street received a strong boost in the ground game from Jarvaris McClenton. McClenton ran on a 9-yard run on his first carry of the overtime period. To give the Jaguars second down at Shaw’s 1-yard line. On the next carry, McClenton hit the end zone for six points to make the score 6-0.
When Shaw got the ball at the 10-yard line, the team couldn’t do anything with it as the Hawks fumbled the ball with Jaguars’ linebacker Jalon McGee recovering it to secure the win.
Shaw High head coach Kendrick Smith said the rain and the fumbles were too much to overcome.
“It was frustrating, but both teams were playing in those same conditions,” Smith said. “We tried everything and couldn’t get a good handle on the football.
“They (Broad Street) did a better job of handling that football. As a result, they were able to run more quality plays than we could.”
Shaw was ranked No. 3 in the Mississippi Associated Press 1A Top 5 Poll heading into Friday’s play.
Mitchell said he was impressed with Shaw’s team and understands his team can’t get too high after Friday’s win.
“My hats off to Shaw,” Mitchell said. “They’re a well disciplined, hard hitting football team. Right now, we’re just taking it week to week. Last night’s game was no bigger than any other game. We’re still early on in district play, and it’s still a long season. It’s good to still be undefeated in region play.”
Smith said his team was still positive after the loss.
“It’s just one loss in the district, and the kids understand why we lost that game,” Smith said. “With that many turnovers, you’re not going to win. We’re going to bounce back.”
The Hawks’ biggest scare of the night came with 2:45 left in regulation as Jermarquis Stimage was injured on a play. The game went through a lengthy delay as Stimage had to be carried out on an ambulance. The injury wasn’t serious as he was released from the hospital that night with a sore upper back.
For Broad Street, Danterris Greyer for 58 yards on 15 carries, and Demarcus Alexander rushed for 81 yards on just five carries. Alexander’s longest run was 77 yards, while Greyer’s longest run was 40 yards.
Jonathan Lyles led the Jaguars’ defense with seven tackles, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, followed by McGee with five tackles and two fumble recoveries, Devonte Brown with five tackles, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, McClenton and Deonate Caston with two tackles and a sack each and Warrentayous Royster with a fumble recovery.
For Shaw, Reggie Scott led the offense with 45 rushing yards on nine carries, followed by Xavius Loggins with 36 yards on six carries.
On defense, Lerandel Allen led Shaw with 12 tackles, followed by Travelle Ware with nine tackles and Xavius Loggins and Jerris Westmoreland with seven tackles each.
Both teams will return to the gridiron on Friday in Region 2-1A action as Broad Street will travel to Vicksburg to play St. Aloysius, while Shaw will host John F. Kennedy.