Jags win despite miscues
by Donell Maxie
Oct 01, 2012 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Broad Street's Corey Alexander tries to break away from a Coahoma County defender while getting block from one of his teammates. Alexander and the Jaguars defeated the Panthers 7-0. Alexander has 82 yards on 10 carries in the win.
Broad Street's Corey Alexander tries to break away from a Coahoma County defender while getting block from one of his teammates. Alexander and the Jaguars defeated the Panthers 7-0. Alexander has 82 yards on 10 carries in the win.
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SHELBY — The Broad Street Jaguars found themselves plagued with penalties and fumbles Friday night as they opened Region 3-2A football action against the Coahoma County Panthers while also celebrating homecoming.

Despite committing nine penalties for 110 yards and fumbling five times, Broad Street found a way and pulled out a hard fought 7-0 win.

The victory extended Broad Street’s winning streak to four games, improving its record to 4-2 with a 1-0 mark in the region.

“Whatever it takes to get it done that is what we do,” said Damaris Mitchell, Jaguars head coach. “We had some mistakes, but the team kept fighting and kept trying tonight. They did not give up and that’s what you have to do if you want to win ball games. It was ugly, but we won. I’m proud of the way the team is growing and how we are learning how to never give up.”

Late in the third quarter, the Panthers got on the move and were aided by three personal foul penalties on the Jaguars that moved the ball down to the Jaguars’ 13-yard line.

The Broad Street defense seemed to find some inspiration after linebacker Carmen Banger was called for a personal foul penalty that the Jaguar sideline strongly disagreed with.

The defense led by Devonte Brown, William Horn, Demarcus Alexander, Jatavis Scott and Banger held serve and forced the Panthers into a fourth down and long from the 19-yard line. Since points were hard to come by the Coahoma coaching staff elected to attempt a 36-yard field goal, but missed the attempt wide to the right.

Broad Street took over the ball and went to work with Richard Horn, Devante James and Corey Alexander breaking big runs.

James started the drive with a seven-yard run while Horn followed with a 19-yard run. Alexander broke free on a few runs and when the dust settled from the running, the Jaguars found themselves with a first-and-goal from the six-yard line.

On the next play, James ran around the left side of the line and dove in the end zone for a touchdown, but the score was negated by a holding penalty. Not to be denied, the Jaguars went back to work as James ran for a 10-yard run and a three-yard run. After the three-yard gain, Coahoma County was flagged for a late hit on James that moved the ball inside the five. On the next play, James scored for the first and only touchdown of the night with 5:23 remaining in the game. Kristian Hemmingway added the point after for a 7-0 Broad Street lead. The drive was a 12 play, 81-yard drive that lasted 7:37.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers took over at the 24-yard line. Trailing 7-0 with the time not on their side, the Panthers took to the air and went to the one side where Broad Street's best defensive back was sitting and they paid dearly as Jatavis Scott intercepted the pass and returned it 18-yards to the Panthers 26-yard line.

"Jatavis is a play maker,” Mitchell said. “We knew what he could do from watching him in junior high, and he has brought that same passion and dedication and play making ability to the high school.”

With control of the ball, Broad Street was able to run the clock down and on fourth down and three James scampered and dove for a first down, which in turn allowed the Jaguars to take a knee and run out the clock for the win.

James led the Jaguars offense with 16 carries for 89 yards with a touchdown. He also completed 2-of-4 passes for 61 yards. Ladarious Walker had both catches for 61 yards. In the ground game for Broad Street, Alexander had 10 carries for 82 yards, and Richard Horn III finished the night with 10 carries for 51 yards.

Demarcus Alexander led Broad Street’s defense with eight tackles, followed by Banger with five tackles and a forced fumble, William Horn with six tackles, Brown with four tackles and a sack, James with a sack and Scott with an interception with four tackles.

Broad Street will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at home to host Coahoma Aggie.