Defense and Run Game Come Up Big as Longhorns Top Falcons 34-12

Carson May and Cadyn Karl each had two rushing Touchdowns and the Jones defense held the Millwood Falcons to 262 total yards as the Jones Longhorns beat the Millwood Falcons 34-12. The top of the 2A-2 district remained crowded as the top four teams each won on Friday night, setting up an epic last two weeks of the season.

Millwood took the opening kick and went on a 7 play, 64 yard drive to take a 6-0 lead at the 8:48 mark in the 1st Quarter. The Horns first drive seemed promising, making it into Falcon territory, but the Longhorns were forced to punt. Millwood was able to move the ball into Longhorn territory on the next drive, but a series of penalties forced Millwood into a predictable passing situation and the Millwood QB was picked-off by Braiden Martin. The Falcons led 6-0 at the end of the 1st.

The Longhorns and Falcons both fumbled on their first drives of the second quarter. But the Horns were able to score on their next drive on a 1-yard pass from Carson May to Mason Weiher. A successful extra point by Nate Veirs would put the Longhorns up 7-6. Neither team was able to score the rest of the half, giving Jones a one point lead at the break.

To open the 3rd Quarter, Jones went on a seven play, 60 yard drive capped off by a Carson May QB sneak Touchdown. On the Falcons ensuing possession, the Kickoff was fumbled and Millwood started the drive at their own 11. A few plays later Millwood was forced to punt and the punt only traveled to the 34 yard line. Six plays later, Cadyn Karl ran for a 13-yard score, putting the Longhorns up 20-6 heading into the 4th.

Millwood would turn the ball over on downs to begin the 4th Quarter, which led to another Carson May rushing TD early in the 4th. This would put Jones up 27-6. After only scoring on one possession in the first half, Jones had now scored on all three possessions in the second half. The three drives started at the Longhorn 40, the Falcon 34 and the Falcon 33. Tremendous play by the defense gave the Longhorns the ball in great field position, and the talented offense was able to capitalize on the position. The Falcons and Longhorns would trade scores, including another Karl rush and the Longhorns would win 34-12.

After giving up a 60-yard opening drive, the Longhorns held the Falcons to only 202 yards for the rest of the evening. Defensive End Kameron Estrada explained the mindset of the defense. “We knew it was going to be a dogfight, four quarter game. We were just excited to be out here, we had practiced all week and we knew what we had to do, we had our goal, which was to keep tackling and keep hitting.”

“We have to see how well our teams adjust…I feel like our team adjusted well tonight. We always expect teams to try something different, but once we got that figured out we adjusted.” Coach Martin said after the win. The Coach felt coming into the game his team would need to establish the run game and win in the trenches, and that proved true. The Longhorns gained 243 yards on the ground, led by Clayton Creasey, who had 121 yards on 16 carries (7.6 yards per carry).

The crowded 2A-2 district will gain a little bit of clarity next week as Jones takes on Prague in a de facto elimination game for the district title race. The game will be at Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium, October 29, 2021 at 7:00.

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