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Yellow Jackets come up short to Wills Point Tigers

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Submitted by Robert Andrews: Quarterback #4 Keegan Harris hooks up with #9 JaVaughn Thurman for 62 yard touchdown pass. Submitted by Robert Andrews: Quarterback #4 Keegan Harris hooks up with #9 JaVaughn Thurman for 62 yard touchdown pass.

Submitted by Robert Andrews

Special to The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - The Jackets are still working toward first victory after falling short to Wills Point at Tiger stadium last Friday, Sept. 9 losing 14-7. 

“Even though we didn’t walk away the the win tonight, the team made major improvements over the previous two games and played with a real since of what it means to be a team, pulling together and playing some really good football, I couldn’t be prouder of the effort my players gave tonight,” said Coach Aaron Emeyabbi, after the game.

The entire first half proved to be a real defensive battle, with little scoring, it was good to see some real Smash Mouth football being played by both squads. 

It would be late in the second quarter with only 39 seconds in the half before either team would give up any points. 

The Tigers would draw first blood and score after a successful drive and run the the ball in for the only score of the first half. 

Wills Point would go to the locker room with a lead of 7-0 and the Jackets looking for a way to get their offense rolling. 

Ferris would start the third quarter with a picture perfect on side kick by kicker #27 Miguel Mendiola and recovered by #15 Marcus Smith giving the Jackets great field position to start the second half of the ball game. 

The Jackets offense came out looking good with #3 Robert Grady having some success running the ball, but the drive stalled and Ferris would be forced to turn the ball over on downs.

The Jackets defense headed up by Coordinator Johnathan Cromwell continued to play strong defense being led by Austin Tarno, Martin Delgado, Devante Pryor, Lee Rios, Trey Trevino and a host of other Jacket players. 

Wills Point following drive would be stopped when the Jacket defense forced a fumble that was recovered by #6 Gustavo Saucedo and put Ferris’ offense back to work. 

The Jackets would take quick advantage of the turnover when quarterback #4 Keegan Harris would hook up with freshmen #9 JaVaughn Thurman on a pass that would go for 62 yards and a Ferris touchdown, with a successful point after game would be all tied at 7-7. 

The game would remain all tied at 7-7 for the remainder of the third quarter. 

Wills Point would start the fourth quarter with good field position after driving the ball down the field to end the third quarter. 

The Tigers wasted no time and rushed for another touch down to take the lead of 14-7. 

The Jackets had one more opportunity to tie the game with less than a minute left, Ferris would move ball down the field and looked like they might tie the game up, the drive fell short when the Tigers corner came up with a big interception to kill the drive. 

The game would end with the score being 14-7 and the Jackets falling short of their first victory.

Ferris plays Trinity Christian at home next Friday, Sept. 16, it will be the Jackets Homecoming week. 

Ferris will have their Homecoming parade Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. and the game begins at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and support the Jackets!!!

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