Ferris beats Kemp in the ‘Battle of the Jackets’
Special to The Ellis County Press
Ferris - The Ferris Jackets and the Kemp Jackets met on Ferris’s home turf Friday, Oct. 6 to decide who would walk away with a win in the district opener for both teams.
The battle of the Jackets would end in a close one, with Ferris claiming victory over Kemp 28-27 and starting district play 1-0.
Friday nights game being the district opener for both squads and knowing that these are the games that truly count and decide their standing in district, no body wanted to go home on the short end of the stick.
Kemp would would draw first blood driving the field and rushing to an early lead halfway through the first quarter going up 7-0.
Ferris would have some success moving the ball in the first quarter, but would fail to put any points on the board to end the first quarter.
Second quarter, Ferris would strike quickly when #3 Senior Robert Grady would score on a 40 yard touchdown run and some impressive foot work, tying the score at 7-7 after successful point after by #83 Miguel Mendiola.
Kemp was not just going to lay down, battling and determined the Kemp Jackets would drive down the field and once again regain the lead 13-7 on another rushing touchdown with 8:08 left in the quarter, but failed to convert on the point after.
Ferris would start the next drive with excellent field position after #11-Sophomore Darius Rouwtts great kickoff return and put the Jacket offense back to work.
After a series of short passes by quarterback #4-Sophomore Keegan Harris and some effective rushing by the Ferris Jackets running game with #2-Sophomore Jay Foster and Grady, who would score again and give Ferris a 14-13 lead to end the first half and send Ferris to the locker room with the lead.
Kemp would start the third quarter receiving the kickoff after deferring the ball to start the game, but were shut down quickly by a strong defensive stand lead by a host of Jackets and return the ball to the Ferris offense.
The Ferris Jackets continued to have success rushing the ball, behind some much improved blocking by the offensive line.
With 9:38 to play in the third quarter, Harris would find his receiver Rouwtt and score on an eight yard pass giving Ferris a 21-13 lead with a successful point after.
Kemp would continue to refuse to give up and scoring again with 6:12 left in the third quarter and a successful two point conversion to tie the game at 21 all.
The fans were definitely getting there moneys worth in this battle between these two Jacket teams.
Ferris would quickly go back to work and find success when #3 Robert Grady scored again giving him his third touch down of the night and the lead of 28-21.
The fourth quarter would definitely be a real test as neither team would put up any points, both teams defenses standing strong.
Kemp would finally find the goal line with only 38 seconds left to play in the game making the score 28-27, Kemp would have a hard decision to make wether to go for the tie or the win.
Kemp took a time out to discuss it and returned determined to go home with a victory going for two.
Ferris would make the play of the game though stopping Kemp short, when #7 Devonte Pryor stuffed the Kemp running back short of the goal line and giving the Ferris Jackets a 28-27 victory and a great start in district play at 1-0.
Ferris Jackets were lead by #3 Robert Grady rushing for three touchdowns and 180 yards, while quarterback Harris had 160 yards passing on the game.
Special note: #25 Kolby Luttrell would put on a the “Kolby Luttrell Show” according to the games announcer on the defensive side of the ball.
The entire defense played exceptional football in this Jacket victory.