Jackets pitch a shutout
By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
Union County’s defense pitched a shutout and the Jacket offense came alive to beat 4A Laurens 9-0 on Friday at Union County Stadium.
“It’s so great to see the smile on these guys faces,” said UCHS coach David Lipsey. “They’re enjoying the reward for their hard work. Laurens is a good football team and everything we got we had to earn.”
The Yellow Jacket defense was impressive, hassling Laurens with several sacks and two interceptions. Denzel Johnson and Desmond Floyd were two Jackets with big defensive nights. Laurens managed just 179 yards total offense, 116 yards on the ground.
“It was a solid defensive effort,” said Lipsey. “It’s a shutout. That’s your goal and that’s what they went out and got. Credit the defensive coaches.”
And the Union County offense played well. The Jackets had 189 yards offense, 162 yards on the ground. Michael Mebane led the ground attack with 95 yards on 21 rushes. And John Simmons Fallaw scored on a 20-yard run in the third quarter.
The only points of the first half came when the Laurens punter fell on a bad snap in the end zone early in the game. The entire contest was a battle of field position and UCHS won.
Laurens had a good drive to open the game, but usually sure field goal kicker Ruben Perez missed a 40-yard try. The safety came on the Raiders’ next drive.
Union County’s Calvin Williams appeared to return a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter, but a block in the back penalty negated the score.
Both teams gave up an interception before the end of the half, with the Jackets clinging to a baseball-like 2-0 lead.
After each team punted to open the second half, UCHS mounted its scoring drive after starting on the Laurens 46-yard line. Dierris Beacham had an 8-yard catch from quarterback Nick Monroe to get things going. Fallaw broke a run for 14 yards, before his 20 yard dash to the endzone. Alex Tucker’s kick was true for all the points the Jackets would need.
Tucker later missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, but it didn’t’ matter — Union County’s defense was up to the task. Johnson had a 13-yard sack on the Raiders next drive and then UCHS got the ball back with an interception.
Laurens (0-4) had one last attempt to avoid the shutout, but Desmond Floyd ended the game with a sack.
UCHS (1-3) travels to Broome next Friday.
Union County 9, Laurens 0
UCHS 2 0 7 0 - 9
Laurens 0 0 0 0 - 0
U - safety
U - Fallaw 20 run
First downs: UCHS 17, L 11
Rushing: UCHS 162, L 116
Passing: UCHS 27, L 63
Total: UCHS 189, L 179
Penalties: U 55, L 20
Turnovers: UCHS 1, L 2
Michael Mebane 21-95
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