FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK: Panthers make point in win over CornerBy Stephen Dawkins Published 9:17am Wednesday, October 16, 2013
On an emotional Senior Night, the last home game of the regular season for Jemison’s senior football players, the Panthers found themselves in a fight with scrappy Corner.
The visitors scored first, and after Jemison responded with a touchdown of its own, Corner went ahead 13-7.
Jemison tied the score, but Corner drove the ball down to the Jemison 3-yard line.
That’s when a couple of Jemison’s star players changed the game in favor of the Panthers.
RaeQuane Jones recovered a fumble to kill Corner’s drive, and Randy Satterfield would later return two punt returns for touchdowns.
“It was huge,” JHS coach Jake Hogan said about the momentum-shifting plays. “They got into some unconventional formations early. They got a touchdown on the ‘hidden-man trick,’ where they brought a guy over to the sideline like he was running off the field, and we didn’t have anybody on him.
“We were just talking to them about weathering the storm.”
Jemison scored on eight consecutive possessions after a punt on their first possession of the game and won, 54-27.
Hogan said the offensive consistency can be partly attributed to the play of quarterback Kevin Nunn, who only misfired on one pass, according to the coach.
“Our quarterback has to be a big factor in everything,” Hogan said.
Last week’s win was significant because the team viewed it as proof that they won’t succumb to the same late-season slide like a year ago.
In 2012 and 2013, Jemison boasted a 5-1 record after six games. But last year, the Panthers lost at Corner by three points and then dropped their next four games, including the first-round playoff contest.
“We’ve been talking about finishing all year,” Hogan said. “I feel like we played an all-around football game–all three phases. When that happens, you tend to come out ahead.”
Satterfield’s punt returns were evidence of Jemison’s strong special teams play. The senior’s teammates celebrated just as much as he did after the returns.
“That group has gotten a little bit of swagger,” Hogan said about the punt return unit. “They know if they get one block that Randy has a chance to take it to the house.”
Hogan said he is proud of this team’s group of seniors, who will be able to say they went through the regular season unbeaten at Panther Stadium.
There is still much left to play for.
“Now we have to fight against the mentality that that’s good enough,” Hogan said. “If we peaked in Week 7, then we didn’t do a very good job.”