Jacksboro Middle School’s football team bounced back from a lopsided season-opening loss at Clinton to post a 22-16 victory Thursday night over visiting Grace Christian Academy.
The Eagles rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 9 and 2 yards by bruiser Nick Bailey, who finished with a team-high 105 yards on 14 carries.
Paul Courdle picked up 43 yards on 10 carries and scored Jacksboro’s first touchdown on a 70-yard kickoff return.
Preston Disney put the Rams on the scoreboard first when he returned an interception for a touchdown with 2:33 left in the opening quarter. GCA took an 8-0 advantage with a two-point conversion run.
Courdle returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD with 2:17 to go. Bailey ran for a two-point conversion to tie it 8-8, a score that would stand up at halftime.
Nathan Silver got the lead back for the Rams on a short touchdown run with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter. GCA quarterback Eric Rash connected with Disney for a two-point conversion.
Jacksboro defensive tackle Josh Ivey intercepted a pass on the final play of the third quarter and returned it to the GCA 14-yard line to set up Bailey’s first touchdown, a 9-yard run up the middle with 5:17 to go. Bailey’s two-point run tied it 16-16.
The Eagles stopped the Rams on downs at their own 40, then drove 60 yards in eight plays for the winning touchdown.
Bailey got the call on seven of those plays, including the 2-yard touchdown on fourth-and-one with 50 seconds left. GCA’s defense stopped Bailey on the two-point try.
Corey Phillips intercepted a pass in the final seconds sealed the deal for Jacksboro.
Tyler Williams also had an interception for the Eagle defense, while Ivey was the leading tackler with four stops.
Jellico falls at Harrogate
Jellico Elementary dropped a 42-14 decision Thursday night to H.Y. Livesay at Harrogate. The Blue Devils lost despite rushing for 250 yards, much of it by running back Josh Lay.