KIMBERLY — Perhaps, nothing resonates more with sports fans than a close football game. There’s something about a closely contested gridiron battle that triggers a mild fever, followed by an increased heart rate and sweaty palms for every fanatic in attendance.
The Mortimer Jordan fans were celebrating their come-from-behind victory over John Carroll Catholic on homecoming night. Jordan pulled off the 28-25 win, after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter.
The game started off sloppy for the home team, as cornerback Sean Morro fumbled the opening kickoff to give the Cavailers first and 10 near midfield. Jordan’s defense would hold, but the Devils' first two offensive possessions of the night featured trick plays to Tate Day that went about as well as the replacement referees on Monday Night Football.
On Jordan’s first possession, Day took a sweep and proceeded to fire a pass into the flats, which was completely vacant other than the presence of John Carroll defender Trent Marshall, who turned the mistake into a pick-six.
Despite the failure on the first drive, the Devils decided to run another trick play to Day which resulted in an 11-yard loss, halting the drive before it ever got started. After a Jordan punt, the Cavaliers marched 68 yards on seven plays to claim a 14-0 first quarter lead. The drive was capped off by Brandon Turner’s 18-yard sprint to the end zone.
“We struggled, the first half was pathetic,” said Jordan head coach Greg Watts. “It’s hard to have [homecoming activities] and still have your feet on the ground.”
From there, the Jordan offense decided to drop the cute stuff and get back to what they do best, run the football and create opportunities for quarterback Devlin Hodges.
Down by two touchdowns, the deficit was cut to seven just two plays later. Running back Dee Merriweather showed his explosive ability with an angry run to place the offense in Cavalier territory.