By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
KIMBERLY — After fighting to a near-draw for three quarters, Moody broke the game open in the fourth, thanks in large part to a pair of late touchdowns by Devante Williams, for a 47-26 road win at Mortimer Jordan.
Williams, who had already scored on a 41-yard run in the first period, put Moody up for good on a 15-yard scoring run three minutes into the fourth period. He later ended any comeback hopes for Jordan when his squad took advantage of a Devlin Hodges interception; Williams finished it off with a 2-yard touchdown run in the final minute.
Moody quarterback Michael Barron threw three touchdown passes to Terrell Martin, and scored on his own with a 1-yard plunge halfway through the final quarter.
Jordan stayed even with Moody early thanks to a 16-yard touchdown run by Hodges, a score by Yakeim Green from the 1, and a 50-yard dash by Sam Blair on the first play of the second period.
Jordan went ahead late in the first half when Hodges connected with Walker McCleney on an 11-yard scoring strike, but Moody came back with the third Barron-to-Martin score, this one from 11 yards out with 26 seconds left before intermission. Ashton carter’s extra point put the visitors up 27-26 at the break.
But the home team had problems keeping the offense on the field. Two fumbles, both of them recovered, left Jordan with poor field position. Hodges threw two interceptions, plus another that was wiped out by a Moody penalty. The problems were particularly evident in the second half, when Jordan gained only 99 yards net offense.
Barron was 11-of-12 in passing for 179 yards for Moody (4-2, 2-2 region), while Hodges was 9-of-19 for 153 yards.
Jordan (3-3, 2-2) travels to winless Hayden next week.