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September 22, 2012

Football: Mortimer Jordan 54, Springville 14

KIMBERLY — The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils appear to be heating up as they torched their second consecutive Region 6 foe Friday night, handing Springville a 54-14 thrashing.

Jordan found the end zone four times in the first half to give the Blue Devils a commanding 28-7 advantage over the Tigers at intermission; Landon Smith applied the coup de grace with with his 51-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“The last two weeks we have played a lot better,” said Jordan head coach Greg Watts. “Our confidence level is getting up.”

This week’s game closely resembled the Blue Devils' stomping of Curry last Friday, in which they quickly took control of the game by dropping 35 points on the Yellow Jackets in the first half. Only this time, Jordan didn’t take its foot off the gas.

The Devils took the field in the second half looking to do more damage. After Springville’s fake field goal attempt that landed just one-yard shy of the end zone, Jordan quarterback Devlin Hodges led the offense on an 11-play drive that drained nearly six minutes off the clock. The drive went 99 yards and ended with Tate Day taking a toss sweep off left side to the end zone from nine yards out.

Even with an big lead, the Devils showed no letup. Following a Connor Moon interception, Hodges found receiver Logan Motte from 20 yards out.

The Jordan defense stayed sharp, and took advantage of another Springville mistake as Yakeim Green scooped up a mishandled snap by the Tigers.

Jordan fielded their backups from that point on, but it did not stop them from continuing to light up the scoreboard. Reserve running back Kalin Stringer made the score 48-7 with his 10-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

Jordan was able to secure its second region win of the season with a devastating 327 yards on the ground. Sam Blair led all rushers with 90 yards on only four attempts and two touchdowns. His first score came in the second quarter on a toss sweep from the 9. Blair would find the end zone once more in the final minutes of the game. His 70-yard dash to the goal line would end the slaughter.

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