By Erik Harris
North Jefferson News
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.
Jordan running back Dee Merriweather racked up 95 yards of total offense with one receiving touchdown. Hodges dumped it to him in the flats and Merriweather did all the work from there, going 25 yards to the end zone and drawing first blood in the opening quarter.
“It was a scat play, no one was covering [Merriweather] and he made one guy miss and got big yards,” said Hodges.
Hodges only threw the ball 12 times all night, but completed eight of them for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Six of those catches went to wide receiver Logan Motte for 82 yards and a touchdown.
The big play of the night for the Tigers (1-3, 1-2 region) came from Isaiah benson, who scored on a 65-yard run. Zack Mayo also had a 1-yard touchdown rush.
The Blue Devils (2-2, 2-1) defense was led by Dontress Green, who had nine tackles. Moon also chipped in with seven tackles and an interception. Linebacker Caleb Foshee showed good awareness as he recovered a Springville fumble in the end zone.
“We are 2-1 in region and we just need to keep momentum up,” said Hodges.
Jordan hosts John Carroll Catholic next week.