Jordan got the ball to open the second half, but after getting all the way down to the McAdory 17 largely on Hodges’ air attack, the drive stalled out with a pair of incomplete passes. The Jackets bogged down on the return possession, and punter Kelsey Redding was called out.
Redding’s kick — his first of the night — went off the side of his foot and squibbed awkwardly to the left. Gandy went for the ball, and at first looked like he might simply fall on it. But then he saw an opening and picked it up, and ran the distance for Jordan’s first score with four minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Devils got the ball again late in the period in decent field position, and made up ground quickly on short passes by Hodges. Inside the red zone, a pass to Smith and a run by Sam Blair put Jordan in business with first-and-goal at the 1. Two plays later, Hodges sneaked in for the touchdown.
Gandy missed the extra-point kick, but the Yellow Jackets were flagged for a personal foul — one of five they committed in the game, part of 162 yards in penalties assessed against the home team — and coach Greg Watts decided to go for a two-point conversion instead.
Hodges fired a short toss to Smith, but it was out of the receiver’s reach and the conversion was no good.
McAdory was stopped on the ensuing possession, but pinned the Devils back on their own 4-yard line with the punt. Hodges tried moving Jordan downfield with the air attack, but completed only one of five pass attempts. The Devils punted the ball away with 4:12 left and hoped for the best.
The best didn’t come, as Jordan found itself on the wrong end of a dead-ball personal-foul call, which offset a holding penalty on the Jackets during the play. That gave McAdory a first down, and let them pound away on the ground to run out the clock.