The difference in Jordan’s play between the two halves was stark, as Watts noticed.
“We played well in the second half, but we dug a big hole in the first, because they kept the ball so much,” Watts said. “We never could get anything clicking. That punt return was huge, and we got all the momentum. I was real proud of our defense, which has improved a lot of the past few weeks.”
Hodges was 12-for-22 in passing for 137 yards with one interception. Logan Motte caught four passes for 50 yards, and Brandon Spears caught three for 39.
The Jordan ground game was anemic, gaining only 54 yards on 19 rush attempts.
The Yellow Jackets gained 242 yards on the ground, spread out evenly among four running backs. Moore was 3-for-6 passing for 74 yards, most on the two touchdown tosses to Witherspoon.
Despite the trip to the playoffs, Jordan finishes with a losing 5-6 record. But Watts was still pleased with the team, especially in its run to the post-season.
“This season was a step up. We haven’t quite found a way to beat the teams that are better than us, though. It’s still a work in progress to get to the next level,” he said.
McAdory, now 11-0, plays Clay-Chalkville in the second round.