Jackets dominant at Eastside


Graham Williams - Union Daily Times

TAYLORS – Combining a balanced offense with a suffocating defense, Union demolished Eastside, 54-21, Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0 and 4-3) rolled up nearly 500 yards total offense – 224 yards rushing and 275 yards passing – while limiting the winless Eagles to fewer than 200 yards (85 rushing and 108 passing).

Except for a rash of first quarter penalties the Yellow Jackets were clicking on all cylinders. Jeremy Sims, the team’s leading ball carrier, gained 99 yards on 14 carries and scored Union’s first touchdown; quarterback Steven Brewington four of 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown; and Cameron Willis came in when Brewington injured his ankle and competed five of 11 passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Dontee Stewart only caught two passes all night, but both were for touchdowns.

“Hopefully we will build on the second half and carry it over to next week,” coach Tommy Bobo said after the game.

Union struck quickly, driving 69 yards in seven plays on its second possession to take a 7-0 lead when Sims scored from seven yards out.

A Brewington fumble stopped the Yellow Jackets’ next drive, but three plays later Jonathan Means picked off a Will Bateman pass and returned it 65 yards for a 14-0 Union lead.

Eastside refused to roll over, however, and tied the score with a couple of second-quarter touchdowns.

Just when it seemed like the momentum was moving the Eagles’ way, Brewington found Stewart open deep on a 61-yard scoring play.

On Union’s next possession, Brewington twisted his ankle and Willis came on in relief. He hit L.J. Dye for 36 yards and then threw an 8-yard scoring strike to Stewart to give Union a 26-14 halftime lead.

A Jermaine Hill interception set up the Yellow Jackets’ next score, a one-yard run by Kendrick Neal that capped a six-play, 54-yard drive, highlighted by a 24-yard pass from Willis to Allen Glenn.

Late in the third quarter, LaMarcus Stewart intercepted backup quarterback Austin Reeves and returned it to the Eagles’ 5-yard line. After a five-yard delay of game penalty, Willis threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Mikey Callahan and Union led 41-14.

Bobo began substituting players in the fourth quarter, but the offensive assault didn’t stop. Rodrick Gilmore found Gary Means for a 66-yard scoring strike and a 48-14 Union lead.

After Eastside scored to close the gap to 48-21, Union drove 80 yards in 10 plays, all on the ground, and Jarvis Broadus ran the final yard for the Yellow Jackets’ last score.

Union returns home next Friday to play Riverside for homecoming.

Union      14   12   7   21 – 54
Eastside    0   14    7    0 – 21

U – Sims 7 run (Gregory kick)
U – Means 65 interception return (Gregory kick)
E – Clemente 3 run (Harmon kick)
E – Williams 21 pass from Bateman (Harmon kick)
U – Stewart 61 pass from Brewington (kick blocked)
U – Stewart 8 pass from Willis (pass failed)
U – Neal 1 run (Willis pass to Glenn)
U – Callahan 10 pass from Willis (Gregory kick)
U – Means 66 pass from Gilmore (Paschal kick)
E – Gaillard 10 pass from Reeves (Harmon kick)
U – Broadus 1 run (kick blocked)

Unofficial statistics
First downs – Union 14, Eastside 10
Yards rushing – Union 224, Eastside 85
Yards passing – Union 275, Eastside 108
Passing, A-C-I – Union 10-23-0, Eastside 10-25-4
Penalties – Union 12-110, Eastside 3-25

Individual statistics
Rushing – Sims (U) 14-99; Broadus (U) 4-23; Gilmore (U) 3-32; Pendergraph (U) 4-29; Clemente (E) 15-53; Cruell (E) 4-31
Passing – Brewington (U) 4-11-0, 118 yards; Willis (U) 5-11-0, 91 yards; Gilmore (U) 1-1-0, 61 yards. Bateman (E) 9-18-1, 89 yards; Reeves (E) 1-7-3, 19 yards,
Receiving – Stewart (U) 2-69; Dye (U) 1-36; Sims (U) 1-36; Callahan (U) 2-19; Glenn (U) 1-24; Collins (E) 3-32; Williams (E) 3-29; Gaillard (E) 2-25; Fincher (E) 1-14


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