Dragons blank Bears in 8-2A contest


RISON – Junction City scored seven of eights touchdowns on plays that went for 39 yards or more as the highly-touted Dragons rolled up Woodlawn, 58-0, for the Bears’ homecoming game Friday night at the Carl Jones Sports Complex.

Shaquille Hunter’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Evans on the first play of the game proved to be a bad omen for Woodlawn as Junction City began to take control in the second quarter before invoking the mercy rule on its first possession of the third quarter.

The Bears did manage to keep pace with the Dragons for most of the first quarter.

After Hunter hit Evans for the big scoring pass, the Bears’ J.P. Aikens would intercept Hunter’s fourth-down pass on the Dragons’ next series. Woodlawn responded by driving the ball from its own 43 to the Junction City 35 before Blake Erstine’s pass to Michael Thrower came up a yard short on fourth down.

The Bears would stop the Dragons’ next drive as well with a fumble recovery at the Woodlawn 44.

But after forcing the Bears to a three-and-out, Junction City would finally begin to take control of the game.

Jarkell Brown broke a 51-yard touchdown run on the first snap after the punt and then Mario Hayes weaved his way through defenders to go 70 yards for another score on the Dragons’ next possession. Brown converted the extra points after both touchdowns to make it 21-0 with about 11 minutes still left in the second quarter. Jaquis Dancy followed with a 59-yard touchdown on Junction City’s next series before Saylor Hall recovered Keandre Evans’ fumble in the endzone with just 2:04 left in the half to make it 34-0 after Brown missed the extra point.

The Dragons would invoke the mercy rule on its first possession of the third quarter when Dancy scored on a 39-yard run completing a six-play, 72-yard drive . This time Randall Holyfield was brought in for the extra point and he delivered, making it 41-0 at the 6:28 left in the third quarter.

Holyfield would add a 23-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter before reserve running backs Keandre Evans and Devonta Smith scored on late runs of 70 and 67 yards, respectively, against what was by then a weary Woodlawn defense. Smith’s score came with just 35 seconds left. Holyfield was successful on both PATs.

The Bears had just 16 players available for the game.

Woodlawn managed just 33 yards of offense against the rugged Junction City defense. Keith Durham was the Bears’ leading rusher with 14 yards on four carries. Erstine completed four-of-17 passes for 12 yards with one interception.

The two late touchdown runs helped Junction City pile up 638 yards of offense. Dancy and Evans both eclipsed the century mark in rushing with 140 and 106 yards, respectively.

Junction City used four quarterbacks in compling 112 yards through the air.

Woodlawn fell to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in 8-2A conference play with the loss. Junction City won its sixth straight game and improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

The Bears will have an open date next week before traveling to Parkers Chapel on Oct. 26.