Jacksonville Christian ended a three game losing streak Friday night with a 35-12 victory over Jefferson Christian at Tommy Miller Stadium.
“It’s always a sigh of relief,” said Thunder coach Tommy Miller on getting the first win of the 2011 season. “It feels good to get that out of the way.”
Thunder running back Cameron Bryant saw most of the action, scoring three of the five touchdowns for Jacksonville Christian, including an 11-yard run with less than eight minutes to go that put the contest out of reach for the Eagles.
To be honest, though, the Eagles never looked like they really had a chance.
Heading into the locker room at the half, they trailed 21-0 without ever advancing the ball out of their own half of the field.
Defensively, the team couldn’t find an answer for Bryant and running back Joshua Blohm.
Blohm scored the first touchdown of the game on the Thunder’s opening drive with a 19-yard run capping off a five-play 72 yard drive.
Jefferson showed hints of coming to life in the third quarter, forcing the Thunder to punt on the first drive of the half.
But just as it looked like the Eagles defense might be turning a corner, a scary moment came late in the 3rd quarter when senior Clint Looser took a massive hit.
The game was delayed 15 minutes and a silence took over the crowd as Jacksonville fire department rescue vehicles came to carry Looser off on a stretcher.
As emergency vehicles were leaving the campus, Jefferson coach Ted LePage
shouted to the visiting crowd that Looser was able to move and talk to the coaches and emergency respondents, letting the away stands breath a cautious sigh of relief.
After the game Miller said Looser had been stabilized at Jacksonville Medical Center.
“You really hate to see something like that happen, no matter who it is,” Miller said.
After play resumed the Eagles were able to make a goal-line stand and recover a fumble deep in their own territory, but the comeback, if it could even be called that, didn’t last long.
Blohm was able to come up with an interception to start the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing drive Quarterback William Warren connected on a short pass to Daylon Brackett who took the ball 76 yards untouched to put Jacksonville up 28-0.
The loss means Jefferson, who also entered the game with their own season starting with a three game losing streak, are now starting off 2011 0-4.
With their first win out of the way, Miller said the Thunder needs to focus on getting their passing game up to par with their run attack next week when they host Vina High School.
“They’re going to be stronger than us physically,” Miller said. “We won’t be able to just run the ball at them.”
Brian Anderson is a staff writer for the Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3546.