STATESVILLE – The Jay M. Robinson football team played unbeaten Statesville to a stalemate in the first quarter Friday night.
After that, it was all Statesville, as the Greyhounds went on to roll to a 38-14 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.
Jay M. Robinson lost its fifth consecutive game and fell to 1-5 overall on the season. Statesville pushed its record to 6-0.
At first, things looked pretty good for the Bulldogs. They got the ball to start the game on their own 10-yard line, and their first play from scrimmage was a 12-yard rush by Andre Hamilton. That play was followed by a 9-yard pass from quarterback Simarion Hughes to Arthur Nealy, and that seemed to be setting the tone for the Bulldogs.
However, the Statesville defense held, forcing the Bulldogs to punt.
Statesville started explosive with running back Caylon Imes picking up an 8-yard rush from his own 38. The Greyhounds played a balanced offense on their opening drive, passing for six plays and running for five. They made it to Jay M. Robinson’s 19-yard line, but an interception by Bulldogs’ Chase Jenkins halted the momentum for Statesville.
But after another Statesville defensive stand, the Greyhounds finally got on the board when Nebayne Moore scored on a 5-yard read option touchdown run, taking a 7-0 lead.
Statesville eventually took a 14-0 halftime lead and then scored on its opening drive of the second half. Jay M. Robinson still showed signs of life, however, using a strong run game.
But after a Statesville interception, the Greyhounds offense went straight to the air, with Nebanye Moore throwing deep to Jasiah Gathings. Gathings caught the ball right over the defender and scored on a 42-yard touchdown that pushed the lead to 28-0 and seemed to knock the wind out of the Bulldogs.
Robinson 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Statesville 0 14 14 10 -- 38
S – Nebanye Moore 5 run (Sam Buckner kick), 11:43
S – Moore 9 run (Buckner kick), 3:02
S -- Marquis Dalton 3 run (Buckner kick), 8:17
S – Jasiah Gathings 42 pass from Moore (Buckner kick), 6:43
JMR – Andre Hamilton 58 run (Braden Hamilton kick), 5:45
S – Gathings 26 pass from Moore (Buckner kick), 8:48
S – Buckner 16 field goal, 14:00
JMR – Joshua Grant Jr. 68 pass from Simarion Hughes (Braden Hamilton kick), 1:50