The Sleeping Giant – By Garrett Ross

Zephyr – The Jonesboro Eagles have been overlooked much of this season, after a week two loss to Milford 71-44. The Eagles were coming into Friday’s game unranked and 5 point underdogs to #9 Zephyr, but that proved to be a fluke. Jonesboro dominated the Bulldogs on their home field 60-12 and let everyone in the state of Texas know they are ready for another run to AT&T Stadium.

Zephyr found themselves plagued with penalties and turnovers, neither are a recipe for success. The Bulldogs were penalized seven times for 51 yards, while Jonesboro had one penalty for 15 yards. Zephyr also lost the turnover battle 2-0, with two interceptions in the game.

Jonesboro was able to find the end zone first, as Andy Sarmiento broke loose for a 35 yard scamper. The Eagles continued to elude the Zephyr defense enroute to 46-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs two touchdowns came on runs of 10 and 8 yards.

Ethan Lillljedahl became well acquainted with the end zone in the first quarter, as he was able to score three of Jonesboro’s first six touchdowns. The 6’0 155lb junior scored on runs of 31,26, and 69 yards. Payton Merx and Wyatt Young both scored during the first quarter as well. Merx was able to break through the Bulldogs defense on a 2 yard run, while Young made his way in from 6 yards out.

The second quarter was all Jonesboro, as Zephyr’s offense was held in check. The Eagles tacked on two more touchdowns to enforce the 45 point mercy rule. Once again it was Merx and Young avoiding the Zephyr defenders, as Young broke away for a 57 yard touchdown and Merx hightailed it for a 23 yard touchdown.

Zephyr ironically ran more offensive plays than Jonesboro, the Bulldogs ran 48 plays for 212 yards. Zephyr was very balanced in their play calling, with 132 yards passing and 80 rushing.

Jonesboro ran 34 plays for 289 yards and in typical smashmouth fashion, a majority of those yards came on the ground. The Eagles only had 15 yards passing, but they pounded the Bulldogs defense with 274 rushing yards.

Next week Jonesboro will host fellow Coryell County foe Evant, while Zephyr travels to Switzer Field to face the Blanket Tigers.


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