Updated Sat, Oct 5, 2013 4:39 pm
The Jackson Ironmen relied on the run game to power them to a win in their first SEOAL game Friday, defeating the Warren Warriors, 35-20. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Ironmen, bringing them back to .500 on the season.
Jackson (3-3, 1-0 SEOAL) was able to establish the run early, dominating the Warrior defense with contributions from four different players. Gabe Griffiths, Johnny Farley, Jake Crabtree and Hunter Sexton all combined to give the Warrior defense nightmares.
Farley, locally known as “the small man’s hero,” scored both Jackson touchdowns in the first half, punching in runs from 14 and 15 yards out.
The Jackson run defense shut down Warren all night, leaving the Warriors to count on quarterback Austin Klintworth’s arm.
Klintworth tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to David Ryan to earn Warren’s first touchdown of the night. The pass landed in Ryan's hands in the back corner of the end zone to bring the score to 7-6.
Jackson struggled to keep its discipline, taking multiple personal fouls, pass interference calls and holding penalties early in the game. The penalties cost Jackson great field position late in the second quarter and forced drives in the wrong direction.
The first half ended with an unusual sequence of events.
Jackson had a touchdown called back via a holding penalty, forcing a field goal attempt on fourth down.
The kick was blocked by the Warren special teams unit, and the ball ended up in the hands of a Warren defender, who took it 75 yards to the end zone as time expired.
However, Warren was called for a block in the back on the return, so the touchdown was called back, and the Warriors got the ball on Jackson’s 30-yard line.
Warren received an untimed down since there was no time left in the half. Klintworth launched a pass to the end zone, which fell incomplete, but Jackson was flagged for pass interference on the play.
Warren received another untimed down after the penalty, this time electing to attempt a field goal to end the half.
The Jackson special teams unit blocked the kick, but the ball bounced back to the Warren kicker, who ran it in for a touchdown to reduce the deficit before halftime.
Jackson led, 14-12, going into the locker room.
The Ironmen rebounded with three second-half touchdowns to leave Vincent with a 1-0 record in the SEOAL.
Jackson travels to Logan (3-3, 1-0 SEOAL) Friday, Oct. 11, to take on the Chieftans in another conference matchup.
Warren (2-4, 0-1) will play at non-conference foe East Liverpool next Friday.