Updated Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:42 pm
The Jackson Ironmen’s defense came to play Friday night in their rivalry showdown against the Gallia Academy Blue Devils, giving up only 96 yards of offense. Jackson knocked off the Blue Devils, 31-7, at Holzer Field in Jackson, Ohio.
The Ironmen looked like an iron curtain, as they shut out the high-powered Blue Devil offense in the first half. The Blue Devils only had six first downs in the entire game and -40 yards rushing. Wade Jarrell ran the ball 15 times for -35 yards and also threw three interceptions.
Gallia Academy punted the ball on its first four possessions. The Blue Devils then decided to go for it, but the Ironmen were ready, as they sacked Wade Jarrell and forced a turnover on downs.
Gallia Academy’s defense struggled, as Jackson ran the ball up and down the field. The Ironmen ran for 285 yards and had four different ball carriers that ran for a touchdown.
Jackson took to a new tactic on the 1-yard line, handing the ball to offensive lineman Raymond Potter, who punched in the 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Potter’s score gave the Ironmen their first touchdown on the night, putting them up, 7-0.
It was senior night for Jackson, and Alan Parana ended his high school career with a bang. Parana punched in a 5-yard touchdown, extending Jackson’s lead to 17-0 right before the half. The senior finished with 10 carries for 50 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson needed a win and a Logan loss to clinch a share of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title. However, the Chieftains locked up the title for themselves with a victory over the Warren Warriors, 49-22.
Jackson’s win put the Ironmen at 6-4 overall and 3-1 in SEOAL play. The loss drops Gallia Academy to 5-5 overall and 1-3 within conference play. Based on their current division standing, neither team is in a position to make the playoffs.