Jackson Defenses Helps Make History

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As it has all season, Jackson’s defense got the job done.

No. 4 Jackson Ironmen (11-1) completed their third shutout of the season and outlasted the No. 8 Bishop Watterson Eagles (6-6) 14-0 to advance to the division III, region nine final.

With the victory, the 2015 Ironmen are the first team in school history to pick up two wins in a postseason.

Jackson made history in commanding fashion, stifling Bishop Watterson’s offense and making the Eagles one-dimensional. Jackson held Bishop Watterson to just one rushing yard in the first half, forcing quarterback Stephen Markos to make plays through the air with Jackson’s front seven consistently bearing down on him.

As for Jackson’s offense, it stuck to a familiar script: running. Jackson controlled both the clock and the pace of the game with a dominant performance on the ground, piling up 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.

By establishing its running game early, Jackson quickly wore down Bishop Watterson’s defense with lengthy drives including Jackson’s first scoring drive. Raymon Potter’s one yard touchdown run in the first quarter capped off a 15-play drive.

Potter made his presence felt on the defense as well, anchoring the unit which forced three key Bishop Watterson turnovers and prevented the Eagles from accumulating any momentum.

Jackson will take on No. 3 Zanesville in the regional final.