Game Stats Game Recap
|October 8 NORTH vs Jasper VARSITY Offensive Stats|
|BRAWDY||15||90||6.0||2||22||0||1-22yd TD; 2-7yd TD; sacked once for -7yds|
|* thrown to|
|Player||Total||TD rush||TD rec||TD ret||2pt XP||XP kick||Special|
|October 8 NORTH vs JASPER Team Stats|
|3.8||Avg yds per rush||6.2|
|8.9||Avg yds per completion||14.0|
|1 / -7||Sacked / Yards Lost||2 / -8|
|4.7||Avg yds per play||6.6|
|1||Passes HAD intercepted||0|
|0||Points scored off turnovers||0|
|4 / 35||PENALTIES / YARDS||5 / 45|
|5 / 12||3rd down conversions||7 / 11|
|3 / 4||4th down conversions||2 / 2|
|1ST||2:02||Schuetter 1yd TD run||0 - 6|
|XP kick partially blocked||0 - 6|
|2ND||7:51||Brawdy 22yd TD run||6 - 6|
|XP kick blocked||6 - 6|
|3RD||3:46||Ewing 38yd TD run||6 - 12|
|Leonard XP kick||6 - 13|
|4TH||11:12||Brawdy 7yd TD run||12 - 13|
|Renfro XP kick||13 - 13|
|8:07||Ewing 64yd TD run||13 - 19|
|Leonard XP kick||13 - 20|
|NORTH VS JASPER 10/08/2021 - DEFENSIVE STATS|
|PLAYER||SOLO||ASST.||T-FL||SACK||C FUM||R FUM||INT||BK||POINTS|
|68 JAYDEN HAZELWOOD||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||17|
|04 ETHAN KING||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||10|
|53 MITCHELL HAPPE||2||5||0.5||0||0||0||0||0||10|
|36 SEAN BENNETT||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||9|
|40 DESHAUN HORNE||1||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||8|
|59 DELSHAN DAVIS||1||5||0.5||0||0||0||0||0||8|
|51 GARRETT MOONEY||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||7|
|01 ACHILLES JOHNSON||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|23 JORDAN HUNT||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|27 KEONTA BARTON||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|09 CALE JOHNSON||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|31 DYLAN HANES||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|52 ZANE HATT||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|02 JEREMIAH THOMAS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|07 ANGELO ST. LOUIS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|75 TIMOTHY DIXON||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|20 KAHLONTAJ BELL||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2|
|83 ANGUS DAVIS||0|
JASPER CLAIMS A 20-13 WIN OVER THE HUSKIES
The Jasper Wildcats bested the North Huskies by a score of 20-13 Friday night at Jerry Brewer Stadium and the game was even closer than the score would indicate. The Huskies were marching to a game tying touchdown with under two minutes to play when a Wildcat defender made a sensational play and ended the Huskies chances.
A LITTLE BIT OF TRICKERY
For their part, Coach Paridaen’s team got ‘off the bus’ ready to play. The Huskies opened up with a perfectly executed ‘on-sides’ kick that senior K.J. Bell recovered at the Jasper 48.
It was apparent from the start of the game that the Wildcats’ game plan involved shutting down all opportunities for senior T.J. Hankins to find running room. Coming into the contest, Hankins was averaging nearly 140 yards rushing per game. Jasper deployed a unique defensive set for this game with three down linemen and a linebacker stacked right behind each one. Their twists and turns proved effective against the inside-zone running schemes that Hankins thrives on. For his part, the Jasper nose-tackle played an All-Conference caliber game and overwhelmed the center of North’s offensive line.
Irrespective of the defensive line play, senior Ethan Brawdy manufactured running space on keeper plays and exploited the Wildcat reliance on the linebackers to stop Hankins by frequently targeting sophomore Kaleb Harris with passes in the space the linebackers would normally occupy. North advanced to the Jasper 23 largely on Brawdy runs and Harris receptions. A low snap cost the Huskies five yards on first down and the drive ultimately stalled.
WILDCAT OFFENSE REMINDS YOU OF…THE NORTH OFFENSE
Jasper’s first offensive drive was eerily reminiscent of the 2021 Husky offense. Inside handoffs to a burly runner interspersed with counter plays and the occasional pass to an outside receiver looked like they were taken directly from the North playbook for the last month. Jasper worked their way downfield with the defense stubbornly yielding yards. It took the Wildcats ten plays to cover forty yards to the North 30-yard line but once there, they scored quickly.
As has been detailed herein many times before, a particular type of passing route can cause difficulty for young defensive backfields. A single receiver comes in motion from the opposite side of the field prior to the snap or a running back delays his route from the backfield until a few moments after the snap. The receiver then turns up field after the defensive backs have committed themselves to covering other targets. It is called a “Wheel Route” and is a play that has plagued North defenders for the better part of a decade.
Jasper utilized a wheel route, a receiver turned up field without the North defender noticing him, and the receiver was wide open at the ten-yard line when the Wildcat delivered the pass. Junior Ethan King reached him before he could score but Jasper had first-and-goal at the one and scored on the next play. King then got a fingertip on the extra point kick and deflected it just enough that it hit the upright and bounced to the ground. Jasper led 6-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
BRAWDY LEADS THE WAY
With the Jasper nose tackle and middle linebacker continuing to cause trouble in the middle of the line, it fell to Brawdy and Harris to lead the Huskies to their first score. On third and seven at the Husky 36, Brawdy hit Harris for an 11-yard pickup. When the Huskies faced fourth-and-one at the Jasper 32, Harris slid over, took a direct snap from center, and drove his way into the defensive line for a two yard pick up and a first down. It appeared the drive might stall when North again faced fourth and one at the Jasper 22.
Prior to the snap, Harris came sliding down the line from his H-Back position and the Jasper safety slid parallel to him across the top of the defense. On the snap, Harris and freshman Ben Brasher double teamed the tackle and the linebacker stacked behind him moved to fill a gap between Brasher and the center. The safety, seeing Harris come forward, dove into the pile of flesh that was stacking up at the tackle position and gave up what would normally be outside containment while effectively walling off the linebacker from pursuing the play.
Sophomore Timothy Dixon manhandled the remaining outside linebacker and that left Hankins free to hit the only remaining defender. He hit him hard, indeed, and Brawdy sprinted through the opening between Dixon and Hankins and ran 22 yards untouched to tie the game at 6-6 with 7:51 to play in the half. The Jasper defense burst through the center of the line and blocked the extra point, and the two teams went into half-time tied.
The Husky offense never solved the problem presented by the Jasper focus on the center of the line and short passes fell incomplete as North punted the ball away after its first possession of the third quarter. Junior Mitchell Renfro’s punt rolled dead at the Wildcat 20 and North set its defense.
Again the Wildcats pounded away at the Husky defense with a mixture of running plays. It took them eleven plays to reach the North 38-yard line, but once they got there, a counter play was all they needed to score.
A “counter” play is a misdirection run in which nine players out of 11 head one way and draw the defense in that same direction. It is up to the defensive safeties to remain vigilant and not over-pursue the play. North didn’t and Jasper ran 38 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made in 13-6 with 3:46 left in the third quarter.
Certainly the North script called for Brawdy and Harris to provide the consistent gains on which long drives are built and for their part, they did so again. After a pair of Brawdy runs set up third-and-one, Harris again slid over from H-back, took a snap, and picked up the first down. A pass interference penalty gave North another first down at midfield. At this point in the game, it did appear that the Jasper defense was beginning to deny the types of ‘big plays’ that might cost them the victory.
…and that’s when junior Jaylonn Mitchell offered up his biggest play of the season.
Mitchell has been a consistent performer for two seasons as a wide receiver for the Huskies. His sophomore season had many highlight reel plays. His junior season has seen him with fewer receptions and a lower per-catch average gain. Running room has been in short supply for the speedy receiver.
On first down, Brawdy took the snap and immediately began to roll to his left. The Jasper nose-tackle broke through the line and gave pursuit. This play, however, called for Hankins to stay in and block for Brawdy—to pick up whomever was first to make it through the line. Hankins got in a potent lick on the defender and Brawdy had time to plant his foot and throw deep.
Mitchell had taken off on a ‘fly’ pattern and put just enough separation between himself and the defender to gain an edge. Brawdy’s pass left his hand at the North 45-yard line, sailed on a rope just inside the sideline, and hit Mitchell in the hands at the Jasper ten. The defender lunged and brought down the Husky receiver at the North four-yard line.
A holding penalty on first down complicated matters and the game moved into the fourth quarter with North facing second-and-goal from the 17. Hankins, however, gained back most of the penalty by bouncing off so many different defenders he looked like a ball on a billiards table before being brought down at the seven.
On third and goal, it fell to Brawdy to again ‘make the difference’. Senior Kaleb Lowe entered the game at right tackle and walloped the defensive end. Unfortunately, the nose tackle had overcome a double team in the middle of the line, and Hankins—who would normally lead Brawdy through the hole and account for the middle linebacker—had to nullify the nose-tackle with a ferocious block.
When Brawdy hit the hole at the line of scrimmage, Jasper’s 6’2”, 215 lb middle linebacker stood there unblocked and in position to ‘blow up’ the play. He failed to take into consideration that this was Ethan Brawdy he was contending with, not some mere-mortal quarterback from another school.
When the linebacker squared up to make the hit, Brawdy swiveled his hips to the right, used his left shoulder to deflect the defender’s outstretched arm, planted his left foot, and sprang forward with the full force of his legs. The leap propelled the quarterback forward, past the linebacker’s arm, and on through a second defender poised at the two-yard line. Brawdy tumbled into the end zone and Renfro’s kick made the score 13 all with eleven minutes to play.
MORE DECEPTION, SAME RESULT
A clipping call during the kickoff return pushed Jasper back to their eleven-yard line. In typical fashion, they hammered away at the North defense with running plays. The defense slowly yielded and forced a third down at the Jasper 33. Their running back/middle linebacker picked up the short gain and Jasper stood at their 36 with a new set of downs.
They didn’t need them. The same counter play they ran for their previous touchdown went 64 yards and they led 20-13 with eight minutes to play.
NO STORYBOOK ENDING
If something works, you stick with it. North stuck with the combination of Brawdy and Harris and moved its way toward a storybook ending. On the road at legendary Jerry Brewer Field against the undefeated Wildcats, the local press seemed to feel that North was a three-touchdown underdog. The Huskies had won four of their last five coming into this game and played both Memorial and Mater Dei to single score decisions. This Husky team has proved they can go toe-to-toe with any team in the conference.
Brawdy picked up nine on first down and then hit Harris for another nine for a first down at the 41. When the drive appeared it might stall facing fourth-and-three at the 48, North called a time out to set up their play.
With Hankins beside him in the backfield, Brawdy took the snap and immediately sprinted to his right following Hankins. The play looked familiar to a North fan. An extra tackle had been inserted on the right with Harris lined up at wingback on the right. With Hankins as a ‘lead’ blocker, this play was designed to overpower the right side for tough yards. North had used it to score several touchdowns this season with both Brawdy and sophomore Sam McKinney.
Except Hankins had to cut off his lead blocker role.
A blitzing safety had come through the line (thankfully recognized by Hankins) and the senior turned back to nullify the threat to Brawdy. Without Hankins to lead the way, it would fall to Brawdy to pick up the first down or, for all intents and purposes, the game would be over.
Brawdy made it to the end of the line and cut up field as one defender slid off a block and got a piece of him. Not to be denied, Brawdy shed that tackler and blasted forward into a one-on-one confrontation with the safety. The safety brought him down, but not until the quarterback had bowled him over backwards and picked up six yards and the first down.
From there the Huskies made their way to the Jasper 32-yard line and the clock was winding down to under three minutes to play. The North stands were cheering, cow bells were clanging, feet were stomping, and Husky chances were at high tide. The hope was there for another fabled chapter to be written in North’s football record book.
The play began with Brawdy rolling to his right behind good protection but being pursued from the backside by a blitzing cornerback. The defender was closing quickly, but Brawdy had time to see Mitchell streaking downfield on another fly pattern. At the last moment, the quarterback let a pass fly that it seemed only Mitchell would have a chance to catch. It laced along the sideline and any defender who tried to intercept it would likely be carried out of bounds by his momentum.
Except he wasn’t. A Jasper defender made a play, a fantastic play that required the balance of a ballet dancer and the hands of an NFL receiver. But he made the play and picked off the pass at the ten-yard line with both toes in bounds and his hands stretched high over his head. The officials ruled him in-bounds and the game was essentially over.
NO TEAM SINCE 1995
The Huskies’ defense enters Senior Night with Central with a chance to match the 1995 State Runner Up squad. No North team since 1995 had played a regular season without surrendering 30 points in at least one game during the season. For their part, the 2021 Huskies are giving up fewer than 22 points per contest and the season high to this point scored against North are 28 points by Memorial. They could become the first team in 26 years to finish the regular season without giving up 30 points in a game.
For their part the ’95 Huskies gave up more than 29 in the State Title game. You would have to go all the way back to the 1980 season to find a Husky defense that never yielded more than 29 for an entire season.
|October 8 NORTH vs Jasper Possessions|
|J48||9||4||5||18||2||3:15||downs||Bell recovers on-sides kick; bad snap at J23 stalls drive||0 - 0|
|J30||12||10||2||70||4||6:45||TD||Schuetter 1yd TD run; follows 29yd reception on wheel route blown coverage||0 - 6|
|King deflects XP kick|
|NORTH--4th play of drive begins SECOND QUARTER|
|N33||12||7||5||67||4||6:15||TD||Brawdy 22yd TD run on 4th&1||6 - 6|
|XP kick blocked|
|J30||5||4||1||20||1||2:50||punt||Barton breaks up 3rd down pass||6 - 6|
|N40||3||1||2||6||0||1:50||punt||Renfro punts inside J20 yard line||6 - 6|
|J14||7||5||2||33||2||3:05||Half||6 - 6|
|N14||5||1||4||16||1||2:30||punt||Renfro punts to J20 yard line||6 - 6|
|J20||11||10||1||80||4||5:45||TD||Ewing 38yd TD run||6 - 13|
|Leonard XP kick|
|NORTH--8th play of drive begins FOURTH QUARTER|
|N25||9||7||2||75||3||4:45||TD||Brawdy 7yd TD run; follows 45yd reception by Mitchell||13 - 13|
|Renfro XP kick|
|J11||6||6||0||89||3||2:55||TD||Ewing 64yd TD run||13 - 20|
|Leonard XP kick|
|N23||11||7||4||45||3||5:05||INT||Bair intercepts Brawdy pass at J12||13 - 20|
|J12||6||6||0||22||1||3:00||game||13 - 20|
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