By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
The scouting report on Hubbard is that the Jaguars possess a roster full of athletes that can make big plays on offense and play great defense. And that is true.
But the Jaguars showed Friday night against Kerens in a showdown at Tiger Stadium that they can grind out a victory too.
Hubbard used its power game to grind out a nice non-district victory, getting 122 yards from fullback Trey Henderson for a 24-8 victory over the Bobcats.
Henderson carried the ball 25 times, averaging close to five yards a carry. Logan McClinton, filling in for injured tailback Bradley Walker, added 60 yards on 15 carries as the Jaguars methodically ran the ball right at Kerens.
“I’m happy with it,” Hubbard coach Craig Horn said. “The kids played hard. Even without Brad, we’re still a good football team. We’re not as explosive without Brad. You just have to execute.”
Hubbard punished Kerens in the second half with time consuming drives, and even though they ended on downs and a punt, it forced the Bobcats, down 16-8, to try and pass the ball. Quarterback Nate Betts threw three interceptions, including two in the second half, as the Bobcats continued a trend of turning the ball over in losses.
The Jaguars put the game away when Kerens finally made a mistake on a bad snap on a punt with 5:34 left in the game. Hubbard tackled Kerens punter Talon Modester at the Bobcats 12, and on the next play Henderson ran untouched for a 12-yard touchdown and a 24-8 lead with 5:28 left in the game.
Kerens had two more possessions to end the game, but both of them ended on downs.
Hubbard turned the momentum in the first quarter with a 59-yard punt by Casen Martin that was downed at the Kerens 1 late in the first quarter. The Jaguars forced a three-and-out and a punt to start their drive at the Kerens 25.
“It was big,” Horn said. “Casen’s a great punter. He’s a weapon.”
The Jaguars grinded out a 6-play drive with Logan McClinton finishing it off with an 8-yard run in which he made a nice cutback on a toss sweep. McClinton also scooted in for the two-point conversion for a 8-0 lead with 10:37 left in the second quarter.
Hubbard made another play on special teams, recovering a loose ball on a pooch kickoff. The Jaguars used the big play on third-and-13 as Martin avoided pressure and threw a strike in the flat to Casey Jones, who caught the pass at the Kerens 25, bounced off a tackler at the 5 and scored for a 16-0 lead with 7:48 left in the second quarter (Trey Henderson had a two-point run).
Kerens answered this time with a big play. Betts hit receiver Brett Anderson for a 32-yard reception at the Hubbard 32. Later on the drive, with Kerens facing a fourth-and-six, Betts found Anderson in the corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown reception with 4:55 to go in the first half.
The Jaguars almost scored on their next possession, driving to the Kerens 6. But McClinton fumbled at the 2 as he tried to push his way into the end zone with 2:43 to go in the first half.