JACKSON TWP: The Green Bulldogs enjoyed one of their sweetest football wins in recent memory Friday night, defeating Jackson 42-24 in a nonconference game at Robert Fife Stadium.
Junior quarterback John Davies accounted for five touchdowns and sophomore James Angel scored four touchdowns as Green (1-1) rallied from 10-point deficit to defeat a future Federal League opponent.
“It’s a great win for our kids and our program with the announcement of the Federal League,” third-year Bulldogs coach Ed Cybak said. “This is going to turn into a great rivalry game.”
Last month, Green’s Board of Education unanimously approved the decision to leave the Suburban League and join the Federal League beginning in 2015.
Trailing 24-21 at half, Green erupted for three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and its defense intercepted three Jackson passes in the final 12 minutes.
Davies, at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, came off the bench late in the first quarter and threw three touchdown passes (60, 9 and 14 yards). He also had touchdown runs of 7 and 44 yards.
“For the first game at Lake, I was pretty nervous, but coming into this one I was ready,” Davies said. “It’s a great team win. It’s just awesome to get this victory.”
Davies accumulated 356 yards of total offense, completing 13-of-20 throws for 229 yards and rushing for 127 yards on 15 attempts.
Angel, a wide receiver, got Green on the board early with a 38-yard touchdown run. Jackson answered with a 31-yard scoring run from junior Ricky Spradling and a 17-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Tyler Langenfeld to go on top 14-7.
Using his fingertips, Angel reeled in a high pass from Davies and completed a 60-yard scoring play down the left sideline to bring Green even at 14-14.
Jerome Costin’s 31-yard field goal and a 26-yard scoring toss from Langenfeld to senior Corey Arnaut had the Polar Bears leading 24-14 with 2:19 left in the first half.
But, Davies led Green 80 yards in seven plays, capped by a 9-yard scoring strike to Angel, to slice Jackson’s lead to 24-21.
“John has really improved his footwork, and that’s what has enabled him to step up,” Cybak said. “He has grown into his body and he’s really started to read defenses.”
Dropped passes kept both teams stuck in neutral during a scoreless third quarter.
“We missed opportunities and that’s the bottom line,” Jackson coach Beau Balderson said. “We didn’t move the ball offensively [the second half] to help our defense out, and they just got worn down.”
Davies’ 7-yard scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave Green the lead for good. He then fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Angel and tacked on a 44-yard keeper for six points with 5:45 left in the game.
Jeffrey Goodwill, Brandon Papp and Jacob Bostic each had interceptions and seniors Mitchell Kay and Alex Yost registered two sacks apiece for the Bulldogs defense, which shut out Jackson (1-1) in the second half.
Langenfeld completed of 14-of-26 passes for 202 yards, but was sacked six times. Jackson junior Shane Ridgway was injured in the second quarter and did not return.
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