East Jordan flees JoBurg in the second half for a division win

JOHANNESBURG – You couldn’t draw a better start than the Johannesburg-Lewiston football team on Friday night.

The historically dominant schedule entered Friday’s game with East Jordan looking to end their long winless streak that began last year, and looked set to do so as the game’s first three practices came to fruition. to an East Jordan punt, a Cardinals touchdown and a turnover on the downs forced by the Cardinals defense.

However, the game turned bad for JoBurg, and quickly.

After the third practice, East Jordan found his rhythm on both sides of the ball, eventually earning 42 unanswered points in a 42-12 victory over JoBurg for his first victory of the season.

“It’s always nice to get rid of the first,” East Jordan head coach Adam Grybauskas said.

The Cardinals offensive line started the game as strong as ever as JoBurg rushed for 51 yards on his first drive, capped by a one-yard quarterback by Colin Basinski to give them a 6-0 lead.

JL's Colin Basinski rounds the corner on an away run in a clash between Johannesburg-Lewiston and East Jordan on Friday September 9th.

However, after the first two practices for the Red Devils failed, their offense found success in the running game once they started attacking the boundaries rather than forcing it into the Cardinals front. That strategy worked to perfection as Logan Shooks and Braylon Grybauskas helped carry the team 61 yards down the field in their next practice, capped off by a 15-yard TD run from Shooks to take an 8-yard lead. -6 after a two-point success. conversion.

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From there, East Jordan seemingly got what he wanted, when he wanted it. After a long drive from JoBurg stalled with less than a minute left in the first half, quarterback Dawson Carey needed just one play to capitalize as he and Grybauskas hung on for a 44-yard pass to go up 14-6 at halftime.

Dawson Carey of East Jordan throws a pass during a game between Johannesburg-Lewiston and East Jordan on Friday September 9th.

Carey would have his hands all over the second half; he ran in a 32-yard TD at one point, he connected with Korbyn Russell for a 31-yard TD at another and he intercepted a pass in defense as the Red Devils blew their lead.

JL was able to stop the bleeding in the fourth as rookie Paul Batavia ran in a four-yard TD, but it was too late to spark a comeback as JoBurg fell for the third time this season.

Sophomore Nate Hummel led the Cardinals rushing offense with 67 yards that day, followed by Batavia with 37 rushing yards and a touchdown. Basinski added eight rushing yards and TDs as well.

For East Jordan, Carey put in an all-around performance, passing for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air, 78 yards and a rushing touchdown, and an INT on defense. Grybauskas finished as the game’s leading rusher with 108 yards and a TD to go along with his 44-yard TD catch, while Shooks also added 75 rushing yards and a TD.

East Jordan goes 1-2 this season and will face Harbor Springs next Friday, September 16, while JoBurg drops to 0-3 and host Maple City Glen Lake on the same day.

Dawson Carey of East Jordan kicks the ball into the end zone during a match between Johannesburg-Lewiston and East Jordan on Friday September 9th.

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