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JACKSONVILLE FOOTBALL | Red Devils win City Bowl

The Jacksonville defense did its job against North Pulaski last Friday. Chad MatchettBuy Photo
The Jacksonville defense did its job against North Pulaski last Friday. Chad Matchett

The Jacksonville Red Devils’ defense pitched a 36-0 shutout over North Pulaski as they celebrated homecoming at Jan Crow Stadium.

Jacksonville jumped ahead early in the first quarter and built their lead to 27-0 by halftime.

Both teams turned the ball over on their first possessions. North Pulaski turned the ball over on downs inside Jacksonville territory, and then got the ball back a few plays later when David Jackson recovered a fumble.

The Red Devils scores on the following possession after jumping on a Falcon fumble. North Pulaski’s defense kept playing well and forces a fourth down. Reggie Barnes converted the first down, and then found Robert Harris in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown.

Jacksonville scored less than two minutes later after Justin Abbot scooped a blocked punt up for a touchdown and 14-0 lead.

Both defenses kept the pressure up as Jacob Price recovered a fumble for Jacksonville, followed by the teams trading punts, as the defenses got stingy.

Jacksonville scored on their next two possessions to take a 27-0 lead into halftime. Lamont Gause broke free for a 44-yard touchdown, followed by Barnes threw a short touchdown to Harris with no time left on the clock. A pass interference call the play before kept the drive alive at the end of the half.

“The kids on both sides played hard,” said Jacksonville coach Rick Russell. “Too many penalties hurt us on offense, but the defense came up with some big plays.”

Jacksonville scored early in the third quarter when Barnes found KaJahn Daniels for his third touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion failed, so the Devils had to wait until Jesper Wellshaupt nailed a 30-yard field goal to set the final 36-0 margin.

Gause led all rushers with 113 yards on just eight carries. Jacksonville held North Pulaski under 150 yards of total offense in the game.

Jacksonville hits the road this week for a big conference showdown with Little Rock Christian.

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