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Jackets buzz past Indians

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D'Corian Bryant gets the handoff from Bryan Hayes. BRENDA WILSON
Keith Jones makes a carry for the Jackets.
Harlen Zirker makes a tackle for Springfield.

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CLARKSVILLE - The Springfield Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-1) played spoiler Friday night, traveling to Montgomery Central and defeating the Indians 41-0 on their homecoming, ending the Jackets' two-game losing streak.

Jackets head coach Dustin Wilson said the extra days off helped get some key players back and get the guys to refocus on their goal.

"We had a bye week, so we had a couple extra days, and we were able to get healthier and get some guys back," he said.

Springfield took advantage of an Indians turnover-on-downs on their second possession. The Jackets methodically moved down the field on a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by a 7-yard run from Keith Jones - ending the quarter with a 7-0 Jackets lead.

After forcing a three-and-out, the Jackets converted a key third down to keep the drive going when Luke Pettit found Benjamin Galluzzi on a near-sack that turned into a 19-yard gain.

The Jackets moved quickly to the 19, before being forced back to the 40-yard line by penalties. However, Jones ran it in for a 26-yard touchdown, putting the Jackets up 14-0.

Springfield missed a field goal later in the quarter, but redeemed itself after blocking a field goal from the Indians to end the half.

The Jackets came out in the second half looking to deflate the Indians, and succeeded.

The first play of the second half was a 74-yard touchdown pass from Pettit to Dayron Johnson, who hasn't played since the first quarter of Week 6.

Immediately after, Springfield recovered an onside kick. It only took them two plays to add seven more to the board on a 40-yard touchdown run by Jones - his third of the night. This put Springfield up 28-0 with the third quarter winding down, but they weren't even close to done.

Things only got worse for Montgomery Central with another stalled drive. Springfield smelled blood in the water, and on the very first play of the drive, Pettit found Travion Woodard for a 68-yard touchdown. The extra-point was missed, giving Springfield a 34-0 lead.

D'Corian Bryant returned a punt from Montgomery Central all the way to the end zone, but was brought back due to penalties. But he didn't let the penalty get to him, finding the end zone again with a 27-yard touchdown to put the Jackets up 41-0.

Pettit finished with 171 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jones finished with 111 yards rushing and three scores on the ground. Johnson and Woodard both finished the game with one receiving touchdown each.

The defense did not allow a single point, and finished with a handful of tackles for loss and an interception by Harlen Zirker.

"The defense has played well all year long," Wilson said. "Throw out the Beech game and look at the rest of the schedule, and they have played well."

With no more rest until the end of the season, Springfield hopes to stay healthy and hit the ground running for a few more region wins. Next week, the Jackets host Portland for the home stretch of their season.

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