Hunt tops winless Rose in OT
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Monday, September 4, 2017
For the first time in three games, the J.H. Rose football team made the plays it needed to make to put itself in position to win Monday night against Wilson Hunt.
But for every good play the Rampants made, they made just that many mistakes to let the game slip away.
Rose fumbled away a shot at a potential game-winning score, then threw an interception in overtime as Hunt rallied for a 23-20 road win that left the winless Rampants stunned on their home field.
Playing on their third different night of the week this season after the game was postponed by thunderstorms Friday, the Rampants overcame a litany of penalties to still find themselves with a chance to close the deal, but costly miscues down the stretch proved their undoing.
“The biggest thing is we're getting better, but we're still making dumb penalties at the wrong times," JHR coach Dave Wojtecki said. "(Those penalties) extended their drives and put us behind the sticks. We did a little bit better in turnovers and we forced some turnovers tonight, so that's gotten better, but it's the dumb penalties."
The Rampants (0-3) had three 15-yard personal foul calls, including one that took them from a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line to first-and-goal at the 16 in the second quarter. They eventually overcame that one to score on the drive, taking a 14-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Dowell.
It was a pair of costly turnovers in the fourth and in overtime that sealed Rose's fate. After stuffing Hunt on a 2-point conversion try that would have given the Warriors the lead, the Rampants got 40- and 21-yard runs by Dowell to get inside the Hunt 15 with a minute left.
But Dowell fumbled at the end of that 21-yard dash, giving up possession at the Warriors' 12 with a minute to go. Hunt took a knee to go to OT.
Hunt then took the lead with a 25-yard field goal by kicker Brendan Nance. Rose got off just two plays in its attempt to answer, the second of which was a pass from quarterback Grant Charles Jarman that ricocheted off the hands of wide receiver Jake Henry Rogers and was intercepted in the end zone to end it.
"We have to do a better job of protecting the ball," Wojtecki said. "We make a huge run there and fumble it at the end, and I know we would have went in to score if we don't fumble that, or kick the field goal to win it right there. We've just got to protect the ball better."
Jarman threw a pair of touchdowns, both to Grant Humphreys. Their 32-yard connection on Rose's first drive gave JHR a 6-0 lead, then a 4-yard fade in the left corner of the end zone put Rose ahead 20-14 early in the fourth.
Jarman was 20-of-29 for 243 yards. Humphreys had seven receptions for 78 yards.
Dowell was Rose's leading rusher thanks to the pair of long runs in the fourth. He finished with 72 yards on eight carries.
The game was delayed for nearly 20 minutes early in the fourth quarter after Rose running back Tyrease Ingram suffered a gruesome injury to his right ankle. Ingram was knocked into the air as he tried to cut up field and landed on his feet before crumpling to the ground.
Upon seeing his injury, Ingram's teammates immediately began sprinting off the field and signaling for help. The senior running back was tended to by paramedics on the field, then loaded onto a stretcher and removed from the stadium in an ambulance.