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Third place finish

Friday, November 11, 2011

There's really nothing flashy or fancy about the way the McCrory Jaguars play football.

On offense, they prefer to pitch the ball to Logan Best, let mammoth 6-6, 305-pound lineman Jemar Clark knock a hole in the defense and move the ball downfield.

On defense, Clark, who has a handful of Division I college offers, takes up so much space at the line of scrimmage, that it seems like he's in on every single tackle of the game.

That's the basic scheme that McCrory used to knock off Salem 26-0 in the 3-2A Conference finale for both teams Nov. 3 at Joe Hart Field in McCrory.

The victory gives the Jaguars (7-3 overall, 6-1 conference) the 3-2A's second seeding in the Class 2A state playoffs, while the Greyhounds (8-2, 5-2) will occupy the league's third seed in the state tournament.

East Poinsett County (8-0, 7-0) claimed the top spot in the 3-2A.

The Greyhounds play host to the England Lions in the first round of the state tournament Nov. 11, while Dierks travels to EPC and Conway Christian ventures to McCrory.

Salem had its chances against McCrory, but just could never get the one score that might have turned the tide.

Best had a pair of touchdown runs in the first quater that gave the homestanding Jaguars a 12-0 lead after the first stanza. He wrapped an eight-play, 65-yard drive with a 14-yard TD run at the 4:50 mark of the first for McCrory's first points of the night.

Then, with no time showing on the first-quarter clock, Best scampered in from 13 yards out for the Jaguars' second score. Both 2-point trys were stopped, leaving the home team in front 12-0.

It looked like McCrory would tack on another score onto its lead early in the second.

Salem was forced to punt at its own 36-yard line and Garrett Browning recieved the kick and promptly ran it all the way to the Hounds' goal line.

But at the goal line, he fumbled the ball into the end zone, with Salem recovering it for a touchback, keeping McCrory from getting more points.

The Hounds fashioned a lenghty, 13-play drive on their next possession, moving the football on the legs of J.J. Gray.

Salem made it to the McCrory 25, but the Jaguars held on fourth-and-5, giving the ball back to the home team.

Gray ended McCrory's last series of the first half with an interception of quarterback Collin Campbell, sending the teams to intermission with McCrory clinging to a 12-0 lead.

Fullback Augustus Freeman got plenty of touches on Salem's first series of the second half, but the drive ended at the Jaguar 31-yard line on downs.

Best posted his third rushing touchdown of the contest at the 1:34 mark of the third to add to McCrory's cushion. Best also ran in the 2-point conversion to boost the Jaguars' margin to 20-0 after three.

McCrory wrapped up the victory with a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left in the game, capping the Jaguars' 26-0 victory



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