McLouth, 3-2, hopes to repeat win over Pleasant Ridge on Friday
Most statistics from Friday's McLouth-Jackson Heights game favored MHS.
The Bulldogs prevailed in nearly every category except one -- the final score.
MHS had more first downs (18-10), more total yards (327-275) and total plays (76-40), but fell to the Cobras, 28-18, at Jackson Heights north of Holton.
JHHS scored twice in the second quarter and carried a 14-0 lead into halftime.
McLouth actually charged down to the Jackson Heights 1-yard-line, but with time running out and having no time outs left before halftime, the Bulldogs tried to pass on second, third and fourth downs. MHS went to the locker room with no points.
The Bulldogs, though, fought back with two scores of their own after halftime. Andrew Booth put MHS on the board with a six-yard run that cut the lead to 14-6. That was the only score of the third quarter. The fourth quarter, however, was more lively.
McLouth cut Jackson Heights' lead to two when quarterback Mark Stewart found Andrew Booth for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Jackson Heights (4-1) quickly responded with a Jarrett Arnold 61-yard touchdown and the Cobras again were up by eight, 20-12.
McLouth rallied with a score of its own, a Trevor Keling 34-yard-run. MHS couldn't convert any extra points, and still trailed by two, 20-18.
Jackson Heights, though, answered as Williams threw a 49-yard pass to Matt Burdick.
"We had opportunities and we just didn't do a good job of capitalizing on those, whether it be execution or play-calling or whatever," MHS coach Harry Hester said. "In the second half, the kids responded. I'm proud of that."
The loss snapped McLouth's three-game winning streak, as the Bulldogs fell to 3-2 on the season.
MHS again had to play short-handed. Dustin McGlaughlin couldn't play because of injury, while Chris Driscoll hurt his ankle. And Levi Masqua didn't play because of personal reasons, Hester said.
Some inexperienced players had to move into those roles, but the Bulldogs became more comfortable in that second half.
"If we would have played that well for four quarters, there's no doubt in my mind what the outcome of the game would have been," Hester said. "We just need to get of the bus and be ready to play."
McLouth will have another tough test Friday when they face Pleasant Ridge at home at Stan Braksick Sports Complex.
The Rams now are 4-1 and will meet the Bulldogs in a rematch of last year's Delaware Valley League clash that MHS won, 18-10. The Bulldog victory clinched McLouth's first DVL title since 1994 and prevented Pleasant Ridge from winning a second straight league crown.
Hester said PRHS players should be ready to play Friday. According to some quotes in local publications, the Rams have had this game circled on their calendar for some time.
"They're a good team," Hester said. "They're the largest team in our league. They have 58 kids out. They're obviously motivated by the score last year."
Jackson Heights 28, McLouth 18
Score by quarters
McLouth 0 0 6 12 -- 18
JHHS 0 14 0 14 -- 28
JH -- Williams 1 run (kick failed)
JH -- Williams 23 pass to Bachamp (conversion good)
M -- Booth 6 run (kick failed)
M -- Stewart 9 pass to Booth (kick failed)
JH -- Arnold 61 run (kick failed)
M -- Keling 34 run (kick failed)
JH -- Williams 49 pass to Burdick (conversion good)