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NJHS and Albertville Varsities Tie 7-7 in Spring Game
Shannon J. Allen - Sand Mountain Reporter
Saturday - May 13th, 2017

North Jackson and Albertville tied 7-7 in the varsity portion of Friday night’s spring football jamboree on McCord Field at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies won the freshman/junior varsity quarter 8-0 in the first contest on the stadium’s new artificial turf.

Trey Harris is taken to the ground by the Eagles' defense
Photo by Shannon J. Allen | The Sand Mountain Reporter

“I was pleased,” North Jackson head coach Mark Rose said of the Chiefs’ performance. “We played really good on defense. We turned it over inside our own 20 and that led to their only points. Offensively we moved the football. We just didn’t finish drives. We played real physical. [Albertville] is a 6A team, a playoff team from last year, so we knew it’d be a good challenge for us. Obviously with a bunch of young and inexperienced guys, I expected more mistakes. But we played pretty sound.”

North Jackson threatened on the opening drive of the varsity game, but the Aggie defense forced the Chiefs to relinquish possession on downs at the Albertville 25-yard line. North Jackson turned it over on downs at the Aggie 30 on its next series. The Chiefs fumbled with 12.3 seconds left in the first period, and Albertville’s Damion Douglas recovered at the NJHS 25.

Tyler Tarvin ran 13 yards to give the Aggies a first down inside the 20. Three plays later, Tyler Comeau fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Justin Cantrell with 10:43 remaining in the second period. Oliver Diaz’s extra point made it 7-0.

North Jackson answered with its only scoring drive. Tanner Woodall’s 29-yard pass to Brady Cooper gave the Chiefs a first down at the AHS 30. Kade Abbott’s 9-yard gain to the 15 converted a fourth-and-four situation. Woodall then connected with Cooper, who caught seven passes for 120 yards, on a 15-yard TD pass with 4:56 to go in the second quarter. Cade Bellamy’s point-after tied it 7-7.

Albertville’s Bryant Petrey stopped North Jackson’s next drive with a 9-yard sack followed by a 5-yard tackle for a loss. The Aggies took over at their 40 and capitalized on Comeau completions of 13 yards to Isaiah Pankey and 7 yards to Jacob Dendy to reach the Chiefs’ 42. Albertville lost 4 yards on a running play before Comeau hit Chase Register for 23 yards to the 23. Comeau’s pass for Pankey in the end zone was broken up on the final play of the opening half.

Brandon Stewart led the Aggies on a nice drive to start the second half. Stewart ran for 6 yards and then passed to Tarvin for 12 yards and a first down at the 48. Tarvin rushed for 7 yards and Stewart found Pankey for 22 yards and a first down at the 23 before the Aggies turned it over on downs at the 14.  Albertville’s Caleb Marsh intercepted a pass with 1:58 remaining in the third period. Comeau passes of 5 and 24 yards to Pankey moved the Aggies down the field, but North Jackson’s Cooper made a leaping interception with 20.7 seconds on the clock.

Rose was pleased with how players stepping into bigger or different roles performed. He lauded Cooper’s off season and spring practice “as one of the best I’ve ever been around” and praised the work of Woodall and Abbott as they step in to replace former quarterback Trey Harris and running back Omar Brown. “Tanner threw the ball real well,” Rose said, “and Kade, he moved over from wingback and ran the ball hard.”

Albertville’s Andrew Trammell took a speed sweep 19 yards around right end for a touchdown at the 8:15 mark of the JV/freshman quarter. Brandon Merrell ran for two points, making it 8-0.

Rose said the Chiefs’ jamboree performance was another positive in a spring full of them.
“We’re excited about this group,” he said. “They’ve worked hard and improved [this spring], and we think we came make a lot of improvement between now and the fall.”

› Shannon J. Allen is the sports editor of The Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville.
› The Daily Sentinel sports editor Jason Bowen contributed to this report.

Football Records Have Been Updated
Monday - December 5th, 2016

The 2016 football statistics have been compiled and integrated with the data from all previous years of North Jackson football and the updated data is now available.  The 2016 team's biggest impact on the record books was in the rushing department.  The team averaged more yards rushing per game than any NJHS team in history with 343.1 yards per game, shattering the old record of 312,8 yards set by the 2003 team.

Individually, Omar Brown broke his own season rushing record of 1,765 yards that he set last season by rushing for 1,771 yards in 2016,  His 2016 rushing totals moved him into second place all-time behind Durrell Jackson with 3,666 yards.  Jackson's career record stands at 4,208 yards.  Trey Harris is now 8th on the career rushing list with 2,395 yards.

Omar set a new career record for rushing attempts and also for total touches in the all-purpose category.  Brown ran the ball 558 times while at North Jackson and had 625 all-purpose plays in his 4 years on the team. 

To view the school records, click on the "NJHS Football School Records" button on the menu above.  The records menu will open up on the left side of the page.

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