By: Derek Johnson
Special Contributor/ txhsfb.net
JACKSONVILLE- Crandall scored a pair of touchdowns in the first 64 seconds of the fourth quarter, including an 86-yard fumble return by lineman Hudson West to hold on for a 42-37, non-district win over Jacksonville at the historic Tomato Bowl.
Crandall (3-0) appeared to be in full control of the game as they quickly built up a 28-7 lead over Jacksonville. Quarterback Luke Moffitt tossed three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to receiver Josh Smith.
Chris Abron added a 54-yard touchdown run, but Jacksonville scored 17 straight points to trim the lead to 28-24 late in the third quarter as Devin McCuin rushed for a 6-yard score then hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from McCown.
Crandall scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to take a 35-24 lead when Andrew Anderson busted through the middle for a 29-yard touchdown. Crandall’s defense then came up with a big play when they jarred the ball away from McCown which paved the way for West’s 76-yard scoop-and-score.
For the second time in the contest, Jacksonville staged a furious rally as they scored 13 straight points on a 4-yard touchdown by Jermaine Taylor, followed by a 2-yard scoring rumble by Jayden Boyd to trim Crandall’s lead to 42-37 with 6:28 left in the game.
Crandall was dealt a big blow in the fourth quarter when they lost their starting quarterback to an apparent left leg injury. Jacksonville had a golden chance to get the ball back and perhaps steal their first victory of the season but Crandall preserved the victory with a bit of trickery on a lateral to receiver Deondre Bowman, who completed a 27-yard, first down pass to ice the game.
CRA- Josh Smith 9 pass from Luke Moffitt (Brandon Perez kick) 10:45 1Q
JAC- Jermaine Taylor 9 pass from Ryan McCown (Jesus Nunez kick) 6:06 1Q
CRA- Chris Abron 48 run (Perez kick) 5:34 1Q
CRA- Smith 54 pass from Moffitt (Perez kick) 10:56 2Q
CRA- Samuel Omosigho 14 pass from Moffitt (Perez kick) 5:55 2Q
JAC- Devin McCuin 6 run (Nunez kick) 0:21 2Q
JAC- McCuin 25 pass from McCown (Nunez kick) 9:01 3Q
JAC- Nunez 34 field goal 3:00 3Q
CRA- Andrew Anderson 29 run (Perez kick) 11:53 4Q
CRA- Hudson West 76 fumble return (Perez kick) 10:05 4Q
JAC- Jermaine Taylor 4 run (Nunez kick) 8:29 4Q
JAC- Jayden Boyd 2 run (2-pt try failed) 6:28 4Q
Crandall- Luke Moffitt (14-23-1-215), Deondre Bowman (1-1-0-27), Guage Wickersham (1-1-0-13). Jacksonville- Ryan McCown (14-23-1-215).
Crandall- Chris Abron- 19-153, Andrew Anderson 6-53, Luke Moffitt 2-(-9). Jacksonville- Jwaylon Kennedy 23-101, Ryan McCown 8-36, Jayden Boyd 5-27, Devin McCuin 5-27, Skyler Whiteaker 1-12, Jermaine Taylor 1-4.
Crandall- Josh Smith 4-74, Deondre Bowman 3-52, Samuel Omosigho 3-40. Jaylon Washington 1-36, Michael Collins 1-10 . Jacksonville- Devin McCuin 7-100, Jermaine Taylor 2-61, Ryan Walker 2-32, Jwaylon Kennedy 2-15, Jonathan Johnson 1-7.