As opening games go, there were flags a plenty and some rust that needed to be knocked off from both teams in this contest but there were also glimpses of promise.
J-M hosted the warriors from West Montgomery in their season opener on Friday to get the 2015 high school football season underway. The Jets got on the board first after their defense did a great job in coming up with a stop. Senior running back Trajan Glover powered his way into the end zone about midway through the first quarter to give J-M the early lead after the drive was extended on a shovel pass to Keelan Bailey for a big gain. However, the extra point attempt was blocked after the score and the Jets led 6-0. West Montgomery answered and converted their extra point and took the lead late in the first quarter, 6-7.
In the second, J-M’s offense continued to impress with their running attack and the Mateen to Mateen combination in the passing game. Rahman Mateen ran the quarterback draw very effectively while also connecting with his twin brother Rahim Mateen down the sidelines. J-M capped off a late second quarter drive with a Noah Wright rushing touchdown. The Jets elected to go for two and couldn’t convert leaving them with a 12-7 halftime lead.
The Jordan-Matthews defense was stout for the majority of the game. They came up with another fourth down stop with about 7:00 left in the third quarter and received the ball after a turnover on downs. However, on their first play scrimmage after the turnover on downs there was a bad quarterback/center exchange from the shotgun which resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the warriors. Two plays later, West Montgomery scored giving them the 12-14 lead.
With 7:40 left in the game the West Montgomery found the end zone again giving them a 12-21 lead but J-M was not done. After a back injury forced Rahman Mateen to the sidelines for the remainder of the game, Carson Bean took over the quarterback duties for the Jets. With 5:30 left on the clock, Bean connected with Wright on a swing pass that resulted in a Wright scampering down the sidelines for his second score of the evening. J-M again couldn’t convert the two-point conversion and trailed 18-21. A fumble by the warriors with 4:00 left in the game gave the ball back to the Jets with time to score but they were unable to move the ball. West Montgomery would add a late touchdown to make the final 18-27.
Rahim Mateen and Mark Drumheller, along with Glover, had very good games on both sides of the ball but especially on the defensive side. They were constantly in on plays and helping to come up with stops when needed. Unfortunately with limited numbers on the team, and the majority of them having to play both ways, J-M’s players were exhausted by the end of the game. However, they put forth a valiant effort against a quality opponent.Click here to view or buy photos