“We’ve put in a lot of work and time, and it all came together,” said Oyler, whose pitched a second-half shutout and improved to 1-2 (1-1 Big Seven). “It was nice to see them jump right out and get things going.
“They do a great job over there,” he said of the North coaching staff. “They had some good ideas against us. I’m proud of the kids for hanging tough and staying with it.”
The Jaguars put together a 14-play, 69-yard drive to open the game, converting a pair of fourth downs along the way. All yardage came on the ground, the last 11 from receiver/running back D.J. Frost over the right side.
After the defensive three-and-out and Frost’s 16-yard punt return, South had the ball at midfield. This time, the Jags struck through the air on third-and-17, as Ethan Swanegan beat his defender and short route and took Camden Sprouse’s pass for a 38-yard catch-and-run score.
When Collin West sacked North (0-3, 0-3) quarterback Caleb Aston, then covered fell on a high snap in the end zone for another score, South had a 21-0 lead with 1:16 left in the first.
“It definitely felt good to jump out to a lead, but we knew we still had work to do,” said Sprouse, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 150 yards, added 27 yards on seven rushes and also served as a lead blocker on direct snaps to the running backs. “I always like to lead for DJ or Miles or Austin Terry – whatever I can do.”
North managed to get two touchdowns in the second quarter as Aston started to click with receivers Cameron Hairston and Da’Ron Davis. A 55-yard heave to Davis set up Aston’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down early in the second quarter, and Aston kept again for the final 2 yards to cap an 11-play, 54-yard drive with 46 seconds before halftime.