Junior Lions squash Hornets

(September 26, 2019) MOUNT IDA – The Mount Ida Junior Lions earned a measure of revenge Thursday night with a 46-20 victory over the visiting Mineral Springs Junior Hornets. The win avenged the only loss the Junior Lions suffered last year.

Mineral Springs recorded more total yards than the Junior Lions with 270 yards versus 264 for Mount Ida, but the Junior Lions dominated every other aspect of the game. Most of the Junior Lions’ drives were on a short field with the Mount Ida defense dominating the game in the first half.

Jack Hoeksema rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries and had a 50 yard catch for a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Jacob Woodfield had nine carries for 69 yards and and two TDs, followed by Caleb White with seven carries for 47 yards and a score.Dylan Ditgen had two carries for three yards. Isaiah Wilhite, Dean Johnson and Ben Woodfield each had carries in the game.

The Junior Lions also recorded a defensive touchdown thanks to a scoop and score by Ramsey Gilbert in the second half.

Caleb White led the defense with four tackles with one for a loss. Chandler Perkins and Isaiah Wilhite each had two tackles. Ramsey Gilbert had two tackles, one for a loss, and a scoop and score.

Jack Hoeksema, Seth Hamilton and Ashton Humphries also recorded tackles.

The Junior Hornets were the first to score, capping their opening drive with a 48 yard touchdown run. The two point conversion failed and they held a six point lead with 6:46 left in the opening stanza.

Mount Ida wasted no time, scoring on a 35 yard run by Jacob Woodfield. Jack Hoeksema carried the ball in for the two point conversion to give the Junior Lions an 8-6 lead with 5:06 left in the quarter.

Hoeksema came up big for Mount Ida on the ensuing kick off, recovering an onside kick. Five plays later Jacob Woodfield connected with Hoeksema on a halfback pass for a 49 yard touchdown reception. Woodfield got the nod on the two point conversion and the Junior Lions lead increased to 16-6 with 2:06 left in the first quarter.

Mount Ida would score again with 25 seconds left in the half on a 17 yard run by Hoeksema.

Mount Ida opened the second half with a three play 49 yard drive that ended with a nine yard touchdown run by Woodfield. Hoeksema carried the two point conversion in to give the Junior Lions a 32-6 lead.

Woodfield recovered the ball on the ensuing kick off and Mount Ida drove downfield in a five play drive that ended in a two yard touchdown run by Caleb White.

Mineral scored a second touchdown with 5:44 to go in the game on a 95 yard run.

Mount Ida’s final score came from the defensive side of the ball thanks to a 10 yard scoop and score by Ramsey Gilbert. 

Mineral Springs would score another time, but Mount Ida held on for the 46-20 victory.

Mount Ida will travel to Murfreesboro Thursday to face the Junior Rattlers. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Article Written by Dewayne Holloway

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