Vols hold on, down Red Devils

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Delly's TD pass lifts AJ to 30-27 win

By Kim Roberts

GREAT FALLS – Andrew Jackson used a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass from makeshift quarterback Bobby Delly to Quincy Grier to cement a 30-27 victory over Great Falls at Pride Valley on Monday afternoon.


The Vols held a 23-14 halftime lead before lightning suspended play Friday night. School officials decided to resume on Monday afternoon at 1.

“We came here Monday with (starting QB) Gavin Clyburn sick and (starting center) Stuart Barfield’s knee banged up,” said AJ coach David Moore. “We had players step up and play positions they are not accustomed to playing.”

For the Vols, quarterback Clyburn sped 80 yards on the opening snap for an early AJ lead. Jonathon Thompson blocked the Brett Lucas’ extra point to leave the score at 6-0.

AJ defensive tackle William Cunningham recovered a Red Devil fumble at the GFHS 21-yard line on the ensuing series. Tyler Denkins converted the turnover into points with a 41-yard field goal at the 9:21 mark in the first quarter for a 9-0 AJ lead.

Great Falls sliced the lead to one with an eight-play, 83-yard drive, culminating with a 26- yard TD pass from Clark Schofield to wingback Shaquille Simpson. Schofield to Simpson also provided the two-point conversion at the 5:16 mark of the first period.

The talented Delly set up the next AJ score with a dazzling kickoff return to the midfield. A face mask penalty put the Vols in business at the Red Devil 35. On a clutch fourth and five from the GFHS 30, AJ quarterback Ryan Phillips fired a TD strike to Delly. Lucas added the kick for a 16-8 Volunteer lead with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

Midway the second period, AJ cornerback Javaris Clyburn recovered a Red Devil fumble at the GFHS 35.

Two plays later, Jonathan Brevard scampered 17 yards for an AJ touchdown.

Denkins converted  the point and AJ led 23-8 with 7:51 left in the half.

Great Falls defensive lineman David Jeter kept the Red Devils in the game with a 63-yard TD fumble recovery with four minutes left in the half. Clyburn intercepted the two-point conversion pass attempt to make the AJ halftime lead, 23-14.

On Monday afternoon, Great Falls controlled the ball for most of the second half, but Andrew Jackson made the big plays to hold on for the win.

GFHS drove to the AJ 39 before turning the ball over on downs on the opening drive of the second half. The Red Devils came up empty after using over 5:30 on the drive.

After a Volunteer punt, Great Falls burned another five minutes on a 75-yard, 13-play scoring drive. Ernest Talford capped the drive with a two-yard scoring plunge. Cody Mobley kicked the point to cut the AJ lead to 23-21 with 11:55 left.

At this point, AJ defensive stalwart Cunningham recovered his second fumble of the game and rumbled and stumbled 25 yards to the GFHS 31-yard line.

Six plays later, Delly found fellow wide receiver Grier behind the Red Devils’ secondary for a decisive 25-yard touchdown pass.

Lucas was perfect on the kick and AJ led 30-21 with 4:55 left.

The Volunteer defense was able to force the Red Devils to turn the ball over on downs. A  Brevard sack of Schofield was a key defensive play in the series.

The drama was not over.

AJ, with Delly at QB, was trying to run time off the clock. After making a first down, GFHS cornerback Ernest Talford picked off a Delly attempt and raced 60 yards for a TD. The kick was wide and AJ’s lead was only 30-27 with 1:23 left.

“We were in a run time off the clock mode and the plays were to be  run, run, run,” said Moore. “Bobby thought he could complete the pass and their guy (Talford) made a great play.”

On the ensuing onside kickoff attempt, Cody Ussery recovered for the Vols to seal the AJ victory.

Clyburn paced the AJ offense, although he played only one offensive down Monday. Clyburn rushed for 132 yards on seven carries, including an 80-yard TD scamper. Clyburn also had an interception.

Javaris Clyburn rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries. Jonathan Brevard carried once for a 17-yard  touchdown. Bobby Delly gained 12 yards on four attempts. Ryan Phillips rushed for 11 yards on two carries, and Chris White gained five yards on three tries.

Delly had one reception for a 30-yard touchdown. Delly also had a 30-yard touchdown pass to Grier.

Talford led Great Falls with 104 rushing yards on 20 attempts.

Talford rushed for a TD and scored on a 60-yard interception.

Clark Schofield was 8-17 for 81 yards, including a 26-yard TD to Shaquille Simpson.

 Andrew Jackson, 1-1 visits North Central, 0-2 on Friday night.