STEVENSON — The North Jackson football team turned the lights out on Randolph in more ways than one.
The Chiefs outscored visiting Randolph 22-6 in the second half to close out Class 4A Region 7 play on a winning note Thursday night in Stevenson.
Midway through the first quarter, an electrical transformer failure led to the R.D. Hicks Stadium lights on the visitor side going dark. The teams played the rest of the half without those lights. After some discussion at halftime, the teams decided to resume play for the second half.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for North Jackson (2-7, 2-5) team that suffered two one-point losses and a five-point loss during that stretch. North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard said the win was a good reward for the players’ continued hard work and attitudes despite the struggles.
“It’s a good win. I’m happy for the kids,” Tygard said. “We’ve faced plenty of adversity, and we’re still having fun. This group we have is pretty awesome.”
North Jackson jumped out to an early lead in the game when Carter Gass threw a touchdown pass to Devin Duncan. Randolph (2-7, 2-5) answered quickly on Nicholas Strong’s 70-yard touchdown run. The Chiefs took back the lead after Kyle Posey took Dalton Morris’ swing pass 56 yards to the end zone. North Jackson led 12-7 after the first quarter.
Randolph’s first possession of the second quarter ended with a score. Freshman Andrew Hunter took the quarterback keeper two yards into the end zone.
The Chiefs wasted no time scoring again. Gass connected with Brady Cunningham for a 52-yard touchdown. The Raiders scored again on Hunter’s long pass to Braden Butler, but the two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. North Jackson took a 20-19 lead into halftime.
After five possessions in the third quarter, neither team had scored. North Jackson broke the scoreless streak when Gass found Cunningham in the end-zone for a 30- yard score with two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Chiefs scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Morris connected with Johnny Gilliam for an 80-yard touchdown pass.
The Chiefs put the final nail in the coffin with sophomore Macklin Guess’ 10-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter.
Hunter threw another touchdown to Butler late in the game, and North Jackson won by a final score of 42-26.
Gilliam led the North Jackson offensive attack with 170 yards rushing, 120 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Morris completed six passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Gass added 102 yards passing and three touchdowns. Cunningham caught two passes, both for scores.
North Jackson ends its season next week against Class 5A Arab at R.D. Hicks Stadium.