DANVILLE — The North Jackson Chiefs dropped its second straight game of the season Friday night, this time to Class 4A Region 7 foe Danville Friday night.
“We deserve [to lose],” said North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard. “Wins and losses aren’t happening on Friday night. They happen the other 355 days of the year.”
The win snapped Danville’s 12-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Both teams were forced to punt on the first two possessions of the game. North Jackson put together a long drive midway through the quarter, but the drive was stalled because of penalties. The Chiefs turned it over on downs. Danville took over at their own 26-yard line. After two North Jackson penalties and a first down run by quarterback Luke Nail — he played at Madison Academy last season when Tygard was Madison Academy’s offensive coordinator — Danville found itself at the Chiefs’ 23-yard line. Danville’s Michael Madison fumbled on the next play, but the ball was scooped up by Cameron Moore and taken into the end zone for the first score of the game. Angel Boston’s point after was no good, and Danville led 6-0 after the first quarter of play.
North Jackson’s first drive of the second quarter was also interrupted because of penalties and the Chiefs were forced to punt. Carter Gass’s punt was downed at the 3-yard line. Danville’s first play went for 15 yards and got them out of the shadow of the goal line. Four plays later, Nail took the direct snap 67 yards to the end zone. Boston’s point after was good and Danville led 13-0. North Jackson’s next drive ended with another turnover on downs. Danville ran out the clock and took a 13-0 lead into the half.
North Jackson forced a Danville punt on the first drive of the second half. The Chiefs were driving again in the third but were bitten by the penalty bug once again. Gass was sacked on fourth down and turned it over on downs once again. A personal foul penalty on North Jackson and a twenty-two-yard run set up Danville inside the red zone. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Chiefs put Danville inside the 5-yard line. Two plays later, Nail punched it in for his second touchdown of the game. Danville led 20-0 after the third quarter.
North Jackson scored its first and only touchdown of the game after a 71-yard run by Dalton Morris put the Chiefs inside the 5-yard line. K.J. Huckabee ran it in from 3yards out, and Abraham Castro’s extra point was good. The Chiefs got the ball back with a little more than three minutes left but turned it over on downs again after Morris was sacked on fourth down. Danville ran out the clock to end the game.
Johnny Gilliam led the Chiefs on offense with 72 yards rushing. Morris added 64 yards on the ground and 33 through the air. Gass also threw for 40 yards in the game. Nail led Danville on offense with 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also added 31 passing yards for the Hawks. Penalties killed the Chiefs once again, committing 16 on the night.
“Right now, we’re the most undisciplined team in Alabama,” said Tygard. “Those teams aren’t usually 2-0, they’re usually 0-2. It’s my fault and the coach’s fault, and we’ve got to change that.”
North Jackson will host DAR in its home opener next Friday night. North Jackson beat the Patriots 75-41 last season.
“I’m ready to play at home,” said Tygard. “Hopefully being around the stuff we’re used to being around will give us some juice.”