STEVENSON — The North Jackson Chiefs suffered their third one-point loss of the season Friday night at the hands of the Priceville Bulldogs.
Class 4A Region 7 tri-leader Priceville scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 13.7 seconds left in the game to defeat North Jackson Friday night at R.D. Hicks Stadium in Stevenson.
North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard was disappointed in the loss but proud of the way his team fought.
“I’m proud of them,” said Tygard. “They played as good as they can play for as hard as they could. They fought the first-place team in the region to the end.”
North Jackson (1-6, 1-4) got out to an early lead thanks to Johnny Gilliam’s 11-yard touchdown run and Brady Cunningham’s two-point conversion reception from Dalton Morris. Priceville (5-2, 4-1) answered with a 10 play, five-and-a-half-minute drive, capped off by running back Jerry Burton’s touchdown run and two-point conversion. The game was knotted up at 8-8 after the first quarter.
Two quick scores put the Chiefs up 22-8 midway through the second quarter. North Jackson capitalized on a Priceville fumble to extend its lead. After a Priceville punt, Morris connected with Gilliam on a 41-yard touchdown strike. Priceville answered with another Burton touchdown run to cut North Jackson’s lead to 28-15 at the half.
The Bulldogs scored on its opening possession of the second half on Burton’s 54-yard scamper to the end zone. North Jackson failed to score in the third and held on to a 28-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Priceville took the lead with 5:57 to go in the game after the Bulldogs recovered a North Jackson fumble. North Jackson quickly answered on Gilliam’s fourth touchdown of the game. Morris connected with Gass on the two-point conversion attempt to give North Jackson a 36-29 lead. Priceville manufactured a long drive to take back the lead with 13.7 seconds left. Burton scored from the 3-yard line on fourth down, and Jaxon Cross ran in the two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
North Jackson travels next Friday to take on Class 4A Region 7 foe West Morgan Rebels. Tygard wants to get a win for his squad next week.
“We need something good to happen,” said Tygard. “I want to get a win for these guys.”