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Jumpers looked like a different team on offense tonight compared to last week. Close to 300 yards passing, nearly 150 yards rushing and over 100 yards on returns. D held Southwestern to around 150 yards with 40 of that on first drive and about 40 yards with the clock running very late in the game.

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Great game for the Briar Jumper defense again tonight. Southwestern got a few first downs on their opening drive but was almost completelyshut down until Somerset subbed late in the game. The Somerset offense seemed to get going after the opening series. Somerset does have a few things to work on: they have got to cut out the personal foul and or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. They gave Southwestern 2 first downs tonight because of them--that will get you beat in a close game. Besides those kind of penalties are selfish... And pointless. Also the punt and extra point units were really bad. There were at least 3 bad snaps tonight and a couple of bad kicks. It seemed better in the second half when they changed longsnappers and put Austin Hill in at kicker. Those are also things that can get you beat in a close game. All in all a dominant performance and a big improvement from the opener. Now they have the off week to work on smoothing out the rough spots.

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What was the Southwestern coaching staff thinking with that defensive scheme? They pressed all the receivers and put everyone else in the box with no safety. Why on earth would you do that against a team that has as much of a speed advantage against you as Somerset does--along with a tight end like Williams? It may very well have been the dumbest defensive gameplan that I have ever seen. It looked like a peewee league defensive lineup--just play everyone within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. If Somerset hadn't missed a few open receivers the running clock would have come before halftime.

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Good Game for the Jumpers. Conj: to Will Land (Off. Player of Game) and Tyson Williams (Def. Player of Game). This Off. will continue to get better as year goes on. You can see this bunch getting better as year continues. AverageJoeGym, I agree What was that def. game Plan ???? WOW!!!

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Briar Jumpers blow out Southwestern » Local Sports » Commonwealth Journal

August 26, 2012

Briar Jumpers blow out Southwestern


Somerset junior Will Lange scores 4 TDs and rushes for 170 yards


By BRUCE W. SINGLETON, CJ Correspondent Commonwealth Journal



Somerset — “Beauty is only skin deep,” the saying goes, “but ugly goes all the way to the bone.”


Choose a side in Friday night’s contest and you will find either or both, as Somerset High School dismantled the Warriors of Southwestern by lopsided score of 48-2 in the nightcap game of the Ray Correll Bowl on Friday night.


The night started off with a pregame exhibition punting competition among the three local schools. At stake was a $1000 check for the winning punter’s team. Southwestern’s Devin Baker nailed a 61-yard punt and neither of his fellow punters came close.


That was the last cause for celebration of the night for Southwestern. But, of course nobody knew how things were going to end up.


We didn’t know it when Southwestern gambled and won on its opening drive when it was 4th and 1 on its own 35. We didn’t know it when Southwestern marched down the field only to be forced to rely upon the award-winning leg of punter Baker, who buried the ball at the Somerset 11.


We didn’t know it when Somerset’s junior quarterback Tanner Gadberry threw the ball three times, missed three times, and Somerset was forced to punt.


We didn’t know it when the errant snap sent the ball dribbling through the back of the Somerset endzone and Southwestern became the first team on the scoreboard, although it had done nothing to earn the points.


We did start to figure things out when Somerset took the free kick from its own 20.


The ball landed more or less on the Southwestern 38, and when the dust settled, Somerset had the ball.


Five plays later, Junior running back Will Lange took the ball into the end zone.


The score was 6-2 with 4:26 in the first quarter.


What followed was a scoring harvest for Somerset.


Jumper junior receiver Cam Cheuvront scored two ‘long bomb’ touchdowns (57 yards and 36 yards) via passes from junior quarterback Tanner Gadberry, who himself had a 64-yard rushing score in the second quarter.


In the second half, Somerset junior running back Will Lange exploded for three more TDs, to bring his MVP total to four scores on the night. Lange scored every way passible, as he returned a kick-off for a 94-yard score, ran into the end zone from 47 yards and scored on a 91-yard pass play from freshman back-up quarterback Castle Hatcher.


And the penalty flags fell to the ground like yellow rain. At least 16 separate sets of them, totalling 180 yards.


These were big penalties, like roughing the kicker, dead ball personal fouls, and the fifteen yard illegal shift (yeah, that’s what the officials assessed against Southwestern: nobody in the stands could figure that one out, either.)


Yes, ugly. So ugly that a rugby player would have been right at home.


But there were a lot of positive things as well.


Somerset Defensive Coordinator Jarred Swearingen was pleased with the team’s defensive efforts, but emphasized the need to work on special teams.


“We will work on it, but we’ve got new snappers and new kickers, and it’s going to take some time,” he said. “But it is an improvement from last week, and that’s what we’re wanting to see. As long as all we give up is two points a game, I think we’ll be okay.”


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