[cleeng_content id="227486215" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson had a new head coach. Spring Mills had a brand new school and its young players were still wet behind the ears.
In its entirety, the Jefferson vs. Spring Mills football game had a ‘special’ feeling.
And when one of Jefferson’s special teams blocked two of the first three punts the Cardinals tried, the Cougars were well on their way to claiming a play-everybody, 58-6, win in the season opener for both schools.
Spring Mills’ first-ever offensive series will not be saved for posterity nor chronicled and placed in a trophy case.
Jefferson’s Delonte Berry blocked a punt on the fourth play of the night. After a penaly cancelled a Cougar touchdown, Hunter Cantrell booted a 33-yard field goal.
And the onslaught was in motion.
When the first period was finished, the Cougars had 21 more points as quarterback Andrew King scored on a short sneak, Cornell Holt blocked another punt that was recovered in the Spring Mills’ end zone for another score by Phillip Keller, and King connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass with Martinez Grant.
Jefferson led, 24-0, before an appreciative crowd on the home side and a crowded Spring Mills side that was not dismayed by the continuous troubles its team found at every turn.
After A.J. Pierson recovered a Cardinal fumble, King threw three yards to Tanner Cantrell for a 31-0 Jefferson lead. By the completion of the first half, Jefferson was standing on top of a 38-0 lead because King surveyed the field behind his protection and finally spotted Tanner Cantrell and hit him for a 39-yard score.
All was not roses and touchdowns for the Cougars as they had a field goal blocked and King lost a fumble before each school’s band performed at the well-received halftime break.
King had another scoring throw, this one of six yards to Christian Johnson, and then Marcus Burns ran six yards for a 51-0 lead.
William Sweeney gave the Cardinals some small solace with his 69-yard touchdown run, but the Cougars were right back in the Springs Mills’ end zone with Jalon Smith’s 15-yard cruise through the middle of the Cardinal defense.
It was settled at 58-6 because neither team could score in the fourth quarter. Jefferson’s reserves played on both sides of the ball in the last period.
Before being replaced, King completed 9 of his 11 throws for 207 yards and four touchdowns.
Special teams paved the smooth eight-lane highway that led to the Jefferson win. Springs Mills was playing hard at the very end, but was in over its head from the beginning.