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Union County took another step in the right direction, playing their first varsity football game and defeating Jumpertown, 40-20 Thursday night.
The UC squad started slow, only scoring one touchdown in the first quarter, as there were many adjustments the team had to make.
“We’ve never had a kicking game before and we’ve always been on the field with our boys, and this was our first varsity game,” head coach Scott Duley said. “I think that’s what contributed to the slow start. They’re used to us being out on the field with them really getting them going, and after the first quarter, they did a great job of coming together.”
Broderick Montgomery scored the first touchdown in the opening quarter, and added another in the second. After executing the two-point conversion, UC was ahead 14-0.
“Broderick is becoming a better football player, especially at running back,” Duley said. “He’s a young man who has not only developed vision, but a tenacity when he runs the ball. He isn’t content to go down on the first, or even second contact, and he churns his legs. He’s a strong kid, and we’ve been putting in a weight program the last two months, and we’re starting to see the benefits of that.”
A fumble by the Cardinals in the second led a score by D.J. Armstrong, and Alex Boland would add a safety, making it 22-0 at the half.
Boland and Vadale Rucker added touchdowns in the third, but the Cardinals, led by Lee Mars, would add three scores and cut UC’s lead to 34-20 late in the game. Placing the starting offense back on the field, Chase Bogue capped the win with his touchdown.
“I thought it was going to be hard,” Montgomery said of playing a varsity game. “We just started working on the kicking game last week, but it was easy once we were able to get out there and do it.”
“I’ve coached a lot of different sports and a lot of different kids, but overall this group of kids want to be on the field as much, if not, even more than any kids I’ve ever had,” Duley said of his team. “It’s a real joy, because all you have to do is tell them to go out and have fun, and they want to do that and they want to compete, and I’m very proud that tonight, all of them got to.”
Union County will be back in action on Tuesday, playing at Baldwyn. The night will begin with the junior high game at 5:30 p.m.